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The Spring 2014 State of Grantseeking™ Report is Here!

State of GrantSeeking
Spring 2014 Report

As a part of the grantseeking community, you know how important it is to stay on top of trends. The State of Grantseeking reports spotlight recent developments in funding so that organizations can be more strategic in their grantseeking. These free survey results, which reflect the grantseeking experiences of over 1,200 respondents, can serve as benchmarks for organizations to compare their grantseeking efforts with those of other, comparable organizations. Interested in the survey and report? Click here to learn more.

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New Tours Posted

Posted by: Jeremy Smith, Director of Communications and Technology

The Tour page now features a number of specialized tours for your viewing pleasure! There is still a recording of the most recent live webinar tour that is held every month, but we now have shorter tours that zero in on particular areas of the site.

These tours are great for Members to learn how to use the resources GrantStation offers, as well as for anyone looking to see how our site works. Check them out!

Monthly International Insider Newsletter

Posted by: David Preis, Director of Operations

Are you offering programs outside of the U.S.? If so, then you should be exploring international sources for funding. Our monthly International Insider Newsletter features timely announcements delivered to the inbox of our global partners such as Good360 and EarthCorps. Members of GrantStation are not automatically subscribed, but can now opt in. After you have logged in, click here to enter your email address.

Newsletter for All Staff in a Member Organization

Posted by: David Preis, Director of Operations

Do you have staff members who would like to get the GrantStation Insider newsletter as well? Members of GrantStation get a login for our website, and we automatically subscribe that person to our weekly newsletter GrantStation Insider. But per request from our Members, you can subscribe others in your organization as well. After you have logged in, click here to enter the email addresses of your fellow staff.

Award-Winning Grant Proposals

Posted by: David Preis, Director of Operations

One question many of our Members have asked us is, “What does a great proposal look like?” We have partnered with the Grant Professionals Association to find out! The Winning Grant Proposal Contest was held this summer, and a panel of 21 judges, provided by the Grant Professionals Association, reviewed many entries with great care and consideration. The following winners were selected:

Grand Prize

  • Amy O’Donnell for the JourneyCare Foundation
  • Laurie Whitaker for the Ocala Police Department

Honorable Mention

  • Carrie Frank for The Jewish Home for the Elderly
  • Mary Katzke for Affinityfilms, Inc.
  • Peggy Kreimer for Stepping Stones Ohio

If you are logged into GrantStation, you will find their proposals posted in our Member-Only area. The same page lists the chapters of “Writing a Powerful Grant Proposal” written by our CEO Cynthia Adams. Take a look at all of that content to give you tips on making your own proposals shine!

Keyword Search

Posted by: David Preis, Director of Operations

Our Members have asked for it, and we have delivered it: Members can now search our U.S. Charitable Giving Database by any keyword! (This new search method complements our Advanced Search, which is a powerful way to identify grantmakers by using preset search criteria terms that our researchers have carefully crafted based on grantmakers’ priorities.)

One of our Members is in Buffalo, New York. She said that she’s been getting results using the Advanced Search, but when filtering for the state of New York, she finds a lot of grantmakers who focus only on New York City. Now she can type Buffalo in the Keyword Search and access those grantmakers that are giving in her city. So if you are in a major metro area in a particular state, searching with your city or county as the keyword can target possible funders for you quickly.

Another Member mentioned that she wants to zero in on human trafficking since that is her organization’s primary mission. Typing “trafficking” in the keyword search can yield results. She should still explore other opportunities with the Advanced Search using terms in the Social Services category, but the Keyword Search is a great place to start.

Our Director of Communications Jeremy Smith made a short video demonstrating how the Keyword Search works, so check that out if you want to see it in action!

Insider Newsletter Redesign

Posted by: Jeremy Smith, Director of Communications and Technology

We have just launched our new and improved GrantStation Insider weekly newsletter! It has the same great content, but an updated look and new features.

The core of the newsletter still consists of the latest in funding opportunities at the national, regional, and federal levels, with partner offerings and a listing of online training sessions. We’ve also added three Funding Snapshots of special interest. Plus the Insider now includes a link to the latest issue of the new podcast,Talk2020, with information about little-known funding sources for your work.

The newsletter is a benefit to our Members, as well as the members of our partner organizations. Join up to receive this timely information in your inbox every week!