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Nonprofit Grant Writers: How To Find Foundation Funding

Become More Successful at Grant Writing by Finding the Foundation that Wants to Fund Your Nonprofit
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Created by Rick Hoefer
Last updated 5/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Locate appropriate foundations for funding their nonprofit organization
Use the information to be more successful when writing foundation grants for their nonprofit
Feel more confident and obtain better results when approaching foundations for money
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  • Students need to have an interest in writing grants to foundations
  • Previous knowledge on grantwriting is very useful but not essential

Foundations are a major source of funding for nonprofit organizations. But you have to be able to find appropriate foundations that are interested in what you have to offer before you can receive any of the billions of dollars they hand out each year. This course prepares you to understand what foundations are and how to find ones that you can successfully apply to for money to assist your nonprofit. Grant writing can only happen after you find an appropriate target for your proposal--this course demonstrates tried and true strategies (using written documents and videos) in a step-by-step manner so you locate foundations to apply to.

The course will take about 1 hour to go through, although to fully implement the techniques will take more time. The information will be useful over and over again as you search for different ideas and programs to fund.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at people with limited to no experience at finding appropriate foundations to approach for funding their nonprofit
  • Intermediate to advanced grantwriters will also find useful information but some information will be things they already know
  • This course does NOT teach how to write a grant--it shows you how to locate appropriate foundations to apply to
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 7 Lectures Collapse All 7 Lectures 42:03
What You'll Learn in This Course
1 Lecture 03:48

After this lecture, you will know what will be covered in the course and who appropriate students are.

Preview 03:48
The Context of Finding Foundation Funding
2 Lectures 08:36

This video is voiced-over PowerPoint detailing what foundations are . In the resources is a silent animation to remind you what the three types of foundations are. A longer and more complete talking head video is in the resources area (link to YouTube). The same information is included as both a document and a powerpoint presentation (pdfs) in the resources area.

Preview 04:10

This file provides information about how the Great Recession has impacted the way foundations operate. You need to know this as you plan approaching foundations for funding.

This information is also in the resources area as a PowerPoint and a talking head video.

Preview 04:26

This quiz is to remind you about the context of foundation funding.

Context of Foundation Funding
3 questions
Finding Foundation Funding
2 Lectures 18:24

After this section, you'll know about and be able to use the Foundation Center Directory Online Free Version and you'll know how to access the paid version for free.

Using the Foundation Center Directory Online Database

Using Online Search Engines to Find Foundations

This quiz covers material in Lectures 4 and 5.

Finding Foundation Funding: Foundation Directory Online and Search Engines
4 questions
Wrapping Up
1 Lecture 04:17
Lessons Learned and Conclusion
4 Ways to Become a Better Grantwriter
1 Lecture 06:58

This video presents four ways to become a better grantwriter, whether you're new to the field or been at it a long time. There is also a pdf version of the PowerPoint slides in the resources.

Bonus Video: 4 Ways to Become a Better Grantwriter
About the Instructor
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50 Students
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Grantwriting and Nonprofit Management Expert

Dr. Rick Hoefer helps people raise funds for their causes and organizations by teaching how to find funding sources and craft successful grant proposals. As an award-winning teacher and consultant, he has worked with hundreds of students and dozens of nonprofits to improve their ability to support programs and causes they hold dear. He has been writing grants for over 30 years and has been awarded millions of dollars in grant funds over that time. His techniques are time-proven and customer approved. His full-time job is as a professor at a major University where he teaches nonprofit management and social policy.

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