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Helpful Links for Grantwriters

Disclaimer:  we do not vouch for the reliability of the information you receive from other websites; rather, we want to give you a sampling of the information available to you on the Web.  Please be a cautious consumer!

 

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Internet Resources

 

Information about Grantwriting

 

The Foundation Center is an incredible site of news, articles and links at http://fdncenter.org/The Grantmaker Information section links to over 4,800 grantmaker sites.  The site includes a “proposal writing short course,” a prospect worksheet for foundations and corporations, and free online learning labs in grantseeking, putting a budget together, reading a 990, and more.

 

About.com’s Nonprofit Section:  Lots of information about writing grants, starting a nonprofit, and other pertinent nonprofit-related topics:  http://nonprofit.about.com/cs/helpwithgrants/

Charity Village http://www.charityvillage.com/cv/research/rprop.html  includes some articles about grant seeking.

Delaware Nonprofit:  Lots of great fundraising links, including information on evaluation and outcomes, links to funders, and information on grantwriting:  http://www.delawarenonprofit.org/

GrantProposal.com:  Created by Elizabeth Brunner, a fund raiser and consultant in San Luis Obispo, Calif., this website offers advice on grant seeking -- including how to gather information about grantmakers and craft letters of inquiry and proposals. The site also provides links to other websites on grant seeking.  http://Grantproposal.com.

Writing a Successful Proposal: These tips from the Minnesota Council on Foundations includes answers to common questions, such as “What happens to my proposal after it reaches the grantmaker?” and “What should I do if my proposal is rejected?”  http://www.mcf.org/mcf/grant/writing.htm

Paladin Group on Writing Proposals: Outlines the standard components of a full proposal, including the budget and attachments.  http://www.silcom.com/~paladin/promaster.html

Proposal Planning & Writing:  A short version of the full-length book.  Gives a good overview of the grantwriting process and the pieces of a proposal: http://www.wm.edu/grants/PROP/miner.pdf

 

Sumption & Wyland has a great list of grants-related web resources:  http://www.sumptionandwyland.com/documents/grants-web-resources.htm

 

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Prospect Research

Mainstream newspapers and press releases from nonprofit organizations often provide insight into the funding priorities of targeted prospects, with far more detail than you might find in typical lists of grant recipients. In addition to investigating the grantmaking guidelines of foundations and corporations as institutions, grantwriters often research biographical information about the original benefactor, foundation trustees, program officers, and corporate executives.

Guidestar:  Source for 990s from grantmakers.  http://www.Guidestar.org.

Grantsmart:  More 990s from grantmakers:  http://www.grantsmart.com.

The Foundation Center (see above).

Cecilia Hogan’s website (Univ. of Puget Sound):  http://www.ups.edu/our/adi/research/corplinks.html

The Council on Foundations:  The site offers links to web sites maintained by foundations that are members of the council, as well as to associations of grant makers and to philanthropy research centers worldwide. http://www.cof.org

Internet Prospector:  This Web site provides the current and back issues of the Internet Prospector, an on-line newsletter that offers news, advice, and links to Web sites that help fund raisers use the Internet to gather information about foundations, corporations, and individuals in the United States and abroad. The site also features an annotated compilation of the links that have been reported in the newsletter.  http://www.Internet-prospector.org

Zimmerman Lehman:  provides articles about fund raising. Topics discussed include how to use the Internet to gather information about donors, foundations, and businesses.  http://www.Zimmerman-lehman.com

Grantsmanship Center  Lists daily announcements of grants from the Federal Register and provides contact information for community foundations and links to international grant makers. Articles on grant seeking, fund raising, and non-profit management -- originally published in The Grantsmanship Center Magazine -- are also available on the site.   http://www.tgci.com

David Lamb’s prospect research page:  http://www.lambresearch.com

 

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Federal Grants

Grants.gov is the central access point for most federal grants:  http://www.grants.gov/

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Programs is a compendium of over 1,400 federal programs, grants, loans, scholarships, and services.  http://www.cfda.gov/

The Federal Register:  http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

The Grantsmanship Center has a section on federal funding:  http://www.tgci.com/funding/federal.asp

 

Listservs

Charity Channel: Grants Forum:  http://charitychannel.com/publish/templates/?a=1125&z=72  Charity Channel hosts over 200 public and private forums related to non-profits and fund-raising.  They also publish electronic newsletters.

Charity Channel:  PRSPCT-L  
Charity Channel is also now hosting this forum on prospect research issues.  http://charitychannel.com/archives/prspct-l.html

PSGA’s listserv:  See the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association website at http://www.grantwriters.org .  The listserv is open only to PSGA members.

 

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Books 

National foundation and corporate prospect research:

 

The Foundation Directoryhttp://fdncenter.org

National Directory of Corporate Givinghttp://fdncenter.org

Corporate Foundation Profileshttp://fdncenter.org

 

Washington state specific directories:

Philanthropy Northwest Member Directory (now only available as an online database)
2815 Second Avenue, Suite 290
Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 770-9423
http://www.philanthropyNW.org

 

Washington Foundation Data Book

C&D Publishing

1017 SW Morrison

Portland, OR  97205

(877) 924-7268

http://foundationdatabook.com/

 

The Washington State Charitable Trust Directory
Charities Division, Secretary of State
P.O. Box 40234
Olympia, WA  98504-0234
(360) 753-0863
http://www.secstate.wa.gov/charities/trust.aspx

 

Books about grantwriting

Mary Hall and Susan Howlett, Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals, Fourth Edition, Portland State University, 2003.

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Local (Washington state) organizations for grantwriters and fundraisers:

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association (PSGA)
2150 North 107th St., Suite 205
Seattle, WA  98133-9009
(206) 367-8704
http://grantwriters.org/

Northwest Development Officers Association (NDOA)
2150 North 107th St., Suite 205
Seattle, WA  98133-9009
(206) 367-8704
http://ndoa.org

The Nonprofit Center
1501 Pacific Avenue, Suite 320
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-5844
http://npcenter.org/

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