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fundsforNGOs Premium is a membership-based service for NGOs, Development Practitioners, and Fundraisers seeking to find New Donors, receive regular Grant Updates, develop New Skills for Resource Mobilisation, and more!
GET EARLY GRANT INFORMATION
fundsforNGOs Premium Members are special, and so, they receive the information about grant opportunities on a priority basis. With early grants, you will not only be able to prepare yourself for submitting your proposal on time but will remain ahead of your competitors.
Donor Search is a premium feature that allows Premium Members to search donors quickly by country, area of interest, and/or keyword. This powerful search engine will help NGOs research and identify donor agencies in your country and around the world.
GET PERSONALIZED DASHBOARD
When you sign in as a Premium Member, you are greeted with a clean, ad-free Member Dashboard. The Member Dashboard personalizes your preferences by offering grant information, including upcoming deadlines and other resources based on your country or location.
FILTER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
This is another exclusive feature for our Premium Members. Our list of latest funding opportunities can be filtered by country and area of interest so that you can quickly view what is relevant to you and start applying for them.
VIEW SAMPLE PROPOSALS
Our collection of Sample Proposals from successful grantees around the world serves as a ready reference for our Premium Members planning projects and submitting proposals to donor agencies.
SEARCH JOB OPPORTUNITIES
We also have a section dedicated to Job opportunities around the world. Premium Members can access listings of new job opportunities and search and receive information about job updates by country and area of work.
GET SPECIFIC GRANT ALERTS
You don't have to struggle to search for relevant grants for your NGO. We have Specific Grant Alerts, where members can customize the type of funding alerts they wish to receive in their email inboxes based on their country/countries and area/s of interest.
UNLIMITED SEARCH POWER
Unlike our free website users, Premium Members can search for grants, donors, and resources using our optimised search boxes inside the premium website. Search donors, grants, resources, and even run a site-wide search to access relevant information quickly and easily.
We research, compile, and publish Ebooks and articles on a range of topics covering fundraising, proposal writing, donor listings, grant resources, and NGO management. In this online library, you can download new and archived Ebooks whenever you like.
KEEP YOUR OWN CALENDAR
Never miss a grant deadline. fundsforNGOs Premium offers a calendar overview of all upcoming grant opportunities throughout the year. A wonderful tool to keep track of funding announcements.
VIEW GRANTS MAP
The Grants Map offers a map view of the various grant opportunities open in real time. You can easily navigate through this map and click on your country or other countries of interest and identify all the open grants available.
Watch our short and custom training videos presented by fundraising experts from all around world teach you the various aspects of fundraising, proposals writing, donor research and NGO management.
CAPTURE NEW AND UPCOMING GRANTS
WITH OUR COMPLETE GRANTS DATABASE
fundsforNGOs Premium has a complete and updated grants database so that you can easily search and identify the latest and past grants for your NGO. You can search this grants database by country and by area of your work so that you can quickly find the most relevant and useful opportunities open for your organization.
The Dashboard is loaded with a quick options to search opportunities based on your Country and Areas of Interest, the upcoming deadlines section, newly added Ebooks and Sample Proposals and your very own personalized 'My Favorites' section where you can save all the useful information
GET EARLY GRANT INFORMATION
Early Grant Alerts reaching you by email will not only help you in preparing your proposal in great detail but also they will keep you ahead of your competition.
SPECIFIC GRANT ALERTS BASED ON YOUR COUNTRY AND/OR THEMATIC AREAs OF INTEREST OR WORK
Premium members receive regular funding alerts by email, informing them about new opportunities as they become available. And more importantly, you can customize these alerts based on your Country/Countries and Area/s of Interest
OUR SPECIFIC EMAIL ALERT SYSTEM COVERS GRANT INFORMATION FOR MORE THAN 200 COUNTRIES AND 50 THEMATIC AREAS OF INTEREST OR WORK
DEADLINE CALENDAR AND GRANTS MAP
A Calendar Tool that will help remain ahead in preparing proposals submitting them on time to donors. You can also view open grants in real-time for many countries around the world in a map view. This live map continuously updates itself with new grants every corner of the world.
fundsforNGOs Premium Members can now access grants that do not have deadlines. There are hundreds of donor agencies offering such grants and with your Premium Membership account, you can view them and apply anytime - without worrying about when they are closing!
A POWERFUL SEARCH ENGINE TO FIND DONORS...AND DONORS ONLY
RUN FILTER SEARCHES TO FIND EXACT DONORS
The Premium Donor Search feature works like a mini-search engine. As soon as you define the search criteria and click on search, it scans the internet for the best possible matches of donor agencies based according to your interest and presents a list that you need.
SEARCH DONORS BY COUNTRY OF FUNDING
There are 100,000+ grant-making donors around the world, but not all of them fund NGOs around the world. That is why it is vital to search amongst donors that are only interested in providing funding in your country. Our Donor Search feature has this option to search donors for your country.
SEARCH DONORS BY THE AREAS OF YOUR WORK
If you request funding for human rights projects from a donor that works only in the area of wildlife conservation, you are likely going to get rejected. It is essential to match your interests with donors and contact the right ones for a quick and successful fundraising experience. To do this, our Donor Search will help you find donors by various areas of work.
SEARCH DONORS BY KEYWORDS
You may have specific areas or unique needs for funds that are otherwise not available in the mainstream areas of international development work. Not a problem! The Donor Search will search and give you the results of donors by the keywords of your interest.
VIEW SAMPLE PROPOSALS
Identifying relevant grant opportunities and like-minded donor agencies is not enough. It is just the beginning. You then need to develop a compelling concept note and a complex project proposal to drive the attention of your potential donor. It would help if you had mind-breaking ideas, successful best practices, and practical lessons learned to integrate them into your project proposal. Where will you get them from?
