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Tour of FC Search: Royal Wedding Style

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The Community Foundation of Sarasota County provides a computer station for nonprofits offering the Foundation Center's searchable database of grantmakers. Check out this short tour of the system.

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Tour of FC Search: Royal Wedding Style

  1. 1. The resource local nonprofits trust www.CFSarasota.org Finding the Perfect Grant Marriage Using FC Search
  2. 2. Royal Wedding Style
  3. 4. www.foundationcenter.org
  4. 5. There’s a lot to digest . <ul><li>Over 90,000 grantmaker profiles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public foundations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private foundations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate giving programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current RFPs </li></ul><ul><li>Quick Access to IRS Form 990s </li></ul>
  5. 6. But the Queen doesn’t give away all of her secrets, including: <ul><li>Government grants </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for individuals or for-profits </li></ul><ul><li>The answers about what grants you should apply for </li></ul>
  6. 7. It’s easy. Shockingly easy. <ul><li>Comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>Searchable </li></ul><ul><li>User friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Can be printed/ e-mailed </li></ul><ul><li>Can save your searches </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Types of Support </li></ul><ul><li>Fields of Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Total Assets </li></ul><ul><li>Total Giving </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords </li></ul>The long train of searchable data
  8. 9. Let’s do a sample search . <ul><ul><ul><li>First Step of Sarasota Substance abuse treatment and recovery programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sample Scenario : Seeking funding for drug use prevention program for teens in Sarasota. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 15. Let’s take a closer look at a grantmaker profile.
  10. 16. We just searched grant makers. Let’s get a little sneaky . What grants have similar local agencies received?
  11. 19. Getting your results home <ul><ul><li>E-mail them in PDF or Excel form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print them at no cost </li></ul></ul>
  12. 20. REMEMBER : Be cautious and thorough .
  13. 21. <ul><ul><ul><li>It’s only a research tool. The quality of your results depends on how you use the database. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It’s the beginning . ALWAYS check with the grantmaker before applying. Verify app. procedures, deadlines & other important info. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 23. Use GuideStar to Assist In Your Grant Research <ul><li>Sign up for free membership. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the search function to find the grantmaker’s latest 990. </li></ul><ul><li>Study the list of grants awarded: agencies, missions, locations, amounts, and purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a good match? </li></ul>
  15. 24. Recommended Resources The Foundation Center website Free proposal writing short course Online help chat www.FoundationCenter.org The Nonprofit Resource Center Management Library

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