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Do The Right Thing

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, “The Time Is Always Right To Do What Is Right.” As we celebrate the life and legacy of this iconic Civil Rights Leader on Monday, January 17, we reflect on how one Baptist Minister, inspired by Christian beliefs and nonviolent activism, became one of the most charismatic and influential leaders and speakers of our time.

Believing that the time was right to do what was right, Dr. King strived for a world void of segregation and racism. He led the Civil Rights Movement, which sought equality for all humanity, especially African Americans.

Over 20 years after Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, Director Spike Lee released the hit movie “Do the Right Thing” in 1989. The film features Sal, an Italian pizzeria owner in Brooklyn, frequented by neighborhood locals who are African American. Neighborhood tensions rise as African American patrons discover only Italian actors showcased on the pizzeria walls. No African American patrons were visible in the decor. The showcase wall becomes a symbol of racism and a plea for Sal and other characters to examine their racial beliefs and do the right thing. The movie won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture.

As we embark on a New Year, we must remind ourselves of Dr. King’s quote, “The Time Is Always Right to Do What Is Right.” Are we acting upon issues that will result in institutional and systemic social change? What are we doing to dismantle structural racism? Have we committed to mentor and empowering social entrepreneurs? Above all, we must also remember that the time is always right to “Do the Right Thing.”

 

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Are You an Advocate for Social Justice?

Social justice is the belief that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.  While healthcare, racial injustice, climate justice, voting rights, income gap, gun violence, refugee crisis, equality and hunger, and food insecurity were the biggest social justice issues of 2020, healthcare, voting rights, climate change and the refugee crisis and immigration were the biggest social justice issues we faced in 2021. 

As we approach the end of another year, most of us are reflecting on what we have or haven’t accomplished in 2021 and are resolving what we’d like to accomplish in the New Year.  Were we advocates for social justice in 2021?  What social justice impacts have we organized?  Have we mobilized and empowered our communities to act upon social justice issues?  The late Congressman John Lewis notoriously said, “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.”

 If you have transformative ideas about social justice and would like to act upon social justice issues, consider the following five main principles of social justice.

 

social justice imageFive Main Principles of Social Justice:

 

1)    Access to Resources  –  is a fundamental principle of social justice.  Communities have had different levels of access based on factors such as socioeconomic status, education, employment, and environment.

 2)   Equity – It’s easy to confuse the terms ‘equity’ and ‘equality, but we must remember that things that are equitable are not always equal.  To achieve social justice and ensure equal opportunities for success, it is important to provide equitable resources that focus on the specific needs of communities and the people within them.

 3)   Diversity by understanding diversity and embracing cultural differences, we expand opportunities and access.  Public administrators will be better equipped to make policies that address everyone’s needs when they acknowledge the differences that exist between individuals and groups. To be effective, policy-makers must recognize and accept all factors that create barriers, then work on ways to overcome them. By understanding diversity and embracing cultural differences, we expand opportunities and access.

 4)   Participation – Social justice requires that people have the opportunity and platform necessary to participate in making policies that affect their well-being.  When public administrators create exclusionary policies, they fail to bring diversity to the table.

 5)     Human Rights – Perhaps the most important social justice principle is human rights.  Human rights are inherent to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status. Human rights and social justice are inevitably intertwined, making it impossible to have one without the other. 

Does your developing or existing non-profit have a social justice mission? If Yes, let’s work together to reach your organization’s goals. 

Class Begins January 19, 2022

 

The Cleveland Life Institute now offers an online educational program designed for busy adults.  The 12-week course, “Organizational Management for Social Entrepreneurs” is tailored to the needs of participating social entrepreneurs and nonprofits with a social justice mission.  Using an innovative approach combining an interactive, and model-based learning experiences, it empowers students to carry out a plan to sustain well-managed social enterprises.

 

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Social Entrepreneurship: What is it and examples

What is social entrepreneurship?

A loose definition for social entrepreneurship is using innovative and equitable solutions to society’s most pressing social, cultural, or environmental challenges. Social entrepreneurs aim not only to advance the capacities of communities but also enhance them so that people living at each respective level can work together towards achieving long-term systemic change that benefits all levels equally—a more just common good!

