Thursday, December 17, 2009

NSF and Other Summer Undergrad and Grad School and Post Doc Funding

FOR UNDERGRADUATES: Paid Summer 2010 Undergrad Research Placements!!!
Over 400 programs -Undergraduate REU and Other Summer Research Opportunities.
See www.PathwaysToScience.org/SummerResearch.asp

FOR THOSE CONSIDERING GRAD SCHOOL:
Opportunities at over 150 colleges and universities: www.PathwaysToScience.org/Grad.asp

Professional Development and Support: Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP): see www.agep.us

For Financial Support in Graduate School Opportunities: Bridges, GK-12, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend ($30,000 per year) and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation: www.PathwaysToScience.org/Grad.asp

FOR POST-DOC OPPORTUNITIES: www.PathwaysToScience.org/PostDocs.asp

This information compliments of the Institute for Broadening Participation.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Spring Workshop Schedule

Up-coming Workshops

Intro to Foundation Grants for Non-Profit Organizations
Sessions will include an orientation to the Collection, background on the world of grantmaking, information on how to build a credible nonprofit organization, as well as general grantseeking tips. This workshop is suitable for staff of nonprofit organizations and UW clientele.

- Friday, February 19, 2010 ~ 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
- Thursday, March 18, 2010 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- Friday, April 16, 2010 ~ 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Foundation Directory Online
Gain hands-on experience using the Foundation Center's foundation database, Foundation Directory Online. Those new to grants research, consider taking it with the workshop above!

- Friday, February 19, 2010 ~ 11 a.m. – 12noon
- Thursday, March 18, 2010 ~ 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Friday, April 16, 2010 ~ 11 a.m. – 12 noon


Identifying Grants for Research & Project Funding
Aimed at those from the University community (and from the public at large) who are interested in identifying grant opportunities for their research and special projects. Emphasis is on funding for academic pursuits.

- Thursday, February 4, 2010 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Grants for Your Education
This free presentation is for current and future students in Wisconsin (of any institute of higher education) interested in researching potential scholarships, fellowships, and grants for one’s education. Focus is on how to identify funding sources beyond those that are available through most offices of financial aid.

- Thursday, January 21, 2010 ~ 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Further Information
Each semester the Grants Information Collection in Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sponsors workshops on grant-seeking strategies. Workshops generally exclude funding for for-profit enterprises and for personal welfare assistance.

Fee: None ~ free to all
Registration: Not required ~ but seating is limited.
Location: Room 436 Memorial Library at 728 State Street, Madison*

*Non-UW participants will be able to get a day pass upon showing an ID at the entrance. For more information telephone the Nikki Busch at (608) 262-6431, or send email to: grantsinfo@library.wisc.edu.

Friday, December 4, 2009

UW-Madison Population Health Dissertation Grants

2009-2010

UW-Madison Population Health
Dissertation Grants

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at UW-Madison is sponsoring a campus-wide competition for Population Health Dissertation Grants for the academic year 2009-2010. Eligible students must be enrolled in any UW-Madison Ph.D. program and be working on a topic in the study of health and society. One of our primary goals is to expand population health research across campus. Our aim is to encourage dissertations that include components of population health broadly defined, such as addressing the multiple determinants of health (e.g., biological, medical, behavioral, social, economic and environmental) and their important interactions over the life course; examining the measurement, distribution, or experiences of health; or evaluating interventions (at individual, community, or policy levels) for their impact on population health outcomes. For a good example of population health discourse, see: Kindig, Milbank Quarterly 85(1) 139-161, 2007 or visit the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program web site at: http://www.pophealth.wisc.edu/rwjscholars/

The grant to the student is to be used toward dissertation research, such as for a pilot study, data collection expenses, or other research activities related to the student’s work in health and society. The proposal should clearly state a plan of action, how this award will improve current or planned research, and an explanation of how the money will be used. Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposal, the relevance of the work to expanding knowledge on health and society, and the project’s contribution to expanding research on health and society or population health across campus. Funds must be spent by April 30, 2011, and a final report is due to the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program by July 1, 2011. In addition, a brief oral presentation will be required at a campus-wide symposium in the late Spring of 2011.

Award: $5,000 to the student, plus $1,000 to a faculty advisor *
(We anticipate approximately 8 awards.)

