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									FOUNDATIONS
An Untapped Source


             The Resiliency Factor
             Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training




Presented by Andrea Seale, CFRE
April 7, 2006 • 10:30 am - 12 noon
WHAT IS A FOUNDATION?
Some charities disburse funds. Others carry out
their own charitable activities. Charitable
foundations exist to disburse funds.

There are more than 2,300 foundations in Canada.

Types of foundations
            Family       Lucie et Andre Gagnon Foundation

        Corporate        RBC Foundation

       Community         Vancouver Foundation

            Special      Vancouver General Hospital Foundation
           purpose
      Service club       Optimist International Foundation

      Government         Ontario Trillium Foundation


SOURCE: IMAGINE CANADA
FOUNDATION MONEY: PROS AND
CONS
PROS
 Grants can be large (10s or 100s of thousands of
   dollars)
 Simple application process
 Easy to find prospects
 Will support new initiatives, seed funding, special
   projects, one-time activities
 Like other forms of fundraising -- based on
   relationships, the case for support, results


CONS
 May have a great project and perfect proposal
   and still not be successful. Lots of time spent
   applying may = nothing!
 Money is often restricted for specific purpose
 Administrative expenses are not often funded
 Not sustainable/renewable. Will not give year
   after year.
PROSPECT RESEARCH

Research by: field of interest, type of funding, geographic
region, trustees and directors.

ONLINE
   Directory to Foundations and Grants
   www.imaginecanada.ca
   BIG Database Online www.bigdatabase.ca
   Community Foundation Finder www.cfc-fcc.ca
   Charity Village www.charityvillage.com
   Community Futures listing
   www.communityfutures.com

LIBRARY

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS’ DONOR LISTS

INFORMATION INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT FUNDERS
            THE PROCESS:
            MORE THAN JUST SENDING A
            PRPOSAL
            1.   Understand the funder’s guidelines
            2.   Envision a “fundable” project
            3.   Make personal contact (if possible)
            4.   Follow the screening process
            5.   Submit a proposal
            6.   Build a relationship (if possible)



A well-written proposal won’t get funded
   unless it meets the funders’ needs
WHAT MAKES A PROJECT FUNDABLE?
      Tax-exempt status of applicant
      Fit within the foundation's guidelines
      Financial strength and stability
      Track record
      Degree of need for program
      Work plan/methodology
      Potential impact
      Evaluation
      Degree of risk
      Potential for institutionalization or for self-sufficiency
      Quality of governance and management
      Legitimacy in the community
      References
      Possible site visit

ADAPTED FROM BUILDING FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIPS, IMAGINE CANADA
2004
    WRITING FOR RESULTS


             Be   CONCISE

Use the   ACTIVE voice – simple, direct, energetic

    No   JARGON     or acronyms


              Focus on   OUTCOMES      and benefits


Pity your poor    READER!
YOUR PROPOSAL, PIECE BY PIECE
                 YOUR PROPOSAL, PIECE BY PIECE



                 1.   Executive Summary
         Most
  foundations    2.   Statement of Need
    have their   3.   Project Description
own proposal     4.   Evaluation Plan
      format.    5.   Budget
 Follow their    6.   Organizational Information
instructions!!
                 7.   Attachments
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH
FUNDERS
   Connect in person or by phone

   Information interviews

   Submit your proposals and reports ahead of
    schedule

   Stay in touch – media coverage, news,
    testimonials

   Ask if they can introduce you to any other
    funders

   Ask how you can meet their needs

   Say THANK YOU!!
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

   Foundation Center www.fdncenter.org

   The Grantsmanship Center www.tgci.com

   Grassroots Fundraising Journal
    www.grassrootsfundraising.com

   Fundraising for Social Change by Kim Klein,
    Chardon Press.

   Selling Social Change (Without Selling Out) and
    Grassroots Grants, an Activist’s Guide to
    Proposal Writing by Andy Robinson, Chardon
    Press.
THANK YOU


Andrea Seale, CFRE, Principal
Blueprint Fundraising and Communications
(604) 682-6582
www.blueprintfundraising.com

Visit my blog for tips and ideas:
www.thefundit.com

Email me at andrea@blueprintfundraising.com to
receive my quarterly newsletter.


ALL MATERIAL COPYRIGHT BLUEPRINT FUNDRAISING AND COMMUNICATIONS
2006

								
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