Some state-sponsored opportunities will appear in funder databases, just like federally sponsored opportunities. Many state-based opportunities are actually federally funded and can be found on grants.gov. Be sure to visit state-level department websites related to your program area to identify opportunities. For example, if you work in domestic violence, you would visit the website of your state’s health and human services department to look for listings of funding opportunity announcements.
The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form 990s and PF 990s are filed annually with the IRS by US-based nonprofits and foundations, respectively. An organization’s 990 can provide lots of useful information. If you are looking at the 990 of a nonprofit organization, the form will include a list of their funders from the fiscal year in question. If you are looking at a foundation’s PF 990, you’ll see the names of the organizations that the foundation funded during the filing period, the dollar amount given to each organization, and sometimes even a brief description of the purpose of each grant. Information about a foundation’s past giving history can help you find out if they fund organizations like yours, which can speed up the process of creating your target funder list.
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