Due: February 25, 2010 (Notification: March 5, 2010)

* The funds to the faculty advisor go into a research account. These funds need not be spent on the doctoral student project. They are provided as incentive to participate in the dissertation research of students doing work on health and society.

Application Process: The proposal should include an abstract section (250 words max), project description, budget and budget rationale, and references. Please email the proposal (5 pages max, double-spaced, Arial 11 pt font or equivalent), a CV, and a brief letter from your advisor to Jane Lambert at jflamber@wisc.edu.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Prospect Research Workshop Reminder!

This FREE workshop will be held Friday, December 4th, and is open to the public:

Prospect Research Basics: Researching Individual Donors
Understand prospect research and the process involved; learn how to start and expand your prospect list; and explore relevant resources. This workshop is suitable for those interested in nonprofit fundraising.

Also, in this workshop, learn more about our subscription to DonorSearch.net and how you can use this search engine in your prospect research.

Friday December 4
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Room 436 Memorial Library at 728 State Street, Madison*
Registration: Not required

*Non-UW participants will be able to get a day pass upon showing an ID at the entrance.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

DonorSearch.net Now Available in the GIC!

Memorial Library's Grants Information Collection now has on-site access to DonorSearch.net: "the single largest repository of donor giving history publicly available anywhere."

"By combining DonorSeries, the NOZA US Charitable Donations Database, and FEC data, the user can search 55 million gift histories simultaneously." (http://www.donorsearch.net/)

Our license is limited to use in Memorial Library only. Up to two users may search DonorSearch simultaneously. So, come on down and check it out!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

December Workshops

Up-coming Workshops:

Intro to Foundation Grants for Non-Profit Organizations
Sessions will include an orientation to the Collection, background on the world of grantmaking, information on how to build a credible nonprofit organization, as well as general grantseeking tips. This workshop is suitable for staff of nonprofit organizations and UW clientele.

- Friday, December 11, 2009 ~ 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Foundation Directory Online
Gain hands-on experience using the Foundation Center's foundation database, Foundation Directory Online. Those new to grants research, consider taking it with the workshop above!

- Friday, December 11, 2009 ~ 11 a.m. – 12 noon


Prospect Research Basics: Researching Individual Donors
Understand prospect research and the process involved; learn how to start and expand your prospect list; and explore relevant resources. This workshop is suitable for those interested in nonprofit fundraising.

- Friday, December 4, 2009 ~ 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.



Further Information

Fee: None ~ free to all
Registration: Not required ~ but seating is limited.
Location: Room 436 Memorial Library at 728 State Street, Madison*

Each semester the Grants Information Collection in Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sponsors workshops on grant-seeking strategies. Workshops generally exclude funding for for-profit enterprises and for personal welfare assistance.

*Non-UW participants will be able to get a day pass upon showing an ID at the entrance. For more information telephone the Nikki Busch at (608) 262-6431, or send email to: grantsinfo@library.wisc.edu.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Attention UW-Madison Students Looking for Leadership Opportunities

Looking for Leadership Opportunities? Interested in becoming involved in the local community? Passionate about nonprofits?

Attend the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter Kickoff on Monday, October 5 at 6pm in the Red Gym to learn more!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at UW-Madison is a new collegiate chapter affiliated with the international AFP organizations and the UW Center for Nonprofits. Our chapter is comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students. Our mission is to work with local non-profit organizations to help them maximize their effectiveness and to expose current students to meaningful work.

This year, students will assist two local nonprofits with exciting fundraising events. We are helping the Literacy Network plan their 5th Annual Literacy 24/7 Fundraiser and the Liberian Assistance Program their public screening of the film, Pray the Back to Hell. These are great opportunities to become involved with local causes and develop your leadership skills.

If you interested in learning more, please attend our Kickoff Meeting on Monday, October 5th at 6pm in the Red Gym.

We plan on ordering pizza for the event so let Jessica (collura@wisc.edu) know if you plan on attending. However, feel free to attend even if you don’t RSVP!

New Books in the GIC!







GIC Call #: HD62.6 S24 2009





GIC Call #: HG177 S293 2009






Money Well Spent : A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy by Paul Brest and Hal Harvey

GIC Call #: HD2769.2 U6 B74 2008










The Idealist.org Handbook to Building a Better World: How to Turn Your Good Intentions into Actions that Make a Difference by Idealist.org with Stephanie Land

GIC Call #: HN49 V64 I34 2009





Summer Jobs Worldwide 2009 with an introduction by Susan Griffith
GIC Call #: HD6271 S86 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

3GoodQuestions $25K Planning Grants Available

3GoodQuestions announces $25,000 business planning grant for qualified Dane County non-profits.

