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  • Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    For our inaugural issue of Grantseeker Monthly, we sat down with Kelly Meighen, President of the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation. Established in April 1969 with a gift from the founder, Mr. Theodore Roosevelt Meighen, the Foundation has granted close to $20 million dollars over the past 41 years....

  • Thursday, April 12, 2012

    This month the Grantseeker Monthly team is looking at what is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal - the statement of need. The underpinning of any grant proposal, the statement of need is your opportunity to sell the impact of your work. “The description of need carries the...

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Good news! Once you have completed the preparation and research stages that we’ve outlined, most of the work is finished. Your case resources have been created, which will make up the content of your proposal, and you have identified funders whose interests and guidelines align with your needs...

  • Thursday, October 27, 2011

    So your nonprofit organization has an exciting initiative but you need support to get it off the ground? Wondering how to build a list of prospective funders? We explored this question with the help of Marcia Steeves, a prospect research professional with nearly a decade of experience in the field...

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    So you had a fantastic idea to transform your community and you put together a solid funding proposal. After mailing out 100 copies, you eagerly awaited the funds to start rolling in. Instead, all that came back in the mail was a handful of rejection letters and this week’s McDonalds coupons. What...

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    You’ve likely witnessed it. Maybe as an onlooker when it happened to your favourite charity, or perhaps when the course of your organization was changed by it, a slow tide you were unable to resist.  According to John Paterson, an executive management consultant with over 20 years experience in non...

  • Thursday, July 4, 2013

    For many charities the senior fundraiser role has become a revolving door. And according to the recent CompassPoint report UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, the trend shows no sign of dissipating. CompassPoint revealed that half of Development...

  • Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Good news: your grant proposal to a new funder was successful and a cheque for $20,000 has arrived in the mail. But if you think the grantwriting is done, think again! Receiving a grant marks only the beginning of a long-term partnership. At this point, it’s time for you to start thinking about the...

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Donor advised funds. As a grantseeker, you have likely seen them referred to on the websites of foundations like the Winnipeg Community Foundation or Tides Canada. But do you know how they work and where they fit into your fundraising plan? What is a Donor Advised Fund? Broadly defined, a...

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