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Learn to use grant-prospecting tools at UMC

Free sessions July 12, Aug. 9
Jul 06, 2019
Courtesy of: Marti Stone Kelly Carey

Camden — United Midcoast Charities' free educational series, Learn with UMC, is offering a free workshop, Grant-seeking with Foundation Directory Online, at 9 a.m. Fridays, July 12 and Aug. 9, at 87 Elm St., Camden.

Certified Expert FDO Trainer Kelly Carey will present the interactive, hands-on workshop to introduce the grant prospecting tools available through UMC’s partnership with Foundation Center Online.

There are over 140,000 charitable foundations in the United States. Finding funders who are the right fit and crafting an approach can seem impossible, especially to small organizations who rely on volunteers. Foundation Directory Online grant-seekers' database offers tools to make this process achievable.

Foundation Directory Online 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 approach to the foundations most likely to give to their cause.

UMC began offering individual tutorials on grant-seeking with FDO in the fall of 2018. All of those who have attended a tutorial say that they identified prospective new funders, and 65% say they learned something new about a funder who is already donating to their program. Learn how to use this database, which United Midcoast Charities offers to the public free of ,by appointment, five days a week.

The workshops are free but enrollment is limited. Preregister for your preferred date at or call 236-2299 with additional questions. Attendees will access the database with their own laptop or tablet, so please bring a fully charged device adequate for about 90 minutes of online work. Coffee and morning snacks will be provided.

Presenter Kelly Carey is administrative coordinator at United Midcoast Charities as well as the primary coach of the Foundation Directory Online database at UMC.

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