3Good Questions, the Madison innovator of Question-Based Business Planning, is announcing a $25,000 grant for qualified Dane County non-profit organizations for a comprehensive question-based business plan. The application period is August 15 through October 15, 2009.

Derrick Van Mell, Principal of 3GoodQuestions, says, "My team agreed enthusiastically that the best way to serve our community is to do what we do best--and to do it together. These are tough times for all organizations and an effective plan is essential to non-profits for making the most of staff talent, volunteer time, and donor dollars."

To learn more about the grant's application and selection process please visit www.3GoodQuestions.com. Apply by downloading and completing the “3GQ Grant Application” form found online at www.3GoodQuestions.com/grant.html. All completed forms must be emailed as an attachment to brandon@vanmell.com with the subject line reading “3GQ Grant Application.” Entries must be submitted by October 15, 2009 to be considered valid.

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Question-Based Business Planning is a plain-English, fast, and economical alternative to traditional strategic planning. Its five-week, five-meeting process is business planning "without mission statements, weekend retreats or convoluted strategies or tactics." Area clients have been for-profits and non-profits, including the Goodman Community Center and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association.

"This process and plan helped me find my voice as leader of the organization."
- Ruth Schmidt, Executive Director WECA

"When our board recommended strategic planning, I was dreading it, but 3GoodQuestions let us do everything in plain English. The questioning process naturally led us to see how all the departments interconnect, and the benchmark goals and tasks are keeping us focused. We're already making great progress."
- Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director Goodman Community Center

NEH Launches "Funded Projects Query Form"

This search form "allows visitors to search online for information on all projects funded by NEH since 1980. The form is accessible from the NEH homepage or directly at
https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx .

"Visitors can explore the database using a variety of search terms including project director name,key words, organization, state, and award date range. Searches can also be narrowed by grant program, division, and several other fields. Search results provide project title,recipient, and award amount information." (http://www.neh.gov/news/archive/20090921.html)

Results consist of the following only:

Recipient name
City/state of residence at the time of the grant
Institutional affiliation or type of recipient
Title of Project
Project field
Fellowship name
Division
Total amount awarded

No synopsis or copies of proposal are included at this time.

For more information, visit: http://www.neh.gov/grants/FundedProjectsFaqs.html

Friday, September 18, 2009

Foundation Center Launches National Education Stimulus Initiative

Check out their new web portal on education & stimulus funding, made available in conjunction with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and U.S. Department of Education.

The portal aims to help "education funders align their grantmaking — and maximize their overall impact — with funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)." (http://www.foundationcenter.org/media/news/20090916.html)

Includes interactive maps, news, RFPs and more!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Celebrate Madison Nonprofit Day Today!

Tours, art, entertainment, workshops, and more on Friday, August 21st and Saturday, August 22nd. Check it out at: http://www.nonprofit-day.org/activities/schedule/ .

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

UW-Madison First Year Experience Grant Available

"The Center for the First-Year Experience invites applications for our new first-year programs grant...

Purpose
In an effort to enhance the experience of first year students, the Center for the First-Year Experience has established the First-Year Programs grant. The fund allows departments and organizations to request funding for courses, programs, and events which will enhance the first year experience and are on-going or, which occur throughout the entire academic year. Grant requests are accepted throughout the year.

Eligibility
All University of Wisconsin-Madison departments and registered student organizations may apply for this grant. Representatives from registered student organizations must have co-sponsorship from a UW-Madison affiliated department."

For complete application information, visit: http://www.newstudent.wisc.edu/grants/index.html

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fall Workshop Line-up at the GIC!

Grants for Organizations:

Intro to Foundation Grants for Non-Profit Organizations
Sessions will include an orientation to the Collection, background on the world of grantmaking, information on how to build a credible nonprofit organization, as well as general grantseeking tips. This workshop is suitable for staff of nonprofit organizations and UW clientele.

Thursday, August 20, 2009 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Friday, September 25, 2009 ~ 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Friday, October 30, 2009 ~ 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Foundation Directory Online
Gain hands-on experience using the Foundation Center's foundation database, Foundation Directory Online. Those new to grants research, consider taking it with the workshop above!

