Helpful Links for Grantwriters
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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
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
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
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
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
PSGA’s listserv: See the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association website at http://www.grantwriters.org . The listserv is open only to PSGA members.
The Foundation Directory: http://fdncenter.org
National Directory of Corporate Giving: http://fdncenter.org
Corporate Foundation Profiles: http://fdncenter.org
Member Directory (now only available as an online database)
Washington Foundation Data Book
1017 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97205
The Washington State
Charitable Trust Directory
Mary Hall and Susan Howlett, Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals, Fourth Edition, Portland State University, 2003.
Local (Washington state) organizations for grantwriters and fundraisers:
Puget Sound Grantwriters Association (PSGA)
Northwest Development Officers Association (NDOA)
The Nonprofit Center
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