When Applications are Not Accepted
Nearly half of the grantmaker profiles in Foundation Directory Online state, "Applications not accepted", i.e., these funders do not take unsolicited proposals. A few recent Center sessions and blog postings explored some reasons why foundations choose not to accept applications and what grantseekers can do in these situations.
Applications Not Accepted: Get on Their RadarThis archived Live Chat featured panelists Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center and Pamela Grow, author, coach, copywriter, and nonprofit marketing consultant.
'Don't Call Us, We'll Call You': A PhilanTopic blog post by Bradford K. Smith that discusses why the majority of America's foundations don't want you to send in a proposal.
What To Do About Grantmakers That Don't Accept Applications: An Eye on FDO blog post by George Ford, Product Manager, Online Subscription Services that discusses why some foundations give only to pre-selected organizations and how you can approach them.
Foundation Center, CC News, May 2011