Foundation Funding: Yes, You CAN Win Support for Operating Expenses
About Our Speaker(s)
David Kittross

David Kittross has more than 30 years of writing about and reporting on federal and foundation grants, in areas ranging from community health to housing and community development to education. Dave was the founding and long-time editor of Federal Assistance and Foundation Monitor, a national newsletter which covered grant opportunities, regulatory changes and the latest congressional developments involving federal and private grant programs. Dave has also served as editor for Community Health Funding Report, Native American Report and Development Director's Letter.

Dave also has hands on experience in the area of grantwriting, having written federal, state and foundation grant proposals that have raised more than $4 million for a variety of public and private nonprofits. Dave has conducted numerous audio conferences on grant programs and opportunities, and has provided training to nonprofit personnel on how to look for and win funding for their program. Dave also has served on staff for a member of Congress and city council, plus provided information to local agencies on available grant opportunities as director of research for a private consulting firm.

Foundation Funding: Yes, You CAN Win Support for Operating Expenses (CDP450E)

Event Information
Product Format
Pre-recorded Webinar
David Kittross
60 minutes
Event Description

Get Insights in Successfully Winning Funding from Foundations For General Operating Expenses.

Government funding continues to grow tighter, and foundations are usually looked at as a source of one-time funding or a source of funding for a special project. But foundations can provide support for daily operations and overhead, if the right foundation is selected and the right approach is taken.

If you're like a lot of nonprofits these days, you're looking at foundations as a source of funding to make up for ever tightening federal support. And while seeking money from a foundation has its own challenges, foundations can be a source of funding support for general operating support, allowing nonprofits to continue successfully providing services to their community.

The most important thing to remember is that while foundations often prefer giving for specific projects, the myth that foundations simply will not give for general operating support is just that - a myth. If done correctly, you can win funding for overheads, salaries, and day-to-day operations that allow you to keep providing the services needed by your community, as well as expand services or extend your reach.

This webinar with expert speaker David Kittross will discuss how to win funding from foundations for general operating support such as overheads, salaries etc. and how to continue providing services to your community and even expand them.

Topics Covered:

  • All you need to know to successfully pursue funds for operating support, overhead, and/or capacity building;
  • Which types of expenses are more likely to be awarded by foundations than others - not all expenses are created equal;
  • Where to find your 'best bets" for foundation funding - and it's more than just browsing the Foundation Center's website. Covers affinity groups, researchers, and other sources of information that go beyond computerized lists;
  • How to avoid pitfalls in developing your proposal -how to make the case for what you need, while avoiding red flags that foundations look for; and
  • Information on some well-known funders of operating support, which can serve as an example of what you'll need to successfully apply for funds.

Training Objectives

  • What's the reality of foundations and operating expenses - learn what you can really expect.
  • Understand how to use your experience in government grantseeking as a guide to foundation giving, and where it's not appropriate.
  • Learn how to identify which foundations are your best bets for operating support, and which ones are likely to be a waste of time.
  • Learn how to write a successful proposal, including the 'inside information" that foundations want to see before awarding operating funds.
  • Know about the latest trends in foundation funding, and how they'll impact your future grantseeking.

Who should attend

  • Private nonprofits and fundraising consultants (for- or non-profit)
  • Government agencies - particularly colleges and universities
  • Areas such as housing, community development, K-12 education (not higher education) healthcare, economic development, family services, social services, and aging services
  • Grants manager
  • Development director/director of development
  • Grants assistant
  • Fundraising assistant
  • Fundraising director
  • Grants director
  • Program director
  • Executive director
  • Program manager
  • Program assistant
  • Grants consultant

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