Cynthia Adams, GrantStation’s CEO and Founder, and I have been having an ongoing discussion revolving around that we are hearing about from many of our member and partner nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, libraries, and government entities.
Cindy believes that it is important that we get ahead of this uncertainty that so many organizations are experiencing, and that GrantStation, the corporation and its people, must take on an enhanced service leadership role within our membership relationships and our business partnerships.
Typically, we start a discussion at a conceptual level, defining the topic philosophically, then move into what it means to us personally, followed by how we can interpret it from a customer and partner benefit/service point of view, and then we finally look at it through a corporate/business perspective.
In many, if not most businesses, the discussion format would be flipped – business first, followed by customers/partners, then, if it didn’t stop there, individual perspectives, ending with big-picture philosophy.
However, GrantStation isn’t your typical business. And while it is imperative that we make a profit to continue providing our services to the nonprofit world, we also continue to expand our free tools and offerings, open to anyone, GrantStation Member, or not. In fact, we simply can’t imagine “monetizing” or charging for them because we believe so strongly in service leadership.
Have you taken advantage of any of these?
PathFinder is designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional. Our library provides profiles on top quality resources in the area of grant research, writing, and management, as well as strategic planning. These resources can strengthen your ability to secure grant awards.
You can browse our library, search our resources, or use our Find Your Path tool to get a customized curriculum for your learning plan. We like to say that we did the research for you, because you have told us that your organizations lack both the time and staff to do so. And, as you browse our library of quality resources, including profiles of books and articles, courses and degree programs, and workshops and tools, all designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional, you will notice that many of these resources are also free.
State of Grantseeking Reports™
Whether you manage a nonprofit organization, an educational institution, or a government agency, there is one truth that is self-evident: there is never enough money to do the good work you feel you need to do. So, we all ask ourselves these questions:
Who will fund my organization?
What is a reasonable level of funding to expect for my organization?
Does my budget, location, or mission affect my organization’s ability to be awarded grants?
The primary goal of the twice-yearly State of Grantseeking Survey and Reports that we conduct at GrantStation is to help you understand the recent trends in grantseeking, and how you can use those trends to grow your organization.
The information in our free reports can serve as benchmarks for you to compare your grantseeking efforts with those of other organizations like yours.
For most organizations, the State of Grantseeking Reports by Budget and Mission will be of the most use, as they provide actionable, finely targets benchmarks. The data in the reports gives guidelines on both where to look for funds and how to measure grantseeking success, and this blog post tells you how to use the information quickly and efficiently.
At GrantStation, we want to make sure our community is up-to-speed on what’s happening in the world of philanthropy. This blog features the thoughts and observations of our research staff, our CEO, and nationally recognized guest writers. It gives us the opportunity to share our insights as we research grantmakers and talk with grantseekers.
Published weekly (48 issues a year), the GrantStationInsider newsletter focuses on both national and regional funding opportunities offered by private and government grantmakers.
Each week includes four national, four regional, and two government funding opportunities that are accepting unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals.
The Insider also includes the latest GrantStation webinar offerings and special announcements. Click here to see the most recent issue, as well as the archives from all of 2017.
The GrantStationInternational Insider Newsletter
The GrantStationInternational Insider newsletter is published monthly (ten issues per year) and focuses on international funding opportunities, including a spotlight section profiling Canadian grantmakers.
The International Insider also includes the latest GrantStation webinar offerings and special announcements. Click here to see the most recent issue, as well as the archives from all of 2017.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” At GrantStation, we are keeping leadership, partnership, and service “top of mind” both now, during the “atmosphere of uncertainty,” and in future. We are happy to be of service to you.
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