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Grassroots Grants: An Activist's Guide to Grantseeking, Second Edition by Andy Robinson

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Finding Funders

Did you go to the Web site? Did you read the guidelines? We are in a less fundable disposition when groups haven't done their homework.

—IRENE VLACH, Lazar Foundation

As the saying goes, when you know one foundation, you know one foundation.

—ANN KRUMBOLTZ, Brainerd Foundation

I once had a student who wanted to paper the world with grant proposals. When I described the odds of raising funds through grants—on average, perhaps 20 percent of all proposals get funded, and many “successful” ones receive only partial funding—she responded, “It's a numbers game, right? If we submit enough applications, eventually we'll get all the money ...

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