New Books: Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing for Education; Board Development; and, Marketing

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

The insider’s guide to winning education grants / Dakota Pawlicki, Chase James ; foreword by Gregory Michie The brand IDEA : managing nonprofit brands with integrity, democracy and affinity / Nathalie Laidler-Kylande and Julia Shepard Stenzel ; foreword by Christopher Stone. Guidebook for directors of nonprofit corporations / edited by William L. Boyd III and Jeannie Carmedelle Frey

Now Available: Foundation Stats via Foundation Center

Newly updated, the Foundation Center’s Foundation Stats provides the most comprehensive resource available for generating tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community.

Screenshot of the data tool available from the Foundation Center
Screenshot of the data tool available from the Foundation Center

With this tool, you can create a list of the top 50 grantmakers in our state by either subject area or population group (*see terms below). You can download your results to PDF or CSV.

This new update follows the Foundation Center’s recent release of a free limited-access version of the Foundation Directory Online.

Northeast Indiana nonprofit patrons can access for free, the full version of the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) here, at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center at the Allen County Public Library. And we’ll also teach you to use it in monthly Grant Basics I classes.

Not from here? Check out the locations of other Funding Information Network Partners for free access to the full FDO.

*Interest area – Subjects Continue reading

Foundation Directory Online – Free

The PCNRC is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. Earlier this month, the Foundation Center launched free access to a limited version of the Foundation Directory Online.

Read more from the Foundation Center’s promotional materials and press release:

We’re pleased to announce that our premier funder database, Foundation Directory Online, now includes a free search tool that has replaced Foundation Finder, providing public access to essential information about nearly 90,000 foundations and over 250,000 IRS Forms 990-PF.

Start searching at

You can access the full Foundation Directory Online Professional version for free in the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center.

Foundation Center Launches Free Search Tool

Nonprofits Gain a Powerful New Fundraising Research Tool

New York, NY — September 16, 2013. The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has launched Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Free, an online tool that dramatically expands public access to the Center’s authoritative collection of foundation information. At no cost, users can search the basic profiles and IRS Forms 990-PF of nearly 90,000 grantmakers, less than 7 percent of which have web sites of their own. Continue reading

Barbara Burt Leadership Fund

The Barbara Burt Leadership fund was established by a gift from the Foellinger Foundation in honor of Barbara Burt, who served on that foundation’s board from 1989 to 2008.

Grants from this special fund are designed to provide funding to Allen County nonprofit organizations for leadership development training of their officers and executive committees with the ultimate goal of enhancing organizational effectiveness. Each grant awarded may not consist of more than 50 percent of the total cost of the leadership development program.

Please contact CFGFW Director of Programs Christine Meek at 260-426-4083  for submission information to apply for a Barbara Burt Leadership Development grant.

WOWO Penny Pitch Accepting Applications Until September 30th

Penny Pitch, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for community service organizations serving Fort Wayne, Allen County and Northeast Indiana. In the spirit of the original Penny Pitch drive in 1948, Penny Pitch, Inc. provides grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations that serve disadvantaged people in the Fort Wayne, Allen County and Northeast Indiana region. This includes, but is not limited to organizations that serve the needy and disadvantaged by providing shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and other essential social services. Penny Pitch, Inc. is also especially interested in supporting organizations that provide services for the physically handicapped and for children. Unlike years gone by, Penny Pitch no longer makes grants to individuals.

All submissions must be received by September 30th, 2013 to be considered.

See application details at WOWO’s Penny Pitch webpage.

The WOWO representative we spoke with on the phone encourage applications showing the direct impact of dollars on the people you serve in specific detail.

Applications Not Accepted? What’s a Grant Seeker to Do?

“Of the more than 86,000 independent, community, and corporate foundations in the United States, 60 percent state that they do not accept unsolicited proposals.”

– Bradford K. Smith, Foundation Center president

In our Grant Basics I class grant seekers learn about the opportunity to cultivate a relationship with funders who do not accept unsolicited proposals, but what does that actually mean?

Grant seekers want to know: How do I make contact?  Foundation Center has your answers, pulled together below:

Applications Not Accepted: Get on Their Radar [2011-04-25]” a transcript from an online GrantSpace chat with panelist Bradford K. Smith, president of Foundation Center, and Pamela Grow, author, coach, consultant and more, offers their thoughts and experiences on “preselect” foundations brought out the following resources and options for Grant Seekers entertaining building a relationship with a foundation not accepting applications.

Check out some notes or go straight to the source – read through this GrantSpace online chat 

Action steps for grant seekers:

1) Research the foundation thoroughly
2) Follow the foundation’s guidelines. “No phone calls” means just that, but don’t make assumptions.
3) Consider a Letter of Inquiry, which in this particular case is technically more of an “Exploratory Letter”*
4) Find a personal connection, through your board or staff
5) Build a relationship. Take an interest in the foundation’s work in the community, ask for their feedback or seek advice from their representatives
– Read the transcript for more.

*What is the difference between letter of inquiry and exploratory letter? 

“The major difference is that you note that you are aware that the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals while noting that your research indicates that your mission aligns beautifully with theirs.” – Pamela Grow

Learn more about Exploratory Letters in Storytelling for Grantseekers by [Cheryl] Clarke, also available as an ebook for ACPL cardholders.

Related resources from GrantSpace’s Knowledge Base Q & A’s:

From this last resource: Common reasons that foundations do not accept applications include:

  • the foundation has an internal process for identifying and selecting its grantees each year
  • it has been legally set up for the benefit of specific organizations
  • it does not have the capacity to receive and review a lot of proposals

For more light reading, check out Bradford K. Smith’s PhilanTopic blog post “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” on why a foundation might choose to not accept unsolicited proposals.

From the Intern’s Desk . . .

cubicle, three-sided window on the world.

IMG_1145[1]I, Craig the Intern, have had an interesting/exhilarating week.  I spent the first workday learning what so many of you have learned through the Paul Clarke NRC’s Grant Basics classes.

Tuesday I gardened.

Wednesday I learned about Logic Models with Mike Stone and Dawn Martz.

Thursday it came home to me once again that the people who enter information on websites sometimes get it wrong.

Well, or less than right.

See, this is how it went down. Continue reading