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:

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!