Making the Ask

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Developing your request for support should be an enjoyable task that allows you to creatively connect your organization to the business from whom you will request funding. Keeping the business’s perspective in mind as you write the request will help you determine what you can offer them in terms of public recognition and how you will draft a Memorandum of Agreement to solidify the deal. Much of this training is about customizing each request for support in order to significantly improve your chances of receiving ongoing support from each business.


Cynthia M. Adams

GrantStation's Founder and Corporate Advisor, 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.

Cynthia M. Adams