Private and family foundations are the heart of our distinctly American philanthropy. Each foundation has its own personality, its own vision. Don't be fooled that you can just "write a grant" and email it to hundreds of potential funders. The best nonprofit-foundation teams build long term relationships.
Corporate giving used to be tools used exclusively to promote positive PR. Today, corporate funders have evolved into community philanthropists, seeking out the highest return on their investments in the nonprofit sector.
State and Federal Grants
These are the longest, hardest, most technically challenging formats of grantsmanship. Who actually makes the final decisions? What are the agency's goals? What's the scoring system? You need to know all of this before sitting down at the keyboard.