September 14, 2021

Complement your prospect research with Foundation Directory Online’s RFP alerts

Foundation Directory Online makes it easy to stay up-to-date with important grantmaker and RFP updates. Enhance your prospect research by signing up for key alerts and get instantly notified when a suitable RFP match is open.  

Keep track of new RFP’s as they arise and stay on top of upcoming tasks and due dates. See real-time RFP details by using our comprehensive grantseeking technology. 


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Setting alerts and viewing RFP details in Foundation Directory Online will ensure you don't miss out on any easy grant wins. Access Foundation Directory Online today. 

August 31, 2021

Grow your network to win funding faster

Experienced fundraisers know networking is a key step to connecting with decision makers who are essential to your fundraising success. Foundation Directory Onlines Who’s Who section on grantmaker profiles makes those connections just a click away. 

Leverage Foundation Directory Onlines LinkedIn integration to quickly see how you are connected to key decision makers. Find out who in your network can help you make that important first introduction to grow your relationships with prospective funders. 

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Propel your fundraising journey forward. Amplify your prospecting strategy and network your way to fundraising success with Foundation Directory Online. 

August 17, 2021

Gain ongoing support, reignite past funders relationships with Foundation Directory Online

Professional fundraisers know that past funders are key to securing ongoing financial support. Foundation Directory Online’s cutting edge tools make accessing insights and reigniting relationships with past funders simpler and easier. 

Foundation Directory’s built-in intelligence highlights your organization’s past funders in one convenient place – your Dashboard.  


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You can also analyze your past funders to review their characteristics and benchmark trends to easily uncover new funding opportunities. 

Simply provide your nonprofit’s EIN to enable Foundation Directory Online’s AI-powered capabilities to help you find funding faster and provide continuous support to the communities you serve.  

August 03, 2021

Kickstart your grant seeking efforts, identify best matched funders


Save time by knowing which funders are more likely to fund your cause.  

Your search criteria in Foundation Directory Online will reveal key funder insights, such as Amount Funded and Grant Count based on your mission. Enabling you to pinpoint funders to prioritize based on how dedicated they are to your cause and how likely they are to support your work. 


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Foundation Directory Online will help you to quickly find well-matched funders and gain access to valuable insights to inform your nonprofit's prospecting strategy. Use Foundation Directory Online to identify your best matched funders and begin making connections that lead to funding for your nonprofit. 


Kickstart your grantseeking efforts today.


February 11, 2021

A Look Back at 2020: FDO’s Year of Grantseeking Growth

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Last year, FDO updated more than 1.2M leadership contacts to give you the most up to date decision maker information you need to network your way to funding success. We also added 2.2M new grants, 78K new grantmakers, and 12K new contacts. In 2020, FDO continued to grow as a powerful resource for grantseekers. 


These updates, plus constant enhancements to the resource, highlight FDO’s ongoing commitment to providing fundraisers with the most up to date prospect research tool availableWhether you’re a local nonprofit or a national organization, you will find that FDO has the key information you need to find funding faster.  


Keep an eye out for additional FDO enhancements and upgrades to complement your prospect research in 2021! 


To learn more about the power of FDO, check out our handy guide or our YouTube channel.

December 08, 2020

Leverage GuideStar Seals of Transparency to Gain Funder Support

Funders use GuideStar Seals of Transparency to guide their giving strategies. Seals provide them with the information they need to understand your impact and gives funders a reason to support your cause. Earning your Seal is simple and free.  

Now in FDO, you can gain insights on the Seal levels of funders’ grant recipients. Search results and Recipient profiles now include GuideStar Seals of Transparency to help you easily find this information. 


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FDO provides a quick link to claim your free GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to earn Seals that help you boost your online presence and win funding.  

  1. Log in to your FDO account 
  2. Hover over the “HI NAME” drop-down 
  3. Select Update Profile Seal 


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November 11, 2020

View Open RFPs Related to Your Search Results

FDO’s newest feature helps you save time during your prospect research. Now, you can access open RFPs related to your mission all throughout FDO based on your search results.

Save time by easily discovering open opportunities sooner. The time you save can be put towards  building robust prospect lists and forging connections with key decision makers!

To see the new feature in action, simply conduct a search using FDO’s global search bar. You’ll begin to see open RFPs in

  1. Search results
  2. Grantmaker profiles
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Reminder! Expert fundraisers know that funding success stems from robust prospecting strategies, not just searches for open RFPs. In addition to reviewing open RFPs, leverage FDO’s 18 million+ grants and 230,000+ grantmaker profiles to develop a list of well-matched funders who are ready to support your work!


June 02, 2020

4 Key Tips to Help Your Nonprofit Best Navigate the New Normal

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COVID-19 has presented many unforeseen challenges and changes for even the most experienced grantseekers. The global pandemic has affected the way nonprofits communicate, conduct prospect research, and seek much needed grant funding.

As your nonprofit works to create a new normal during the COVID-19 era, Candid’s Senior Director of Development, Aleda Gagarin, offers four key tips to help your organization succeed:


  1. Check on your funders and partners

Funders are not immune to the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Add a human element to your outreach by proactively reaching out to funders and partners to see how they are faring and if they’ve adopted new policies (i.e., deadline changes, special funds, different requirements, expedited procedures, etc.)

  1. Foster your current relationships

Focus on nurturing the relationships you have with current donors to secure any expected funding. If you have a pending committed payment, kindly ask if they’d be willing and able to make the payment early to help boost your work. If possible, arrange to receive funds electronically (faster) versus paper checks (slower).