Thursday, August 20, 2009 ~ 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, September 25, 2009 ~ 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Friday, October 30, 2009 ~ 11 a.m. – 12 noon






Grants for Individuals:

Graduate Support Series: Finding External Funding
Learn how to pinpoint those grantmakers most likely to want to fund your education or research. We’ll look at specific electronic and print resources necessary to find federal and private grant opportunities.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 ~ 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Identifying Grants for Research & Project Funding
Aimed at those from the University community (and from the public at large) who are interested in identifying grant opportunities for their research and special projects. Emphasis is on funding for academic pursuits.

Friday, September 4, 2009 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Grants for Your Education
This free presentation is for current and future students in Wisconsin (of any institute of higher education) interested in researching potential scholarships, fellowships, and grants for one’s education. Focus is on how to identify funding sources beyond those that are available through most offices of financial aid.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Friday, October 9, 2009 ~ 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.





Further Information

Each semester the Grants Information Collection in Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sponsors workshops on grant-seeking strategies. Workshops generally exclude funding for for-profit enterprises and for personal welfare assistance.

Fee: None ~ free to all
Registration: Not required ~ but seating is limited.
Location: Room 436 Memorial Library at 728 State Street, Madison*

*Non-UW participants will be able to get a day pass upon showing an ID at the entrance. For more information telephone the Nikki Busch at (608) 262-6431, or send email to: grantsinfo@library.wisc.edu.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Register Now for Lecture and Workshop on Evaluating Community-Based Programs

On Tuesday, August 11, 2009, the UW ICTR Community-Academic Partnerships Program* is offering a morning lecture and afternoon workshop on program evaluation­--featuring Christine Maidl Pribbenow, Associate Scientist, Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

The lecture and workshop are intended for academics and their community partners who wish to evaluate community-based programs. The activities are designed for novice evaluators who have an understanding about evaluation, but are lacking the basic knowledge to conduct it.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE
--Framing an evaluation question: What do I want to know?
--Designing an evaluation plan: How will I answer this question?
--Using appropriate methods: From whom and how will I collect data?
--Reporting results: How do I analyze data and what do my findings tell me?

CHRISTINE MAIDL PRIBBENOW Christine Maidl Pribbenow works at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and serves as the Evaluation Director for a number of government- and foundation-supported grants. In particular, she works with the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI, NSF), the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching (WPST, HHMI), and the Midwest Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM (NSF). In the past, she has conducted mixed-method evaluations based at single institutions, as well as at large, multi-site programs and states. Her doctorate is from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (UW-Madison), with an emphasis on the study of postsecondary education.

THE DAY'S AGENDA Are We Making a Difference? Evaluating Community-Based Programs August 11, 2009

Health Sciences Learning Center750 Highland Avenue, Madison (find on map at http://www.map.wisc.edu/.)
9:30 – 10:00..... Sign in­--Atrium
10:00 – 12:00... Overview­--Room 1335
12:00 – 1:30..... Networking and lunch­--Atrium (for people who have pre-registered through the link below)
1:30 – 3:30....... A hands-on workshop (for 25 pre-registrants with research projects in the planning phase)

Please register on-line by July 31st at https://websurvey.wisc.edu/survey/TakeSurvey.asp?AI=1&SurveyID=85L9l5LLml82M25

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Books on Benchmarking and More!





Benchmarking in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors: Best Practices for Achieving Performance Breakthroughs by Patricia Keehley and Neil Abercrombie

GIC Call #: JK468 T67 B45 2008










Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant

GIC Call #: HD62.6 C78 2008






ROI for Nonprofits: The New Key to Sustainability by Tom Ralser

GIC Call #: HG4028 C4 R35 2007

Friday, June 12, 2009

Coming Soon: Recovery Act Grants for Medical Informatics

From the Blog post by Houston Neal:

...Who is Eligible?

There are two different grant programs described in the stimulus bill. The grants are for universities that wish to:

  • Carry out a demonstration project to develop academic curricula integrating certified EHR technology in the clinical education of health professionals (section 3015), or;
  • Establish or expand medical health informatics education programs (section 3016)...

Source: ERM SoftwareAdvice.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rural Housing Service, Housing Preservation Grant Applications Due July 10th

v009 Notice of Funds Availability(NOFA) for the Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program has recently been released.

