Foundation Center, the best place to start, offers a multitude of resources including very helpful Frequently Asked Questions and free tutorials on topics such as:
Grantspace, a service of the Foundation Center, has many learning opportunities -- not only about grants -- including English and Spanish language knowledge base, webinars, videos, podcasts, blogs, live chats, sample documents, newsletters, grant opportunities by subject field, in-person classes, and free access to the Foundation Directory Online database.
Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing, and Writing Successful Proposals
by Tori O'Neal-McElrath
This workbook presents an accessible approach to the grant-writing process and has been updated to incorporate significant changes that have taken place in the grantseeking landscape since the third edition, such as information about online applications. Sheryl wrote all the sample proposals on the accompanying website for this fourth edition.
Fundraising by Ellen S. Ryan (first six pages)
Expanding the base of financial support can be difficult because grassroots
organizations focused on social and economic justice work are often so busy working on their issues and programs that they develop a hand-to-mouth relationship to money. Here are some tips for growing beyond this vicious cycle.
https://www.virginia-organizing.org/sites/default/files/Organizing%20Toolbox%20Articles%20by%20Ellen%20S.%20Ryan.pdf (first six pages)
Your Organization's Future: Guide to Fundraising Strategies by Michael Seltzer
The author explains how to strengthen your nonprofit's capacity to raise funds and promote long-term stability. Learn how to effectively define vision and mission, build your Board of Directors, plan programs, and develop your budget. The Guide shows how to determine the best mix of funding resources for the long term. Worksheets and case studies help you formulate your own plan.
The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), a multiracial organization that promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice, and movement-building, publishes this bi-monthly magazine. It contains practical tips and tools to help you raise money for your organization and is highly recommended for showing anyone how you can raise funds from your community without feeling intimidated. There is also a free monthly e-newsletter.
The Foundation Center and its GrantSpace service offer two very useful pages about establishing nonprofit organizations.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This is a good source of “how-to” information, including grant news, checklists, and templates, as well as articles, tools, and tips on fundraising, management, technology, and innovation. The print magazine is sent out monthly and subscribers get full access to the website. Webinars, podcasts, and free daily and weekly e-newsletters add to the value of this resource.
CharityChannel is home to an active nonprofit professional community that publishes numerous articles on topics such as fundraising, management, Board development, volunteers, human resources, technology, prospect research, capital campaigns, working with Consultants, donor recognition, planned giving, social media, and marketing.
Funding a Business
By and large, foundations do not make grants to for-profit enterprises. If you are trying to start or expand a for-profit business, this page will show you how to begin.
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