Grants Research ... with a Twist!

GOING BEYOND MISSION MATCH TO CONNECT WITH MORE "SWEET-SPOT" FUNDERS | taught by Maryn Boess

Course description

This is an anytime, anywhere online video training - As soon as you enroll, you will have instant access to the recorded training and can watch from any Internet connection, on your own schedule, as often as you like.

Grants Research - Super-Charged!

Going Beyond Mission-Match ...

to Connect with More "Sweet-Spot" Funders


Did you know there are over 120,000 grantmaking organizations in the U.S. alone? That’s good news!

The bad news is, fewer than 1/10th of 1% of them have any interest at all in seeing a proposal from your organization.

Don’t take it personally - there’s more good news:That 1/10th of 1% still leaves plenty of grantmakers who would be happy to consider supporting your organization’s work with a grant award.

You can think of that 1/10th of 1% as your “sweet spot” funders … and there’s more good news: You don’t have to knock on 120,000 doors to find them. That’s what thoughtful funder research is for: To help us cut through all the “no thank you’s” and zero in quickly and efficiently on that much smaller group in your organization’s “sweet spot” who are most likely to give your proposal an enthusiastic thumbs-up.


In this lively, fast-paced session, we’ll look at how you can make sure you get the very most from the time you invest in your grants research.

  • Are you thinking “mission match”? That’s a great start! – But did you know some of your best prospective grantmaking partners may have no specific interest at all in your organization’s mission?

  • Five ways – beyond mission match – to frame the work you’re proposing to do that will connect you with five completely different groups of potential funders

  • Using two-fers and three-fers (and maybe even four-fers) to really power up your connection with “sweet-spot” funders

  • A real-life scenario: How our unconventional simple tweaks helped a struggling nonprofit turn up 12 new-to-them “sweet-spot” funders resulting in over $100,000 in grant awards

  • BONUS: The two best sources for all your grants research … the only sources you really need … and they’re both free!

Curriculum:

VIDEO 1 (30 min.)

  • Our Quick-Start Checklist
  • Part 1. Beyond Mission Match: Success Strategies for Zeroing In on Our "Sweet Spot" Funders
  • The Key Question: How Do We Find the Grantmakers Who Are Most Likely to Say an Enthusiastic "Yes!" to Our Proposal?
  • The #1 Mistake in Grants Research
  • Good News/Bad News/Good News
  • Question #10 on the Magic Wand One-Page Worksheet
  • What About "Mission Match"? - the Classic Approach; Our Updated, Strategic Approach
  • Building Our Scavenger Hunt List: A Real-Life Example
  • Introducing the 5 "Mission Match" Frames
  • Have You Been Keeping Count? - What Our Search List Looks Like Now!

VIDEO 2 (21 min.)

  • Part 2. The Only Two Resources You Really Need for Your Grants Research (Or, Where to Take Your Scavenger Hunt List Once You've Got It)
  • What Grants Research Used to Look Like ... and What It Looks Like Today
  • Grants.gov - The Only Tool You Really Need for Federal Grants ... and How to Use It
  • The Foundation Directory Online: What Is It, and Where to Find It? - Funding Information Network Members
  • A Quick Peek Inside the Foundation Directory Online
  • Research Hack! - How to Increase Your Geographic Search Results by 50% or More

VIDEO 3 (20 min.)

  • Part 3. Let's Do a Scavenger Hunt! - A Real-Life Funder Search (with Boolean Search Monkeys)
  • Mission Match Frame #1: Problem or Issue Area
  • Meet the Boolean Search Monkeys ... and Learn Their Language!
  • Let's Speak Boolean: Focusing Your Search Results with the Power of AND
  • The Power of OR: Double Your Search Results in Seconds
  • Let's Speak Boolean: The Power of OR to Double Your Search Results, in Seconds
  • Mission Match Frame #2: Who You're Helping
  • Let's Speak Boolean: Keeping Our Search Clean with Quotation Marks
  • Let's Speak Boolean: How the Almighty Asterisk Can Double - or Even Triple! - Your Search Results
  • Congratulations - You Speak Boolean!

VIDEO 4 (19 min.)

  • (Part 3, continued:) Combining Strategies to Super-Charge Your Keyword Search
  • Our Scavenger Hunt Continues!
  • Mission Match Frame #3: Service or Intervention
  • What to Do If Your Search Results = 0
  • Mission Match Frame #4: Nature of Locale
  • Mission Match Frame #5: Organization Type
  • The Power of Partnership: Leveraging Collaboration to Connect with More "Sweet-Spot" Funders
  • Want to Amp It Up Even More? - Combining Searches to Find Two-Fers, Three-Fers ... and More
  • Putting It Into Practice: Your Quick-Win and High-Leverage Actions

Reviews (5)

For Experienced Grants Writers Seeking an Edge

by Elaine Penn
Maryn, you did it again! I have been writing grants for years and with great success -but I wrote for school districts that were eligible for federal and state money. Most of these have been Title grants earmarked for under-performing school districts and for schools that met NCLB guidelines. I didn't have to seek and find grantfunders - I just had to apply and write applications strong enough to get the most money and to meet the school district's needs. Now that I am working for non-profits that are not schools or whose grant projects are not related to secondary education, I've found myself almost completely clueless about how to do grants research to find suitable funders. This course has met every expectation I had for meaningful information and instruction that I can use right now - and I have already utilized valuable tools you provided in the Q & A that introduced this course. Thank you again and again for always delivering high quality instruction with clarity.