  1. Recommunicate your value

Has your organization’s work become increasingly more important in light of the current health and economic crisis? Communicate that value to funders to show them how your work is serving community and helping them meet their missions. Remind them that their support has never been more vital.

  1. Manage your expectations around prospecting

Prospecting to find the right funders is now more important than ever. However, keep in mind that many funders are struggling to make sure that they keep commitments and shore up needed resources for current grantees. If possible, show how you can leverage your work to help them meet their goals and priorities.


The pandemic has caused the entire sector to pause and reevaluate how to move forward and come back better and stronger. As we work to regain a sense of normalcy, we must also acknowledge the effect COVID-19 will have for years to come. By following these tips, and abiding by all local government safety rules and regulations, you can help put your nonprofit in the right position to succeed and weather the pandemic.

May 19, 2020

6 Top Tips To Approach Funders

(Including Those Who Are Not Accepting Applications!) 


Candid’s Senior Director of Development, Aleda Gagarin, shares her development expertise to answer the burning question every fundraiser asks themselves:

Does the grantmaker accept applications and should I even consider this funder if they don’t?  

“Do they, or don’t they?” It’s a tempting question to start with when doing grant prospect research, centering on whether or not grantmakers accept unsolicited proposals. It seems like an easy non-starter to help you filter out prospects, but in reality, the question of whether to consider funders not accepting unsolicited proposals is a bit of a catch-22.  On the one hand, it’s not likely that a cold proposal to a grantmaker that doesn’t accept them will get anywhere; on the other, imagine how many proposals grantmakers that do accept unsolicited proposals have to sift through. The likelihood of yours rising to the top suddenly doesn’t seem much better.

Consider Prospects Even When They Don't Accept Applications

There’s a better way to prospect, and it requires longer-term vision and relationship cultivation. It requires a deeper dive into the grants a grantmaker is making, and centers around a deep knowledge and belief in your own work and mission. Ideally, your prospect research will help you narrow down a list of foundations with giving that reflects your cause, your locale, the population you serve, and your mission. From there, you further narrow down the list by selecting foundations who historically giving grants similar in size and scope to what you are looking for. Do not disregard prospects that fit your work and mission in every way just because they do not accept unsolicited proposals.

In development, it is our goal in life to get on the radar of funders that we believe would make meaningful long-term partners in supporting our work financially, helping us develop organizationally, and increasing our ability to serve. The ‘accepting proposals’ question has nothing to do with how well a funder fits with our work. In such cases, we must find other ways to bring our work to their attention — to help them see us a good partner in helping them achieve their own missions. So, how do we get our work in front of them, without being disregarded with a cold proposal? Here are a few places to start:

  • Make sure program officers we want to partner with are on newsletters about our work, so that they can begin to see and understand our work in real-time, and so that we remain on their radar.
  • Network! Make in-person connections at events. Ask questions about other people’s work, and be excited about your own. An event is rarely the best time to ask to apply for a grant, but it’s a great way to start building a relationship that could turn into solid, long-term support.
  • Connect the dots: research who works where and who you know, and ask someone in your circle to make a warm introduction for you. If you're an FDO user, take advantage of FDO's LinkedIn feature to learn more about key staffers and leverage your connections for the introductions you need. 
  • Send your prospect news coverage or other interesting materials that cover the work you do that also aligns with theirs.
  • Be savvy on social media. Connect with them online. Share good content, and ask good questions. This will also help you better understand funders’ changing interests!
  • Invite them for an onsite visit! Ask them to come tour your office, see your work, come to an event. Let them see the value of your work with their own eyes whenever possible.
  • You also never know when a funder might start accepting applications, so approaching funders that are a good fit can give you an advantage in the future. (You can easily keep track of open RFPs on FDO's homepage.) Get to know funders and inspire them to get to know you, so that when the time is right, you’ll be top of mind to receive an invitation to apply.

It seems easy to send off cold proposals to whomever will accept them; but it rarely ever pays off. Build yourself a thorough and thoughtfully researched prospect list, and then consider your best approach. Think outside the box. Prioritize building relationships with funders who you truly believe would make excellent partners and who will both value and improve your work. Don’t stretch your work or water it down into something it isn’t just to fit criteria of a funder who is easy to apply to; believe in your work and focus your development work on finding funders whose missions truly align with yours.

April 17, 2020

Prepare Your Nonprofit for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5

JasmineIn response to the unprecedented need for nonprofit support created by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, GivingTuesday is organizing #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, on Tuesday, May 5.

To help you prepare, join our free webinar with GivingTuesday’s Chief Strategy Officer, Jamie McDonald. Get the strategies you need to succeed.


Webinar: Get Ready for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th: A Global Effort in Response to COVID-19  

Date: April 17, 2020  

Time: 2-3:00 pm EST 

Register for the webinar


In addition to the webinar, here are 3 tips to help your organization prepare for #GivingTuesdayNow:


1. Add a COVID-19 related update to your Mission and Programs on GuideStar

This only takes 10 minutes and is the quickest way to let donors know how you are supporting communities affected by this pandemic.


2. Claim your GuideStar Seal of Transparency

Funders use these Seals to validate and guide giving activities. Learn more about Seals in this blog article and claim your first seal in 15 minutes!


3. Contact your past supporters in advance

Previous funders are more likely to fund your cause again. Prior to #GivingTuesdayNow, connect with past funders to update them on your current programs and inform them on how they can help.


For more information, register for the webinar today!