Social Entrepreneurs are driven by a passion for social justice and equality. This often leads them to found non-profit organizations that develop capacities in the areas of poverty relief or environmental stewardship, among others 

Nonprofits can be defined as “a company or organization whose goal is developing its purpose.” In this blog post, we will discuss some examples of different types of Social entrepreneurship as well as discuss the 5 qualities you need to succeed as a social entrepreneur.

Social entrepreneurship examples,  ” doing business” for a social cause

There are many different types of social innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives, but some common examples include:

  • Starting and growing a new nonprofit organization; joining an existing nonprofit.
  • Creating a social enterprise (a business with a social focus)
  • Using an existing for-profit company to pursue social goals

If you work in the nonprofit sector or have thought about it, you need to be committed. After all, it is a challenging career choice. Creating programming that draws in like-minded people to help pursue your mission is an intense endeavor. In today’s climate of being always connected, it takes more innovation than before to keep your audience engaged and to continue pursuing your social justice goals. 

 two diverse women standing in front of an innovation signNonprofits have to become more adept at considering their passion as a business and devising new ways to raise awareness and engage partners who may want to assist by volunteering or have the means to support their mission financially. Thinking like a social entrepreneur is one way to increase awareness and purpose for your nonprofit. Some social entrepreneurs have defined social entrepreneurship as the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social good.

There are many different types of social entrepreneurs, each with its own unique approach to creating social change. Some of the most common types include:

 

Community builders

These social entrepreneurs focus on building and strengthening communities by creating or supporting programs and services that promote social and economic inclusion.

Environmental activists

These social entrepreneurs work to protect the environment and address issues such as climate change, pollution, and deforestation.

Humanitarian relief workers

These social entrepreneurs provide aid and support to victims of natural disasters or conflict zones.

Health care providers

These social entrepreneurs work to improve access to health care for all people, regardless of income or location.

Educational reformers

These social entrepreneurs work to improve education for all, with a focus on marginalized communities.

Economic development professionals

These social entrepreneurs work to create opportunities for economic advancement in impoverished communities.

Each of these social entrepreneurship types has its own unique challenges and rewards. Community builders, for example, often face the challenge of building sustainable programs that can be maintained over the long term. Environmental activists may encounter opposition from political and corporate interests. Humanitarian relief workers may put their own safety at risk in order to help others. And so on.

Despite the challenges, social entrepreneurs are driven by their passion to create social change and make the world a better place. They are constantly finding new ways to address the most pressing social issues of our time

Social entrepreneurship is also known for its focus on innovation and building solutions that contribute towards social change, through business practices applied in a non-traditional way. 

The main goal is social impact rather than income generation. This type of social entrepreneur has been grounded in the philosophy that sustainable development comes when all sectors work together with a shared responsibility toward society’s challenges without neglecting just practices. Some examples include:

Ashoka

Ashoka’s mission is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, with a focus on helping those at the bottom of society. They do this through their $100M invention fund as well as other initiatives like mentorship programs for entrepreneurs who want change in an industry or geographic region.”

Grameen Bank 

In this day and age, few things are more important than access to finance. That’s why Grameen Bank (GB) was created – with their innovative mobile-telephone based system for micro-lending they were able not just give credit Wherever possible in remote villages of Bangladesh where banks had previously been unable or unwilling to establish themselves

VisionSpring

2.7 billion people worldwide do not have access to eyewear which can lead them down a path where they are unable to succeed both personally and professionally due in part to an inability to see clearly. VisionSpring’s mission is to provide eyewear to disadvantaged people who cannot afford glasses.

PlayPump International

The incredible issue of water scarcity has been a major concern for many years. It’s no secret that various kinds of hand pumps exist, but there is also no avoiding the fact Africa is literally strewn with broken ones left by communities who lack financial means or expertise in repairing them. A company called ‘Roundabout Water Solutions’ was created specifically to provide long-lasting drinking water as well as sustainable solutions without compromising on quality.

