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August 30, 2010

Where the Money Is...

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           Here is a source of funds I bet many of you have never heard of, it is called the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. Established in 1991, contributions over the last six months to this fund have increased 67%. The Fidelity Gift Fund is part of a trend of donor-advised funds that are sponsored by mutual investment funds. Fidelity Gift Funds are invested by Fidelity, but each individual donor decides where their money is directed.

According to the Nonprofit Quarterly, the Fidelity Gift Fund’s grantmaking tops 1 billion. That makes it the second largest grantmaker, behind Gates, in the country. There is no way to directly apply to this fund. Each donor is “self-directed” and would have to be, first found and then approached individually.

A recent survey conducted by Fidelity of its donors provides a few hints on how nonprofits might reach out to this group of potential donors. Donors indicated that they were 10 times more likely to give money to organizations where they volunteered. So providing meaningful volunteer opportunities would be a good idea. The survey also found that Fidelity donors go to the website GuideStar to research whether an nonprofit is a legitimate organization and is effective with its money. Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund CEO, Sarah Libbey encourages all nonprofits to make sure the information presented on GuideStar is accurate and if there are any problem areas to remedy those. Finally, Libbey recommends that nonprofits learn to use the language of donor advised funds. As an example, besides providing a credit card option on your pledge form, provide a check off box to pledge from a donor advised fund.

It is not too late to register for my Trends in Fundraising Workshop! But you need to hurry, registration ends next week. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14th from 7 to 9 p.m. Show up and learn more about how the recession has turned Generation C into Sellsumers and why the trend towards Life Caching and Foreverism could be used to reinforce your planned giving program. Contact me at for registration information.


Back-to-School Grants And Resources

Enter for you chance to win $500 in back-to-school classroom prize packs! Scotch and Carson-Dellossa Decoratives are offering these prize packs to help teachers bring inspiration and imagination to life in their classrooms.

The Kids In Need Fund has partered with LOFT Loves Teachers, Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Stores, Office Depot Foundation, Fred Meyer Fund, and VIA Credit Union to provide Kids In Need Teacher Grants. These grants range from $100 to $500 each and are used to finance creative classroom projects. An estimated 200 to 300 grants will be awarded. You can apply to the sponser of your choice but may only fill out one application per project. Also, ArtSkills is sending each teacher that applies a package of supplies valued at $25! The deadline to apply is September 30.

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher learning institutes in any subject area. Grants may be used for materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, or scholars-in-residence. Grants are $5,000 and the deadline for applications is October 15.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) provides a grant opportunity to teachers of grades 4-12 in the U.S. public and nonpublic schools that have a low-income student enrollment greater than 30 percent. Grants provide funding for students in eligible schools to visit the ALPLM at no or greatly reduced cost to the school district by covering or supplementing transporation costs. There is currently no museum admission fee for school groups. Applications should be mailed by September 1.

Everyday important school programs like arts and sports are being cut. Because of this, Clorax has created Power a Bright Future to help save the programs that are most important to you. One grant of $50,000 and three grants of $20,000 will be awarded. Applications are due September 27. 

The Home Depot is partnering with to provide  Youth Garden Grants. This grant program helped kids reap rewards and vital life lesson from working in gardens and habitats. Five programs will recieve a $500 gift card to Home Depot and a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog. Ninety-five programs will recieve a $500 gift card to Home Depot and educational materials from NGA. Applications must be postmarked no later than November 1.

Target Field Trip Grants will be providing 5,000 grants of $700 each to schools for the upcoming school year. Teachers can use a grant to fund a school field trip that connects curriculum to an out-of-school experience. It is a great way to engage and inspire students. Applications may be submitted any time before September 30.

During the 2010-2011 school year, Action for Healthy Kids and Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund are partnering with local school districts and/or school buildings (public, private, charter, religious) on a new strategy to promote school wellness in more than 90 schools nationwide by enhancing and expanding school breakfast programs. Visit the site for more details. Applications are due September 3.

Fuel Up To Play 60 in an in-school program that encourages that availability and consumption of nutrient-rich food, along with 60 minutes of daily physical activity. The program was founded by the National Dairy Councel and the NFL and is based on a mutual commitment to the health of the next generation. Schools enrolled in Fuel Up To Play 60 can apply for funds to help your school jump start and sustain healthy nutrition and  physical activity improvements. Application deadlines are October 1 and December 1.

The purpose of the Teach@15 Award program is to improve learning by helping schools (grades 7-12) meet their technology needs. A teen member (age 13-18 ) who is a registered member ("Member") on ("@15 Site") can nominate his/her school to win a Teach@15 Award. The school with the most votes will win $1,500 to Best Buy, second most votes will win $1,000, third most $500. The nomination period will begin September 3.

My Coke Rewards offers My Coke Rewards For School. You can register your school to receive point donations. When members of the community give points to your school, they can be used to buy art supplies, athletic equipment, books, classroom supplies, and more.

A Quick Word

"It is not what is poured in to a student that counts, but what is planted."

-- Linda Conway

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Data Tip

Here is a data tip from the Hechinger Report on what it takes to win millions of federal dollars. A look at the finalists' applications from the second round of Race to the Top reveals that winners hit on key education buzzwords more frequently than losers did. One exception is that the losers mentioned "early education" more often than the winners did. 


Souce: U.S. Department of Education.

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