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There may be some cause for optimism for nonprofits and other grant seekers in 2013. The reason why is that sustained trends in the numbers of grant-making private foundations should translate readily into increases in the numbers of grant opportunities available to grant seekers.

 

Growth in Numbers of Private Foundations:

Data from National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) indicate that, state-by-state, the numbers of private foundations increased substantially, but unevenly, during the period. The NCCS data discussed here are for 501(c)(3) non-operating private foundations only.

 

Analysis of the NCCS data reveals that:

  • In 27 states, growth rates were more than 50%
  • In 3 states, growth rates were more than 100%: Delaware, North Carolina, and Rhode Island
  • In 3 states, growth rates were less than 20%: Indiana, Iowa, and North Dakota; Washington, DC also had a growth rate of less than 20%
  • Growth rates ranged from 13.8% in Iowa to 247.4% in Delaware
  • The median growth rate was 51.8% (in both Nebraska and Maine)

 

Overall, the strongest rates of growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations during the period, 1999-2009, were in the South and the Southwest.

 

Mid-Atlantic:

In the Mid-Atlantic States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 19.4% in Washington, DC to 247.4% in Delaware.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Delaware (DE)

247.4%

New Jersey (NJ)

67.7%

Pennsylvania (PA)

41.3%

District of Columbia (DC)

19.4%

New York (NY)

34.8%

West Virginia (WV)

57.7%

Maryland (MD)

54.8%

 

 

 

North Central:

In the North Central States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations during 1999-2009 ranged from 17.9% in Indiana to 70.9% in Wisconsin.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Illinois (IL)

36.2%

Kentucky (KY)

44.8%

Ohio (OH)

39.7%

Indiana (IN)

17.9%

Michigan (MI)

45.6%

Wisconsin (WI)

70.9%

 

Great Plains:

In the Great Plains States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 13.8% in Iowa to 51.8% in Nebraska.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Iowa (IA)

13.8%

Missouri (MO)

30.2%

Oklahoma (OK)

45.4%

Kansas (KS)

34.3%

Nebraska (NE)

51.8%

South Dakota (SD)

30.2%

Minnesota (MN)

40.2%

North Dakota (ND)

14.3%

 

 

New England:

In the New England States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 29.4% in New Hampshire to 113.3% in Rhode Island.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Connecticut (CT)

49.6%

Massachusetts (MA)

31.4%

Rhode Island (RI)

113.3%

Maine (ME)

51.8%

New Hampshire (NH)

29.4%

Vermont (VT)

54.6%

 

South:

In the Southern States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 42.0% in Tennessee to 119.1% in North Carolina.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Alabama (AL)

 56.4%

Louisiana (LA)

60.0%

South Carolina (SC)

69.4%

Arkansas (AR)

52.9%

Mississippi (MS)

59.2%

Tennessee (TN)

42.0%

Florida (FL)

95.7%

North Carolina (NC)

119.1%

Virginia (VA)

58.2%

Georgia (GA)

69.9%

 

 

 

Northwest:

In the Northwestern States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 34.2% in Alaska to 57.0% in Washington.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Alaska (AK)

34.2%

Montana (MN)

47.7%

Washington (WA)

57.0%

Idaho (ID)

42.9%

Oregon (OR)

40.5%

Wyoming (WY)

46.1%

 

Southwest:

In the Southwestern States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 52.3% in Colorado to 93.1% in Arizona.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Arizona (AZ)

93.1%

Hawaii (HI)

53.4%

Texas (TX)

67.1%

California (CA)

67.2%

Nevada (NV)

75.1%

Utah (UT)

61.2%

Colorado (CO)

52.3%

New Mexico (NM)

60.9%

 

 

Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. Nonprofits and other grant seekers can find state and local foundation directories for 41 of the 50 states and for Washington, DC. As of late 2012, the nine states that do not have current or recent state-specific foundation directories are: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Rhode Island (RI), and West Virginia (WV).

 

The directories vary greatly in their coverage and content. Some are available in multiple formats; most, in one only. Out of 73 identified directories, 8 are PDF files, 19 are CD-ROMs, 29 are print compilations, and 17 are online databases.

 

This post covers the New England States of Connecticut (CT), Maine (ME), Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), Rhode Island (RI,) and Vermont (VT). It is the last post in the series. Earlier posts have covered other regions in the United States of America.

