Send them to the Foundation Center!
As more and more students start their summer breaks — as well as their summer internships — many nonprofits are seeing an influx of new temporary staff members. Particularly if they are deep in ethusiasm but lacking in experience, the Foundation Center is a great place for them to learn a lot quickly.
To get your interns started, you might have them take some of our free classes. Grantseeking Basics and Introduction to Finding Funders provide a good overview of foundations and their grants, along with our library and its resources. You can register for them, and see other upcoming programs, on our online calendar. Many of our free classes are also available as webinars, so your intern can even learn from your own office!
Before beginning their funding research, interns should receive a briefing on your organization and the program they will be working on. Specifically, they should know:
- The subject area, geographic focus, and/or population group the program will serve
- The type of funding needed: program support, equipment, research, etc.
- How much funding the project needs
Make sure they know what kind of information you want them to bring back. It might be helpful for the intern to use a worksheet to track what he or she finds on funding prospects. You can download prospect worksheets on our web site. Interns will be able to e-mail research back to your office from our databases, or they can download information to a flash drive. Remind them to ask Foundation Center staff for help — that's what we're here for!