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Help the Foundation Center improve tools essential to fundraising

The Foundation Center needs your help to better understand how nonprofits are approaching the process of finding, applying to, and securing grant funding.

Please consider participating in a short, confidential survey.  The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The Foundation Center and SurveyMonkeyApply are partnering on this survey to help provide you with better, more informed resources such as Foundation Directory Online. Your time and perspective is greatly appreciated.

Who should take the survey?

Individuals in all roles at nonprofit organizations, especially those involved in researching grant opportunities and writing grant proposals.Please take the survey yourself or pass it along to colleagues.

Don’t procrastinate!

The survey will only be open until Friday, December 15, 2017, so please take it now, here’s the link.

Please, take it only once but definitely pass it on to your fundraising colleagues!

 

The Foundation Center: Great Resources

fdo_logo_newIf the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is your go-to resource for seeking funding partners then you’ll want to check out their most recent updates. For those reading this that don’t know about the FDO you’ll definitely want to read the rest of the post.

Grant Snapshot allows users to see a full overview of an organization’s funding activity by subject, geographic area, and grant size.  Grant Snapshots considers the most recent five years of grantmaking history. How are Grant Snapshots beneficial to the user? You should be more easily able to find funders that perfectly match your needs, evaluating the funder’s history of funding similar subject areas, grant size, and geographic area.

Map Grants and Chart Grants tools allow you to go to the next level of research. You can drill down to see grants within states, cities, counties, and more. With the Chart Grants tool you can get even more detail in specific grant subject categories. In both tools you can filter by year, see lists of the grant recipients, and view full grant records.

Map of Cross-Border Giving:

  • See grants from U.S. grantmakers to non-U.S. recipient organizations.
  • View grantmaker data from independent, community, company-sponsored, and operating foundations as well as corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities.

Search Companies: There are 15 search fields available on the Search Companies Screen. Most are tied to indexes that are accessible by clicking on the View Index links, three others provide range searching capability, and the last provides keyword searching capability. Continue reading

Giving USA 2014 – The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2013

Last week, the 59th consecutive edition of Giving USA, the seminal annual report on charitable giving in America, compiled by Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy was released. 

At an estimated $335.17 billion, total charitable giving from U.S. individuals, corporations, foundations and bequests in 2013 approached the peak seen before the worst of the Great Recession, adjusted for inflation, according to research released today by Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Other highlights include:

  • Total estimated U.S. charitable giving increased by 4.4%
  • Total giving has increased 22.0 percent since the official end of the recession in 2009 (12.3 percent when adjusted for inflation)
  • In 2013 per capita giving by U.S. adults reached $1016, and average U.S. household giving reached $2974

Thom Andrews, director of ONEPlace – Kalamazoo Public Library’s Organization for Nonprofit Excellence ties this research into research by author and fundraising consultant and researcher Penelope Burke on Fundraising and summarizes your action steps on this information quite succinctly in his recent post Retain for Gain:

“It may be time to evaluate your donor retention efforts. You can’t afford not to.”

Topline Considerations from Giving USA 2014 about Donors: Continue reading

Upcoming Foellinger Logic Model Workshops

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Join us for workshops to walk you through Foellinger Foundation’s Logic Model process under the guidance of Dawn Martz, Senior Program Officer and Mike Stone, Evaluation Consultant.

Logic models and measurement frameworks – basic tools of evaluation – serve two important purposes. First, they are a mechanism of accountability for the Foundation. Second, the logic model and measurement framework can be a powerful learning tool for your organization.”

WHEN
Logic Model Workshops

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
1:15-3:15 p.m. 

OR

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
9:15 – 11:15 a.m. 

Learning As Evaluation Workshop

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
1:15-3:15 p.m.

WHERE
Meeting Room C
Allen County Public Library Downtown Continue reading

Foellinger Foundation Limited Asset Improvement Grant Proposals Due May 9

Got assets that need investment? Would repairing them improve your effectiveness? Consider the Limited Asset Improvement opportunity.

Earlier this year, the Foellinger Foundation announced a special Limited Asset Improvement Project funds (LAI) opportunity for Allen County-based 501(c)(3) organizations.

This special grant opportunity is for the improvement or replacement of current assets that improve organizational effectiveness.

Two LAI Project categories of funding are available. Organizations may apply for up to $50,000 if they have completed a capacity-building grant (Inspire, Renew, or Transform) from the Foundation AND implemented its findings during the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2013. All other eligible organizations may apply for up to $25,000.

Organizations applying for funds must demonstrate how the project(s) for which funds are sought will make the agency more effective.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2014.

See Foellinger.org for the following:

  • Guidelines – an FAQ guide
  • Application Checklist and Questions Template
  • Executive Summary Template
  • Project Chart Template

Grant Opportunity: Foellinger Foundation Limited Asset Improvement

The Foellinger Foundation announced a special grant opportunity on February 14, 2014 for any Allen County-based 501(c)(3) organization. This opportunity is to apply for Limited Asset Improvement Project funds (LAI). Organizations applying for funds must demonstrate how the project(s) for which funds are sought will make the agency more effective.

Two LAI Project categories of funding are available. Organizations may apply for up to $50,000 if they have completed a capacity-building grant (Inspire, Renew, or Transform) from the Foundation AND implemented its findings during the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2013. All other eligible organizations may apply for up to $25,000.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2014.

To submit an application, review the resources posted at Foellinger.org:

  • Guidelines
  • Application Checklist and Questions Template
  • Executive Summary Template
  • Project Chart Template

New Books: Nonprofit Management, Proposal Writing, and Donor Management

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

Effective leadership for nonprofit organizations : how executive directors and boards work together / Thomas Wolf Successful grant writing : strategies for health and human service professionals / Laura N. Gitlin, Kevin J. Lyons The art of membership : how to attract, retain and cement member loyalty / Sheri Jacobs