An information packed training, this course demonstrates how to find the data you need to develop a strong statement of need, and how to present that information to the reader in an engaging way. This course will share with you many ideas on how to gather information via the public sector and the media, as well as from your community and individuals. The need statement should reflect a variety of research setting the stage so the grantmaker feels that this problem needs to be addressed today. And, of course, it’s important to connect the problem you’ve identified with the project you want them to fund, and demonstrate that the project will actually address the issue!
Cynthia M. Adams has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. Many of her early efforts centered on raising funds to set aside wilderness areas in Alaska. In 1990 she started her first company, the Alaska Funding Exchange. This endeavor served as the testing ground for a national company, GrantStation, which opened its Internet doors in the fall of 2001. Cindy built this business because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.