Social entrepreneurs use business practices to create opportunities that go beyond traditional nonprofits. They combat social problems sustainably and equitably. Doing this can bring about systemic change and bring the world closer together. There are many organizations out there fighting the good fight and bringing about social change. What is your mission? Let us know in the comments.

Cleveland Life Institute presents: Free Grant Writing Webinar

On 11/18, CLI presented a free grant writing webinar with lecturer Linda Peavy. Below the video, you will find the transcript.

 

 

TRANSCRIPT

Victor Bull 0:05
Good evening. And thank you for joining us for the Cleveland Life Institute grant writing webinar. I’m Victor Bull, president of the Cleveland wife Institute, and not-for-profit institute that addresses management skills for Social Entrepreneurs. Much of the information needed to apply for grants is covered in our 12-week program. Our next class begins in January of 2022. And so scholarships are available. And now Dr. Kregg Burris will introduce our speaker.

Kregg Burris 0:40
Hello, everyone. I’m so glad that you’ve been able to join us tonight, we’re still having people log on. And we appreciate it. Tonight, we have an exceptional guest as part of our ongoing outreach and ministry that we have two people Life Institute, and Tonight’s topic is grant writing. And we have I say, expert, live to tell a bit about yourself. But I’ll tell you about our connection with Linda. About two years ago, before the big pandemic, our church was looking at a special national grant. It’s called a sacred space grant through the Lilly Foundation.

We contacted Linda to come in and the year before we actually applied for the grant. And we had people from our church work on it, and is a national grant with all sorts of people applying for this. It was a sizable grant. And we didn’t get to the front door. We were really kind of shocked and disappointed because we had worked really hard on this grant. And it just didn’t go anywhere. So then we reached out to Linda and Linda, she just went right after it, she worked unbelievably hard. And we made it through that first round, really to one of the finalists. And we did not get that particular grant. But it was no fault of Linda, her hard work her knowledge, her experience was just phenomenal. And back when we had a follow-up meeting from the grant, I found out that there were other factors involved. The reason why we did not get it, again, nothing to do with Linda.

She is awesome. And so as we thought about setting up this evening for the opportunity to talk about grant writing because all nonprofits struggle with money, all organizations, whether you know, they’re all looking for how can we fund our program? How can we grow? How can we reach more people? How can we accomplish you know, the mission? And money is oftentimes what is needed money in volunteers. And so the topic of writing grants is absolutely critical. And I could not think of anyone that I’m more pleased, or happy today to have with us as part of this evening’s program is Linda PV. So a nice welcome, Linda, I’m so glad to have you. This is a joint we’ve been looking forward to. And I we just want to turn it over to you and you can begin the presentation.

Linda Peavy 3:13
Well, thank you so much. Thank you so much. Pastor Barris, I so appreciate it. I want to give thanks to Victor and utterly who’s working in the back for having me here for inviting me to spend some time to share the information I know will be helpful for you and your passion in terms of how you go about seeking grants what the process is like because it is a process and what to expect, you know, once you move through the path of seeking grants and getting grants, and then what takes place afterward. And I’m also going to share some of the nonwriting techniques that are going to be important as well. So I’m going to get started because I have a lot of information. And I’m going to share my screen and start with the presentation. And I’ll share a little bit more about myself once the presentation starts. So thank you, everyone. I’m so pleased to be here.

Thanks to everyone who’s joining us Tonight. And hopefully, this will be an extremely helpful two hours for you or an hour and a half for you. So I’m going to share my screen here and I want to make sure everyone can see me and hear me okay. All right. So can everyone see my screen and hear me okay? Is the lighting okay? Is the audio Okay? Want to make sure. Okay, I see some nodding of the head. So I’ll take that as a yes. So we’ll get started. I’m going to show you just a brief commercial, a television commercial about my company. And then I’ll get into more details about me My background in what I do.

