Make a compelling philanthropic case for station support with these step-by-step guidelines and templates. These tools can be adapted no matter what type of support you are seeking from foundation funders.
All foundations are non-profit organizations that have been specifically established to support charitable efforts. That said, there are significant differences among foundations - in their structure, in the way they acquire and disperse funds, and, of course, in their missions and goals.
In recent years, more and more people have established foundations as their primary philanthropic vehicle. The amount that foundations give in grants is determined by the size of their endowments.
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One of the most critical parts of the foundation development process is planning your project. The more specific your plans, the better your proposals will be.
Before you can write effective proposals to foundations, you need to gather information about your organization and its goals.
This article focuses on general support and project support grants, which are the ones most frequently requested by non-profits and most frequently awarded by foundations.
Once you have defined the project(s) for which you would like to seek foundation support, the next step is to find the best possible funders.
Consider yourself a matchmaker. An important part of your job as you seek foundation grants is to identify and nurture successful matches between your station and potential funders.
There are four principal ways to begin a conversation with a foundation regarding the possibility of a grant.