New Release: How to Find Funding for Your Organization

We’ve added a new course to our collection.

If you’ve been struggling to find funding for your organization, our new course, How to Find Funding for Your Organization, might be of interest to you. In the course, we cover where to look for funding, how to use various search tools, and methods to track research results.

Course Content

I. Getting into the Grant Mindset

a. A Realistic Start: Setting Reasonable Expectations

b.Matching Funder Interests

c. Know the Funder's Priorities

d. Fit and Competency

e. What Grants Do Fund

f. What Grants Typically Do Not Fund

g. Setting Realistic Expectations for Your Grant Program

h. Key Points

II. Generating Your Search Terms

a. Relevant Results: The Challenge of Finding the Right Search Terms

b. Generating Keywords

c. Experimenting with Search Terms

d. Key Points: Using Keywords

e. Resource: Keyword Tracker

f. Video: Review of Keyword Tracker Template

III. Where to Find Funding Opportunities

a. Choosing Your Tools and Methods: Options for Funder Research

b. Identifying Tools for Prospect Research

c. Tools to Search for Foundation Grants

d. Tour of GrantStation

e. Seeking Funding from the US Government

f. Tools to Search for US Government Grants

g. Tour of Grants.gov

h. Seeking Funds for International Projects

i. Introduction to the USAID Business Forecast

j. Resources to Find Opportunities Sponsored by Bi- and Multilateral Organizations

k. Free Resources for Finding Grant Opportunities

l. Review of Philanthropy News Digest

m. Working Backward: How to Follow the Funding Trail

n. Review of SDG Funders

o. Summary of Steps: Using Free Resources

p. Key Points: Researching Potential Funders

IV.  Leveraging Partnerships

a. Introduction to Organizational Partnerships

b. The Role of Partnerships

c. Using Partnerships to Access Funding

d. Cultivating Partnerships

e. Key Points: Leveraging Partnerships

V. Following Funding Trends

a. What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: The Importance of Tracking News about Funders & Funding Priorities

b. Staying on Top of Funding Trends

c. Resources for Nonprofit and International Development News

d. Key Points: Following Funding Trends

VI. Tools & Templates to Track Research Results

a. Why You Need a Tracking System for Prospect Research

b. Free Tools for Tracking the Results of Funder Research

c. Overview of a Basic Funder Research Tracker

d. Overview of a Trello Board for Funder Research

e. How to Use Trello for Grant Research & Writing

f. Key Points: Tracking Research Results

VII. Evaluating Opportunities

a.  Opportunity Evaluation: The Who, What, Why of Evaluating Potential Opportunities

b. Determining Whether an Opportunity Is Worth Pursuing

c. Why Go/No-Go Decisions Are Crucial to Your Success

e. Overview of the Go/No-Go Meeting Process

e. Key Points: Evaluating Opportunities

VIII. Bonus Material

a. The Relationship between Your Organization's Online Presence & Its Ability to Attract Funding

b. Using an Online Presence to Attract Supporters

c. Give Your Organization a Home: Build a Website!

d. Creating a Social Media Strategy

e. Demonstrating Organizational Effectiveness

f. Prepare for a Funder’s Comprehensive Review of Your Organization’s Policies and Procedures

g. Fiscal Responsibility

h. Personnel Policies

i. Funder Recognition

j. Key Points: Building an Online Presence

k. Key Points: Organizational Effectiveness

IX. Summary

a. Course Summary and Tips for Success

b. Next Steps

X. Course Resources

Skills You'll Gain

 By the end of the course, you'll know how to:

  • Look  for potential funders and funding opportunity announcements

  • Use databases and other resources to find relevant funding opportunities

  • Evaluate funding opportunities to determine if they are a good fit

  • Organize information to help you pursue and apply to new opportunities

  • Make your organization more attractive to potential funders

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