Fall 2015 State of Grantseeking Report

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Altum is delighted to share the results of the Fall 2015 State of Grantseeking report, conducted in partnership with GrantStation.

The Fall 2015 State of Grantseeking survey found that there was an increase in rates of funding from all government sources and from most non-government sources.

While lack of time and/or staff continues to be the greatest grantseeking challenge, there has been a 267% increase in competition for grant funding as the greatest grantseeking challenge.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • Private foundations continue to be the most frequent funding source, the largest total source of funding, and the source of the largest single grant for most organizations;
  • While most grants include some indirect or administrative cost funding, 44% of Federal government grants and 51% of non-government grants included indirect rates of 10% or less;
  • While 89% of organizations reported that some or all of their funders require outcomes reporting, 34% reported that those funders never cover impact measurement costs.

The most frequent sources of funding vary by organization budget size:

In the survey, organization sizes are as follows:
  • Small budget - under $100,000
  • Medium budget - between $100,000 and $999,999
  • Large budget - between $1 million and $25 million
  • X-large budget - over $25 million
This information, combined with information from the report about funding trends by issue focus and service area (e.g., rural versus urban) can be used to help your organization decide which types of grants to pursue.  Other data in the report can help inform your approach to seeking funds to cover administrative/indirect costs, costs to cover outcomes reporting, and more.

Download the Fall 2015 State of Grantseeking Report
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To learn more about how PhilanTrack can help your organization achieve better grantseeking results, watch this overview video or register for an upcoming webinar.

Author: Dahna Goldstein
November 17, 2015, 01:22 PM

Spring 2015 State of Grantseeking Report

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Altum is delighted to share the results of the Spring 2015 State of Grantseeking report, conducted in partnership with GrantStation.

The Spring 2015 State of Grantseeking survey found that there was a decrease in the rate of funding from most sources, including a 2% decrease in funding from community foundations and a 4-5% decrease in funding from all government sources.

While foundation giving reached an estimated $54.7B in 2013 and 2014 giving is expected to be higher, grantseekers report challenges when pursuing grants, including lack of time and staff to pursue grants and increased competition for funding.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • The median largest grant awarded was $43,800, the lowest since Spring 2011;
  • Grant funding comprised a greater percentage of the annual budget for medium-sized organizations than for either small or large organizations;
  • Frequency of funding from different sources correlates to organization size.  For example, while 18% of small organizations (budgets under $100,000) report that their largest award source was community foundation grants, 43% of extra-large organizations (budgets over $25 million) report that their largest award source was the Federal government;
  • Organization focus area suggests types of funding sources to pursue.  For example, arts and culture organizations may want to target local government grants in addition to private foundation grants, while animal-related organizations should focus primarily on private foundations.
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Download the Spring 2015 State of Grantseeking Report
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Organizations using PhilanTrack reported higher success rates than the average organization in the survey.  Specifically:

  • PhilanTrack respondents reported sources of funding at rates ranging from 13% to 80%, compared to 11% to 76% for all organizations.  In other words, PhilanTrack users received funding from all grant sources at rates higher than the average survey participant;
  • The median largest award for PhilanTrack organizations was $49,945, 14% higher than the median largest award for all organizations in the survey.

To learn more about how PhilanTrack can help your organization achieve better grantseeking results, watch this overview video or register for an upcoming webinar.

Author: Dahna Goldstein
July 07, 2015, 10:19 AM

Please Take the Spring 2015 State of Grantseeking Survey

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Twice a year, we (PhilanTech, and now Altum) partner with our friends at GrantStation to conduct a survey about the current state of grantseeking.  Each time, we gain valuable insights about what is and isn't working well for grantseekers, who is funding what, what challenges are most pressing for grantseeking organizations - and we are happy to share those insights with the grantseeking community to help inform grantseeking strategies.

We've just opened the Spring 2015 State of Grantseeking survey, and hope that you'll take a few minutes to take the survey.

This year, there are new questions about Federal funding and support. These free reports, which will be published in early May, can serve as a valuable benchmark for organizations to review their grantseeking efforts, and will provide leading-edge information months earlier than other annual surveys.

Please take five minutes and complete the survey before March 31.  Results will be published on both the Altum and GrantStation websites.  Survey respondents can request an advance copy of results when completing the survey.

If you haven't already, you can download the Fall 2014 State of Grantseeking Report here.

Happy grantseeking!

 

Author: Dahna Goldstein
February 12, 2015, 01:01 PM

The Fall 2013 State of Grantseeking Report

State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report

PhilanTech and GrantStation are pleased to announce the release of the State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report.

The seventh semi-annual survey provides a snapshot of grantseeking activities and challenges in the US.  A decrease in government funding at all levels has pervaded the grantseeking world, and nonprofits, still recovering from the economic downturn, are struggling with fewer resources.  As such, lack of time/staff to pursue grants is a top grantseeking challenge for survey respondents.

Other findings from the survey included:

  • Grants comprised at least 25% of the total annual budget for 42% of organizations.  Organizations that received government grants were more reliant on grants as a larger part of their overall funding;
  • Rural organizations are more reliant on grant funding, with 50% of rural organizations reporting that grant supplied at least 25% of their total annual budget;
  • 75% of organizations reported receiving grants from private foundations, followed by 60% from community foundations and 57% from corporations;
  • Federal grants decreased by 24% as the largest total grant funder compared to the fall 2012 survey.

