I am on an airplane. I have almost five hours to read, watch a movie, eat, doze, and play games on my computer. But, instead, I decide to read through the 70 pages of comments we received from over 2,447 nonprofits that took our Fall 2015 State of Grantseeking Survey.
I start to read. It is, at first, interesting and enlightening. It doesn’t take long before I am frowning. What I have here is 70 pages of pain expressed by nonprofit leaders across the U.S. For the next four hours I read, make notes, tear up, and feel so incapable of providing any help that I just sit and stare out the window.
So, I go back and read again. But this time I ask myself: What would I do in this situation? And, so, I decide I will offer up a few ideas and action steps we can take to help address these widespread, and amazingly similar, issues faced by nonprofit leaders across the country.
The main issues include lack of staff, time, and expertise; difficulty in finding the right grantmaker; and competition for the same pot of money or no perceived access to that money. There are other, minor themes, such as feeling as if the organization’s mission is unique, and outside the norm for most grantmakers, but most of the comments centered on those basic issues I just mentioned.
Over the next several weeks, let’s see if we can break these down a bit! Next week I’ll address the staffing dilemma issue that so many nonprofits noted.
In the meantime, thank you to the 2,447 people who took the time to share their pain and their insights, as their experiences will provide for a rich report this fall!
Action steps you can take today
Read the State of Grantseeking Report, just published this month. It is filled with fascinating information to help focus your grantseeking efforts.
Also check out the “drill down” reports. You can find the nature of awards given for organizations with your budget, your mission focus, or your service area.
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