This Week at Foundation Center West

December 28, 2015

This week, Foundation Center West closes at 1:00 pm Thursday, December 31. The office is closed New Year's Day, Friday January 1.

GrantSpace resources are always available 24/7. You can also e-mail questions to our Ask Us team anytime, and we'll respond to you on the next business day. We wish you a safe and healthy holiday season!

Serving Your Donors Means Asking

Serving Your Donors Means Asking

December 22, 2015

Asking your donors to make an investment in your organization that will make an impact on the world is one the greatest things you can do for a donor. Donors want to give. They need to give. Donors experience joy in their lives when they give their money away.

Next Week at Foundation Center West

December 18, 2015

Next week, Foundation Center West is closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday December 25.

GrantSpace resources are always available 24/7. You can also e-mail questions to our Ask Us team anytime, and we'll respond to you on the next business day. We wish you a safe and healthy holiday season!

3 Ways to Nail Your Elevator Pitch

December 10, 2015

Imagine your good luck: you’re at a holiday party, and find yourself one-on-one with a potential major donor you’ve never had the chance to meet before. Can you quickly and compellingly impress them with what your organization stands for? Storytelling is easy when you’re engaging people who already know what your organization stands for, but getting the essence of your story across in less than a minute can be challenging.

How Foundations Are Supporting Voting Rights

How Foundations Are Supporting Voting Rights

December 8, 2015

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.