The next State of Grantseeking survey will be conducted in early 2014.

Download the State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report here.

Author: Dahna Goldstein
October 29, 2013, 01:36 PM

Please Take the Spring 2013 State of Grantseeking Survey

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Twice a year, PhilanTech partners with our friends at GrantStation to survey nonprofits about the current state of grantseeking in the U.S.  We've gained valuable insights in the five reports that we have published to date, which we are happy to share with the nonprofit sector to help inform grantseeking strategies.

We've just opened the Spring 2013 State of Grantseeking survey, and hope that you'll take a few minutes to take the survey.

We've added some questions this year, based on feedback from the last survey in which we specifically asked what additional questions respondents would like us to include to ensure the survey is addressing the grantseeking issues that are most pressing for their organizations.  Those questions are:

  • What is the household income in your service area?
  • How would you describe your organization's location or service area? (rural, urban, etc.)
  • With which racial or ethnic group do those in your service area most identify?
  • Is your organization well known in your service area?
  • What is the age of your organization?

Please take five minutes and complete the survey before March 15.  Results will be published on both the PhilanTech and GrantStation websites.  Survey respondents can request an advance copy of results when completing the survey.

If you haven't already, you can download the Fall 2012 State of Grantseeking Report here.

Happy grantseeking!

 

Image credit: adapted from http://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/6289600762/
Author: Dahna Goldstein
February 13, 2013, 01:54 PM

State of Grantseeking - Fall 2012

State of Grantseeking Fall 2012

PhilanTech and GrantStation are pleased to announce the release of the State of Grantseeking Fall 2012 Report.

The fifth semi-annual survey provides a snapshot of grantseeking activities and challenges in the US.  Like with past reports, grantseeking remains challenging for nonprofits.  The combination of the economic environment - and resulting cuts in expenses, both by grantmakers and by the grantseekers themselves - and the process of seeking and obtaining grants continue to test nonprofits.

Other findings from the survey included:

  • Almost one quarter of respondents told us that their greatest challenge in grantseeking was the lack of time and/or staff.
  • The number of grants from all levels of government increased by 6.1%.
  • Private foundations were less likely to be the source of the largest grant award than previously reported in The State of Grantseeking surveys, regardless of organization size as defined by annual budget.
  • The median largest grant in the first six months of 2011 was $39,000; the median largest grant for that same period of 2012 was $50,000.

As with past surveys, respondents maintained a sense of optimism, with 71% reporting that grant funding would increase or stay the same in the next 6 months.

The next State of Grantseeking survey will be conducted in early 2013.

Download the State of Grantseeking Fall 2012 Report now!

Author: Dahna Goldstein
November 26, 2012, 01:30 PM

The State of Grantseeking - Spring 2012

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PhilanTech and GrantStation are pleased to announce the release of the State of Grantseeking Spring 2012 Report.

Ongoing declines in government and other funding and the resulting decreases in fundraising staff and resources continue to challenge grantseekers.  The 812 survey respondents indicated that the size and number of grants awarded are not keeping pace with the increased demands for their services.

Other findings from the survey included:

  • 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.
  • Larger organizations struggled more with economic conditions, whereas smaller organizations continue to struggle more with the mechanics of grantseeking.
  • 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.  This represents a slight decrease in optimistic responses since the Fall 2011 survey.

The survey was open in February and March 2012.  While nonprofit organizations of all sizes responded to the survey, the majority could be considered small to mid-sized organizations:

  • 43% had one to five staff members.
  • Over half (63%) had budgets under $1,000,000.

The next State of Grantseeking survey will be conducted starting in August 2012.

Download the full State of Grantseeking Report.
Author: Dahna Goldstein
May 10, 2012, 11:36 AM

The State of Grantseeking - Fall 2011

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PhilanTech and GrantStation are pleased to announce the release of the State of Grantseeking Fall 2011 Report.

Grantseeking activities seem to be stagnating as nonprofits try to find new sources of funding to replace reduced government and other funds.  The 928 survey respondents indicated that while they were still actively searching for grant funds, the state of the economy and increased competition for fewer grant dollars presented challenges.

Other findings from the survey included:

  • A majority of organizations applied for more grants, but increased efforts only resulted in more grant funds for 26% of respondents;
  • The average size of grants decreased from the same period last year;
  • Economic and organizational conditions present the greatest challenges to nonprofits’ grantseeking efforts.  Researching and finding grants was cited as the greatest challenge by 31% of nonprofits, while competition for a reduced amount of funding dollars was the greatest challenge for 23% of nonprofits;
  • And yet 81% of nonprofits think their grant funding will be consistent or better in the next 6 months.

The survey was open from August 18, 2011 until October 2, 2011, and received 928 complete responses.  While nonprofit organizations of all sizes responded to the survey, the majority could be considered small to mid-sized organizations:

  • One third (33%) had one to five staff members; and,
  • Over half (60%) had budgets under $1,000,000.

The next State of Grantseeking survey will be conducted starting in January 2012.

Download the full State of Grantseeking Report.

Author: Dahna Goldstein
December 05, 2011, 11:00 AM

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