But this will give you a pretty good overview of the work that I provide. And the work that I’ve been providing for a number of years in the area of marketing and communications, but particularly, grant writing. Unlimited you owner of a power consulting, my passion is to place your organization on the path to excellence. Are you struggling to communicate your message to reach target audiences or secure funding for marketing communications to grant writing, we’ve achieved your goals. We’ve worked with high-profile clients and have secured $17 million in funding for charter schools and nonprofits. Call today to discuss with more successful smiles and how to accomplish something. Okay, so again, that’s a little bit about my organization, slip off consulting. And I’m here to really provide to you five specific keys to looking and seeking and finding grants, specifically, specifically, I’m sorry for your social justice ministries or your programs or your projects.

And so a little bit more about me, I’ve spent the last 13 years with my company, I founded it quite some time ago. And I work a lot in the area, again, of grant writing. So over the past 13 years, I have written $17 million worth of funding, and business development for organizations, predominately nonprofits, but for profits as well. And a number of different areas, education, religious programs, low-income education, programming, youth development, programming, jobs, development, new technology, curriculum, resources, salaries, innovative programming, working a lot with different charter schools throughout the country.

I’m also often hiring for more than just grant writing, but to develop the application. So that request for a proposal I’ve written I’ve developed that proposal, I’ve been hired to score the template, whereas the grant applications come in, and there’s usually a way in which they’ve scored. And I’ve provided grant administration as well. And I also help nonprofits, not to just write the grants, but to develop those relationships and partnerships with community organizations, as well as with the funder. And we’ll talk more about that later because that’s really important. So again, write the grantee report that comes after you secure the grant. So this is just some of the work that I’ve done.

I, I certainly own my own business. I’ve been in business for 30 years. But guess what, I’ve also been the leader of a nonprofit. So I know where a lot of you are. I was the former executive director of an arts organization here. And in that position, I was brought in, and guess what, one of the first things I had to do was write a grant for my own salary. So talk about pressure. I know what it’s like to be a nonprofit that sometimes be that was the one-woman office and then literally have to write a grant for your very existence. So I know where a lot of you are. There are so many wonderful nonprofits that are doing just tremendous grassroots work. So I applaud you.

And I’ve literally spent the last 25 years working with nonprofits. I’ve started I started my business 30 years ago, but before that time, I worked with a number of different denominations, from the American Baptist churches USA where I served as the I was the associate publisher and director of marketing. I was director of marketing for the United Church of Christ for their pilgrim press publishing house. I’ve worked with so many different denominations, I served as the Communications Consultant for the progressive National Baptist Convention. So my work with faith-based communities literally goes back over 20 years.

And so why this class, right, why this class now? So there’s a couple of reasons nonprofits and for-profits need help with funding, right, you need to be able to have a diverse stream of funding. So from grants from maybe fundraisers from the capital campaign, so it needs to be diverse. And there’s a lack of qualified professional grant writers to help. So I always say there’s a difference between a professional grant writer who I am and someone who writes grants. And I often hear, unfortunately, horror stories about people who have been taken their money people tell them oh,

I’m going to promise you you give me $500. And I’ll promise that I’ll get you a grant. And that’s just not the way in which grant writing works. It is a system, it is a process. And as a qualified, professional grant writer will tell you, nothing is guaranteed. It’s all about working your way through the system. Also, grant writing is a skill, and it can be very costly. Also, I know that you’re here because you are a social entrepreneur and that you have incredible ideas and incredible programs that are in the area of social justice. And I’m going to talk about this a little bit later. But the Diversity

The equity and inclusion area is probably the hottest funding area that there is right now. So there is money available, it is about knowing where it is knowing how to get it, knowing how to present yourself in the best light, and doing the follow-through. And so here’s the secret. You don’t have to be a professional grant writer to secure grants, you need to learn the keys to writing grants that will get you to notice your application notice and approval. But again, you need to learn the process of what happens before you submit the grant, during the process of writing the grant, and then even after you’ve submitted the grant because there is a process and procedures to doing so in a successful way.

So we’re going to go through five different keys, how do you prepare, right? I want you to be able to master the critical processes before you even consider grant writing, how to do the research. So you have to determine who are the best funders for your socially conscious organization, then what to write, you’re going to learn the way in which you’re writing that will truly showcase your organization services doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned organization.

