The Nonprofit Funding Kit

Discover what funders want when applying for grants and learn how to create powerful data-driven reports with this free resource package from Social Solutions.

What are Funders Looking For?

If you've noticed a steady increase of requirements from funders over the past few years, you're not alone. One of the most common questions we hear from the organizations we partner with is: “What are funders looking for?”

We reached out to foundations and funding experts to find the answer. The Nonprofit Funding Kit is packed with data, stories, and templates to help your organization craft grant applications and deliver impactful reports to your funders.

This four-part kit includes:

Part One

The Foundation Reporting Study

We surveyed foundations and charitable trusts around the country to learn what they look for in organizations they are considering funding. This study reveals the answers to common questions regarding funder reporting requirements and trends.

Part Two

Analysis of Funder Preferences

In this piece, we dig deeper into the information provided in the Foundation Research Study, with analysis and best practices for reporting, data collection, and outcomes management.

Part Three

ARCHS: A Funder's Perspective

ARCHs is a funder located in St. Louis, Missouri who distributes millions of dollars to support the area's most vulnerable residents. They spoke to us about what they look for in a potential grantee.

Part Four

Grant Application Template

The Grant Application Template takes the information we've learned from funders and gives you a pre-filled sample template for framing answers when applying for grants. By utilizing data, you'll be able to tell impactful stories and build effective applications.

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