From the NOFA:
"The HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private non-profit organizations, which may include, but not be limited to, faith-based and community organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas."

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Grant Links: May 26, 2009

Eau Claire, WI: Women's fund offering grants (Scroll down to view opportunity)

WI: Specialty Crop Grant Applications are Due By June 30

US: June 1 is deadline for BWAA Chuck Pezzano Scholarship applications

US: USDOT: Now accepting applications for TIGER grants

GIC Receives Friends of UW Libraries Grant

We are delighted to announce that the Grants Information Collection has been selected to receive a collection development grant from the Friends of the UW Libraries.

We will use the graciously given funds to update our print collection, particularly in the areas of nonprofit accountability, management, and benchmarking, as well as the topics of grantseeking and fundraising in difficult economic times.

Please check back to learn about the purchases as they become available for use in the GIC!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Response to "Non Profit Response to Challenging Economic Times"

Yesterday morning I attended this excellent summit (sponsored by United Way of Dane County) at the Epic Campus outside of Madison. Aimed at nonprofit leaders in Dane County, this half-day event was chuck-full of information and inspiration.

Sure, not everything everyone had to say was what we in the nonprofit community would like to hear. Yes, money is tight -- we all know this. But what I really appreciated about the event, was that it focused on practical strategies for (sure) tightening our belts, (but more significantly) moving forward and even thriving in the now changed landscape:


  • Mergers

  • Measures and Accountability

  • Collaboration

  • Boosting Employee Performance

  • Lowering Administrative Costs, and

  • Effective, Efficient Use of Volunteers

The speakers themselves were excellent as well, though I won't name them all here. And, the Panel Moderator, Neil Heinen of WISC-TV, was a delight as always.

For those of you who were also at the Measures and Accountability breakout group, here are some links to resources you might find helpful:

Logic Model - Comes from UW Extension and focuses on three factors: inputs, outputs, and outcomes.

SMART Criteria - A brief, Wikipedia overview

Writing Measurable Objectives: SMART from the Association of College and Research Libraries

And, for those of you who prefer to cosy-up with a book in hand, you might like to take a look at the following two books available at the Grants Information Collection:

Level Best: How Small and Grassroots Nonprofits Can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results by Marcia Festen and Marianne Philbin.

Storytelling for Grantseekers: The guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl A. Clarke

Friday, April 17, 2009

So, you want in on the “stimulus” funding...

Background:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), was signed into law on February 17, 2009. You can read the final text of the legislation (as signed by the President).

Some of the resultant funding will be in the form of competitive grants; other monies will be designated by individual governor’s offices. Still more relief will take the form of government contracts, loans, or be in the form of expanded “personal assistance” programs (provided by local and federal agencies or programs). The majority of funding will come in the form of tax credits. (Source: http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/investments; Accessed on April 16, 2009)

In an effort to educate the public about ARRA as well as to create a transparent and accountable process, the government has made Recovery.gov a stimulus information hub.





Get ready:

Be aware of upcoming deadlines and funding opportunities. Listings change daily, so check often.

Some funding will come directly from the federal level; others will come through the governor’s office of individual states. Be sure to follow individual agency web sites (state and federal), as well as your state’s recovery office web site.

There is prep-work to be done before you can apply for stimulus grants. Be sure that you/your organization are ready for those opportunities that present themselves.

Don’t forget internal preparation. Have you brought together working groups or teams to gather data, design the project(s), and begin outreach to potential partners?

Since most of the funding must be used by the end of 2010, application deadlines have a very short turn-around time. Consider looking at past Requests for Proposals (RFP) from agencies or programs that are of interest to you so that you’re ready when a new RFP is posted.

State of Wisconsin information on preparing for competitive grants.




Where to look:

State sites


Federal sites

What to avoid:

Grant scams. There are lots of businesses and unscrupulous organizations out there that are preying on folks in need – particularly in the current economic climate. Any organization or group that wants you to give them money so that you can receive a grant is probably trying to take advantage of you. They may be stretching the truth or even lying outright, so never, ever give your bank account information to them. Grants by definition do not require you to pay to get them or become eligible.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Foundation Center Trainings in Chicago this May











SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR MULTIPLE REGISTRATIONS
SAVE $25 for each additional registrationPlease note: additional registrations must be made at the same time.

