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Category: "New Enhancements" (50 posts)

December 08, 2020

Leverage GuideStar Seals of Transparency to Gain Funder Support

Funders use GuideStar Seals of Transparency to guide their giving strategies. Seals provide them with the information they need to understand your impact and gives funders a reason to support your cause. Earning your Seal is simple and free.  

Now in FDO, you can gain insights on the Seal levels of funders’ grant recipients. Search results and Recipient profiles now include GuideStar Seals of Transparency to help you easily find this information. 

 

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GuideStar Seals of Transparency in Search Results

 

FDO provides a quick link to claim your free GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to earn Seals that help you boost your online presence and win funding.  

  1. Log in to your FDO account 
  2. Hover over the “HI NAME” drop-down 
  3. Select Update Profile Seal 

 

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November 11, 2020

View Open RFPs Related to Your Search Results

FDO’s newest feature helps you save time during your prospect research. Now, you can access open RFPs related to your mission all throughout FDO based on your search results.

Save time by easily discovering open opportunities sooner. The time you save can be put towards  building robust prospect lists and forging connections with key decision makers!

To see the new feature in action, simply conduct a search using FDO’s global search bar. You’ll begin to see open RFPs in

  1. Search results
  2. Grantmaker profiles
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Open RFPs count in Grantmaker Search Results

 

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Open RFPs on a Grantmaker Profile

 

 

Reminder! Expert fundraisers know that funding success stems from robust prospecting strategies, not just searches for open RFPs. In addition to reviewing open RFPs, leverage FDO’s 18 million+ grants and 230,000+ grantmaker profiles to develop a list of well-matched funders who are ready to support your work!

 

February 24, 2020

NEW FEATURE: Search for Organization's Directly in FDO's Global Search Bar

Want to quickly access a prospective funder’s profile? Now you can search for an organization directly from the search bar on your FDO homepage!

 

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Here's how it works:

  1. Begin typing in the name of a Funder you wish to view in FDO's global search bar
  2. FDO will auto suggest a list of grantmakers that match your text
  3. Click on the name of the Funder whose profile you wish to visit
  4. Doing a text search instead? Simply click SEARCH to continue

 

That's it!

 

This new enhancement is just one of many updates we’ve recently made to FDO. In addition to constantly building on our data, we are committed to adding new features to strengthen FDO based on subscriber feedback!

September 18, 2019

NEW FEATURE: View Open RFPs Directly in FDO

FDO now makes it easier to keep up to date with open RFPs. You can customize what RFPs you see on your FDO homepage based on your Field of Interest.

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To change your field of interest, click on “Change Field of Interest” on your homepage or under the “Update Profile” section of your Account area.

 

You can also subscribe for weekly RFP update notifications. Simply check the box in the Current RFPs header to begin receiving these updates.

💡 Expert Tip: Open RFPs only make up a small portion of funding opportunities. Get access to all of the funding available to you by clicking on funders in the view Similar Funders section or conducting a full search using the main search bar in FDO. Unlock all the grantmakers who want to support your cause!

August 26, 2019

Tap into Donor-advised Funds with FDO

Expert fundraisers recognize that Donor-advised Funds are a growing source of funding for nonprofits. Between 2007 and 2016, assets in donor-advised funds nationwide skyrocketed from $32 billion to $85 billion[1].

You can now prospect research for DAFs easier in FDO. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to Organizational Type filter
  2. Expand Charitable gift funds (grantmaker)
  3. Select Donor-advised funds
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Open Additional Filter, go to Organization Type, select DAFs

 

💡Expert Tip: To ensure your organization is applicable for DAF funding, make sure to update your Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar and share basic financial information to earn a Silver Seal of Transparency. To get started, visit guidestar.org/update

 

 

[1] https://eyeonfdo.foundationcenter.org/2018/10/partners-in-philanthropy-how-to-work-with-donor-advised-funds.html

 

August 15, 2019

NEW FEATURE: Search for Grantmakers in a Specific Location

Good news! Searching for Grantmakers or Recipients in a specific location just got easier. Simply use the Organization Name filter AND Location filter together.

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This new upgrade will help streamline your prospect research.

💡Expert Tip: To ensure you don’t miss out on a potential funder, begin your prospect research by searching for all grantmakers supporting your mission. Simply use the global search bar.

January 14, 2019

NEW My FDO: Tools to Help you Manage Your Prospects

Make the most out of your prospect research, explore the benefits of My FDO.

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Grantseeking made easier with My FDO’s ability to help you manage your:

  • Tags
  • Saved Searches
  • Alerts
  • NEW Grantmaker Assessment Tool
  • Grant proposal tasks and due dates
  • Plus more!

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🚀 Take your prospecting to the next level, rate your Grantmakers with the Grantmaker Assessment tool. Simply complete your personal assessment of the Grantmaker -  this rating will live on their profile. You can start straight from the Grantmaker profile.

 

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My FDO is your new workspace, better tools built to help you win the funding you need to succeed.

Happy fundraising!

