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Introduction to Finding Grants

Apr 13, 2015

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Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach. 

Please Note:

To attend a live session of this class in-person or online, see our upcoming dates.


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00:15 Introduction
00:38 You Can’t Survive on Grants Alone
02:07 Types of Funders
07:34 Funder Motivations
08:38 Grant Writing is Never About the Need of Your Organization
09:28 What Qualifies as a Credible Nonprofit?
11:32 How to Start a Nonprofit
12:06 Do Your Homework First
12:35 The One Size Fits All Approach Doesn’t Work
13:06 To Get the Grant, You Have to How to Find the Right Match
15:02 How to Use the Foundation Directory Online 
20:00 Ask for the Right Amount
24:04 Cultivating a Relationship with Funders
26:50 Sample Letters and Proposals on GrantSpace
27:05 Tips for the Initial Approach
28:57 Key Takeaways

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