Very good information

by Sarah Small
This was an informative and approachable course. Thanks!

GrantsResearch ... Super-Charged!

by Mary Tewksbury
Maryn hits another home run! She takes the sometimes stressful and overwhelming task of funder research and breaks it down into manageable pieces. Who knew the power of asterisks and parathesis! Mary Tewksbury Michigan

Finding more good funder matches, with ease = winner!!

by Janis K Wheeler
In the “Grants Research…Supercharged” training I learned to strategize and amplify my grant search, dramatically saving me time and making my efforts more efficient, but it didn’t stop there. She revealed the two best places to look for grants, and how to search for them with the greatest ease. Maryn shares her secret strategy on how to find the “sweet spot funders” for my project and organization! Maryn Boess of GrantsMagic U is a grant writing process champion who cares very much about our success. She is a Super Star on my grant writing success team. I highly recommend this training! Maryn Boess, YOU totally ROCK!!

GREAT course!

by Lauren Holland
The Grants Research, Supercharged training is a MUST for success in your grant seeking. Maryn introduces tips and tricks that reveal the secret to true grant seeking success. Not only does she familiarize you with the resources to find these funders, but she will show you how to save PLENTY of time in your grant search. This course will open the door to at least hundreds of funders you may have not considered in your previous searches. An A+ proposal is of no value without the proper, interested funder to read it. This course is crucial to your grant success!
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For Experienced Grants Writers Seeking an Edge

by Elaine Penn
Maryn, you did it again! I have been writing grants for years and with great success -but I wrote for school districts that were eligible for federal and state money. Most of these have been Title grants earmarked for under-performing school districts and for schools that met NCLB guidelines. I didn't have to seek and find grantfunders - I just had to apply and write applications strong enough to get the most money and to meet the school district's needs. Now that I am working for non-profits that are not schools or whose grant projects are not related to secondary education, I've found myself almost completely clueless about how to do grants research to find suitable funders. This course has met every expectation I had for meaningful information and instruction that I can use right now - and I have already utilized valuable tools you provided in the Q & A that introduced this course. Thank you again and again for always delivering high quality instruction with clarity.

Very good information

by Sarah Small
This was an informative and approachable course. Thanks!

GrantsResearch ... Super-Charged!

by Mary Tewksbury
Maryn hits another home run! She takes the sometimes stressful and overwhelming task of funder research and breaks it down into manageable pieces. Who knew the power of asterisks and parathesis! Mary Tewksbury Michigan

Finding more good funder matches, with ease = winner!!

by Janis K Wheeler
In the “Grants Research…Supercharged” training I learned to strategize and amplify my grant search, dramatically saving me time and making my efforts more efficient, but it didn’t stop there. She revealed the two best places to look for grants, and how to search for them with the greatest ease. Maryn shares her secret strategy on how to find the “sweet spot funders” for my project and organization! Maryn Boess of GrantsMagic U is a grant writing process champion who cares very much about our success. She is a Super Star on my grant writing success team. I highly recommend this training! Maryn Boess, YOU totally ROCK!!

GREAT course!

by Lauren Holland
The Grants Research, Supercharged training is a MUST for success in your grant seeking. Maryn introduces tips and tricks that reveal the secret to true grant seeking success. Not only does she familiarize you with the resources to find these funders, but she will show you how to save PLENTY of time in your grant search. This course will open the door to at least hundreds of funders you may have not considered in your previous searches. An A+ proposal is of no value without the proper, interested funder to read it. This course is crucial to your grant success!
Maryn Boess
Maryn Boess
Your Ultimate Grants Guide

Maryn Boess is a veteran nonprofit professional, social entrepreneur, and leader in capacity-building and grantsmanship training.

Over her 20+-year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; an independent grants consultant; a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and - yes - for the past 9 years, even a grantmaker.

Maryn’s grant proposals won more than $42 million for her clients in a single ten-year period. Since 2000 she has created a portfolio of high-quality, low-cost grants information tools, resources, and workshops shared by thousands of nonprofits nationwide. For the past nine years Maryn has also been “in the grantmaker’s chair," managing up to $2 million annually in grantmaking for K-12 education in the Southwest.

A resident of the Pacific Northwest, Maryn travels nationally to offer her workshops on practical strategies for healthy, successful grantseeking. GrantsMagic U, launched in fall 2015, is the "virtual academy" she created to make her extensive portfolio of practical and inspiring trainings on successful grantsmanship available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Every hour of GrantsMagic U training qualifies as 1 credit toward CFRE and GPC continuing-education and certification requirements.

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