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October 14, 2010

Introducing GrantSpace

Originally posted on PhilanTopic.

Cynthia Bailie is the director of special information initiatives at the Foundation Center and heads the Center's Cleveland office. She blogs regularly at the Philanthropy Front and Center-Cleveland blog and wrote about the center's Nonprofit Collaboration Database for PhilanTopic in May.

GrantSpace Are you wasting time looking for resources, tools, and training needed to kick-start your fundraising and social change efforts? Good news. The Foundation Center has added a new online community to its portfolio of web properties that has everything you need in one place.

After a year-long process built on engaging with our audiences and five decades as the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, the Foundation Center is pleased to announce the launch of grantspace.org. GrantSpace places the best information about grants and fundraising within reach of organizations of all sizes, providing grantseekers with a one-stop shop for knowledge, community, and expert guidance. Complementing the resources on the Foundation Center's main site, foundationcenter.org, GrantSpace gathers, on a single convenient platform, recent news, reports, podcasts, videos, statistics, sample documents, and requests for proposals related to the most pressing social change issues of the day. Links to relevant FAQs are included throughout the site, and an "Ask Us" link on each page connects visitors to expert assistance from Foundation Center staff via live chat or e-mail. The site also offers a comprehensive calendar that lists and allows registration for upcoming Foundation Center training opportunities in classrooms around the U.S. as well as online.

GrantSpace's user-focused assortment of tools and resources is designed to get you up-to-speed on all it takes to finance and operate a nonprofit organization. Register now (it's free) and begin rating content and weighing in on what matters to you. New members can also grab a free 24-hour subscription to the Foundation Directory Online Professional, the center's searchable database of nearly 100,000 grantmakers and more than two million grants.

But wait, there's more. Over the coming months, we'll be introducing an online diagnostic tool for nonprofit practitioners looking to add to their knowledge base; a variety of community forums; live events; and additional must-have content from the Foundation Center and its growing list of partners.

In the meantime, we want to hear from you. What would you like to see in GrantSpace? Know of a cool tool or compelling content we should add? Drop us a line using the Feedback link and we'll see what we can do.

What are you waiting for? Click on over to GrantSpace to explore a growing range of in-depth content, engage with your peers and experts, and energize your fundraising efforts. And, of course, feel free to share your thoughts and feedback in the comments section.

-- Cindy Bailie

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