Research. Just the word opens multiple doors. You need to know the What, Why, Who, When and Where of your topic before starting. Then you need to keep an eye on copyright, truth and dig through loads of data. Trudging through all the information can be time consuming.
How do you make this task a bit simpler and connect the dots faster? Finding the right information on the internet is overwhelming. Is there a way to find the gold between the rocks and rubbish? Thorough research and knowing your topic can help the decision-making process.
Research entails a systematic collection of information. If your data is timely and meaningful, it will promote organisational learning, measure the existing data and resources, and strengthen the case for funding. Try to improve the quality of the information found whilst refining your target data.
Deanna Wolf compiled a list of useful resources across a range of charitable sectors. You should be able to access them for free or a minimal fee (Funding Central-dependent upon organisational income). Some of these sites are listings of funders and some are portals with links to subject specific websites and databases.
Trusts and Foundations
- https://www.wcva.org.uk/funding/search(WCVA – Wales)
- https://fundingscotland.com/p/www-about(SCVO – Scotland)
- https://www.grant-tracker.org/(NICVA – Northern Ireland)
- https://www.efc.be/(European Foundation Centre)
Research is important and seems like a no-brainer, but many organisations avoid getting involved in research. There are key considerations for employing external contracts to undertake your research activities:
Research about the trusts in your pipeline as well as new-to-you trusts isn’t just a good idea; it is imperative. Money Tree Fundraising can support you with the research for your trust pipeline.