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Bad News for Nonprofits - Foundation Giving Lost Ground in 2011

  
  
  

Bad news for nonprofits.  A report just released by the Foundation Center indicates that while foundation giving totaled $46.9 billion in 2011 (a slight increase from the previous year), inflation-adjusted foundation giving actually decreased.  Highlighting just how big the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is, the report suggests that giving by foundation has decreased 3% (on an inflation-adjusted basis), if the Gates Foundation is excluded from the mix.

A few highlights (or maybe lowlights) from the report:

  • Foundation assets increased slightly to $646.1 billion, but that's still well shy of the pre-recession high of $682.2 billion;
  • The financial market fluctuations and uncertainties of 2011 continued to take a toll on foundation assets; the report predicts that trend is likely to continue this year, which is less than encouraging for grantseekers;
  • Foundation giving overall is likely to remain flat in 2012;
  • The report anticipates a slight increase in giving for 2013 (though is cautious about making predictions beyond this year, given recent economic turmoil and the unpredictability of global markets that can impact foundation assets.

Despite all of the financial gloominess, 44% of foundations indicated that they expected to increase their giving next year.

Anticipated change in foundation giving 2012

So what's a nonprofit to do with this less-than-encouraging news?

  • Maintain and manage relationships with current funders.  Funder relationships require care and feeding.  Keeping in close touch with your current funders can help facilitate the process of renewed funding, or can provide key information that may impact your fundraising strategy (which may sometimes mean you find out that they're planning to shift their funding priorities, but it's better to find out sooner than later);
  • Don't assume increased grant funding for next year.  Budget for consistent, or possibly decreased, funding from foundation sources;
  • Continue to diversify your funding sources (which is always a good idea);
  • Start cultivating relationships with potential new funders now.  It's a process that takes a while.  Don't wait until you're desperate for a new funding source to start building new relationships.

What do you think?  How will your organization deal with this less than optimistic forecast?

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Image source: Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates, 2012, Foundation Center

State of Grantseeking for Health Care Organizations

  
  
  

Health Care organizations that responded to the State of Grantseeking survey receive more grants from private and community foundations than from any other grant source.

The average larges grant for health care organizations was over twice as large as the average largest grant across all organization types - $760,400 versus $312,000 for all organizations, which may be attributable in part to the size of the organizations. 26% of health care respondent organizations had over 200 employees.

Other key statistics about health organizations from the State of Grantseeking:

  • Over half of health care focused organizations submitted between 3 and 10 requests and over 50% also received between 3 and 10 awards;

  • 65% of health care organizations received the same number or more grants that they had in the first six months of 2010

  • Health care organizations cited increased competition for grant dollars and difficulty finding funders who are a good fit as their top grantseeking challenges

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Download the Health Care Organizations State of Grantseeking Fact Sheet to read the rest of the results.

State of Grantseeking in Education Nonprofit Organizations

  
  
  

Education nonprofit organizations in the Fall 2011 State of Grantseeking report received more grant funding from private foundations than other sources of grant funding (69%) and were less likely to receive grants from Federal (30% vs. 45%) and State governments (42% vs. 50%). Educational institutions, conversely, were more likely to receive State and Federal grant awards (see the State of Grantseeking in Educational Institutions fact sheet. Note: educational institutions include colleges and universities, where education nonprofit organizations are nonprofits that are focused on education. There is also a State of Grantseeking in All Educational Organizations fact sheet that summarizes aggregate information for both types of education organizations, but the differences are significant enough to warrant separate fact sheets as well).

The average largest grant for education nonprofit organizations was $195,291, lower than the $312,000 average largest grant across all organization types.

Other key statistics about education organizations from the State of Grantseeking survey:

  • 43% submitted only 1 or 2 grant requests in the first six months of 2011

  • 62% received the same number, or more, grants than in the same period in 2010

  • Education organizations' greatest grantseeking challenges were the decline in available funding opportunities and increased competition. Education organizations also cited increased reporting requirements as a challenge.

    Non Profit Organizations

Download the Education Nonprofit Organizations State of Grantseeking Fact Sheet to read the rest of the results.

State of Grantseeking in All Education Organizations

  
  
  

Like most organizations in the Fall 2011 State of Grantseeking survey, education organizations received more grant funding from private foundations than other sources of grant funding. Fifty percent also received Federal government grants (vs. 45% of all organizations in the survey) and 56% received state government grants (compared to 50% across all organizations).

Note: educational institutions include colleges and universities, where education nonprofit organizations are nonprofits that are focused on education. Please see the State of Grantseeking in Educational Institutions and State of Grantseeking in Education Nonprofits fact sheets for details about each type of organization's grantseeking activities.

The average largest grant for all education organizations was $398,144, higher than the $312,000 average largest grant across all organization types.

Other key statistics about education organizations from the State of Grantseeking survey:

  • 44% submitted 3 to 10 grant requests in the first six months of 2011

  • 35% received 1 or 2 grant awards

  • Education organizations' greatest grantseeking challenges were the reductions in State and Federal funding and the corresponding reduction in resources

    Education Grant Requests


Download the Education Organizations State of Grantseeking Fact Sheet to read the rest of the results.

