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The State of Grantseeking Survey and Reports


The State of Grantseeking Survey and Reports

We have exciting State of Grantseeking™ survey and reports news!

Effective immediately, we are pleased to announce that the survey and reports will be an annual event.

While you have been faithful and constant supporters of the State of Grantseeking, we have come to realize that acquiring thousands of respondents twice a year (who answer nearly 60 questions) is too much to ask.

We’ll spend the fall of 2018 on deeper analysis of the most recent survey and share the results with you in the form of GS Insights articles and short reports.

Then in mid-February 2019 we will launch the new, improved State of Grantseeking survey, reflecting your grantseeking experiences over the entire year of 2018. And, stay tuned for the annual report’s improved presentation formats...

GrantStation sends you our deepest appreciation for your past participation, and we look forward to the Spring 2019 survey!


Webinar Spotlight

Online Workshop: Tracking In-Kind Contributions & Volunteers in QuickBooks

Want to learn the ins and outs of in-kind contributions? Not sure what counts as in-kind and what doesn't? Join Gregg Bossen and David Webb for a QuickBooks Made Easy training on how to enter and track in-kind contributions and volunteer hours in QuickBooks.

Some of the topics covered include these and more:

  • What is an in-kind contribution
  • Which in-kind contributions should be included in your financial statements and tax returns
  • How to enter time for your volunteers based on type of work.

There will be plenty of time for questions. This webinar will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Partner Spotlight


Network for Good



Network for Good is a hybrid organization—a nonprofit-owned for-profit. Network for Good’s nonprofit donor-advised fund uses the Internet and mobile technology to securely and efficiently distribute thousands of donations from donors to their favorite charities each year. Their donor-advised fund is accredited by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and meets all 20 of its standards for charity accountability.

For nonprofits:

We offer a suite of fundraising software and services that helps you raise money and reach more individual donors – plus the training that will make you an online fundraising superstar.

For grantmakers:

The Jumpstart Program is the vision of grantmakers who are working to overcome the systemic challenges of nonprofit capacity building on a coordinated, national level.

Network for Good is a GrantStation Membership Value Program Partner. Learn more about MVP.

GS Insights

At GrantStation, we want to make sure our community is up-to-speed on what’s happening in the world of philanthropy. This blog gives us the opportunity to share our insights as we research grantmakers and talk with grantseekers.

Overcoming FOTA (Fear of the Ask): How to Connect with Individual Donors


by Diana Holder

If you’ve ever spent any time in investing circles or on social media, you may be familiar with the term FOMO, or the “fear of missing out.” This is defined as “a feeling of anxiety or insecurity over the possibility of missing out on something, (such) as an event or opportunity.” I recently learned that FOMO also has a sister acronym, FOBO, or “fear of a better option,” such as when you spend countless hours searching for the perfect hotel room. This got me thinking that we really need an acronym for another basic human fear, the fear of asking for money (FOAFM?) or, more specific to the field of fundraising, the fear of the ask (FOTA). Perhaps these acronyms will never really catch on, but it’s undeniable that for novice fundraisers, making the leap from researching a list of prospects to actually asking for a donation can seem daunting. So, how do you get over FOTA?

Do You Want Mission-Focused Search Videos?

We started with healthcare!

Would you like to see more “how to search for funders” videos based on your organization's mission focus?

Do You Want Mission-Focused Search Videos?
  1. Watch this video (just 11 minutes) to see if you think that a similar video – based on your organization’s mission focus – would be helpful to you.
  2. Take this two-question survey (rate the video value, state your mission focus).

If there is positive feedback, we will add funder-search videos by mission focus, beginning with the most frequently selected missions.


We did the research for you! Browse our library of quality resources, including profiles of books and articles, courses and degree programs, and workshops and tools, all designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional.

Create a Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit


Are you thinking of launching your own nonprofit organization, but not quite sure how to get started? The article “Create a Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit” by legal guide publisher Nolo discusses the basic steps that any nonprofit founder can take to prepare a solid and functional strategic plan. It outlines and discusses the components of a strategic plan, including developing a mission statement, outlining goals and objectives, assessing current resources, and identifying strategies to turn your vision into a reality.

National Funding Alert

August 16, 2018
American Library Association: I Love My Librarian Award

The I Love My Librarian Award program, administered by the American Library Association, recognizes librarians throughout the United States for exemplary service to their communities. Learn more about the Award guidelines and nomination process.

This is a sample of the thousands of searchable grantmaker profiles available to Members!

Local Funding Alert

August 16, 2018
3Rivers Credit Union Foundation

The 3Rivers Credit Union Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the residents of the communities 3Rivers serves, including Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana, and St. Marys County in Ohio. Learn more about the funding guidelines and application process for the final grant cycle of 2018.

This is a sample of the thousands of searchable grantmaker profiles available to Members!

Canadian Funding Alert

August 9, 2018
Carpathia Credit Union Community Support

Carpathia Credit Union Community Support primarily funds the activities of Ukrainian cultural and educational organizations, libraries and museums, cultural and educational events, and projects that have a positive impact on Manitoba’s Ukrainian community. Learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

This is a sample of the thousands of searchable grantmaker profiles available to Members!

International Funding Alert

August 9, 2018
IEEE Empower a Billion Lives
IEEE Empower a Billion Lives, an initiative of Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, is a global competition aimed at fostering innovation to develop solutions to electricity access. Innovations may be in solar home systems, microgrids, and minigrids, or completely new approaches from what's been done before. Learn more about the competition guidelines and application process.
This is a sample of the thousands of searchable grantmaker profiles available to Members!