With So Many Grants Out There, Why Won’t “They” Fund Us?

The Top Five Reasons

1. No interest.

They care about conservation; you work with seniors.

2. No overlap.

They care about seniors in California; you serve seniors in Miami.

3. No bull’s eye.

They care about research for seniors; you provide seniors services.

4. No relationships.

They care about seniors in Miami; they don’t know you.

5. Insufficient value.

They care about seniors in Miami; the value you offer isn’t compelling.

Focus on grant opportunities in categories 4 and 5. They are the ones where you can partners with grant funders to obtain income.

With much work, the other grant sources may eventually fund you. However, most nonprofits fair better using that effort to obtain the six other sources of nonprofit income. See: Can Your Nonprofit Obtain More Income? The Seven Sources.

Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis Consulting guides executive directors and CEOs to generate the resources, boards, and support they need to make remarkable progress on their missions. As the award-winning thought-leader, advisor, and founding principal of Karen Eber Davis Consulting, Karen helps nonprofit leaders get answers, generate revenue, and grow their mission. Davis is known for her innovation and practicality based on her work with or visits to over 1,000 nonprofit organizations and her experience leading board and team events. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.