The State of Grantseeking Report Spring 2012
The fourth semi-annual survey, conducted by PhilanTech and GrantStation, provides a snapshot of the state of grantseeking. The 812 respondents ranged from volunteer-run grassroots organizations to large national nonprofits.Nonprofits continue to struggle with the economy and its effects on funding sources:
- Most organizations applied for the same number or more grants, and increased efforts resulted in more grants for 31% of respondents, an improvement of 5% since the last survey;
- The average size of grants increased from the same period last year;
- Organizations that relied on professional grantwriters – either staff or consultants – had greater grantseeking success than those that relied on volunteers or board members;
- Despite ongoing reductions in government grants and increased competition for all types of grants, 78% of respondents felt optimistic that their grant funding would increase or continue at the same level for the next six months.