Finding the Right Funder

Posted by John O'Malley on July 22, 2016

 

Locate potential funders through:

Foundation Center Libraries 

Locally published Guides to Funders 

Newspapers and Trade Periodicals

Volunteer connections

On-line resources

 

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FUNDERS:

 

Get infomration directly from the funder, from their website, from their annual report, or from their most recent tax return – www.guidestar.org or www.grantsmart.org

1.  Do your needs match the objectives or mission of the funder? Do they give grants in your specific subject area?

2. What type of grants have they made over the last few years? 

3. Did they give grants to organizations similar to yours? In the same geographic area?

4. Are there any limitations on their grants that might rule out your project as a recipient?

5. How much money do they have to give away and what is the average size of their award?

6. Do you have any history/past funding with them?

LAST STEP: Screen your potential funders and identify your choices, then create a management system.


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