Grant Research for Nonprofits
Kathleen O’Keeffe, Librarian
Joyce Mork-O’Brien, Grant Writer
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Funding information for nonprofits
in the Puget Sound area
Foundation Center
Funding Information Network partners
in Washington State
• Redmond
• Seattle
• UW Tacoma
• Bremerton
• B...
Private Philanthropy: The Big Picture
Giving USA 2012
Giving USA 2012
As you consider grants . . .
Note to self: you are looking for a grant to meet a
community need, not the needs of your org...
IF Your Project:
 Fills a demonstrated need in a distinctive way
 Includes alliances with other orgs working on
related ...
Preparation
Devote 80% of time to research
About your project
About funder
Allow 20% of time for proposal writing
The ...
Types of Foundations: Private
• Nongovernmental, nonprofit organization
(specific legal entity)
• Have own funds or endowm...
Corporate Foundations
– Separate legal entities, maintain close ties with the
parent company. Their giving usually reflect...
IRS Requirements
for Private Foundations
• 5% payout every year
• Requires “increased scrutiny” if the
foundation gives to...
IRS 990-PF
Provides info on:
 Financials
 Board Members
 Every Grant
Given
– To Whom
– For How Much
– For What
Sample 990 PF: List of Grants Made by Aven Foundation in 2011
excerpt
Public Foundations (or Charities)
• Community foundations
– Seattle Foundation
– Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
• Pop...
Not Foundations:
Corporate Giving Programs
– Not separate legal entities - no public reporting
requirement, no endowments
...
Q: How do you find potential funders for
your project?
A: Start at the Nonprofit & Philanthropy
Resource Center at the Red...
4 grants databases and
individual assistance in using
them.
Database #1:
Foundation Directory Online
Professional Edition
 102,000 Foundations & Corporate Giving Programs Over 2.2 million grants
 700,000+ Fully Searchable 990s Updated Weekly
Sample Search
Foundation Profile
Who funds similar organizations?
Search Results
SPECIAL FEATURE OF FDO:
990S ARE SEARCHABLE BY KEYWORD OR PHRASE
Sample Results
Database #2:
GrantStation
 8,000+ Foundations & Corporat
Funder
 Active programs onl
 State & Federal Grant Program
GrantStation
 Posts Federal deadlines bi-weekly
 Lists state agencies if have grant programs
Database #3:
Philanthropy Northwest
Funders Directory
• Give $750 Million Annually
• WA, OR, ID, MT, AK, WY
• 194 Foundations & Corporations
Free Publications on philanthropynw.org
Database #4:
NOZA Search
 Foundations, Corporations, Individuals
 Adds 1,000,000 Grant records monthly
 Search by category, amount, city or
state
Further Research
• Learn as much as you can about the funding source
– from their website (if they have one)
– Study 2 or ...
Beyond Foundations
• Service Clubs
• Fraternal Organizations
• Professional & Trade Associations
• Unions
• Military
• Her...
Additional Resources
Supporting data for your proposal
• http://factfinder2.census.gov
• http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/PSB/Dem
ographics/DataR...
Free resources from The Foundation Center www.grantspace.org
www.kcls.org/philanthropy
• Updated regularly
• Nonprofit Calendar
Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
www.grantwriters.org
•6 lunchtime meetings per year, at the REI Flagship Store in
Sea...
Nonprofits Front & Center 2013
Perfecting Your Pitch for Maximum Impact:
Effective Marketing for Nonprofits
An evening wit...
Nonprofit & Philanthropy Resource Center
• Free access to grants databases
• Free instruction on conducting database searc...
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  • The NPRC is a Funding Information Network partner of The Foundation Center. The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit whose mission is to inform the public about philanthropy and the contributions that nonprofits make to society. To accomplish this, the Foundation Center sponsors over 400 Funding Information Network partners throughout the country.
  • The Foundation Center is a leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. It maintains comprehensive database of U.S., and, increasingly, global grantmakers. Over 100,000 foundations are included. It is updated every week. They also publish books about all aspects of grant seeking, proposal writing, and nonprofit management. As a “cooperating collection” library, we provide free public access to their excellent databases, and can purchase their materials at a discount. You will see lots of Foundation Center publications in our collection. Most of them can be checked out.You need to be in the library to access the database, but the Foundation Center also offers lots of information and webinar trainings for free on their website. Fee-based online trainings are also available, as well as classroom trainings.
  • Currently there are 450 Funding Information partners through the U.S. Here is a list of the libraries in Washington state. Spread the word if you know people working in nonprofits in these areas.
  • Explain the distinctions of each source.
  • 50% of corporate giving is in-kindCorporate Marketing Departments may provide sponsorship Interested in reaching particular market segmentDon’t forget small business Have list of ways you can help them & they can help you Products - VolunteersResearch on companies in Web sites, databases and publications
  • Lots of great, free training resources from this site, accessible from anywhere.Look at the tabs. Demonstration search up next
  • *60% of foundations say they do not accept unsolicited proposalsSince grants begin with relationships, try to find someone who knows themSome now say “The foundation does not encourage unsolicited proposals”
  • “at-risk youth”Grantmakers = 7; Grants = 20; 990s = 38
  • As you have seen, FDO Professional is an incredible resource. There are other databases that are smaller yet will sometimes give you results that FDO does not. It’s worth checking other databases. KCLS carries 3 additional databases for grants and fundraising. GrantStation is one of them.
  • Data comes from Internet-based annual reports, newsletters, campaign honor rolls, press releases, social networks, event sponsor lists, etc.
  • These sources won’t be in databases, but are worth investigating. Look for connections with the work that you do, or the people in your org.