 

The New England States:

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Grantmakers Online. Hartford, CT: Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, 2012. This subscription-based, online database profiles more than 2,200 grant-making foundations and corporations either located in Connecticut or giving in Connecticut.

 

Directory of Community Foundations Serving Connecticut. Hartford, CT: Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, 2012. This free online directory provides extensive contact information for 18 community foundations giving in Connecticut.

 

MAINE

Directory of Maine Grantmakers. 8th Ed. Portland, ME: Maine Philanthropy Center, 2011. This print and subscription-based online directory profiles more than 475 foundations and corporations either located in Maine or giving in Maine.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Grant Makers Directory. Boston, MA: Associated Grant Makers, 2011. This online database describes more than 300 grant makers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Directory of Charitable Funds in New Hampshire. Concord, NH: New Hampshire Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, 2012. This free PDF file, available online, lists more than 400 grant-making organizations registered with the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General and having assets of more than $25,000. A notice at CPG Fundraising indicates that it no longer publishes The Directory of New Hampshire Foundations.

 

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island has no state directory of grant makers.

 

VERMONT

Vermont Directory of Foundations. Middlebury VT and New York, NY: The Vermont Community Foundation and the Foundation Center, 2009.  This free print and online directory profiles 334 grant-making foundations located in Vermont and 287 other foundations located elsewhere but giving in Vermont.

Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. Nonprofits and other grant seekers can find state and local foundation directories for 41 of the 50 states and for Washington, DC. As of late 2012, the nine states that do not have current or recent state-specific foundation directories are: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Rhode Island (RI), and West Virginia (WV).

 

The directories vary greatly in their coverage and content. Some are available in multiple formats; most, in one only. Out of 73 identified directories, 8 are PDF files, 19 are CD-ROMs, 29 are print compilations, and 17 are online databases.

 

This post covers the Mid-Atlantic States of Delaware (DE), Maryland (MD), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), Pennsylvania (PA), and West Virginia (WV), plus Washington, DC. Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.

 

The Mid-Atlantic States:

DELAWARE

Directory of Grantmakers Funding Programs in Delaware. Wilmington, DE: Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, 2006. This free PDF file is available online and profiles 93 independent, corporate, and community foundations making grants in Delaware. On its website, the publisher reports that it plans no updates; it directs researchers to the Foundation Center.

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Guide to Greater Washington DC Grantmakers on CD-ROM. Version 6.0. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2008. This CD-based directory profiles more than 3,400 foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities giving in the Washington, D.C. area. Researchers should note that many of these funders make grants internationally rather than locally.

 

MARYLAND

Local Funders List. Baltimore, MD: Maryland State Department of Education, 2012. This free Word file, available online, provides extensive contact information for 75 corporations and foundations making grants in Maryland.

 

Maryland’s Leading 500 Foundations. 7th Ed. Frederick, MD: Jankowski Associates, Inc., 2012. This print directory profiles each of Maryland’s 500 largest foundations, and gives contact information for smaller foundations.

 

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey has no state directory of grant makers.

 

NEW YORK

New York has no state directory of grant makers.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations. 7th Ed. Springfield, PA: Triadvocates Press, 2008. This PDF file, available online, profiles more than 1,600 foundations that make grants in Pennsylvania.

 

Pennsylvania Foundations Online. West Chester, PA: Pennsylvania Foundations Online, 2012. This subscription-based and searchable online database profiles more than 2,200 foundations that make grants in Pennsylvania.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia has no state directory of grant makers.

Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. Nonprofits and other grant seekers can find state and local foundation directories for 41 of the 50 states and for Washington, DC. As of late 2012, the nine states that do not have current or recent state-specific foundation directories are: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Rhode Island (RI), and West Virginia (WV).

 

The directories vary greatly in their coverage and content. Some are available in multiple formats; most, in one only. Out of 73 identified directories, 8 are PDF files, 19 are CD-ROMs, 29 are print compilations, and 17 are online databases.

 

This post covers the Southeastern States of Alabama (AL), Arkansas (AR), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), and Virginia (VA). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.

 

The Southeastern States:

ALABAMA

Guide to Alabama Grantmakers. Birmingham, AL: Alabama Giving, 2011. This CD-ROM directory for Alabama profiles more than 1,000 funders and describes more than 6,000 recent grants.

 

ARKANSAS

Arkansas has no state directory of grant makers.

