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Grantseeking with FDO Workshop

February 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Attendees at UMC’s 2019 Grantseeking workshop identified their best funding prospects using Foundation Directory Online, a database of 140,000 grantmakers and 9.5 million grants.

Learn with UMC: Grantseeking with Foundation Directory Online (FDO) workshop will be offered at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 11 at Social Capital, 28 Spring St, Belfast Maine.

This workshop is ideal for anyone in a fundraising role who has not yet had a one-on-one FDO tutorial with UMC staff. Certified Expert FDO Trainer Kelly Carey will offer an interactive, hands-on workshop to introduce the grant prospecting tools available through UMC’s partnership with Candid’s Foundation Center Online.

There are over 140,000 charitable foundations in the United States, and 80% of them don’t have a website. Finding funders who are the right fit may seem impossible, especially to small organizations who rely on volunteers. Foundation Directory Online grantseekers’ database offers incredible tools to make this process approachable. FDO offers up-to-date insight on grantmakers working in every part of the country, in every field and interest. In-depth funder profiles and details on past giving can help nonprofits craft a strong case for the foundations most likely to give to their cause.

In 2019, more than 50 nonprofit representatives used FDO at UMC to seek funding. 100% of surveyed respondents say they identified strong new prospects, 60% said they will change how they ask current or lapsed funders based on their learning, and 80% have recommended this resource to others.

This workshop is free but enrollment is limited. Registration is required. Call 207-236-2299 with additional questions. Attendees will access the database on UMC’s network with their own laptop or tablet, so please bring a fully charged device adequate for about 90 minutes of online work. Snacks will be provided.


Please note that while this event is free, the experience is valuable and wait-lists are long. We require cancellation at least 48 hours in advance to fill your seat from the wait-list. If you are unable to attend at late notice, please arrange for a substitute to attend in your place. If you cancel without a substitute within 48 hours or otherwise don’t show, you will be charged a fee of $50.00.

About the presenter:

Kelly Carey is program coordinator at United Midcoast Charities as well as the primary coach of the Foundation Directory Online database at UMC. She loves the magic moment when a grant seeker realizes that there is LOTS of grant funding available for their work.


February 11, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Social Capital
28 Spring St.
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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