Ep 23: Unlocking the Mystery of Foundation Funding (with Molly de Aguiar)

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Are you funded by a foundation? Do you want to be?

A lot of nonprofit folks seem to find foundation funding something of a mystery. What do funders look for? How do we find a foundation that is a good fit for our organization? My guest today is Molly de Aguiar of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation – a real-life foundation officer — and she will help us navigate this mystery.

Who is Molly de Aguiar?

Molly is a treasure at the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation here in my home state of New Jersey. The Dodge Foundation has supported leadership innovation and collaboration for a better New Jersey for the last 40 years. I’m all for that!

Molly herself leads the Informed Communities program – a program that supports a wide range of projects and ideas that explore the future of local journalism, focusing on collaborative reporting, community participation, and creative storytelling. Molly also leads the Dodge Foundation’s efforts to promote the value and impact of philanthropy in New Jersey. Lastly, she writes a great blog called “Philanthropy Sketchbook.”

In This Episode:

  • How to write a great grant proposal
  • Why you should be honest about the challenges your organization is facing, even when asking for money
  • What metrics are foundations looking for
  • The biggest reasons foundations say no
  • How to do your homework
  • The trend toward general operating support
  • What does good communication with your funder look like?

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Try This…

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The #1 reason people burn out in any job is because they’re constantly feeling overwhelmed. Here are 3 “quick wins” to help you prioritize.

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Ep 22: The Art and Science of Asking for Money (with Brian Saber)

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Why do so many people find it terrifying to ask for money, even for organizations they care deeply about? It’s critical. Here’s how to go about asking…

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It’s Time For a Nonprofit Reality TV Show


I’d love a nonprofit version of The Office with the absurdity of high-maintenance donors, board meetings where conversation goes in circles, and all the…

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The 14 Attributes of a Thriving Non-Profit

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Here’s what the best non-profit organizations are doing right. How does yours stack up?

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Ep 21: The Happy Healthy Nonprofit (with Beth Kanter)

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Working at a nonprofit can feel like an express train to Burnout-land. How do we avoid that stay mindful and healthy while doing such passionate work?

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Joan Garry’s Blog: A Guided Tour

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Using emails from my subscribers as a guide, here’s a guided tour of the blog, highlighting some of the posts tribe members have found most valuable.

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