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Research the organization in the news to obtain additional insight into potential funders.
The federal government offers many grants, but sometimes you want to focus more regionally or locally to seek opportunities. In addition to searching large, national databases, use Google, state websites, local websites, and local libraries and librarians to identify grants on a smaller scale. Additionally, think about professional organizations and businesses that may be interested in funding your opportunity. These resources can help you locate information about grants, foundations and other funding institutions, and some search strategies.
Gathers and disseminates information about IRS-registered nonprofit organizations. The information provided includes the nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and more.
Candid and the Foundation Center
Through 400 public locations in the US and internationally, you can access the Foundation Center’s funder database, Foundation Directory Online (FDO), and other materials for free. To see if there is a Funding Information Network location near you, type your location into the Foundation Center’s lookup form. Many locations are public libraries around the United States. Visit the library and ask a librarian about access to the database.
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.
National Council of Nonprofits
Provides a comparison of some different grant research tools as well as links to other resources.
GrantStation Search Tips
This database is behind a paywall, but the page with search tips does offer some helpful strategies that can be applied to grant searches elsewhere, such as narrowing and broadening your search and using keywords.
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