An Insider’s Guide to Foundation Fundraising – Part 3

Four Steps to Successfully Identify Prospective Funders

An Insider’s Guide to Foundation Fundraising – Part 3

Good, solid research is essential to identifying prospective funders and crafting a solid grant proposal. Randomly sending letters of interest or a cookie-cutter application will almost certainly engender ill will from the funder who processes the information.  It is far more efficient (and beneficial!) to send out a few well-researched requests that speak directly to(…)

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An Insider’s Guide to Finding Foundation Funding – Part 2

Research Strategies and Finding Information

An Insider’s Guide to Finding Foundation Funding – Part 2

  Determining which foundations might be willing to fund your organization should not resemble finding a needle in a haystack. The information is out there, you just need to know what you need and where to get it. The first step in the grantseeking process is to make a list of the names and addresses(…)

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An Insider’s Guide to Finding Foundation Funding – Part 1

A Brief Introduction

An Insider’s Guide to Finding Foundation Funding – Part 1

For eighteen years I had the opportunity to work in a national foundation. During that time I read over 6,000 grant proposals and participated in awarding over 2,500 grants. This means that I have seen good proposals, bad proposals and ones that should never have left the writer’s grasp. It also means that I have(…)

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Setting Ground Rules to Guide Your Meetings and Discussions

Setting Ground Rules to Guide Your Meetings and Discussions

Meetings can be an important step in developing strategies, coordinating work or ensuring that people are on the same page with information and responsibilities. A good meeting lifts spirits, creates action plans and does not drag on forever. A poorly run meeting can make you want to stick a fork in your eye. While they(…)

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