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Helpful Resources

Helpful Resources

Writing Resources

Reach out to the CFR team for resources and samples of letters of intent, proposals, budgets, reports, acknowledgement letters, etc. The CFR team can provide writing editing, proofing, and advisement from a funders' perspective. Many samples are available online.

Funding Research Resources

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations can provide faculty with assistance identifying and approaching potential foundation funders upon return of the Pre-Proposal Worksheet. CFR will respond within two to six weeks, depending on university priority and current prospect research volume. The links below can assist you in performing independent, preliminary research. CFR can advise you on strategies for approaching foundations and corporations and assist in the proposal development process.

Foundation Directory
Foundation Directory Online (FDO) provides comprehensive information on U.S. grant makers and their funding activities. Users can perform preliminary grant seeker research independently. The CFR office can provide a more in-depth research and analysis from this database through the populated Pre-Proposal Worksheet

Philanthropy News Digest (PND) 
PND publishes Request for Proposals (RFP) listings daily. Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grant making organization. You can search listings by subject (see “Browse by Subject” option on upper left side of RFP page). You can create a profile on PND (free) to receive emails with RFPs based on your subject interest.

Guidestar provides information about IRS-registered nonprofit organizations and includes documents like the Form 990, which provides information on giving for the proscribed year (to whom and what amount). In order to view information and documents, users must create a free account. 

CoS Pivot is used for discovering funding opportunities and supporting collaboration in the research development field, including government and contracts. Opportunities from this resource are most often administered through the Office of Contracts and Grants. Faculty and staff may use the “Advanced Search” function in Cos Pivot to find grant opportunities that are most relevant for your specific research, program or project. Opportunity alerts can even be scheduled to be sent periodically. You can specify base amount, deadlines, funding type, sponsor type, and program/project keywords. If you have any questions about how to create an account or use the resource, or if you would like to view a tutorial, please contact Matthew Pierson at or 937-229-4343.


Corporate and Foundation Relations

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