 

FLORIDA

The Complete Guide to Florida Foundations. Miami, FL: Florida Funding Publications, 2013. This print directory profiles more than 5,000 corporations and foundations that make grants in Florida.

 

Profiles of South Florida Funders Online. Miami, FL: Donors Forum of South Florida, 2012. This subscription-based, online database profiles almost 200 foundations and corporations that either make grants in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, or Monroe counties or are based in these counties.

 

GEORGIA

Guide to Georgia Grantmakers on CD-ROM. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2008. This CD-based directory profiles more than 2,300 foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities giving in Georgia and describes nearly 20,000 grants made in Georgia.

 

LOUISIANA

The Louisiana Foundation DataBook and CD. 4th Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2012. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 1,100 foundations in Louisiana, and provides detailed descriptions of the largest grant makers.

 

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi has no state directory of grant makers.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina has no state directory of grant makers.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Foundation Directory. Mullin, Dawn, ed. 9th Ed. Columbia, SC: South Carolina State Library, 2010. This free PDF file is available online; it profiles more than 160 foundations and public charities that make grants in South Carolina.

 

TENNESSEE

The Tennessee Foundation DataBook and CD. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2011. This print directory lists 1,519 foundations either located in Tennessee or giving in Tennessee, and includes profiles of the largest foundations.

 

VIRGINIA

Directory of Virginia Foundations. Richmond, VA: The Grants Connection, 2012.  This subscription-based, online database profiles more than 1,000 private, corporate, and community foundations located in Virginia, as well as other foundations giving in Virginia.

 

Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. Nonprofits and other grant seekers can find state and local foundation directories for 41 of the 50 states and for Washington, DC. As of late 2012, the nine states that do not have current or recent state-specific foundation directories are: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Rhode Island (RI), and West Virginia (WV).

 

The directories vary greatly in their coverage and content. Some are available in multiple formats; most, in one only. Out of 73 identified directories, 8 are PDF files, 19 are CD-ROMs, 29 are print compilations, and 17 are online databases.

 

This post covers the Great Plains States of Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Minnesota (MN), Missouri (MO), Nebraska (NE), North Dakota (ND), Oklahoma (OK), South Dakota (SD), and Wisconsin (WI). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.

 

The Great Plains States:

IOWA

The Iowa Foundation DataBook and CD. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2010. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 1,200 foundations in Iowa and provides in-depth descriptions of the largest grant makers.

 

KANSAS

The Kansas Foundation DataBook and CD. 1st Ed.Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2008.This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 500 foundations in Kansas and provides in-depth descriptions of the largest grant makers.

 

MINNESOTA

2013 Minnesota Grants Directory. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, 2012. This print directory profiles more than 100 community foundations, corporate giving programs, and private foundations giving in Minnesota.

 

Minnesota Grantmakers Online Deluxe. Minneapolis, MN: Regents of the University of Minnesota, 2011. This restricted-access online database profiles more than 1,300 foundations and corporations making grants in Minnesota.

 

MISSOURI

Directory of Missouri Grantmakers on CD-ROM. 7th Ed. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2007. This CD-based directory profiles more than 2,100 grant makers located in Missouri and nearly 450 other grant makers giving in Missouri.

 

NEBRASKA

Foundation Resource Directory: A Guide to Grants for Nebraska Children, Youth, Families, and Communities. Lincoln, NE: Nebraska Department of Economic Development, 2012. This free PDF file, available online, profiles more than 40 foundations and corporations either located in Nebraska or giving in Nebraska.

 

The Nebraska Foundation DataBook and CD. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2012. This print and CD-based directory lists more than 930 foundations either located in Nebraska or giving in Nebraska, and includes profiles of the 230 largest foundations.

 

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota has no state directory of grant makers.

 

OKLAHOMA

The Oklahoma Foundation DataBook and CD. 4th Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2011. This print and CD-based directory lists more than 1,330 foundations either located in Oklahoma or giving in Oklahoma, and includes profiles of the 304 largest foundations.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Grant Directory. Pierre, SD: South Dakota State Library, 2012. This online database profiles more than 400 foundations either located in South Dakota or giving in South Dakota.

 

WISCONSIN

Foundations in Wisconsin. 31st Ed. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Funding Information Center, 2012. This print and subscription-based online directory profiles more than 1,300 foundations in Wisconsin.

