CAMDEN — United Midcoast Charities has scheduled first event of 2020 in its free educational series, Learn with UMC: Grantseeking with Foundation Directory Online. The workshop will be offered at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 87 Elm St, Camden.
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 Foundation Center Online.
There are more than 140,000 charitable foundations in the United States, and 80% of them don’t have a website, according to a UMC news release.
“Finding funders who are the right fit may seem impossible, especially to small organizations who rely on volunteers,” the release said. “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. Indepth 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. 100% of surveyed respondents said 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, the release said.
This workshop is free but enrollment is limited. Register at unitedmidcoastcharities.org/events or call 207-236-2299 with additional questions. Attendees will access the database on UMC’s network 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.
Kelly Carey is administrative coordinator at United Midcoast Charities as well as the primary coach of the Foundation Directory Online database at UMC. She loves the magic moment when a grant seeker realizes that there is LOTS of grant funding available for their work.
United Midcoast Charities, founded in 1942, is a 501c3 community-supported nonprofit whose mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization. UMC’s primary areas of focus are food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. Since 2017, UMC has awarded grants totaling $1.5 million to more than 50 agencies as part of their community-led competitive Grants Program. More information is available at www.unitedmidcoastcharities.org.