BELFAST — United Midcoast Charities is offering another session of Learn with UMC: Grantseeking with Foundation Directory Online (FDO). This workshop will take place Tuesday, Feb 11, from 2 - 3:30 p.m., at Social Capital Community Space, 28 Spring St, Belfast.
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 Candid’s Foundation Center Online. Attendees will access the database with a UMC login on their own laptop or tablet, so bring a fully charged device adequate for about 90 minutes of online work.
Kelly Carey is program coordinator at United Midcoast Charities and is an Expert Trainer and 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,” said UMC, in a news release.
There are more than 140,000 charitable foundations in the United States, and 80% of them don’t have a website, according to UMC.
“Finding funders who are the right fit may seem impossible, especially to small organizations who rely on volunteers,” said UMC. “Foundation Directory Online grantseekers’ database offers incredible 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. In-depth 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 say 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.
This workshop is free but enrollment is limited. Register by February 10 at unitedmidcoastcharities.org/events or call 207-236-2299 with additional questions.
Note that while this event is free, the experience is valuable and wait lists are long, according to UMC. Cancellations within 48 hours of the event or no-shows will be charged a fee of $50.
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.