Twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, PhilanTech (an online grants management system) and Grant Station (an online database of grant funding sources) conduct a survey of nonprofit organizations. The organizations represent nonprofits of a variety of sizes, geographic locations, and mission goals. Using the results of the survey, PhilanTech and Grant Station compile a report they call “The State of Grantseeking.” Recently, the fall 2012 report was released.
In this blog, we highlight a few of the findings of the most recent “State of Grantseeking Report” and how we can help bridge the gap between funding goals and funding realities. For a downloadable copy of the full report, visit PhilanTech’s website.
From “The State of Grantseeking Report Fall 2012”
- Most nonprofit organizations reported that they had applied for the same number of grants or more grants than they did in the spring of 2012.
- In the last six months, 27% of nonprofits polled reported receiving more grants as a result of increased application efforts.
- From a year ago, the average grant award increased from $39,000 to $50,000.
- The amount of government grants increased by 6.1% and private foundations became less likely to be the source of the most grant money awarded.
- 74.1% of nonprofits felt optimistic that grant funding would increase or at least remain the same for the next six months.
- Nonprofits claim the biggest challenge to grantseeking is a lack of time and/or staff.
So what do these findings mean? To us, these findings reinforce the importance and viability of grant funding, while at the same time underscoring difficulties of doing so. They also mean that competition for funding will become stiffer. The Grant Helpers exist to make the task more doable, and to increase your odds of funding.
Nonprofit organizations typically operate on very lean budgets, and the smaller the nonprofit organization, the smaller the payroll. This is where we can help. We can do time-consuming work for you “seasonally,” or whenever it is needed. We offer customizable services at reasonable prices on demand, which works well for nonprofit groups that do not have the funding to keep a grant writer or grant manager on staff. We also help structure your proposal development efforts to succeed in the face of revolving staff. So your nonprofit organization wins in several ways:
- You save money by not keeping grant writers/managers on staff.
- You keep your employees focused on fulfilling your organization’s mission, not funding your mission.
- You establish a system that allows staff and volunteers to more quickly come up to speed and respond to grant opportunities.
- Ultimately, with professional support, you get more money for your mission.
Let us help you reach your goals and be part of your funding team. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We would love to hear more about your goals and your needs.
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