Funding your nonprofit: Workshop in Belfast set for Feb. 11

Feb 03, 2020
Attendees at UMC’s 2019 Grantseeking workshop identify their best funding prospects using Foundation Directory Online, a database of 140,000 grantmakers and 9.5 million grants.

Belfast — Because of high demand for its first "Learn with UMC" event this year, United Midcoast Charities is offering another session of "Grantseeking with Foundation Directory Online," this one taking place Tuesday, Feb 11, at Social Capital Community Space, 28 Spring St., Belfast, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Certified Expert FDO Trainer Kelly Carey will offer an interactive, hands-on workshop to introduce the grant prospecting tools available through UMC’s partnership with Candid’s Foundation Center Online. Attendees will access the database with a UMC login on their own laptop or tablet and should bring a fully charged device adequate for about 90 minutes of online work.

There are over 140,000 charitable foundations in the United States, and 80% of them don’t have a website. Finding funders who are the right fit may seem impossible, especially to small organizations who rely on volunteers.

Foundation Directory Online grantseekers’ database offers tools to make this process approachable. FDO offers up-to-date insight on grantmakers working in every part of the country, in every field and interest. In-depth funder profiles and details on past giving can help nonprofits craft a strong case for the foundations most likely to give to their cause.

In 2019, more than 50 nonprofit representatives used FDO at UMC to seek funding. All surveyed respondents say they identified strong new prospects, 60% said they will change how they ask current or lapsed funders based on their learning, and 80% have recommended this resource to others.

This workshop is free but enrollment is limited. Register by Monday, Feb. 10, at or call 236-2299 with additional questions. Please note that while this event is free, the experience is valuable and wait-lists are long. Cancellations within 48 hours of the event or no-shows will be charged a fee of $50.

Kelly Carey is program coordinator at United Midcoast Charities and is an Expert Trainer and primary coach of the Foundation Directory Online database at UMC.



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