Then ask yourself how much of it “felt right” to you?
And i you can remember back to that survey course you took in History of Philosophy as an undergraduate, consider it in the context of Plato’s Charioteer Allegory. After all, whether you knew it at the time or not, those philosophy courses were one of the most important parts of your education as a fund raiser!
Successful grantseeking is a discipline that requires discipline.
Firstly, Google www.google.com. Google is an underrated funding resource.
Search on the name of your project, fund, grant.
I.e. new play, fund grant or rigging fund grant. You get it, right?
Another invaluable reference is “The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist” by Gigi Rosenberg. It is easily available on Amazon. Don’t be put off if you don’t consider yourself to be an “artist”; if you’re a grantseeker, this book is for you.
Visit each of these websites (below) at least once a week. There is a wealth of info for grantseekers and it changes regularly as funders provide new information. Many of these websites will allow you to register to be notified via e-mail when new opportunities are posted.
www.guidestar.org (Guidestar is a great website for you to research the funders you’ve identified. Look at their 990 Forms to learn more about them.)
Finally, don’t forget that most foundations and public funders have their own websites. These websites will be very useful to you.
Last – but certainly not the least – when you’ve identified a potential funder, reach out to them to discuss your project. They don’t bite. Do this before you submit a grant application to be sure that your project is the right “fit.”
If you’re responsible for deepening your donor pool/audience by cultivating younger donors, this recent article from The New York Times could prove helpful to you.