Funds for All & All for Funds

Welcome to my blog! I'd like you to consider this an interactive space for sharing information, successes, ideas, strategies, and links to help us all raise more funds for nonprofits.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Searching Smart for grants

Do you make the best use of the premier resource for grantseeking from private and community foundations, The Foundation Center? They offer great tutorials for searching in their extensive database of foundations, but not everyone uses some of the tools that give in-depth information, such as the Form 990 tax returns foundations file annually, listing all the grants they've made for the year. This detailed and current information will help you determine the right amount to ask for, the geographic spread of grants in recent years, and whether the foundation tends to make repeated grants to the same organizations.

Searching smart saves time, narrows the focus, and helps eliminate exaggerated expectations about the amount of grant funding that might be available for a given project or nonprofit. More on searching smart in the next installment.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Twitter for Funds

Nonprofits should take note of the power of Twitter for building a base of support. It's an avenue for communicating with your constituency in a way that no other medium offers.

Gina Schreck's book Gettin Geeky witt Twitter is a great resource for learning about tweeting. A Facebook page for your cause is a must, but it's a static vehicle. You have to drive traffic to it, and Twitter is one way to do that.

More on this soon.

Also, guest blogger and ace fundraising consultant David Jamieson will be joining this blog soon with a series of articles. Stay tuned.