Or if you’re starting a brand new company. There are grants out there for startups, you don’t have to have been in existence for five years or 10 years. There’s there are opportunities for both. And then how do you write? How do you write specifically and in a way in which you’re presented as the best candidate for that grant? And then there are some other little secrets that I want to share with you about getting noticed, right? Because grants are super competitive. So how do you make yourself stand out in a sea of grants? And so I do want to ask you, as I go through the presentation, please, as I go through every component, write your questions into the chat. At the end of the presentation, I will go through the chat. I’ll start from the beginning and I want to answer as many questions as I possibly can after I end the presentation. So as I move through, you know, don’t be shy, please, please, please put your questions into the chat.

And so I want to start with COVID-19 because it totally changed the landscape of philanthropy and in the giving world. So before COVID-19, it was almost unheard of, for money for grants should be given to for-profit organizations, right. But one thing that COVID-19 presented was just how vulnerable for-profit organizations are, you know, there is no safety net when the money’s gone, the money is gone. And so through that realization, you had a lot of organizations, a lot of foundations, giving money, or sometimes pulling money together, that would be available for for-profit organizations. So for those of you who are entrepreneurs who are thinking about for-profit organizations know that the money is available.

So that was one huge shift that took place, money being moved into areas so that it’s available for profits. The other significant area that you’re seeing now, and it really happened because of George for you’re just seeing the pool of money available now. And that is this area of social justice and racial equity and diversity, equity and inclusion. So after the George Ford incident happen, you had foundations, you had major corporations, even mid-sized corporations, setting aside money specifically to support nonprofit organizations, specifically nonprofit but some for profits as well, that was developing or is developing or want to develop projects and programs that somehow deal with this area of social justice and racial inequality. So the money is available right now Just it’s going to be who is in the best position to be able to have a program that really speaks to this need.

Also, after COVID-19, so many organizations needed to pivot their focus, right? So especially faith-based organizations where you are accustomed to having in-person services, and now all of a sudden, right, you’re having to have church ministry online. And for some churches, this was totally new. For others. It was seamless, the transition was seamless. But for many, this was a new thing. But there’s opportunity there in terms of Well, where do you go from here, you may still want to go back into having your in-person services. But so many churches attracted so many new people because of their programming, which was online. So how are you going to continue, to take advantage of what could be new parishioners and new church members? So it really changed the way in which many faith-based organizations were doing was what was operating.

And so I want to start off with preparing to write. So even before we get into the meat of a grant application, I want to go over the basics, because some people may know this information, others may not. So I want to make sure we’re all starting from a level playing field. So a grant is a sum of money given by a government or other organization for a particular purpose, right? Grants are not paid back. Now COVID-19 made that definition. A little interesting, because as you know, with so many of the PPP, they call them loans, right. But for some organizations, they became grants that you didn’t have to pay back. And for other organizations, you did have to pay them back. But the grant grants are not paid back.

And so keep that in mind, you know, as we move through, that is what makes these opportunities so unique for organizations, this is money that’s available that you do not have to pay back. And one thing I do want to stress, especially for the nonprofit organizations, I’ll talk more about this later, your 501 C three status, that is going to be critical, right. So as you prepare to seek grants, if you are nonprofit, you will need your 501 C three, no, I do know that there are some organizations that apply for grants, they don’t have a 501 C three, they like to go through what’s called a fiscal agent. So a fiscal agent is another nonprofit that has a 501 C three that’s responsible for shepherding the money for you. But I can tell you, from my experience, over 95% of foundations, and organizations want you to have the 501 C three. And so what is it is a tax-exempt charitable organization designation that can only be provided by the Internal Revenue Service.