Proposal Writing SeminarTuesday, May 12
For every grantseeker who wants to learn how to write proposals geared to foundations, and for experienced grantseekers who are initiating a foundation fundraising campaign.
When the going gets tough, successful grantseekers strengthen their proposal writing skills. Our most popular seminar reveals what today's grantmakers look for, and provides insight into their review process. Expert instructors show how to craft a breakthrough proposal package, step by step.


TOPICS
* Cover letter, executive summary; your message to the grantmaker
* Statement of need; choosing data to support your case
* Comprehensive project descriptions; your proof of project planning
* Organizational overview, conclusion, appendices
* Researching the funder to position your proposal
* The grantmaker's proposal review process

BONUSES
*Applicable for six continuing education points for CFRETM International initial or re certification
*Free copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th Edition ($34.95 value)

REGISTER ONLINE $195
Scholarships available for small nonprofits
Applications must be submitted five business days prior to course date. The special discount for additional registrations does not apply to scholarship recipients.

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Proposal Budgeting WorkshopWednesday, May 13
For proposal writers at all levels who want to learn the nuts and bolts of budget preparation to support their project proposals.
When funders cut back, the grantseeker's budget becomes even more crucial to a proposal's success. This workshop shows the best way to present your financial needs to secure funding. Using case studies, you will learn strategies to convince grantmakers that your program or project is a smart financial investment.

TOPICS
* Creating each component of the project budget
* Outlining the full cost of your project, including overhead
* Calculating personnel costs, fringe benefits, and non-personnel expenses
* Strategies for presenting income and other funding sources
* Incorporating footnotes to add clarity
* Using your organizational budget to help build the project budget
* Funder guidelines for budget presentation and reporting

BONUSES
Applicable for six continuing education points for CFRETM International initial or re-certification
REGISTER ONLINE $195

Scholarships available for small nonprofits
Applications must be submitted five business days prior to course date. The special discount for additional registrations does not apply to scholarship recipients.

Proposal Writing SeminarMay 12 Course fee: $195
Proposal Budgeting WorkshopMay 13 Course fee: $195

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fundraising opportunity for local non-profits!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals at UW-Madison is a new collegiate chapter affiliated with the international AFP organization. The chapter's mission is to work with local non-profit organizations to help them maximize their effectiveness and to expose current students to meaningful work.

Currently, students are looking for opportunities to assist in a fundraising project beginning during the Fall 2009 semester.

If you are interested in having students work on fundraising opportunities on behalf of your organization, please review the following guidelines, complete the attached form, and return it to Joanna Marks (jymarks@wisc.edu) by June 30, 2009.

Project guidelines:
1. Application deadline is June 30, 2009.
2. Applicants will be notified by August 15, 2009, however, please note student work will not begin until October 2009.
3. Applications will be judged based on three criteria: learning opportunities for students, clarity of proposal (including description of tasks in project application), and feasibility.

Please direct any questions to Joanna Marks (jymarks@wisc.edu).

Monday, March 30, 2009

Late Spring & Summer Workshops at the GIC

Up-coming Workshops:

Intro to Foundation Grants for Non-Profit Organizations
Sessions will include an orientation to the Collection, background on the world of grantmaking, information on how to build a credible nonprofit organization, as well as general grantseeking tips. This workshop is suitable for staff of nonprofit organizations and UW clientele.

Thursday, May 21, 2009 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Friday, July 17, 2009 ~ 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Foundation Directory Online
Gain hands-on experience using the Foundation Center's foundation database, Foundation Directory Online. Those new to grants research, consider taking it with the workshop above!

Thursday, May 21, 2009 ~ 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, July 17, 2009 ~ 11 a.m. – 12 noon


Prospect Research Basics: Researching Individual Donors
Understand prospect research and the process involved; learn how to start and expand your prospect list; and explore relevant resources. This workshop is suitable for those interested in nonprofit fundraising.

Monday, August 10, 2009 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Identifying Grants for Research & Project Funding
This free workshop is aimed at those from the University community (and from the public at large) who are interested in identifying grant opportunities for their research and special projects. Emphasis is on funding for academic pursuits.

Monday, June 29, 2009 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon


Grants for Your Education
This free presentation is for current and future students in Wisconsin (of any institute of higher education) interested in researching potential scholarships, fellowships, and grants for one’s education. Focus is on how to identify funding sources beyond those that are available through most offices of financial aid.

