Philanthropy Toolkit

Help Your Grantees and Applicants

Communicate Your Work

The stronger the nonprofit, the bigger the impact. That's why we believe in teaching organizations what they need to know about foundation fundraising, including how to be a valued partner to funders.

By referring your grantees to our wealth of resources, you're helping them tap into an unparalleled set of tools and information plus worldwide locations that provide free personal assistance.

  • GrantSpace

    A learning community of grantseekers that features an extensive knowledge base, full curriculum of classes, and multimedia.

    A powerful resource for grantseekers.

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    Grantspace

    GRANTSPACE

    GrantSpace is an in-depth learning community that works hard to produce high-performing nonprofits. And that benefits everyone on both sides of the giving equation. Refer grantseekers to GrantSpace.org, where they'll be able to take advantage of the site's extensive knowledge base, curriculum of classes, and multimedia features to boost their level of fundraising and management expertise. By utilizing GrantSpace, nonprofits can:

    • Explore the wide range of in-depth content.
    • Engage with a community of peers and experts.
    • Energize their organization's fundraising efforts.

    A WEALTH OF FREE RESOURCES IS WAITING TO BE LEVERAGED BY GRANTSEEKERS. REFER YOUR APPLICANTS TO:

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  • Foundation Directory Online

    The definitive online database containing everything about U.S. foundations and their millions of grants around the world.

    Move your mouse. Then change the world.

    Scan the landscape
    Help your grantees and applicants
    Foundation Directory Online

    FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE

    Not long after we were founded in 1956, the Foundation Directory helped establish our reputation as a leading resource in the world of philanthropy. Today it's become the definitive online database containing everything about U.S. foundations and their millions of grants around the world. Search up to nine databases at once — grantmakers, companies, grants, 990s, RFPs, philanthropy news, foundation-sponsored publications, nonprofit literature, and jobs — to quickly compile a report containing only what you're looking for. It's the ideal tool for grantmakers to evaluate the landscape, vet grantseekers, and learn about other organizations. Foundation Directory Online is:

    • Simply the most comprehensive, accurate, and flexible way to gain key knowledge.
    • A free resource for eligible Foundation Center donors.
    • Available for free use at more than 470 funding information centers nationwide and around the world.

    FIND OUT MORE:

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  • Grantseeker Training

    Refer your applicants to us for essential training and improve the quality of the applications you receive.

    Improve the quality of your grant applications.

    Increase your capacity
    Help your grantees and applicants
    Grantseeker Training

    GRANTSEEKER TRAINING

    The key to connecting nonprofits with the resources they need to grow and thrive is education. That's why we focus on teaching the ins and outs of the grantseeking process. Our curriculum tackles topics from "developing a fundraising plan" to "securing corporate partnerships" to "cultivating grantmaker relationships." We offer a range of free classes, as well as in-depth, full-day courses that take place in venues around the country and online — thus ensuring an entry point for large and small organizations alike. All in an effort to foster better grant applicants by teaching nonprofits to:

    • Write better grant proposals.
    • Conduct more targeted research so proposals are aimed at the right funders.
    • Demonstrate the impact of their programs.

    REFER APPLICANTS TO US FOR ESSENTIAL TRAINING:

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  • TRASI — Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact

    Find the right tools to measure your effectiveness, and connect with peers and experts.

    Are your efforts producing the impact
    you envisioned? Find out.

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    Increase your capacity
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    TRASI

    TRASI — TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR ASSESSING SOCIAL IMPACT

    You do what you do in order to make a difference. But how do you know if your efforts are effective? That's where our TRASI tool comes in. It stands for Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact and that's exactly what it does — helps you assess the return on your social investments. It features a searchable, expert-reviewed database of more than 150 approaches and helps gauge something that's often hard to quantify. With TRASI, you and your grantees can:

    • Find the right tools to assess the impact you're both having.
    • Measure the effectiveness of your programs and strategies.
    • Connect with peers and evaluation experts to learn what works (and what doesn't).

    EXPLORE TRASI AND LEARN HOW IT CAN HELP YOU:

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  • Project Streamline: Improving Grant Applications & Reporting

    Grantmakers and grantseekers working together to make more time for what matters.

    More time for what matters.

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    Project Streamline

    PROJECT STREAMLINE: IMPROVING GRANT APPLICATIONS & REPORTING

    Administrative burdens on grantseekers can be overwhelming. The list of hoops for applicants to jump through varies greatly from one foundation to the next. So we work collaboratively with a variety of grantmakers and grantseekers to demystify and simplify the application process. By doing so, everyone in the partnership can focus on having an impact — and spend less time fighting red tape. Project Streamline's framework of tools and publications is created around four core principles which help you:

    • Start fresh: Take a look at your organization's application and reporting requirements.
    • Keep expectations in-line: Ensure the effort grantees expend is proportional to the size of the grant, while also taking into consideration any pre-existing relationships.
    • Relieve the burden: Minimize the amount of time and money grantseekers spend getting and administering grants, freeing everyone up to focus on mutual goals.
    • Improve communication: Make your processes clear and straightforward.

    VISIT THE PROJECT STREAMLINE WEB SITE TO SEE IT IN ACTION AND LEARN MORE:

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