History and Growth

About | History | Staff

Origin

Began 1999 in Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.A.

Creators

  • Cynthia M. Adams
  • 10 Investors

And three dedicated staff:

  • Julie Kaufman
  • Toni Kaufman
  • Steven Schellong

Timeline

1996

  • Launched our first searchable database of grantmakers (Big Data), which was developed specifically for Alaskan grantseekers and offered by the Alaska Funding Exchange.
  • Work was done out of a 16 x 20-foot cabin in the woods about 12 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska, with no running water.
  • Our electricity was provided by a plug-in on a power pole about 300 feet up the hillside from our cabin.

1999

  • Incorporated the business as GrantStation.com, Inc., brought in ten investors, and started two years of research and development.
  • Re-designed the database, began work on a new website, added federal and state funding information, and developed a set of tutorials to help individuals write grant proposals.

2000

  • Launched the GrantStation website to serve grantseekers from throughout the United States.
  • Hired additional staff and reluctantly moved the office "from the woods" into town.

2001

  • GrantStation has nearly 450 full Members.
  • Introduced the GrantStation Insider.
  • By year-end, there are 4,000 readers and 30 Co-Brand Partners.

2002

  • Circulation of the GrantStation Insider reaches 20,000.

2005

  • Introduced a searchable database of grantmakers based throughout the world. Known as 'the international section'.
  • Launched the Technical Assistance Program (GS-TAP), which combines complete access to all of GrantStation's grant research resources with customized online trainings for members of the partner organization.
  • Circulation of the GrantStation Insider tops 100,000.

2006

  • Contracted with USAID to develop the GrantStation International Insider.
  • Circulation of the International Insider was approximately 4,000 by year-end.

2007

  • Introduced the Membership Value Program (MVP), allowing organizations to purchase blocks of Memberships at a reasonable volume rate, thereby integrating GrantStation Membership into their membership benefits package.
  • Membership hits 10,000.

2008

  • Launched our Online Education sessions (webinars) in June.
  • Provide over 75 webinars and have approximately 2,000 participants.

2009

  • GrantStation has nearly 20,000 full Members.
  • Introduced a new design and layout for the GrantStation website.
  • Circulation of the GrantStation Insider is 225,000
  • Begin celebration of our 10 year anniversary!

2010

  • GrantStation establishes a Facebook page and media blog.
  • Circulation of the GrantStation Insider and International Insider is over 300,000.
  • Over 10 different individuals now host webinars as part of our Online Education sessions.
  • Introduction of Partner Depot Program.
  • Began offering the Premium Access Program (GrantStation licensing).

2011

  • GrantStation releases first Vision2020 tool: Grants2020.
  • Circulation of the GrantStation Insider and International Insider is over 375,000.
  • Grant databases re-organized into U.S. Grants, International Grants and Canadian Grants.

2012

  • GrantStation establishes a Twitter account.
  • Circulation of the GrantStation Insider and International Insider is over 430,000.
  • Closed physical offices in Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Moved the Company to the 'cloud';  all employees now work remotely.

2013

  • Designed all new processes and systems for working in the cloud.
  • Introduced Traveling CEO a new Facebook page for GrantStation.
  • Built and launched Grants2020, a new interactive tool for our Members.
  • Re-designed look and content of the GrantStation Insider and International Insider.

2014

  • Developed a bi-monthly podcast, Talk2020.
  • Hired four new staff, including a programmer to build the new website.
  • Designed Pathfinder, to be introduced in Spring 2015.

2015

  • Launched Pathfinder

2016

  • Launched TrendTrack
  • Hosted our first national forum: Innovations 2016
  • Received over 3,000 responses for the State of GrantSeeking™ Survey