Winning Strategies and Techniques for Finding Your Best Foundation Funders

A 4-Week, Instructor-Guided Online Class

As federal funding becomes more challenging, grant seekers are increasingly turning to private funders. But, with 100,000 foundations listing different priorities, eligibility criteria and award levels–finding the ones most likely to fund your program is daunting–and your organization’s future might well ride on the results!

Electronic searches can filter prospects quickly, but rarely match the best funders to one’s needs. And, targeting the wrong funder dooms even the best applications and means hours of wasted work and money.

So what’s a time-pressed grant seeker to do?

Now you can learn proven, highly-effective foundation prospecting strategies that really work–without  leaving your desk or spending time and money at a workshop. Join veteran grant writer, researcher and college instructor Glenda O’Neal for a 4-week, online, instructor-guided course starting October 21, on the keys to success in effective and efficient foundation prospect research.

This class is for executive directors, program coordinators, development staff, and other nonprofit, tribal and government leaders who know the value of maximizing the return on their efforts to win private funding. In this invaluable class, “Winning Strategies and Techniques for Finding Your Best Foundation Funders,” students learn proven ways to effectively match their organization’s needs with funders most likely to support them..


The class is structured with working students in mind and taught in modules. Students have ample time to log on and complete sessions at their convenience before the next section starts, thus offering flexibility for work or personal obligations.  Total instruction time required is generally under 12 hours.

Unlike self-guided courses, the instructor interacts with students throughout the program to help them identify prospective funders. Students learn effective prospect research skills and how to use knowledge gained to identify funders likely to meet their organization’s needs, by doing exercises, assigned readings and hands-on research. The instructor discusses student progress and funding prospects via individual consultation and by the end of the class students will have identified one or more potential grantors for their projects.

Here’s Just Some of What You Will Learn::

* How to effectively collect information about foundation grant makers
* Where to look for information on funders.
* How to choose the best prospects for your projects
* The importance of collecting accurate information and strategies to verify it
* How to best apply the information gleaned in foundation research to one’s proposals


Your instructor is Glenda O’Neal, a well-known grant writer, consultant and educator with over 30 years of experience. She has prepared foundation grant applications for hundreds of organizations, including schools, public agencies, faith-based organizations, health care providers, environmental groups and more.

She developed grant-writing programs for the University of Missouri-St. Louis Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, online grant classes for Purdue University-Calumet, and Loma Linda (Calif.) University, and programs for The Foundation Center, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, and many others. She currently is in her third semester teaching the online course, “Fundamentals of Foundation Grantwriting,” sponsored by CD Publications.


The class starts October 21 and runs 4 weeks. But remember, the course is designed specifically for adults who need flexibility for work and personal obligations. As such, students work largely at their own pace, with about 10 days to complete each section of the course, before the next section starts. Class ends well before Thanksgiving to enable participants to enjoy a well-deserved break!

Tuition includes:

Free access to an extensive library of grant materials and winning grant applications;

A free subscription to Private Grants Alert, the continually updated online grant service covering programs for children, families, seniors and more;

Email and phone access to your instructor;

Personalized assignment review and comment by your instructor; and

Free access to any of CD Publications’ grants analysts for assistance with your research questions..


Class size is limited to ensure quality student/instructor interaction, and timely registration is encouraged to ensure space is available.  Register before October 5 and save $100 off the regular course rate of $495!

For more information or to register call 1-800-666-6380 or visit


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