Friday, June 19, 2009 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon


Further Information:
Each semester the Grants Information Collection in Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sponsors workshops on grant-seeking strategies. Workshops generally exclude funding for for-profit enterprises and for personal welfare assistance.

Fee: None ~ free to all
Registration: Not required ~ but seating is limited.
Location: Room 436 Memorial Library at 728 State Street, Madison*

*Non-UW participants will be able to get a day pass upon showing an ID at the entrance. For more information telephone the Nikki Busch at (608) 262-6431, or send email to: grantsinfo@library.wisc.edu.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

Meet the Grantmaker Panel a Great Success!

On Friday, March 6, 2009, the Grants Information Collection held a free, public event attended by 55+ individuals from across South-central Wisconsin.

Beginning at 12 noon, we enjoyed a "Conversation with Local Grantmakers" who spoke about the focus of their organization's giving, how they prefer to be approached, what they like to see in submitted grant applications, as well as a few words on how the current economic situation is affecting their foundation's giving. Ann Flynn, Executive Director of Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation; Marthea A. Fox, Executive Director of Alliant Energy Foundation; and Tom Linfield, Vice President, Grantmaking and Community Initiatives at Madison Community Foundation all had wonderful advice to share.

Then from 1:30pm–2:30pm, Kief Schladweiler from the Foundation Center's New York office gave a presentation entitled, "What's New with Foundation Directory Online Professional: An overview of the Center's web site with a focus on many recent FDO enhancements."

To learn more about our future educational opportunities, please visit our workshop schedule.

Monday, March 2, 2009

New: E-Books in the GIC!

Now available at the GIC: Foundation Center Grant Guides in pdf format!

The Foundation Center has expanded upon is popular Grant Guide series, with additional subject coverage and a new "digital" (pdf) format. Each Guide provides you with descriptions of hundreds—often thousands—of recent foundation grants of $10,000 or more, with convenient hyperlinks to essential funder information to help you identify prospects and get the grants you need.

The following titles are available for free on-site at Memorial Library in the Grants Information Collection. They are also available for purchase on the Foundation Center Web site.

Grants for Capacity Building, Management & Technical Assistance
Grants for Community & Economic Development
Grants for Housing
Grants for Information Technology
Grants for Medical Research
Grants for Public Health
Grants for Religion

So, come on in and take a look!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Free Training Opportunity: "Meet the Grantmaker" and more!

The GIC is happy to host an exciting, informational afternoon event on Friday, March 6, 2009.


Please join us for two sessions: "Conversation with Local Grantmakers" and "What's New with Foundation Directory Online Professional."

Time: 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Memorial Library, Rm 126,
728 State St., Madison, WI 53706


Conversation with Local Grantmakers
Join us for a lunch discussion with local grantmakers that will provide helpful hints and insights into their grantmaking activities. They will detail how their organization prefers to be approached by grantseekers, and what they like (and do not like) to see in submitted proposals. They will also share a few words on how they see the current economic situation affecting their grantmaking.

Panelist include:

  • Ann J. Flynn, Executive Director of the Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation;
  • Marthea A. Fox, Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Foundation; and
  • Tom M. Linfield, Vice President, Grantmaking & Community Initiatives at Madison Community Foundation.


What's New with Foundation Directory Online Professional
This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs. Free use of this database is available in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Memorial Library.


Registration is required, so please sign up at http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/training/free/cc_wi2009.html.

Grant Links: February 12, 2009

Manitowoc, WI: Manufacturing grants up to $4,000 available (Scroll down to view announcement.)

WI: WPPI Energy: Grant deadline extended for net zero homes

US: ASQ Community Good Works—Supporting the Community

Monday, February 2, 2009

Local Non-profit Secures Numerous Grants, Thanks to the GIC!

My name is Jamie Kratz-Gullickson and I am the Executive Director for PAVE – People Against A Violent Environment in Dodge County, WI. We are a small (budget under $350K) non-profit agency that provides shelter and services 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

I first met with Nikki Busch in the summer of 2008. I had recently been promoted to the Executive Director position and had taken a grant writing class that suggested I contact her. I brought a staff person along and we met with Nikki for about an hour or two. She introduced us to all the resources the Grants Information Collection had to offer us – from books to online resources to handouts. I returned to our agency with that information and spent the rest of the year researching and writing – and running an agency (grants are about 25% of my job).

