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What is a Foundation?

A foundation is a non-governmental entity that is established as a nonprofit corporation or a charitable trust, with a principal purpose of making grants to unrelated organizations, institutions, or individuals for scientific, educational, cultural, religious, or other charitable purposes.

Topic(s) Foundation Giving Government Giving

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Where can I find training in fundraising?

Foundation Center offers free and fee-based training courses on fundraising and management. We have courses to fit your schedule: in-person classes, live or recorded webinars, and anytime self-paced eLearning courses.

Topic(s) Fundraising

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How are nonprofits funded?

Individual donations, corporate contributions, foundation grants and fee for services are some of many sources of income for nonprofits. While opinion varies as to what a nonprofit's "ideal" mix is, utilizing several diverse sources to achieve sustainability is generally a good practice.

Topic(s) Fundraising Finances

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How can I find degree or certification programs in fundraising, philanthropy, and nonprofit management?

Current Offerings in University-Based Programs is a database of nonprofit management programs at more than 290 U.S. colleges and universities. Compiled by Seton Hall University, the site includes online programs, and users can browse institutions by name, state, or program type (noncredit, continuing education, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral).

Topic(s) Fundraising Staff

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How can I get funding for my personal project?

Personal or independent projects -- for example, traveling overseas for a mission, attending summer camp, raising money for a specific person in need -- typically are not eligible to receive foundation grants. However, if your project is artistic or research-related, or its primary purpose is to serve a larger audience and improve the community, you could consider fiscal sponsorship as a means to qualify for foundation grants.

Topic(s) Individual Giving Crowdfunding Support for Individual Grantseekers