 

Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. Nonprofits and other grant seekers can find state and local foundation directories for 41 of the 50 states and for Washington, DC. As of late 2012, the nine states that do not have current or recent state-specific foundation directories are: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Rhode Island (RI), and West Virginia (WV).

 

The directories vary greatly in their coverage and content. Some are available in multiple formats; most, in one only. Out of 73 identified directories, 8 are PDF files, 19 are CD-ROMs, 29 are print compilations, and 17 are online databases.

 

This post covers the Midwestern States of Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Kentucky (KY), Michigan (MI), and Ohio (OH). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.

 

The Midwest:

ILLINOIS

Directory of Funding in Illinois. 11th Ed. Chicago, IL: Donors Forum of Chicago, 2012. This print directory profiles more than 5,500 foundations and corporations giving in Illinois.

 

INDIANA

Directory of Indiana Grantmakers. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, 2008. This print directory profiles more than 1,400 foundations, trusts, and scholarship programs that make grants in Indiana.

 

KENTUCKY

The Kentucky Foundation DataBook and CD. 5th Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2012. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 400 foundations in Kentucky and provides in-depth descriptions of the largest grant makers.

 

MIGHIGAN

Michigan Foundation Directory. 17th Ed. Grand Haven, MI: Council of Michigan Foundations, 2011. This print directory profiles more than 1,500 foundations that make grants in Michigan.

 

OHIO

2012-13 Cincinnati Area Foundation Directory. Cincinnati, OH: MR & Company, 2012. This print directory profiles more than 115 foundations and charitable trusts located in the four Ohio counties and three Kentucky counties that comprise the Metropolitan Cincinnati area.

 

Funding Directory of Ohio. Hamilton, OH: Community Development Professionals, LLC, 2012. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 800 funders that are either located in Ohio or giving in Ohio.

 

Guide to Ohio Grantmakers on CD-ROM. 5th Ed. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2008. This CD-based directory profiles nearly 4,000 grant makers located in Ohio, and more than 400 more grant makers giving in Ohio.

 

Related Articles:

Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. Nonprofits and other grant seekers can find state and local foundation directories for 41 of the 50 states and for Washington, DC. As of late 2012, the nine states that do not have current or recent state-specific foundation directories are: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Rhode Island (RI), and West Virginia (WV).

 

The directories vary greatly in their coverage and content. Some are available in multiple formats; most, in one only. Out of 73 identified directories, 8 are PDF files, 19 are CD-ROMs, 29 are print compilations, and 17 are online databases.

 

This post covers the Northwestern States of Alaska (AK), Idaho (ID), Montana (MT), Oregon (OR), Washington (WA), and Wyoming (WY). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.

 

The Northwest:

ALASKA

Alaska Funding Guide. Anchorage, AK: The Foraker Group, 2012. This subscription-based, online database profiles more than 200 foundations and corporations either located in Alaska or giving in Alaska.

 

Northwest Funders Directory. Seattle, WA: Philanthropy Northwest, 2012. This online directory profiles more than 150 foundations and corporations that are members of Philanthropy Northwest and make grants in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

 

IDAHO

Directory of Idaho Foundations. 12th ed. Leppert, Elaine C., ed. Caldwell, ID: Caldwell Public Library, 2008. This print directory profiles more than 350 foundations and corporations either located in Idaho or giving in Idaho.

 

Northwest Funders Directory. Seattle, WA: Philanthropy Northwest, 2012. This online directory profiles more than 150 foundations and corporations that are members of Philanthropy Northwest and make grants in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

 

MONTANA

Montana Foundation Directory 2012-13. Billings, MT: Montana State University-Billings Library, 2012. This print directory profiles more than 70 foundations and corporations either located in Montana or giving in Montana.

 

Northwest Funders Directory. Seattle, WA: Philanthropy Northwest, 2012. This online directory profiles more than 150 foundations and corporations that are members of Philanthropy Northwest and make grants in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

 

OREGON

Northwest Funders Directory. Seattle, WA: Philanthropy Northwest, 2012. This online directory profiles more than 150 foundations and corporations that are members of Philanthropy Northwest and make grants in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

 

The Oregon Foundation DataBook and CD. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2012. This print and CD-based directory lists more than 1,440 foundations either located in Oregon or giving in Oregon, and includes profiles of the 298 largest foundations.