So if you’re a nonprofit, and you want to see grants, get your 501 C three, right now, from what I understand, it’s about a three to six-month process, with the IRS being able to sort through the applications to approve or disapprove whatever their what their decision is going to be for the 501 C three. So if it’s not something that you have, I would recommend getting that process started. And then the application proposal is simply the document that you’re going to complete in order to ask for the grant funding. So these are just some grant basics. So over 86,000 foundations in the United States in 2015, provided over 62 billion with a B billion dollars right worth of grants. 92% of those foundations were independent organizations 3% were corporate. And when I say corporate, so for example, you have an institution like KeyBank, they have their own foundation. So that’s the corporate foundation 1% were community organizations. So that’s similar to the Cleveland organization, the Cleveland Foundation, which is a community organization, however, look at the 2019 foundation giving increase to $75 billion, which was a two and a half percent increase in 2008. And I show you these stats. So you know, the money is not only there, but the money is growing. And so as you prepare to write, I’m an editor. S

o I’m a real stickler about grammar, regardless of whether or not you’re a professional writer or not. Just please, I ask people just go through basic writing, just so that you know so that you’re prepared. These are the five basic writing skills proper spelling and punctuation. You don’t want to have spelling errors grammar errors in your application. Good reading comprehension. So what you’re writing the sentence that you’re writing. If I was to read it, am I comprehending what it is that you want me to understand? sentence and paragraph structure, there are nine different sentence structures, knowledge of different types of writing or writing a novel right?

Writing points is different than writing a dissertation. Editing and rewriting, I cannot stress that enough editing and rewriting, I always edit and rewrite every grant application that I’ve ever written. I’ve written hundreds, I don’t know probably 1000s. At this point, I always edit them. There are always rewrites, there’s no such thing as a perfect grant application. There will be pieces of it that you need to reread and rewrite and do the editing. I happen to love Grammarly, which is an editing software package, I have the professional Grammarly, which, if you can afford it, I highly recommend that you get it, I think is maybe about $100 a year. But I love Grammarly. Because as you’re writing, it will notate better sentence structure, grammar. Again, I have the professional version. But I stated here because I want you to be able to look at this particular article. And I’ll make sure that this gets put into the chat, improve writing skills dramatically by doing these 15 things, this article is so fantastic. It doesn’t matter if again if you’re a professional writer, I’ve been writing for a long time I read it and I was helped by it. So I’m going to highly recommend that you be sure to go to this article is absolutely fantastic.

And it will help it will make you a better writer. So again, you’re preparing for grant writing, there are documents that you need, your EIN your employer identification number, again, that 501 C three document if you are a nonprofit, again, don’t use a fiscal agent, if at all possible. Most nonprofits will not approve grants to a fiscal agent. And this is really, really important, especially for your for-profit organizations and your nonprofits, make absolutely sure that you are in good standing with your state, go to the Secretary of State website, make absolutely sure that you are legally allowed to operate in your state. I was giving a webinar literally a couple of days ago, a young lady got into the chat and said she wanted a grant because she was the only organization that applied who was in good standing with her state. And she was able to document that.

So this is so important to make absolutely sure that you are in good standing with your state and that you’re legally allowed to function and to have a business that operates your list of Board of Directors’ list of staff that’s critical. We’ll go into some of these as we move forward with letters of support. Absolutely important. Those of whom you’ve worked for those of whom you have provided some type of service to organizations in the community that know the work. Please gather your letters of support before you start the grant writing process because you never know what timeline they’re on. So if you have a grant that’s coming up, and that deadline is a couple of days, you don’t want to just start sending out your letters of support, you want to have them already available. Your audit financial statement. Now let me just say a couple of words about this. So many of the major organizations require an audited financial statement.

That’s not true for every foundation. That’s not true for every funder, but when they ask whether or not you do have an audited financial statement, it is what they expect you to be able to provide. But it goes back to make sure and this is so important that your financial documents are in order. Do you have a current balance sheet? Do you have a current income statement? I can’t tell you how many nonprofits I talked to that want to go after grants but they don’t have their financial documents in order. So this is very important. Again, the audited financial statement is a requirement for some foundations and funders. But not all will state what their requirements are in their grant guidelines.

