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Locating Private Foundation Funding

Event Type
Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center
UIS Zoom
wifi event
Dec 10, 2021   10:00 - 11:30 am  
Sarah Rice, Forefront and Pamela Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center
Pamela M. Salela
Originating Calendar
CINRC Events Calendar

Looking for private foundation grants for your nonprofit?

Come learn about private foundation funding and how to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO) to target potential funders.  FDO is the most comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers, with over 235,000+ grantmaker profiles. You will learn how to search for grantmakers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve.  We will also discuss the advantages of GuideStar’s Transparency badges and how to earn one for your organization.

NOTE: This class is for nonprofit organizations looking for funding. It is not geared to individuals seeking grants.

 Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand what a private foundation is
  • Understand how to properly approach a private foundation
  • Explain what FDO is
  • Identify your needs in preparation for searching for potential grantmakers in FDO
  • Research potential grantmakers using a project-based search in FDO
  • Evaluate prospects for strong or weak fit using FDO
  • Identify the options for accessing FDO
  • Access resources for getting help with FDO
  • Complete GuideStar’s requirements for a Transparency badge

As a Forefront Research Coordinator, Sarah aids Members, staff, and the general public in conducting research and utilizing the Library’s resources. Her work also entails organizing Forefront’s archives and managing the Library website. Additionally, she presents workshops and creates tools and research guides for Forefront’s educational programming. Most recently Sarah worked at Triton College as a reference librarian. Prior experience includes serving as Outreach and User Experience Librarian at Sullivan University, and overseeing library services as the manager of Strayer University’s Learning Resource Center. Sarah has a bachelor’s in English from the University of Louisville and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Kentucky. Sarah is a member of the Forest Park Historical Society and the League of Women Voters.
Pamela Salela is faculty at UIS in the Library.  She has an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from UIUC and an M.S. from the iSchool at UIUC. She has been the coordinator of the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center since 2005.

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