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The State of Grantseeking - Spring 2011

Posted by Dahna Goldstein on Tue, Apr, 26, 2011 @ 13:04 PM

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PhilanTech and GrantStation are pleased to announce the release of The State of Grantseeking Spring 2011 Report.

Between January 17 and March 2, PhilanTech and GrantStation conducted an online survey to take a snapshot of the state of grantseeking in the U.S.  The 867 respondents ranged from volunteer-run grassroots organizations to large national nonprofits.  

While grantseeking and related activities are on the rise, they have not increased enough to return to pre-recession levels.

The findings suggest, though, that grantseeking activities are starting to stabilize, with grantseekers submitting requests and receiving awards at rates similar to the same time period last year, marking an improvement from the last State of Grantseeking Report, in which nonprofits indicated that fewer requests had been funded than in the previous year.

Other findings from the survey included:

  • Mid-sized organizations relied the most on grant awards as a steady source of revenue;
  • Government grants make up the bulk of the funds awarded, but private funders continue to play a significant role.
  • Grant writing consumes an inordinate amount of staff time, with many organizations using word processing and spreadsheet programs for these often repetitive tasks.

Other recent studies suggest that foundation giving will increase in both 2011 and 2012.  The next State of Grantseeking survey, to be conducted in August 2011, will ask grantseekers about that trend and other patterns, challenges, and opportunities for grantseeking in the U.S.

Download the full State of Grantseeking Report.

Topics: grantseeking, grant management for nonprofits, nonprofit grant management, nonprofit grant applications, resources for nonprofits

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