One of the best ways for your nonprofit organization to form healthy and sustained relationships with potential grantmakers is to seek out appropriate funders by focused research as well as communicating either directly by phone or by letters of inquiry. In order to eliminate wasted time in the research process, nonprofits should concentrate on forming relationships with appropriate funders that both share the nonprofit’s mission and that fund the kinds of program activities, services, and causes that the organization is directly involved in. This sort of searching for grantmakers can be performed here at the library with the help of foundation directories, online database searching and helpful research tips from library staff.
Determine if a particular foundation is the right match for your nonprofit by inquiring about their funding emphases and their organizational mission and role within the philanthropic community. Our Meet the Grantmaker program on October 21st will give those who work for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations the opportunity to learn about the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation from an insider’s perspective. Engage in a discussion about the philanthropic activities of this well known, local foundation, what sort of programs they fund and how to establish strong relationships with local funders. Call the nonprofit librarian at 553-7844 to register for this program or to obtain more information.