July 12, 2018

Improved FDO Organization Search: Delivering you better ways to find funding

Organization search just got even easier in new FDO. We listened to the valuable feedback of FDO subscribers and worked hard to redesign your search by organization experience. Our goal is to continuously evolve FDO to ensure we bring you the best grant prospecting tool available.

What’s new?

Use the Organization Name search box to look for a Foundation or peer Grant Recipient*.  When you enter an organization name, a full list of organizations will appear. This new layout is much easier to navigate, to ensure you can easily find organizations. You can now define if you want to see Grantmakers only or Recipients only, or both.  

To view a profile directly, click on the flyout icon in the top right hand corner. 💡Tip: You may also select multiple organizations and all will appear in your search results.

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We look forward to sharing other future FDO developments with you all. Happy fundraising!   

*Recipient profiles available in Professional subscription only

April 13, 2018

Introducing FDO’s Newest Feature: Recipient Profile Charts

 

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We’re excited to announce a new powerful feature in FDO is here: Interactive charts on recipient profiles.  

New Recipient Charts provide insights you can leverage in your research and when you’re searching for new funding opportunities.

But how do Recipient Profiles help your funding search?

Utilize Recipient Profiles to:

  1. Discover new funding opportunities
  2. Shape your prospecting strategy
  3. Quickly gain fundraising insights

What you can do with New Recipient Charts

With Recipient Charts you can quickly see grantseeking trends and organizational insights to help guide your prospecting, find new prospects and better understand how to approach potential funders. The first Recipient Chart gives you insights on the types of funders giving to an organization and the percentage of total funding each type of funder makes up of the organization’s grant portfolio.

The second chart shows the proximity of funders to the recipient they are giving to, giving you insight on how you can expand your prospect list. Proximity is indicated by the following geographic areas:

  • Local: Funders who are located within the same city or town as the recipient
  • State: Funders who are located within the same state as the recipient
  • Region: Funders who are located in states with a shared border as the recipient
  • Country: Funders who are located in the same country as the recipient
  • International: Funders who are not located within the same country as the recipient

With this funder proximity chart, you see how much money is being awarded from each of these geographic areas and the percentage of total funding each geographic area makes up.

These first two Recipient Charts can be viewed by Grant Amounts or Number of Grants.

The third graph will help guide you on the optimal amount to request from a funder. With this grant size graph, you can understand how much funders are giving to peers and the size of those grants to see how much those funders most commonly give.

New Recipient Charts are available in the new FDO, Professional.

Start uncovering new opportunities with Recipient Charts»

 

Join us for a live webinar on May 1st (2:00PM EST), where we’ll introduce new Recipient Charts, discuss Recipient Profiles, and provide a tour of the new FDO. 

November 21, 2017

The New FDO is here!

We are thrilled to bring you the new Foundation Directory Online! We have introduced powerful enhancements and features designed to make the process of finding the right funders and conducting research seamless. The new FDO provides…

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New and Improved Grantmaker Searching

FDO now features a global search bar and integrated results page to address all your prospecting needs.  One search bar allows you to simply enter a phrase describing your work.  When you enter a phrase that describes what you’re looking for, or search by Advanced Search & Filters fields, you’ll now receive the full range of data on grantmakers, grants, recipients, and 990s in one results page.  One results page allows you to efficiently compare grantmakers, grants and recipients before you dive deeper in evaluating funders, so you can hit the ground running in building strong prospect lists.

Funding insights relevant to your mission

With a growing source of grantmakers, grant and recipient data, you can now get results, trend insights and funding summaries tailored to your field of work based on your search criteria.

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Understand the funding landscape

For the first time, see how much funders are giving to your cause based on your search criteria with Amount Funded in your grantmaker search results.

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More data and insights with interactive charts and maps to quickly understand funders’ priorities

Enhanced visualizations provide context to your funding search and allow you to see prospective funders’ giving trends and their suitability to your funding needs. Here you’ll be able to gather key insights on how to approach funders, like how much to ask for from specific funders.

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Built-in LinkedIn integration to help you unlock prospect networks

FDO provides lists of key decision makers and their affiliations.  Turn insights into action: see who can make an introduction to prospects with FDO’s LinkedIn integration. 

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Stay on top of opportunities: Past funders and Other funders to consider

Never miss a funding opportunity, past or present.  FDO further personalizes your prospect research by identifying when a grantmaker has previously funded your organization, so you can rekindle support from organizations who believe in your work. 

Explore other potential funders available within each grantmaker profile— these are grantmakers with similar giving patterns to your search that you might not have otherwise evaluated.

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Peer recipient profiles to discover new prospects

Peer recipient profiles can give you ideas on new grantmakers to explore and insights on the funding mix of organizations like yours that can help you shape your funding strategy.

Mobile-friendly for when you’re on-the-go

FDO is also mobile-friendly, so you can keep track of your prospects anytime, anywhere. 

 

These are just some of the powerful features you’ll experience and that we will continue to improve upon.  The new FDO delivers increased speed and ease to build your prospect funder pipeline, grow your connections to funders, and gather the grantmaker and grant insights you need to successfully identify and approach funders that are a good match with efficiency and agility.  

As the FDO team continues to bring you the highest quality prospect research experience, we look forward to you getting the most out of these new features and enhancements! 

 

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