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Cracking into corporate giving

Corporations have the resources to provide significant funding to nonprofits and are becoming a growing part of many organizations’ revenue streams. So how do you tap into these funds?  We’re here to help you crack into the corporate giving options…

By Melissa Pulis (she/her)

August 11, 2022

An open grant report to MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett

It’s been one year since Candid received the email every nonprofit dreams of: confirmation of your $15 million grant. As requested, we are submitting this brief grant report on our use of these funds. We have also elected to share…

By Ann Mei Chang (she/they)

June 15, 2022

Guidance for making grants to support Ukraine

This piece provides guidance for funders on making grants to support Ukraine. It was originally published on the Council on Foundations' website. Over the last two weeks, the Council on Foundations has received scores of questions from the field about…

By Brian Kastner

March 16, 2022

Top three tips for writing grant proposals

It’s frustrating. I know. It seems like you have to answer the same questions over and over in every grant proposal. And in longer government proposals, sometimes it seems like you have to answer the same question twice right in…

By Cheryl Kester (she/her)

March 1, 2022

Diversify your fundraising portfolio with government grants

It’s not uncommon to hear that your community-based nonprofit is not government funded and you didn’t take advantage of the influx in relief funding made available within the last 18 months. Government grants have often carried the reputation of being…

By Dr. Brandi Rae Hicks (she/her)

November 24, 2021

Complement your prospect research with Foundation Directory Online’s RFP alerts

Foundation Directory Online makes it easy to stay up-to-date with important grantmaker and RFP updates. Enhance your prospect research by signing up for key alerts and get instantly notified when a suitable RFP match is open.   Keep track of new RFP’s as they arise and stay on top…

September 14, 2021

“Don’t be evil”: Using Google Ad Grants to tackle societal problems

Google has emerged as one of the most influential and powerful organizations of our time. Its product is so ubiquitous it’s commonly used as a verb. Starting out as one of many search engines, Google has since branched out into…

By Grant Hensel

April 12, 2021

What we know about MacKenzie Scott’s 2020 grants

Over the course of 2020, MacKenzie Scott announced grants totaling almost $6 billion. As gestures of transparency, she released lists of recipient organizations in July and in December. In a recent analysis, we looked at the characteristics of the December…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

March 25, 2021

Think like a funder: What makes a good fundraising proposal

Cassandra Zawilski, program manager for Full Circle Fund in San Francisco, proved to be an invaluable addition to our virtual Leadership Circle for Emerging Development Professionals last year. I first met Cassie when she was a fellow letter of inquiry…

By Laura Bergman (she/her)

March 17, 2021

Philanthropy is contributing billions to Indian development, but who is counting?

It is an exciting time for philanthropy in India, especially institutional philanthropy. The sector has come a long way since 1892, when the Tata group established one of the first philanthropic trusts in the country, the JN Tata Endowment. More recently,…

By Arif Ekram (he/him)

March 2, 2021

6 tips for approaching grant deadlines with grace

If you have led even one major foundation solicitation, you know that a quality submission requires cooperation among your colleagues. And if you’re like most who have steered this complex internal process, you’ve encountered some resistance. Your coworkers, whether experts…

By Susan Schaefer (she/her)

February 25, 2021

What we know about the nonprofits that received grants from MacKenzie Scott

In December, MacKenzie Scott announced a round of giving that was striking for its scale: $4.2 billion across 384 organizations. It was also striking in its approach: Scott made a set of large, unrestricted — and unsolicited — grants to…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

January 28, 2021