Trusts and foundations

More and more donors, particularly larger donors, are choosing to channel their giving through a trust, or foundation. Many of these function just like individual donors though some of the larger ones have a committee and published criteria. It pays to know and to respect these criteria. Trusts don’t like to waste time on applications for support that are outside their expressed interest areas (just like private individual donors).

CDE project 8 summary: trusts and foundations

by The Commission on the Donor Experience

Trusts and foundations are significant donors to charity but while most operate in ways substantially different from individual donors they have distinct needs in terms of requiring an exemplary and rewarding donor experience for trusts and their staff. This project will seek to define the best ways to deliver that experience for any trust or foundation.

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What you need in your backpack? Essential preparation for grant applications

by Jo Garner

Are you settling down to write that all-important grant application? You’ll need to make sure that your fundraising ‘backpack’ is full of the essentials if you are to succeed, says Jo Garner. You’ll find them here on SOFII.

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Passion and pragmatism – your main tools for winning grants

by Jo Garner

Never forget that charitable foundations and trusts exist purely and simply to give money away. Click here to find out how you can make your application stand out from the crowd.

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Getting that grant: how to write letters that interest potential donors

by Charlene Rocha

Looking for that big grant but before you even make the application you have to write a letter of interest? No idea what this is? Click here to find out – and how to make it a good one.

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Don’t chase the dollars!

by Tom Butero

Don’t chase the dollars, says Tom Butero in this new article on raising grants. What? That’s what I’m for, you must be thinking. Tom explains it could be dangerous to jump at an opportunity without thinking about the outcomes, negative and positive, it could have on your organisation.

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Ten tips to spur the creative grant proposal-writing process

by Pamela Grow

Pamela says: ‘Your final step should be a gracious letter to the foundation, thanking them for their time and their thorough review of your proposal. You’d be surprised at how few organisations take the time to thank the foundation.’

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The Art Fund: the battle to save the Staffordshire Hoard

art fund pack

by SOFII

This emergency appeal captivated the imagination of the public and was so successful that it even closed a few weeks early. This will be a useful read for all fundraisers.

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What are charitable foundations and trusts?

by Jo Habib

Charitable foundations and trusts are simply marvellous – they exist only to give away money. Maybe they could give some to you. If you are new to fundraising, Jo Habib will explain what they are when you click here. If you are an old hand, are you contacting givers of gifts, investors, or shoppers?

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Grant writing in a character limited world

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by Charlene Rocha

Has technology saved you time and trouble when writing an application for a grant? Or do you find online application forms limit how much you can say? Click here to find how you can get all your valuable information across in fewer words.

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Ten things you should remember when writing to trusts and foundations

Illustration from the Tiny Essentials of Raising Money from Foundations and Trusts

by Jo Habib

As with all fundraising, you really need to think about what you are doing from the foundations’ – the donors’ – perspectives. If you were them, what would you want? How would you want to be approached? What would you want to know?

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