In one month, we raised nearly $28,000. A fair portion of that was foundation dollars. We are currently waiting to hear about an additional $250,000 of pending requests. Even in this economic climate, the dollars are out there…you just have to know what you are looking for.

--Jamie Kratz-Gullickson

PAVE PO Box 561
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
920-887-3810
www.peopleagainstaviolentenvironment.com

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Grant Links: January 29, 2009

Oshkosh, WI: Businesses have until March 4 to apply for façade grants

Sheboygan County, WI: Conservation association offering scholarship (scroll down to view post)

Wausau, WI: Wausau Noon Optimists sponsor youth essay contest

WI: WTA, Rural Insurance to Offer Scholarships

US: Coke And NAMA Foundation Offer Scholarships For Emerging Leaders Development Program

US: Kohl’s Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program

Featured Grant (a.k.a., Grant of the Week)

The West African Research Association (WARA) is looking for candidates for the summer fellowship opportunity at the West African Research Center (WARC) Library in Dakar, Senegal. Application is open to Library and Information Studies (LIS) and non-LIS students.

"WARA is accepting applications for WARC Library Fellow for the summer of 2009.

"This program is designed to encourage the upcoming generation of Africanist scholars and librarians and to assist in capacity building at the library of the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal. The WARC Library Fellow will work with the WARC librarian on collection development and management, electronic cataloguing and use of electronic research databases and should have well-developed skills in these areas. Preference will be given to those who are fluent in or have a working knowledge of French.

"This internship will provide round trip travel to Dakar and a stipend of $2500 to cover the cost of living for 6 to 8 weeks. This competition is open to US citizens who are enrolled in a graduate program with Africa content and who have a particular interest in libraries.
Applicants should submit a statement of not more than six double-spaced pages describing their career plan and how this internship would contribute to their professional development. This should indicate particular areas of interest and expertise as well as describing personal and professional goals for the internship.

"A complete application must include the following:

  • A WARA grant application cover sheet (downloadable from website)
  • A statement (6 double-spaced pages maximum, described above)
  • Three (3) letters of reference from professors
  • Resumé
  • Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies of official ones are acceptable)

"An excellent source of suggestions for preparing your application can be found on the SSRC website at http://fellowships.ssrc.org/art_of_writing_proposals/


"Complete applications will consist of one original and three copies of all materials (4 sets total) except letters of reference. Letters should be included in the application packet in envelopes sealed and signed by the referee. Letters of reference sent separately will not be considered.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY February 15, 2009.


"Upon completion of their internships, grantees are required to submit a detailed report of their work and findings. This report will subsequently be published in the biannual WARA newsletter. Please direct inquiries and submit applications to:

"WARA
African Studies Center, Boston University, 270 Bay State Road Boston MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-8902 Fax: 617-353-4975 Email: wara@bu.edu"

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Spring GIC Workshops

Intro to Foundation Grants for Non-Profit Organizations
Sessions below will include an orientation to the Collection, background on the world of grantmaking, information on how to build a credible nonprofit organization, as well as general grantseeking tips. This workshop is suitable for staff of nonprofit organizations and UW clientele.

Thursday, February 19, 2009 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2009 ~ 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Foundation Directory Online
Gain hands-on experience using the Foundation Center's foundation database, Foundation Directory Online. Those new to grants research, consider taking it with the workshop above!

Thursday, February 19, 2009 ~ 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2009 ~ 11 a.m. – 12 noon


Identifying Grants for Research & Project Funding
This free workshop is aimed at those from the University community (and from the public at large) who are interested in identifying grant opportunities for their research and special projects. Emphasis is on funding for academic pursuits.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, March 5, 2009 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Grants for Your Education

This free presentation is for current and future students in Wisconsin (of any institute of higher education) interested in researching potential scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to individuals for their education and related purposes. The focus will be on how to identify funding sources beyond those that are available through most offices of financial aid.

Friday, February 13, 2009 ~ 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.


Further Information
Each semester the Grants Information Collection in Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sponsors workshops on grant-seeking strategies. Workshops generally exclude funding for for-profit enterprises and for personal welfare assistance.

Fee: None ~ free to all
Registration: Not required ~ but seating is limited.
Location: Room 436 Memorial Library at 728 State Street, Madison*

*Non-UW participants will be able to get a day pass upon showing an ID at the entrance. For more information telephone the Nikki Busch at (608) 262-6431, or send email to: grantsinfo@library.wisc.edu.