 

State of Grantseeking in Youth Development Organizations

  
  
  

Youth development organizations in the Fall 2011 State of Grantseeking report received more grant funding from community and corporate foundations and were less likely to receive Federal or State government grants than other organization types.

The average largest grant for youth development organizations was $191,560, lower than the $312,000 average largest grant across all organization types.

Other key statistics about youth development organizations from the State of Grantseeking survey:

  • 66% submitted six or more grant requests (compared to 53% across all organizations)

  • 52% were awarded 3 or more grants

  • Youth development organizations' greatest grantseeking challenges were reductions in staff time due to budget cuts and the reduction in grant award amounts

    Youth Development Largest Funding Source

Download the Youth Development Organizations State of Grantseeking Fact Sheet to read the rest of the results.

 

 

State of Grantseeking in Human Services Organizations

  
  
  

Compared to other organizations, human services organizations received more grants from all grant sources, according to the Fall 2011 State of Grantseeking survey. Human services organizations are likely to fall into the category of "safety net" organizations. Several other organization types cited the redirection of grant funds to safety net organizations as one of the greatest challenges in their own grantseeking activities.

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Some key statistics about human services organizations from the Fall 2011 State of Grantseeking survey:

  • Human services organizations were more likely to request 6 or more grants (69% vs. 53%) and receive 3 to 10 grant awards (53% vs. 37%)

  • 70% of human services organizations received the same number or more grants as they had in the same period the previous year

  • Human services organizations cited declines in State and Federal government grant funds and the corresponding reduction in resources as the greatest challenges to their grantseeking activities

 

 

Download the Human Services Organizations State of Grantseeking Fact Sheet to read the rest of the results.

State of Grantseeking in Education Institutions

  
  
  

While private foundations were the largest source of grants for educational institutions, as they were across the board, educational institutions were more likely than other types of organizations to receive Federal and State government grants (76% vs. 54% on average for Federal government grants and 76% vs. 50% for State government grants). The average largest grant to educational institutions was $575,130 compared to the average of $312,000 across all organizations.

 Education Institution Grant Requests

Other key statistics about educational institutions from the State of Grantseeking:

  • The average educational institution was more likely to apply for 6 to 20 grants (53% vs. 39%) than the average across all organizations types

  • 30% of educational institutions received 6 to 10 grant awards

  • Educational institutions cited declines in Federal funding for education as one of their key grant seeking challenges.

Download the Educational Institutions State of Grantseeking Fact Sheet to read the rest of the results.

 

State of Grantseeking for Community Impact Organizations

  
  
  

Community Impact/Community Building (CICB) Organizations received more grants from private foundations than from any other grant source in the Fall 2011 State of Grantseeking Survey.

The average largest grant for CICB organizations $95,411, compared to $312,000 for all organizations in the survey.

Other key statistics about CICB organizations from the State of Grantseeking:

  • 54% of CICB organizations applied for 3-5 grants in the first six months of 2011, over twice the number in other categories that applied for 3-5 grants (26% across all organizations)

  • 27% received one grant; 31% received no grants

  • 60% received the same number or more grant awards than they had in the first six months of 2010.

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Download the CICB Organizations State of Grantseeking Fact Sheet to read the rest of the results.



State of Grantseeking for Arts Organizations

  
  
  

Arts, Culture, and Humanities organizations (broadly grouped as “arts organizations”) receive more grants from private foundations than from any other grant source.  

The average largest grant for the 100 arts organizations in the State of Grantseeking survey was less than a quarter the size of the average largest grant for all organizations in the survey -- $71,028 for arts organizations versus an average largest grant of $312,000 for all organizations.

Other key statistics about arts organizations from the State of Grantseeking survey:

  • 50% of arts organizations submitted 6-10 grant requests in the first six months of 2011
  • 24% received 3-5 grant awards;
  • 68% received the same number or more grants than in the first six months of 2010
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Download the Arts Organizations State of Grantseeking Fact Sheet to read the rest of the results.

State of Grantseeking Fact Sheets

  
  
  

You may be thinking, "The State of Grantseeking is a great report, but how does it apply to my arts organization?"  Or you may be thinking. "The State of Grantseeking is a great report, but how does it apply to my human services organization?"

Or you may be thinking… you get the idea.

In collaboration with GrantStation, PhilanTech is pleased to release a series of fact sheets for the top issue areas represented in the State of Grantseeking report:

  • Arts, Culture, Humanities
  • Community Improvement, Capacity Building
  • Education
    • Educational institutions
    • Education nonprofits
  • Health Care
  • Human Services
  • Social Services
  • Youth Development

State of Grantseeking Organization Focus

Each one page fact sheet outlines the top grant funding types, challenges, numbers of grant requests and awards for the specific issue area compared to all organizations in the survey.

We’ll release a new fact sheet every few days for the next few weeks.

We look forward to your thoughts about the fact sheets and to continuing to provide the information and tools you need to be successful in your grantseeking.

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