Foundation Fundraising Blog

Trevor Skillen is founder, President, and CEO of Metasoft Systems, providers of FoundationSearch, North America’s leading source of foundation funding resources for non-profits. Since 1995, the company has helped tens of thousands of non-profits throughout North America raise billions of dollars in funding.

He hopes to further help non-profits by writing a series of blogs examining new and existing fundraising methods and practices, to explore new fundraising leads and open the discussion on foundation and corporate fundraising best practices.

Please click on the links below to read his past blog posts.

FoundationSearch Success Story: Metropolitan Pittsburgh Youth for Christ
Faith-based nonprofits are discovering more foundation partners thanks to FoundationSearch. In this Success Story interview with a FoundationSearch member, Pam Hart of Metropolitan Pittsburgh Youth for Christ recounts her experiences and lessons learned in foundation fundraising.

FoundationSearch Success Story: Kansas Council for Economic Education
In the second of a series of interviews with FoundationSearch members, Jim Graham of Kansas Council for Economic Education explains why the statewide nonprofit chose FoundationSearch on the eve of its 60th anniversary.

FoundationSearch Success Story: Special Olympics Florida
Janice Reardon of Special Olympics Florida shares her story of grant fundraising success. In her third year as the Director, Foundation Relations, Janice Reardon describes Special Olympics Florida as “a rising star within the international community” and her fundraising talent is one reason why.

What Your Non-profit Needs to Know about Crowdfunding
Online crowdfunding has exploded in popularity among non-profits of all sizes and types in the past few years. And it’s easy to understand why: an estimated $5.5 billion was donated through online crowdfunding sites in 2015. Trevor Skillen, President of Metasoft Systems discusses how crowdfunding is a flexible and powerful tool.

Foundations – Should they be part of your fundraising strategy in 2017?
When speaking with thousands of non-profits each month, we sometimes hear that “foundation fundraising is not part of our focus.” In this week’s blog post, Trevor Skillen discusses some of the compelling reasons why foundations should be part of your fundraising strategy.

With Foundation Funders, Does "No" Mean "Maybe"? Part 1
A large number of the more than 121,000 foundations in the US indicate they do not accept unsolicited proposals. Yet their funding histories show that over 75% of these foundations do in fact provide grants to multiple new recipients. Trevor Skillen discusses how to identify these foundations in his latest blog post.

Tracking Foundation Application Deadlines
Over half a million grants totaling more than 50 billion dollars will be made to non-profits in North America this year by foundations. As a seeker of grants, how can you keep your non-profit up to date on new and upcoming foundation funding opportunities and their application deadlines? In this blog, Trevor Skillen discusses this challenge and the methods organizations are employing to manage this effectively.

Which Foundations Are Your Best Foundation Funding Prospects? Part 1
In this blog, Trevor Skillen delves into the topic of which foundations are your best fundraising prospects, in the first part of a two-part blog discussing the issue of what defines a “best prospect.”

Which Foundations Are Your Best Foundation Fundraising Prospects? Part 2
Previously, Trevor Skillen discussed the various factors that need to be considered when evaluating foundation funding prospects. In this blog post, the second of a two-part blog, he reviews some of the options available to help you best evaluate the fit of over 116,000 US foundation prospects to your funding needs.

Recommended Ask Amount
You need funding, and after doing your research, you have a list of funders to approach. The problem now is: how much do you ask for from each? Trevor Skillen discusses the issue of how to determine appropriate ask amounts in this week’s blog post.