Single Parents Cash and Sources Guide (Foundations, page 1 of 9)


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TIPS ON CONTACTING FOUNDATIONS FOR BEST RESULTS:

Scan foundations and determine ones most likely to fulfill your financial needs.

Request an application and information re their grant-making policies. Telephone foundation, if possible for faster response.

Follow foundations' guidelines carefully. Some may only want a letter. Others may want both letter and proposals.

Specifically target your appeal to the organization making donations. Using the same form letters to everyone may be unwise.

Some foundations do not accept appeals directly from individuals. If so, have a non-profit group with the right status (Section 501 © (3) of the IRS code) request money for you "indirectly." Once they receive it they can in turn pass it on to you.

Most groups and agencies listed under the social service headings in your telephone book's yellow pages probably fall under the right non-profit status. Also, some churches do. Ask some to make an appeal on your behalf. It helps if the agency is familiar with your situation. If not, have references, medical bills, proof of income, etc. Available.

TO HELP YOU PREPARE YOUR GRANT LETTER OR PROPOSAL CONTACT:

The Grantsmanship Center,1030 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90015

The above Center offers instruction on where and how to obtain funding and tips on writing successful grants.

Also, contact:

Foundation Center, 888 Seventh Avenue,New York, NY 10019,1.800.424.9836 (Call for a list of their helpful publications.)

In addition, contact your local library for the nearest foundation center in your area.

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