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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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 42 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Students need to have an interest in writing grants to foundations
  • Previous knowledge on grantwriting is very useful but not essential

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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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Section 1: What You'll Learn in This Course

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

Section 2: The Context of Finding Foundation Funding

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.


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.

3 questions

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

Section 3: Finding Foundation Funding

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 Online Search Engines to Find Foundations
4 questions

This quiz covers material in Lectures 4 and 5.

Section 4: Wrapping Up
Lessons Learned and Conclusion
Section 5: 4 Ways to Become a Better Grantwriter

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.

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Instructor Biography

Rick Hoefer, 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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