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Learn About Foundations and Fundraising

We publish books and offer training courses, both online and in the classroom at various levels, to help you learn about the world of foundations and the process of identifying foundations as potential funders.

Full-Day Classroom Training Courses

Foundation Fundraising Essentials
This updated course provides you with the building blocks for successful foundation fundraising. You'll learn effective strategies for foundation support into your organization's fundraising plan and get tips for approaching grantmakers. $295.00

Proposal Writing Boot Camp
This three-day intensive series provides essential training on the skills that grantseekers need to become effective proposal writers: crafting a compelling proposal package, developing a well-organized budget, and researching a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. $595.00

Coming Soon! Foundation Research Master Class
Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online's tools and databases to find funders with a proven commitment to programs and projects like yours and to create a comprehensive list of potential funders. $295.00

Basic Classroom Training Courses


Foundations and Their Role in Philanthropy
An overview of foundations, their giving, and their role in the nonprofit community.

Finding Foundation Support for Your Education
Demonstrates the tools and techniques for seeking funding from foundations for an individual's education.

Grantseeking Basics
An overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.

Grantseeking Basics in Spanish: Principios de la búsqueda de fondos
Aprenda como prepararse para solicitar fondos y como identificar donantes de su interés. Aprenda como investigar los recursos del Centro para desarollar una búsqueda de fondos más efectiva.

Grantseeking Basics for International Organizations
An overview of the grantseeking process for representatives of foreign NGOs and US-based nonprofits with international programs.

Introduction to Corporate Giving
An introduction to the world of corporate support and available resources on corporate funding sources.

Prospect Research Basics: Researching Individual Donors
Information on how to identify and conduct research on potential individual donors.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning
An introduction to the development of a fundraising plan for organizations unfamiliar with the process.

How to Approach a Foundation
How to initiate contact with potential funders, planning calls and meetings, and building partnerships with donors.

Your Board and Fundraising: An Introductory Course for Small Nonprofits
Teaches small nonprofit organizations how to actively engage their boards in the fundraising process.

Online Training Courses

Foundations and Their Role in Philanthropy
A detailed overview of the world of private foundations. Free

Finding Foundation Support for Your Education
Guides students through the process of seeking financial support from foundations to pursue their studies. Free
Also available in Spanish.

Getting Ready for Foundation Fundraising
An overview of the first steps nonprofits need to take to become viable, effective organizations in preparation for fundraising. Free

Grantseeking Basics Training Video (English and Spanish)
A 30-minute overview of the funding research process for nonprofit organizations seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities. Free

Introduction to Fundraising Planning
Learn to develop a fundraising plan that includes a variety of revenue sources for your nonprofit organization. Free

Introduction to Corporate Giving
New! An introduction to both the world of corporate support for nonprofits and to the effective utilization of the Foundation Center's resources on corporate giving. Free

Grantseeking Basics for Individuals
Prepares individuals to seek out and identify potential sources of foundation support. $19.95

Grantseeking Basics for Nonprofit Organizations
Helps those working with nonprofit organizations to identify foundations as potential sources of funding. $39.95

Online Guides and Tutorials


Guide to Funding Research
A basic primer on the grantseeking process and an introduction to the available resources.

Demystifying the 990-PF
An overview of the content, accessibility, and value of Form 990-PF, the tax return filed by private foundations.

Guide to Fiscal Sponsorship
A detailed look at the possibilities for individual grantseekers to affiliate with an organization or obtain a fiscal sponsor.



Grantseeking Basics
A one-hour overview of the funding research process for nonprofit organizations seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.

How to Approach a Foundation
This session covers the following topics: how to initiate contact with potential funders; planning calls and meetings; and building partnerships with donors.

Introduction to Finding Funders
This session provides an introduction to one of the key online tools for finding funders, Foundation Directory Online Professional.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning
This session will introduce participants to strategies for devising a fundraising plan that best reflects their organizationís needs and resources.

Books About Fundraising

New Edition!

Foundation Fundamentals

Learn how to use funding research databases and directories, locate information on potential funders on the Internet, and shape your proposal to reflect a funderís concerns.

- Sample Chapter Free
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Securing Your Organization's Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies

Learn how to how to determine the best mix of funding resources for the long termófrom foundation and corporate givers to government, religious institutions, and individuals.

- Abridged Online Free
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The Foundation Center's Guide to Grantseeking on the Web

Develop an organized, focused approach to funding research on the Web, featuring more than 3,000 annotated listings of grantmakers and other nonprofit Internet links.

- Abridged Online Free
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Raise More Money for Your Nonprofit

Learn the steps to take before launching a development campaign, encouraging organizational self-analysis and involving many sources of funding.

- Order This Book
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