Also, your current operating budget what do you expect Back to be your revenues. How are you functioning based on a certain number of revenues versus your expenses? Most of the grant applications will require the current operating budget. And also think about any other funders that you have. Because this becomes really important. If you have other organizations that have donated to you that have provided in-kind services that have provided grant money, any of your supporters create that list, because no foundation of funder wants to be your sole source of income, they want to know whether or not you’ve been able to get funding from other organizations. And in many cities,

I can tell you that if if you’re able to get funding from the major foundations, sometimes it’s a little easier for you to get funding from some of the smaller ones because they know that you’ve been able to prove yourself to the larger foundations and the larger organizations. So they’re going to see that you’ve been basically bedded right by some of the other larger nonprofits that provide funding. And so again, you’re preparing the process of grant writing. So there are typically two types of grants, grants for general operating support, and then your program slash project. Grant, you have to decide what you’re going to apply for knowing that only about 32% of foundations even provide general operating support to their grantees. Most funders want to support a program or a project, you have to decide what’s best for you. Think about where you are, do you need infrastructure? Do you need money to create a framework for your organization? Do you need a building? Do you not have it? Do you not have a specific?

Whether it’s independent contractors, or are salary personnel? What is it that you really need most in your organization? And then you determine, Well, should I be going after general operating support? Or do I already have an established program and I really need money to support that particular program? So next, we go into how do you do the research, right? How do you find a foundation or a funder that’s going to meet the needs of your organization? Well, finding grants is kind of like searching for you know, that awesome collectible at a flea market for those of you who visit flea markets, right? They rarely just like land out of the clear blue sky in your lap, you really have to go digging for them. And this makes sense as it’s money that you get to use for your awesome programs. So you should have to put in some work to be able to find that perfect match for your organization. So how do you go about doing the research?

Well, these are a number of grants search engines that you can use for your research candidate that org is the leading resource for information on philanthropy. They have access to literally millions of grants. It is a paid subscription, I think is about $50 a month. If you’re looking for federal grants, you’re going to grants.gov grant watch calm. I like Grant watch because they’re organized by subject area really well. And they also provide last-minute grants. If you specifically have grants that are for minority organizations, urban awareness. usa.org is a fantastic organization that provides training, they provide a consistent list of different grants. Grant Station comm really provides in-depth information on funders, planning tools, and tutorials.

If you are an educational organization, get@funding.com is great. And then grant don’t I’m sorry, Grant Gopher again is really great for educational organizations. Now for religious organizations. The Lilly Foundation is absolutely the largest funder for religious institutions in the country. They provide a multitude of different grants from RE completely redoing your business, the structure of your church, if you’re doing renovations, if you’re planting churches, if you’re trying to grow your ministry, the Lilly Foundation is just the number one resource for religious support in terms of grants in the United States.

And so I believe all of these I know there’s a fee for a candidate for grant watch grants.gov is completely free, urban awareness is free, you sign up to get their emails, now they do charge for training Grant Station is fee-based, get at funding. COMM I believe is free. So you’ll have to go on that website and then grant gulper, Lilly foundation is an organization. So you can always go on their website and sign up for their newsletters. So these are some of the mechanisms that you’re going to use to search for an organization that is going to match your mission. And that’s really key is aligning the mission of that foundation with the mission of your organization. And so that’s how you go about doing the research, right. So if the mission of the foundation is to help disabled veterans, and your organization is a veteran-based organization, that’s going to be a match. So in all of those search engines, when you go to the website, there are incredible search mechanisms there.

You can search organizations, by city, by state, by their areas of interest. And that’s what you’re really looking for their areas of interest, where they find them, and you want to make sure that there’s a match there. That’s one of the reasons why so many organizations don’t get funding. They look at some of the major foundations like the Ford Foundation, and they know that they have tons of money, or they look at the Gates Foundation but are they funding, what your particular organization is providing? Is there a match there between the mission of the foundation and the mission of your organization? So the more you know about your potential funders, right, you’re going to use that grant list to find who they are. And then the more you know about them, the better chances are you have been awarded because there’s a match there. And I do significant amounts of research. And sometimes if I’m working, for example, for a veterans-based organization, and I’m researching for foundations, I’ll look and see.