  • Grant Research for Nonprofits

    1. 1. Grant Research for Nonprofits Kathleen O’Keeffe, Librarian Joyce Mork-O’Brien, Grant Writer image from foundationcenter.org
    2. 2. + ________________ Funding information for nonprofits in the Puget Sound area
    3. 3. Foundation Center Funding Information Network partners in Washington State • Redmond • Seattle • UW Tacoma • Bremerton • Bellingham • Port Townsend • Spokane
    4. 4. Private Philanthropy: The Big Picture Giving USA 2012
    5. 5. Giving USA 2012
    6. 6. As you consider grants . . . Note to self: you are looking for a grant to meet a community need, not the needs of your organization. What needs are you meeting? What are your specific goals? How much do you need? Who are you serving? What is the time frame? How will you measure the success of your project? What kind of support are you seeking?
    7. 7. IF Your Project:  Fills a demonstrated need in a distinctive way  Includes alliances with other orgs working on related issues  Is realistic in scope  Demonstrates your capacity to manage it properly and report on its effectiveness THEN YOU HAVE INCREASED YOUR CHANCES FOR FUNDING.
    8. 8. Preparation Devote 80% of time to research About your project About funder Allow 20% of time for proposal writing The best proposal won’t convince the wrong funder.
    9. 9. Types of Foundations: Private • Nongovernmental, nonprofit organization (specific legal entity) • Have own funds or endowment • Three types: – Independent – Operating – Corporate Average foundation grant for past decade: $5000.
    10. 10. Corporate Foundations – Separate legal entities, maintain close ties with the parent company. Their giving usually reflects company interests. – Must meet the public disclosure requirements of foundations. – Have small endowments. Average corporate gift in last decade = $2500.
    11. 11. IRS Requirements for Private Foundations • 5% payout every year • Requires “increased scrutiny” if the foundation gives to individuals • Must file annual 990-PF form
    12. 12. IRS 990-PF Provides info on:  Financials  Board Members  Every Grant Given – To Whom – For How Much – For What
    13. 13. Sample 990 PF: List of Grants Made by Aven Foundation in 2011 excerpt
    14. 14. Public Foundations (or Charities) • Community foundations – Seattle Foundation – Greater Tacoma Community Foundation • Population or issue-oriented funds – MS Foundation – Sierra Club Public charities file IRS 990
    15. 15. Not Foundations: Corporate Giving Programs – Not separate legal entities - no public reporting requirement, no endowments – May include employee matching gifts and in-kind gifts – Programs are designed to benefit employees and families, or communities with company operations – May include sponsorships, employee volunteers, board members.
    16. 16. Q: How do you find potential funders for your project? A: Start at the Nonprofit & Philanthropy Resource Center at the Redmond Library
    17. 17. 4 grants databases and individual assistance in using them.
    18. 18. Database #1: Foundation Directory Online Professional Edition
    19. 19.  102,000 Foundations & Corporate Giving Programs Over 2.2 million grants  700,000+ Fully Searchable 990s Updated Weekly
    20. 20. Sample Search
    21. 21. Foundation Profile
    22. 22. Who funds similar organizations?
    23. 23. Search Results
    24. 24. SPECIAL FEATURE OF FDO: 990S ARE SEARCHABLE BY KEYWORD OR PHRASE
    25. 25. Sample Results
    26. 26. Database #2: GrantStation
    27. 27.  8,000+ Foundations & Corporat Funder  Active programs onl  State & Federal Grant Program
    28. 28. GrantStation  Posts Federal deadlines bi-weekly  Lists state agencies if have grant programs
    29. 29. Database #3: Philanthropy Northwest Funders Directory
    30. 30. • Give $750 Million Annually • WA, OR, ID, MT, AK, WY • 194 Foundations & Corporations
    31. 31. Free Publications on philanthropynw.org
    32. 32. Database #4: NOZA Search
    33. 33.  Foundations, Corporations, Individuals  Adds 1,000,000 Grant records monthly  Search by category, amount, city or state
    34. 34. Further Research • Learn as much as you can about the funding source – from their website (if they have one) – Study 2 or 3 years of 990s – Find newspaper and magazine articles (use periodical databases from www.kcls.org)
    35. 35. Beyond Foundations • Service Clubs • Fraternal Organizations • Professional & Trade Associations • Unions • Military • Heritage • Hobby • Faith Community
    36. 36. Additional Resources
    37. 37. Supporting data for your proposal • http://factfinder2.census.gov • http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/PSB/Dem ographics/DataReports.aspx
    38. 38. Free resources from The Foundation Center www.grantspace.org
    39. 39. www.kcls.org/philanthropy • Updated regularly • Nonprofit Calendar
    40. 40. Puget Sound Grantwriters Association www.grantwriters.org •6 lunchtime meetings per year, at the REI Flagship Store in Seattle •Sample topics from this year: •The Secrets of Site Visits •Next Generation Philanthropists •Program Evaluation: Perspectives from Puget Sound Funders and Nonprofit Leaders •Annual Conference: Nov. 1, 2013 Scholarships available – deadline is October 11th.
    41. 41. Nonprofits Front & Center 2013 Perfecting Your Pitch for Maximum Impact: Effective Marketing for Nonprofits An evening with Erica Mills, nonprofit marketing expert and principal of Claxon Marketing. Thursday, Dec. 5th 7:00 – 8:30 pm Redmond Library
    42. 42. Nonprofit & Philanthropy Resource Center • Free access to grants databases • Free instruction on conducting database searches • Materials on nonprofits, fundraising, grant writing • Workshops Check our website and calendar often!

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