We have had some expected and some unexpected struggles and surprises, and wanted to detail them here so others could learn from them and understand how this fundraising experiment is going. We will also give a short explanation of the current situation regarding Effective Fundraising’s grant writing. These lessons were learned from researching hundreds and contacting many different foundations about grant eligibility and grant focus areas.
The main outcome is that we have applied for all of the highest value grants we have found, and feel that the grants we'd find with additional research would have much lower chances of success compared to the current ones we have applied for.
Lessons in looking and applying for grants for AMF
Lessons in looking and applying for grants for The Humane League (THL)
Surprisingly, it was much easier to find grants for THL, though they were for significantly smaller sums ($1,000-$50,000) than the grants available for AMF ($50,000-several million).
Findings that applied to both
Unfortunately we do not have a good measure of the results of our work yet as we are still waiting for replies from the vast majority of grants we have applied for. This can take between 1 and 12 months depending on the foundation. We plan on publicly posting the end results of the grants in terms of money moved as well as a specific breakdown of the total number of hours put into each grant. (update on this we have received one grant for $10,000)
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