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. Matching Funder Interests

b. Know the Funder's Priorities

c. Fit and Competency

d. What Grants Do Fund

e. What Grants Typically Do Not Fund

f. Setting Realistic Expectations for Your Grant Program

II. Generating Your Search Terms

a. Generating Keywords

b. Experimenting with Search Terms

c. Key Points: Using Keywords

d. Resource: Keyword Tracker

e. Video: Review of Keyword Tracker Template

III. Where to Find Funding Opportunities

a. Identifying Tools for Prospect Research

b. Tools to Search for Foundation Grants

c. Video: Tour of GrantStation

d. Video: Review of SDGFunders.org

e. Tools to Search for US Government Grants

f. Video: Introduction to the USAID Business Forecast

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

h. Free Resources for Finding Grant Opportunities

i. Video: Review of Philanthropy News Digest

j. Summary of Steps: Using Free Resources

IV.  Leveraging Partnerships

a. The Role of Partnerships

b. Using Partnerships to Access Funding

c. Cultivating Partnerships

V. Following Funding Trends

a. Staying on Top of Funding Trends

b. Resources for Nonprofit and International Development News

VI. Tools & Templates to Track Research Results

a. Free Tools for Tracking the Results of Funder Research

b. Video: Overview of a Basic Funder Research Tracker

c. Video: Overview of a Trello Board for Funder Research

d. How to Use Trello for Grant Research & Writing

VII. Evaluating Opportunities

a.  Determining When an Opportunity Is Worth Pursuing

b. Go/No-Go Decisions

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

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

VIII. Bonus Material

a. Using an Online Presence to Attract Supporters

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

c. Creating a Social Media Strategy

d. Demonstrating Organizational Effectiveness

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

f. Fiscal Responsibility

g. Personnel Policies

h. Funder Recognition

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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