Build Your Skills

Learn How to Find Potential Funders for Your Organization

This course is designed to build your skills in key areas, including how to find information about funders and grant opportunities, evaluate funding opportunities, track your research results, and make your organization more attractive to potential funders.
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Course Overview

Main Topics

  • 1
    Course Introduction
    • Course Overview
    • How to Get the Most from the Course
    • About Peak Proposals
  • 2
    Getting into the Grant Mindset
    • A Realistic Start: Setting Reasonable Expectations
    • What You Need to Know about Grants
    • Key Points: Getting into the Grant Mindset
  • 3
    Generating Search Terms
    • Relevant Results: The Challenge of Finding the Right Search Terms
    • Identifying Keywords
    • Resource: Keyword Tracker Template
    • Review of Keyword Tracker Template
    • Key Points: Generating Search Terms
  • 4
    Where to Look to Find Funding Opportunities
    • Choosing Your Tools and Methods: Options for Funder Research
    • Identifying Tools for Prospect Research
    • Tools to Search for Foundation Grants
    • Tour of GrantStation
    • Seeking Funding from the US Government
    • Tools to Search for US Government Grants
    • Tour of Grants.gov
    • Seeking Funds for International Projects
    • Introduction to the USAID Business Forecast
    • Resources to Find Opportunities Sponsored by Bi- and Multilateral Organizations
    • Free Resources for Finding Grant Opportunities
    • Review of Philanthropy News Digest
    • Working Backward: How to Follow the Funding Trail
    • Review of SDGFunders.org
    • Summary of Steps: Using Free Resources
    • Key Points: Researching Potential Funders
  • 5
    Leveraging Partnerships
    • Introduction to Organizational Partnerships
    • The Role of Partnerships
    • Key Points: Leveraging Partnerships
  • 6
    Following Funding Trends
    • What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: The Importance of Tracking News about Funders & Funding Priorities
    • Resources for Philanthropy News
    • Key Points: Following Funding Trends
  • 7
    Tools & Templates to Track Research Results
    • Why You Need a Tracking System for Prospect Research
    • Free Tools for Tracking the Results of Funder Research
    • Overview of a Basic Funder Research Tracker
    • How to Use Trello for Grant Research & Writing
    • Subscription-Based Tools for Prospect Research & Proposal Management
    • Key Points: Tracking Research Results
  • 8
    Evaluating Opportunities
    • Opportunity Evaluation: The Who, What, How of Evaluating Potential Opportunities
    • Determining Whether an Opportunity is Worth Pursuing
    • Overview of the Go/No-Go Meeting Process
    • Key Points: Evaluating Opportunities
  • 9
    Bonus Material
    • The Relationship between Your Organization's Online Presence & Its Ability to Attract Funding
    • Building an Online Presence & Effective Management Systems
    • Key Points: Building an Online Presence
    • Key Points: Organizational Effectiveness
  • 10
    Summary
    • Key Steps for Finding Funding & Tips for Success
    • Next Steps
  • 11
    Resources
    • Course Resource List

Course Features

  • Downloadable Resource Materials

    Download templates for later reference and customization

  • Take at Your Own Pace

    Purchase once, get lifetime access to all content (including future updates)

  • Affordable

    Priced for the nonprofit budget

  • Active Discussion

    Engage with course instructors and other students

  • Video Instruction

    Watch short screencasts on how to use templates and donor research tools

  • Audio Option

    Listen to chapter summaries