Question Preview: Foundation Grants: Effective Research

The theme for April for SmartEGrants is Foundation Grants which means, you guessed it! As a program of SmartEGrants, #grantchat is following suit with the theme and will be talking about Foundation Grants topics as well. What are the rest of our topics for the month you ask?

April 7, 2015: “No Unsolicited Proposals”

April 14, 2015: Writing an Effective Letter of Inquiry

April 21, 2015: Writing a Winning Grant Proposal

April 28, 2015: Foundation Relationships & Partnerships

We are hoping that grant professionals will freely share their knowledge and lessons learned during this series with those that are trying to expand their understanding and success with securing foundation grants.

Here are our questions for the first week of this theme, Effective Research:

Q1: What questions or concerns do you have about conducting effective/efficient research for foundation grants? #grantchat

Q2: What information do you gather from your organization/client before you dig into foundation grant research? #grantchat

Q3: What is your approach to when in the calendar or fiscal year you do your foundation grant research? #grantchat

Q4: What paid tools (don’t worry, not considering it endorsing), do you like to use for foundation grant research? Why? #grantchat

Q5: Are there any options that you feel should be further developed or added to paid tools? What? Why? #grantchat

Q6: What free tools do you like to use for foundation grant research? Why? #grantchat

Q7: What free tools do you avoid for foundation grant research? Why? #grantchat

Q8: What system/method/tools do you use for documenting your foundation grant research? #grantchat

Q9: What do you use as our first elimination step in researching foundation grants? Your second? #grantchat

Q10: What is your not-so-secret, yet secret tip that you would give to new grant professionals about researching foundation grants?  #grantchat

Are you as excited for this topic as we are? Do you *know* that this is a not to be missed event on your calendar? We want to encourage those of you that are very focused on increasing your understanding and success with securing foundation grants for your employers, organizations, or clients to take your professional development a step further, and look at the webinars that SmartEGrants is hosting each Thursday in April on these topics. We are going to dig into each, share best practices, and share tools (both free and inexpensive) in order to help you have the grant consulting business you dream of. You can see the full schedule and register for one or all of the sessions here (they are only $25 each and include the slides and recording!).

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