Grants Research...with a Twist:
5 Unconventional Strategies for Finding More 'Sweet-Spot' Funders
Original Event Date: October 4, 2017
Running Time: 104 minutes
Presenter: Maryn Boess, GrantsMagic U
Cost: Alliance Members $35, Non-Members $45
Did you know there are over 120,000 grantmaking organizations in the U.S. alone? That’s good news! The bad news is, fewer than 1/10th of 1% of them have any interest at all in seeing a proposal from your organization. Don’t take it personally - there’s more good news:That 1/10th of 1% still leaves plenty of grantmakers who would be happy to consider supporting your organization’s work with a grant award.
You can think of that 1/10th of 1% as your “sweet spot” funders … and there’s more good news: You don’t have to knock on 120,000 doors to find them. That’s what thoughtful funder research is for: To help us cut through all the “no thank you’s” and zero in quickly and efficiently on that much smaller group in your organization’s “sweet spot” who are most likely to give your proposal an enthusiastic thumbs-up.
- Are you thinking “mission match”? That’s a great start! – But did you know some of your best prospective grantmaking partners may have no specific interest at all in your organization’s mission?
- Five ways – beyond mission match – to frame the work you’re proposing to do that will connect you with five completely different groups of potential funders
- Using two-fers and three-fers (and maybe even four-fers) to really power up your connection with “sweet-spot” funders
- A real-life scenario: How our unconventional simple tweaks helped a struggling nonprofit turn up 12 new-to-them “sweet-spot” funders resulting in over $100,000 in grant awards
BONUS: The two best sources for all your grants research … the only sources you really need … and they’re both free!
About the Presenter
Maryn Boess is a veteran nonprofit professional, social entrepreneur, and leader in capacity-building and grantsmanship training.
Over her 20+-year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; an independent grants consultant; a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and - yes - for the past 10 years, even a grantmaker.
Maryn’s grant proposals won more than $42 million for her clients in a single ten-year period. Since 2000 she has focused on creating and delivering a portfolio of high-quality, low-cost grants information tools, resources, and workshops shared by thousands of nonprofits nationwide. For the past 10 years Maryn has also been “in the grantmaker’s chair," managing up to $2 million annually in grantmaking for K-12 education in the Southwest.
Maryn moved from Arizona to the Pacific Northwest in 2011 and travels nationally to offer her workshops on practical strategies for healthy, successful grantseeking. GrantsMagic U, launched in Fall 2015 at U.GrantsMagic.org, is the "virtual academy" she created to make her extensive portfolio of practical and inspiring trainings on successful grantsmanship available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere.
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