April 10, 2014
One thing I always take the opportunity to tell FDO users about - whether I'm at the Foundation Center booth at a conference, talking to a subscriber on the phone, or anywhere - is GrantSpace, the Foundation Center's site dedicated to training and free resources for nonprofit grantseekers. We call it a "learning community for the social sector," and here's a look at some of what that entails.
The Classroom area of GrantSpace includes a full list of the Foundation Center's training offerings. These are free and fee-based, live online or in-person at various locations around the country. There's also a calendar view so you can find trainings by date and location. Training is divided into four categories: Finding Funders, Fundraising Planning, Developing Proposals, and Managing Nonprofits.
The Knowledge Base (in the Tools section) is basically a very large FAQ covering nonprofit grantseeking topics large and small. Need information on finding government grants? Wondering how to approach foundations that don't accept unsolicited applications? Curious about crowdfunding or online fundraising? The Knowledge Base has write-ups and links to resources on all those topics and many more.
GrantSpace is the Foundation Center's home for a wealth of multimedia content, like "Meet the Grantmaker" videos, our Philanthropy Chat podcast series, and training webinar recordings.
All the resources on GrantSpace are free except for the full- and multi-day training classes, and what's described above only scratches the surface. It makes a terrific complement to Foundation Directory Online as a knowledge resource to go along with your funding searches.