Technology forNonprofits and Ministries Andrew Sears Executive Director
Why Care About Technology?1. Get more money: grants & donors2. Get more volunteers3. Track clients and outcomes4. Cut expenses & improve efficiency5. Improve communication6. Learn online
Technology for Fundraising Grants Research Databases ◦ Grant Station ◦ Guidestar ◦ Christian Grants Directory ◦ Foundation Center ◦ www.urbanministry.org/grants (free) Individual Donations Management ◦ eTapestry
Grants Research Databases:Grant Station Sale price: $99 for a year’s subscription Subscription available through www.techsoup.org/stock Funder profiles ◦ Name, address, phone number, web address ◦ Brief paragraph on funder’s area of interest Free newsletter available
Grants Research Databases:Guidestar Free! Search for foundations by name Form 990s ◦ Who they’ve funded in the past ◦ How much they gave ◦ Whether they gave to many organizations or a few ◦ Can sometimes provide names of the foundation board members or executive staff Can’t be used to search for new prospects, however.
Grants Research Databases:Christian Grants Directory Free! www.urbanministry.org/grants Search using tags (i.e. Geographic Focus, Areas of Interest, etc.). Search using “more options” link ◦ Click on “more options” link in the search bar ◦ Enter a search term (“Massachusetts”, “youth”, etc.) Funder profiles (contact information, link to Form 990, etc.)
Grants Research Databases:Foundation Center Convenient option: $195 per year for the basic subscription The cheapskate’s cheat sheet: Copley Library, Social Sciences Department ◦ Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. (October-May) ◦ Online and print format ◦ Use library card and PIN to search Foundation Center database ◦ Search for foundations by interest area, geographic focus, location Back at your office, use Foundation Center’s free features ◦ http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/ : search for foundation by name, state or zip code (i.e. 02111, “the Financial District”) ◦ Basic funder profiles and Form 990s
eTapestry: Keeping Track ofIndividual Donors Create an Account ◦ Ask TechMission for Help Creating Receipt Templates Creating a Donor Account Entering a Gift Printing Receipts