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Key Parts of a Grantmaker Profile in FDO

Key Parts of a Grantmaker Profile in FDO


FDO’s new grantmaker profile provides all of the information you need to decide if a funder is a good match for your project But where do you start? Here are some tips for finding answers to a grant seekers most pressing questions First, do I meet this funders requirements? before reviewing the entire profile Let’s look at the funders limitations to find them click on menu then click on applications RFPs There you will see a box called giving limitations these tell you what is not funded so you can see right away if there’s anything that immediately disqualifies you if not Go back to the colorful charts that share the funders giving trends over the last 5 years Next ask yourself is my mission a priority for this funder The what is being funded section tells us that the performing arts is in the top 10 for this funder? This makes them a good prospect for my ballet school The darkest states on the map and the where is the money going section tell us where the funder gave most? not surprisingly New York states are the most grants from the New York Community Trust This map is extremely useful when you’re trying to understand if the grant maker is a nationwide funder How big are the grants? This chart shows by volume the size of their grants, which gives us an idea of an appropriate amount to ask But keep in mind that this is an overview of the grantmakers total giving in the last five years When you need to know the most likely grant sizes for your specific search criteria But through the grants section of the profile, in the professional plan only You can view more details for all three charts our video on subject Location and grant size trends will tell you more about what to expect Conveniently the next section shows past grants that match my search filter with the most common grant amount for my search criteria being $10,000 But as you can see here. There are many grants that are for higher amounts than $10,000 Because this grants section isolates the funders activity specific to your search criteria. You just look up a found with no search criteria You’ll miss out on this important level of detail Remember you can save a search and rerun it later But does this grant maker fund organizations like mine Part of figuring out how much to ask for is to look at the types of recipients my small nonprofit is not Lincoln Center So let’s see if smaller organizations like mine have gotten grants by clicking on view all The arrow shows which column is being used to sort the results Sorting by most recent year is the default But we can click on any column heading to resort them if I sort by grant amount I can quickly see the grant size range And what types of organizations get the larger versus smaller grants? If I want to save these grant results the tools box at the top of the list lets me it saves them as a PDF export them into an excel file or Email them as a PDF. Click on your browser’s back button to return to the funders profile One of the most important things to ask is do I know anybody Associated with this funder? because that can help you get a funders attention Click on the who’s-who link in the menu on the left It’s also at the top of the page under the funders name Who’s who lists the organization’s board members and staff This little icon indicates, which ones are on LinkedIn so I can look for any connections This information is especially critical when approaching funders who don’t accept unsolicited proposals If you don’t have a direct connection with anyone on the board or staff You’ll be able to see who in your network can provide you with an introduction Watch our video on leveraging your network to learn more about this topic click on About to see in the funders own words their mission their primary interests and any special program areas Funding interests can tell me not only what the grant maker says they fund, but also the type of support they offer Look under support strategy to see what type of aid might be available for example capacity building general operating support or technical assistance Other funders to consider lists other grant makers with similar giving patterns we may or may not have come up in my search Another way to find out more about the grantmaker especially if they don’t have a website Is to check the communications section to see if they’ve been featured in foundation centers news publications like philanthropy news digest It also shows how I can connect with them on social media if applicable Before I approach this grantmaker I want to read the applications section thoroughly It will tell me if there are any upcoming deadlines or current RFPs, and what submissions to include with my application Failure to follow the instructions here very carefully could cost me the grant Finally the last section provides contact information and sometimes key personnel in case I have questions It also identifies the grantmaker type provides EIN and bridge ID numbers which are unique identifiers for organizations and lists the funders memberships and publications foundation directory online strives to provide the most up-to-date information Available in grantmaker profiles at the top it shows when this profile and its grant data was last updated Our profiles draw from organizations 990 tax forms, but many grant makers like this one are also eGrant reporters This feature unique to foundation directory online is made possible because of foundation centers relationships with the foundations Many of the Foundation’s report their grant making activity directly to us eGrant reporter’s data Will typically be more current because it can be submitted to us before any tax return is filed And that wraps up our tour of the grantmaker profile check out additional videos to learn how to leverage your network When reaching out to funders as well as how to save funders of interest

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