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no-moneyThe Indiana University Center on Philanthropy recently revealed the tops reasons why lapsed donors quit donating.

What is particularly important is to notice that 50 percent of these reasons are within your control. Therefore, manage these potential pitfalls. It’s much easier to keep a donor, than to find a new one:

  1. Feeling other causes were more deserving (27%)
  2. No long able to afford support (22%)
  3. No memory of supporting the charity (11%)
  4. Donor supporting charity by other means (7%)
  5. Donor relocated (7%)
  6. Death of donor (5%)
  7. Charity’s communications were inappropriate (4%)
  8. Charity didn’t remind donors to give again (3%)
  9. Charity asked for an inappropriate amount (3%)
  10. Charity didn’t inform donor how contribution was used (2%)

Are you doing all you can to keep your donors aware of what you are doing with their donations?

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dollar1The Foundation Center is one the nation’s best resources for grant seekers. It’s a great place to start your search for potential funders, because the Center has profiles on some 80,000 grant makers, detailing their areas of interest, grant history, and other pertinent information.

Grant seekers can visit one of the libraries (located in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Cleveland) and use the substantial resources. The Foundation Center also makes print, CD-ROM, and online editions of its resources available for purchase, with prices beginning at $19.95 a month for an online subscription.

But, the Foundation Center can do much more than help you identify funding sources. A wide variety of basic, intermediate, and advanced online and classroom trainings are available year-round. In addition, an array of informational resources can be accessed via the organization’s Web site. To learn more or to start finding potential funders, visit http://foundationcenter.org.

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A new online database makes it easy for a nonprofit organization to get information about federal spending and local statistics that might influence their work.

The National Priorities Project Database provides data from 1983 to the present in the categories of basic demographic information, education, health, housing, hunger, income and provider, labor and military, which can be searched by county or by state.

For example, people can search the database to find out that median household income in Illinois in 2002 ranged from $25,058 in Alexander County to $69,760 in Kendall County.

They can also learn that residents in Imperial County, CA – which has the highest percentage of children living in poverty of any county in the state – received almost one-third less money for low-cost housing, through a program known as Section 8, in 2003 than they did in 1993, when adjusted for inflation.

A service of the National Priorities Project, a nonprofit group in Northampton, Mass., the free Web site also offers tools that allow people to make graphs with the results of their searches, adjust the data for inflation, and save their searches to view again.

To get there: Go to: http://database.nationalpriorities.org

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Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities serving thousands of people who share a common concern — improving the quality of life in a specific geographic area. A community foundation has an independent board that is broadly representative of the public interest and it maintains diverse grants programs that are not limited in scope. In addition to awarding grants, these foundations often play a leadership role in their communities, serve as a resource for grant information, broker training, and provide technical assistance for local nonprofits.

The following link provides a searchable database of over 700 U.S. community foundations, complete with contact information including Web sites and email addresses. The database is provided by the The Grantsmanship Center. Don’t forget to bookmark this resource! Here is the link!

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Grants.gov is a simple, unified “storefront” for all customers of federal grants to electronically find, apply for, and manage grants.

This online tool encompasses over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. It streamlines the process of awarding over $350 billion annually to not-for-profits and other organizations.

Grants.gov is one of the 24 federal cross-agency e-government initiatives focused on improving access to services via the Internet. The vision for Grants.gov is to produce a simple, unified source to electronically find, apply for, and manage grant opportunities. This is a vital tool in your fundraising arsenal.

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