Blog posts tagged with Foundations
Even the best grant proposal in the world isn't a direct link to grant funding. Before investing precious resources in a grants consultant, make sure you've taken these steps to shore up your development operation and strategy, strengthen relationships, and improve your chance of winning grants.
Katie Fahey is the program officer for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation's arts program. We interviewed her about the Foundation's experience using the Sustain Arts tool, for which the Rainin Foundation provided seed funding.
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation will restructure after 40 years of grantmaking in the Bay Area and Hawaii. Beginning March 1, 2016, the foundation will split its assets so that the next generation can focus on their giving interests. Half of the foundation's assets will stay with the original foundation while the other half will be split among three new foundations.
Foundation Center’s new tool, Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy, indicates that foundations made grants of almost $299 million between 2011 and 2014 in the campaigns, elections, and voting category, which includes support for implementation, research, reform, and/or mobilizations efforts related to campaign finance, election administration, redistricting, voting access, as well as voter registration, education, and turnout. More than half those grant dollars went for voter registration, education, and turnout initiatives, and, as one might expect, the annual total spiked in 2012, a presidential election year, as did funding for voting rights efforts.
The question of how to attract the attention of foundations that give only to preselected organizations (by some estimates, this is as many as 60 percent of all foundations) is a vexing one.
If you've written several grant proposals in your career, chances are you've heard at least one "no." As grant seekers, it is our job to distinguish between the "no's" that really mean "no, for now" and those that mean "no, never."
A representative of a local grassroots nonprofit asked a challenging question at a recent event at Foundation Center San Francisco: How can smaller grassroots organizations compete with more established nonprofits to garner the support of funders? Shawn Dove from the Campaign for Black Male Achievement had some valuable advice, which he refers to as the “5 Rs”.
How can you spend more time asking for support and less time writing proposals? Here are five strategies to streamline your foundation fundraising program and ensure that you spend your time as effectively and efficiently as possible.
We end our checklist with what to collect when you’ve been notified and ideas of how to keep track of all of this info.
We continue our checklist with content to collect when you submit your letter of inquiry or proposal.