The State of Grantseeking Report Fall 2013
The seventh semi-annual survey, conducted by PhilanTech and GrantStation, provides a snapshot of the current state of grantseeking. The 1,108 respondents represent a wide range of nonprofits, varying in size, geographic location and mission focus.
Over 80% of respondent organizations received grant awards in the first six months of 2013. More organizations received larger grants than in the same period in 2012, but the median grant size decreased by 8%.
There has been a clear decrease in government funding, and nonprofits are struggling to find the time and staff to research and find mission-specific grants. Some of the key findings include:
- The number of organizations that received at least one grant award increased by 21% over the fall 2012 survey.
- Private foundations remain the largest funding source for most nonprofits. The number of nonprofits reporting private foundations as the largest funding source remained stable at 28%.
- Funding from all levels of government decreased. Respondents reported an 8% decrease in Federal grants, a 9% decrease in state grants, and a 5% decrease in local grants.
- 69% of organizations with budgets under $100,000 received at least one grant; 90% of larger organizations received at least one grant.
- "Lack of time and/or staff" is the greatest challenge to grantseeking among respondents.