That is why we have developed this collection of Sample Proposals so that you can easily use them as a reference. Besides, these sample proposals have been submitted by successful grantees around the world, which will help you understand what guarantees a funded proposal for your organization.
Our Sample Proposals Database has an extensive collection of proposals from NGOs and individuals from around the world. These proposals will help Premium Members in learning about successful projects and replicate best practices.
KICKSTART YOUR IDEAS
In your work, you may know what the problem is and you what the solution is, but still, you are struggling to develop your concept for a proposal. Our Sample Proposals will quickly help you with this process by kickstarting your ideas.
SEARCH YOUR AREA
We have Sample Proposals from all across the world, representing every region. With hundreds of them listed and added by users, you can effortlessly search the one you want to view by simply selecting the Country and Area of your work.
LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS
Fundraising is not just about raising funds, but it is also about improving your overall processes, management, and capacity of your organization. If you have a better system in your organization, donor agencies will take more interest in supporting your work. Our Online Library has a variety of Downloadable Ebooks and Featured Articles covering a range of topics, including fundraising and organizational development.
A massive library of Downloadable Ebooks, covering a range of how-to topics from fundraising, proposal writing, grant listings, donor listings to NGO management.
KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES
Only Premium Members can download our rich library of ebooks, which seeks to empower NGOs and individuals with knowledge, skills, and resources for successfully raising funds for their work.
We undertake tremendous research in identifying the interests of our premium members and developing tools and resources and upload them regularly in our online library.
COVERING A RANGE OF TOPICS
The Downloadable Ebooks cover information about how to write proposals, how to generate budgets, how to build your social media reputation, how to develop your NGO policies, how to organize fundraising strategies, and more.
How to Fundraise
Whether you are raising funds from large donors or small donors, whether you are planning to develop a separate strategy for mobilizing corporate donors, whether you are seeking to learn the secrets of fundraising or you wish to be a successful fundraiser - our downloadable Ebooks provide all the information you need to research prospective donors and seeking funding from them.
How to Write Proposals
In fundraising, writing grant proposals is one of the most daunting tasks. The process demands tremendous research, understanding, and skills to prepare the best application. To help NGOs for this, we develop and publish proposal writing ebooks from time to time so that Premium Members can download them, read them, and receive a better understanding of writing effective funding applications.
Fundraising and NGO management go hand in hand. If you have sound practices in place for better governance of your organization, donors all across the world actively seek to partner with you. Effective NGO management contributes towards building the long-term reputation of the organization, and donors find it easy to give funds. Keeping this mind, we publish useful material in the form of ebooks on a topic related to NGO management.
Our collection of training videos from fundraising experts from across the world offer you guidance and information about tools and skills required for successful fundraising.
VIEW GRANTS IN A MAP
How easy it will be if you just open a world map and click on your country and quickly learn about grant opportunities open for you to apply? Our Global Map of Grants informs you about new and open grants. Just click on your country and you will come to know what type of grants are available.
Learning about new job opportunities and understanding about job requirements in other organizations are an essential part of international development. Premium Members can access job information and also customize job alerts based on their country and area/s of work so that relevant information keeps reaching out to them.
Premium Members have full access to our updated and searchable Jobs Database where you can view jobs based on your Country and Your Area of Profession
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No. Your NGO will not get grants after signing up for the fundsforNGOs Premium Membership.
The purpose of this membership service is to provide information resources on how to find grants and donors and how to apply for funding. You will learn about what type of grants you can apply and how to submit your proposals to different donor agencies. It will help you get closer to the process of successful fundraising.
The membership is not your final solution. You need to use this information to work towards raising funds on your own using the tools and resources we provide. We do not assist you in contacting donors or write proposals on your behalf.
Successful fundraising is influenced by dozens of factors and we cannot guarantee that you will get the grants by joining this membership because many of these factors are beyond anyone's control.
However, in our experience, fundsforNGOs Premium Membership has previously helped organizations equip themselves better for grant applications and successfully raise funds.
No. This membership is not necessary to apply for grants anywhere in the world. We are not affiliated to any donor agency. This is an independent service providing tools and resources on donors and grants for NGOs so that you can quickly find the information you need to improve your fundraising work.
The Premium Membership service is offered at a highly subsidized rate. If you compare it to the number of advanced features we offer, the amount is quite less. So we are unable to offer it for free or at a reduced price. Besides, we are already running a free service at https://www.fundsforngos.org which has a wealth of fundraising resources built over a 10-year period and continues to remain one of the top websites for NGOs around the world. If you are unable to pay for the membership, we encourage you to subscribe to our free service.
It may sound inappropriate for some NGOs that our Premium Membership is a paid service.
However, fundsforNGOs initially offered a free service (and still continues to do so at https://www.fundsforngos.org) for more than a decade during which period we learnt a number of lessons for developing long-term sustainability of our operations.
In these many years, our costs to build a stable platform, maintain expensive servers and continuously carry out research and development work increased substantially. Besides, demands from our loyal subscribers started growing for more advanced information about fundraising.
In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our operations, maintain continuity of our free service and provide advanced information on fundraising tools and resources, we developed the fundsforNGOs Premium Membership. As we use expensive IT infrastructure to run this service plus a team of professionals to manage content, it is required for users to pay for it so that we can cover our costs.
However, our free service continues to remain free for all.
We understand that different organizations may have different needs and we may not be able to satisfy everyone. It is because of this that we are offering a 7-day money back policy. If you are not satisfied with fundsforNGOs Premium Membership during the first 7 days of your sign up, you can inform us here and we will make a full refund with no questions asked. However, please note that only users who make online payment are eligible for a refund. It is not possible for us to issue a refund for those users who pay us via international bank transfer.