researching foundations & donors

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Don't assume, for example, that there are any hard and fast rules about what kind of organizations can solicit certain foundations. Small nonprofits succeed in getting grants from large foundations, and vice a versa. Research here is key. In order to better understand the research process, we're going to look at some hypothetical organizations and talk about the best way to plead their cases to various funding sources. We’ll also examine the Web sites of organizations that deal with foundations and look together at the Foundation Center, the Council on Foundations, the National Council on Family Philanthropy, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. I don’t want to make this endless, but I do want to give you a very general overview of the kinds of resources available to you. Chapter 2 Basic Research Tools Let's begin with the major sources for foundation information. As we discussed in the last lesson, the daddy of them all is The Foundation Center. This is the best place to begin your research. The Center has major libraries in Atlanta, Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. If you are in one of these cities, their library should be your first stop in connection with preparing grant proposals. They have complete information on some 70,000 foundations of every kind—more than you'll ever want. They also have some very helpful librarians. And, of course, their Web site will make your life much easier! It includes information on every kind of foundation you'll be interested in approaching. Charitable foundations fall into various categories, but they're defined by their sources of funding. There are corporate foundations (which we've touched on briefly) and we'll discuss them again in the next lesson. There are family foundations also, so named because the funding comes from a single family. These foundations award grants to whomever they feel is worthy. Community foundations house various funding sources under one administrative roof. Donors who supply the funds for a foundation, the funders , are the ones who set the guidelines for how the proceeds from their foundation can be spent. They can give to whomever they want, whenever they want, and that is the beauty of their independence. The Foundation Center also has Cooperating Collections in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Mexico. In this lesson's Supplementary Material section, you'll find the URL for the Foundation Library Cooperating Collections. They have many of the resources of the main Foundation Center, and all the tools that will be useful to you for preparing grant proposals. The Foundation Center Web Site When I went to the Foundation Center site to see what I could find for you in this course, I was disappointed to find that many of their services are available only by subscription. Their most useful tool, The Foundation Directory Online Subscription Service, is about $10 a month—but that does not give you very much. The top of the line subscription service, aptly named the
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course PUBLIC ADM 102 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UNF.

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