 

WASHINGTON

Charitable Trust Directory Washington State. Olympia, WA: Office of the Secretary of State, 2012. This free PDF file, available online, profiles 58 grant-making charitable organizations registered with the Secretary of State in Washington State.

 

Northwest Funders Directory. Seattle, WA: Philanthropy Northwest, 2012. This online directory profiles more than 150 foundations and corporations that are members of Philanthropy Northwest and make grants in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

 

The Washington Foundation DataBook and CD. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2011. This print and CD-based directory lists 2,311 foundations either located in Tennessee or giving in Tennessee, and includes profiles of the 488 largest foundations.

 

WYOMING

Northwest Funders Directory. Seattle, WA: Philanthropy Northwest, 2012. This online directory has profiles of more than 150 foundations and corporations that are members of Philanthropy Northwest and make grants in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

 

Wyoming Foundation Directory. Laramie, WY: Wyoming Community Foundation, 2011. This free PDF file, available online, profiles more than 200 grant-making foundations either located in Wyoming or giving in Wyoming.

Directories are great tools for finding new funding sources. Nonprofits and other grant seekers can find state and local foundation directories for 41 of the 50 states and for Washington, DC. As of late 2012, the nine states that do not have current or recent state-specific foundation directories are: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Hawaii (HI), Mississippi (MS), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Rhode Island (RI), and West Virginia (WV).

 

The directories vary greatly in their coverage and content. Some are available in multiple formats; most in one only. Out of 73 identified directories, 8 are PDF files, 19 are CD-ROMs, 29 are print compilations, and 17 are online databases.

 

This post covers the Southwestern states of Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Hawaii (HI), Nevada (NV), New Mexico (NM), Texas (TX), and Utah (UT). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America.

 

The Southwest:

ARIZONA

Arizona Guide to Grants Online. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Alliance of Nonprofits, 2013.This subscription-based, online, searchable database profiles more than 2,300 corporations and foundations making grants in Arizona.

 

Guide to Arizona Grantmakers. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Alliance of Nonprofits, 2013.This print directory profiles almost 800 corporations and foundations either located in Arizona or giving in Arizona.

 

CALIFORNIA

California has no current or recently published state directory of grant makers. Northern California Grantmakers has ceased publication of its Guide to California Foundations; it refers researchers to the Foundation Center.

 

The California Foundation DataBook and CD. 1st Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2000. This obsolete print and CD-based directory profiles the largest foundations either located in California or giving in California. It is still listed and sold on the publisher’s website.

 

COLORADO

Colorado Grants Guide. Denver, CO: Community Resource Center, 2012. This subscription-based, online database profiles more than 750 local foundations, corporations, government agencies, and other entities that make grants to nonprofit organizations in Colorado.

 

HAWAII

Hawaii has no state directory of grant makers.

 

NEVADA

The Nevada Foundation DataBook and CD. 1st Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2006. This print and CD-based directory lists 695 foundations either located in Nevada or giving in Nevada, and includes profiles of the largest foundations.

 

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Grantmakers Directory. Santa Fe, NM: New Mexico Association of Grantmakers, 2012.  This free and searchable database, available online, profiles 415 foundations and corporations that are either located in New Mexico or giving in New Mexico.

 

OKLAHOMA

The Oklahoma Foundation DataBook and CD. 4th Ed. Portland, OR: C&D Publishing, 2011. This print and CD-based directory lists more than 1,330 foundations either located in Oklahoma or giving in Oklahoma, and includes profiles of the 304 largest foundations.

 

TEXAS

2011 Directory of Texas Foundations. 30th Ed. San Antonio, TX: Nonprofit Resource Center of Texas, 2011. This print directory profiles more than 3,700 foundations and public charities either located in Texas or giving in Texas.

 

Texas Directory of Grantmakers Online. Fort Worth, TX: Funding Information Center, 2012.  This online directory profiles the philanthropic activity of more than 230 grant makers in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise counties in Texas.

 

UTAH

Philanthropic Foundations of Utah Directory 2012. American Fork, UT: Henry Dean Publishing, 2012. This print and CD-based directory profiles more than 500 foundations located in Utah and making grants in Utah.

Private foundations often make grants within all or part of a single state. One way to explore differences in levels of within-state competition for private foundation grants is to compare ratios of persons to grant-making foundations across the states. Such explorations suggest that in some states nonprofits may face far greater competition for private grants than in others.

