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Tap into Donor-advised Funds with FDO

Expert fundraisers recognize that Donor-advised Funds are a growing source of funding for nonprofits. Between 2007 and 2016, assets in DAFs nationwide skyrocketed from $32 billion to $85 billion[1]. You can now prospect research for DAFs easier in FDO. Follow…

August 26, 2019

A Foundation Insider’s 8 Tips to Help You Win Your Next Grant

One of my favorite sections in the revised edition of my book the Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Winning Foundation Grants is called “The Grant Seeker’s Reality Check.” In 10 brief chapters I examine, from the vantage point of one who served for…

May 21, 2019

How to Use Storytelling for Nonprofits to Get More Grants

Unsure whether your grant proposals have what it takes to stand out in a sea of applications? There can often be misunderstandings amongst nonprofits as to what constitutes a strong proposal in the eyes of a foundation. While there’s no…

By Tracy Kaufman (she/her)

April 5, 2019

High-Impact Volunteer Engagement: Six Factors for Success

Skilled volunteer engagement (also known as pro bono service) can be an effective way to bridge the capacity gap. It’s important to recognize volunteers aren’t “free” and in order for skilled volunteerism to be effective, your organization must be ready to make the most of this valuable contribution of time and talent.

February 15, 2019

Meet Your Fundraising Needs with FDO as Your Partner

You need the best prospecting tool available, Foundation Directory Online is committed to meeting your needs as a fundraiser. Meet Your Fundraising Needs with FDO as Your Partner. Last year was a big year for FDO, we added nearly 70,000…

February 13, 2019

Corporate Relationships in Action: Unlocking Corporate Needs and Interests

We fell in love with our own organizational goals and desires and forgot to focus on the interests of the company in these corporate relationships.

By Lewis Flax (he/him)

January 23, 2019

Planned Giving Success: Strategies to Maximize Donor Gifts

There are simple steps even small, grassroots groups can take to encourage legacy gifts and planned giving success.

December 17, 2018

Expand Your International Nonprofit Organization’s Presence to Attract U.S. Funders

During my 10 years teaching and training nonprofits around the world, I have found that some of the biggest challenges they grapple with in seeking funding are related to differentiating themselves from the plethora of other great causes in the…

November 8, 2018

Partners in Philanthropy: How to Work with Donor-Advised Funds

Last year, Giving USA’s Annual Report called donor-advised funds (DAFs) one of the “hottest topics in the philanthropic community.”1 Between 2007 and 2016, assets in donor-advised funds nationwide skyrocketed from $32 billion to $85 billion,2 and this trend continues today. Who uses DAFs? How…

October 8, 2018

Explore New Funding Prospects with Recipient Profiles

Leverage Grant Recipient profiles: Discover new funding opportunities Help shape your prospecting strategy Quickly gain fundraising insights Recipient Profiles help you discover new prospects you may have missed in your grant search and help you understand how to approach funders.…

September 17, 2018

Turn Insights Into Action, Connect with Funders

Ready to take the next step in your grant search? Now that you’ve had some time to search for prospects and started building your prospect list, use these three steps to convert prospects and connect with funders. [Tip 1] Start with…

September 17, 2018

Make the Most of Your Grantmaker Results & FDO’s Latest Insights

We add nearly 100,000 new grants and RFPs weekly, so you can always have access to the latest grantmaker data and insights. Equipped with these insights, strengthen your proposals to make them most appealing to funders by learning from grantmaker…

September 17, 2018