Money (It’s What We Want)#12NTCmoney  Ruth Williams, ZeroDivide  Andrea Berry, Idealware  Cynthia Bailie, The Foundation C...
Money (It’s What We Want)#12NTCmoney AGENDA • Introductions (5) • Grantmaking and Technology - Ruth Williams (10) • Fundra...
How to persuade foundations to  fund your technology needs           April 3, 2012
Talked to funders• Conducted a 6 month survey - 41 funders, 13 TSPs• Learned how and why funders are – and are not –  supp...
What we learned• High funder interest; limited familiarity or expertise• Modest investments; mostly back end• Investment a...
What we recommend to Funder• Increase tech education and advising activities• Expand their pool of investments• Strengthen...
Recommendations to Persuade Funders• Don’t be shy, ask for funds and other tech support• Provide Funders with good data: m...
Funding Your Project                       8
There Are No Magical Tech Funders                                    Unfortunately.                                       ...
Can You Lower the Price?Check               Ask hardware          See if consultantsTechSoup for        vendors about     ...
Will Local Businesses Help?                              • Check with local banks                                or partne...
Can You Interest Major Donors?• Do you have donors  who might fund part or  all of the project?• It’s a nice, tangible  in...
Approach Your Current Funders• Would they be  interested in  supporting their  mission through tech?• Consider including i...
Building Awareness                     14
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Finding Funders                  19
GRANTSPACE.ORG                 20
FCONLINE.FOUNDATIONCENTER.ORG                                21
Thank You!Let’s stay in touch:• Ruth Williams | Senior Program Officer| ZeroDivide |  ruth@zerodivide.org• Andrea Berry | ...
Additional Resources“How a Small Nonprofit Made Simple Tech Tweaks and Saved $176,000.” By William Grassie - http://bit.ly...
Evaluate This Session!Each entry is a chance to win an NTEN engraved iPad!or Online using #12NTCmoney at www.nten.org/ntc/...
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  1. 1. Money (It’s What We Want)#12NTCmoney Ruth Williams, ZeroDivide Andrea Berry, Idealware Cynthia Bailie, The Foundation Center 1
  2. 2. Money (It’s What We Want)#12NTCmoney AGENDA • Introductions (5) • Grantmaking and Technology - Ruth Williams (10) • Fundraising and Technology - Andrea Berry (10) • Q&A (10) • Building Awareness Exercise - Cynthia Bailie (20) • Finding Funders –Cynthia Bailie (15) • Q&A (15) • Wrap up (5) 2
  3. 3. How to persuade foundations to fund your technology needs April 3, 2012
  4. 4. Talked to funders• Conducted a 6 month survey - 41 funders, 13 TSPs• Learned how and why funders are – and are not – supporting NPO’s in using tech for social change/programmatic work• Exec Sum: http://zerodivide.org/funder_report or http://bit.ly/e0qgFo (that’s zero, small “o”) 4
  5. 5. What we learned• High funder interest; limited familiarity or expertise• Modest investments; mostly back end• Investment are tactical, not strategic• Strategies for impactful tech investment are unclear• Skeptical about tech ROI• Better impact measurements needed• Good News: Future $ possible, Grantees lead the charge 5
  6. 6. What we recommend to Funder• Increase tech education and advising activities• Expand their pool of investments• Strengthen TSP infrastructure 6
  7. 7. Recommendations to Persuade Funders• Don’t be shy, ask for funds and other tech support• Provide Funders with good data: modest experiment, show #’s & commitment• Propose TA/trainings across a cohort of their grantees 7
  8. 8. Funding Your Project 8
  9. 9. There Are No Magical Tech Funders Unfortunately. 9
  10. 10. Can You Lower the Price?Check Ask hardware See if consultantsTechSoup for vendors about offer a discount ordiscount software nonprofit discounts compressed project 10
  11. 11. Will Local Businesses Help? • Check with local banks or partners • Might they donate (good quality) hardware or software? • Are there volunteers who could help you design and implement the project? 11
  12. 12. Can You Interest Major Donors?• Do you have donors who might fund part or all of the project?• It’s a nice, tangible investment for the right donor 12
  13. 13. Approach Your Current Funders• Would they be interested in supporting their mission through tech?• Consider including it in a larger project.• Do they offer any capacity services or funding programs? 13
  14. 14. Building Awareness 14
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  19. 19. Finding Funders 19
  20. 20. GRANTSPACE.ORG 20
  21. 21. FCONLINE.FOUNDATIONCENTER.ORG 21
  22. 22. Thank You!Let’s stay in touch:• Ruth Williams | Senior Program Officer| ZeroDivide | ruth@zerodivide.org• Andrea Berry | Director of Partnerships and Learning | Idealware | andrea@idealware.org• Cynthia Bailie | Director, Cleveland Office and Special Information Initiatives | The Foundation Center | cgb@foundationcenter.org 22
  23. 23. Additional Resources“How a Small Nonprofit Made Simple Tech Tweaks and Saved $176,000.” By William Grassie - http://bit.ly/eZMFp3Unleashing Innovation: Using Everyday Technology to Improve Nonprofit Services. By MAP for Nonprofits and Idealware - http://idealware.org/reportsGrants for Information Technology - 2011 Digital Edition. By The Foundation Center - http://foundationcenter.org/marketplace 23
  24. 24. Evaluate This Session!Each entry is a chance to win an NTEN engraved iPad!or Online using #12NTCmoney at www.nten.org/ntc/eval
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