 

Persons per Foundation by State:

Statistics, derived from the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) and the US Bureau of the Census, indicate that some states have far fewer persons per grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundation than others. At the extremes, Kentucky has nearly eight times (8x) as many persons per grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundation as Delaware.

 

In terms of numbers of persons per grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundation, as of 2009:

  • 19 states had fewer than the national average of 2,545.30 persons per foundation
  • 2 states had averages of fewer than 1,000.00 persons per foundation
  • 8 states had averages of fewer than 2,000.00 persons per foundation
  • 28 states had averages of fewer than 3,000.00 persons per foundation
  • 22 states had averages of more than 3,000.00 persons per foundation
  • 10 states had averages of more than 4,000.00 persons per foundation
  • 1 state had averages of more than 5,000.00 persons per foundation

 

Among the nation’s 10 most populous states, four had ratios below the national average (2,545.30) and six above it. In order, they were — New York – 1,430.66; New Jersey – 2,087.69; Illinois – 2,216.00; Pennsylvania – 2,321.32; Florida – 2,595.26; California – 2,743.80; Michigan – 2,957.50; Virginia – 3197.81; Texas – 3,223.92; and Georgia – 3,448.85.

 

Among the nation’s 10 least populous states, six had ratios below the national average (2,545.30) and four above it. In order, they were — Rhode Island – 652.95; Delaware – 712.09; Vermont – 1,602.47; Wyoming – 1,820.30; Hawaii – 2,264.30; Maine – 2,354.11; Montana – 2,565.76; South Dakota – 3,943.61; Alaska – 4,207.67; and North Dakota – 4,312.29.

 

Cautions About Data:

The NCCS cautions that its data obscure several statistical realities. One is that Washington DC’s total includes many private foundations that focus on international grant making, not local grant making, Another is that Montana’s total includes one foundation that registered all of its affiliate members that make grants only in other states, not in Montana.

Strategic plans are helpful tools for positioning grant seekers to win grants from public and private sources. Among their typical components are: vision, mission, values, objectives, strategies, goals, and programs.

 

This post examines each component in turn. Later posts will examine the potential roles of strategic plans in winning competitive grants.

 

Vision:

A vision sets the direction for an organization. It captures what an organization aspires to become in terms of where it sees itself three, four, or more years into the future. It forecasts what it will do, who will do it, how it will do it, for whom it will do it, when it will do it, how often it will do it, where it will do it, how well it will do it, and how it will let the world know what it has done and is doing.

 

Mission:

A mission states what an organization does and why it does what it does. It captures the organization’s unique attributes, its core functions, its key constituents, and its primary beneficiaries. A mission also articulates what products or services an organization creates, how it creates them, and for whom it creates them. It is realistic, operational, and practical.

 

Values:

Values represent the core principles that guide an organization in doing what it does. As such, they govern the activities of all members of an organization. Values guide how an organization operates and how it conducts itself in creating and sustaining its relationships with its internal and external stakeholders.

 

Objectives:

Objectives are the quantifiable, time-bound, specific, measureable, assessable, and realistic indicators of an organization’s progress toward achieving its goals. They reflect and advance the organization’s mission. Objectives encompass the means of monitoring and evaluating outputs or outcomes or both. Measuring objectives is often frequent and formative as well as cyclical and summative.

 

Strategies:

Strategies state how an organization expects to accomplish its objectives, to advance its mission, and to realize its vision. They guide its selection and sequencing of activities. Organizations may adopt strategies after performing a SWOT analysis so that they are better able to build on strengths, resolve weaknesses, exploit opportunities, and avoid threats.

 

Goals:

Goals are the measureable, assessable, and realistic indicators of what an organization expects to achieve by using it strategies to pursue its objectives. They are often more abstract than objectives, but should always be quantifiable, time-bound, and achievable. Any aspect of an organization may be the focus of a goal. Ordinarily, an organization’s goals are less numerous, more abstract, and longer-term than are its objectives.

 

Programs:

Programs are an organization’s specific action plans and instruments dedicated to enacting its key strategies for accomplishing its objectives and ultimately achieving its goals. Programs identify who, with whom, what, with what, how, how well, where, when, and how often. They also indicate budget items and unit costs, sources and duration of funding, milestones and deadlines, and performance targets and performance measures. If they are framed as a logic model, each program will specify its goals, objectives, inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impacts.

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