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Introduction to Finding Grants is a Course

Introduction to Finding Grants

Ended Jan 8, 2017

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Full course description

Course Date:

Ends Jan 8, 2017


1 week


1.5 hrs total



Course Type:





Discover how to find potential funders and what they're looking for in the nonprofits they support. In this course you will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what motivates them
  • What grantmakers really want to know about organizations that apply for funding
  • How to identify and approach potential funders .

Course activities involve watching short videos and responding to quiz questions.


After taking Introduction to Finding Grants, you will be able to:

  • Identify the types of organizations that fund nonprofits and their motivations
  • Distinguish among the three main types of private foundations
  • Perform a quick assessment of your nonprofitÕs credibility
  • Organize your strategy to identify potential funders
  • Plan to make the first approach

Course Instructors

The Foundation Center

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world.

Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants Ñ a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center's website each day and are served in its five library/learning centers and at more than 450 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.