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Introduction to Grants Research - Hosted by Philanthropy Massachusetts

  • Philanthropy Massachusetts 133 Federal Street (Suite 802) Boston, MA, 02110 United States (map)

With over 30,000 nonprofits in Massachusetts, competition for funding is high. How does one get a leg up?

The first step is doing one's homework. Foundations have missions just as do nonprofits and so it is vital to the success of your proposal that you find those funders who are aligned with your organization’s program area.

Google is not an effective tool for grants research as many funders still do not maintain a website. It is therefore imperative to know the key resources where you can locate reliable information. This introductory program is ideal for those who are new to the grants process or would like a brush up.

We cover:

  • Tips to make sure your organization is "grant ready"

  • Where you can locate Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

  • Tips to consider as you conduct your research

  • Some tips on what funders look for when evaluating a proposal

  • A quick look at Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)

And much more!

Sprinkled throughout will be some takeaways and tips we have collected over the years from foundation program officers, about how to strengthen the odds of receiving a grant.

In the last portion of the class, we take an in depth look at the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) and run test searches for funders. The FDO contains profiles on over 140,000 grantmakers from across the country.