Directory: Information Sources for Funding Opportunities
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3. Directory of International Donors Funding the Youth Sector
- International Intergovernmental Organizations
- The United Nations System
- Agencies with Important Operational Programs and Grant-Making
- Other International Organizations
- International Foundations and Organizations Providing Financing
- Youth-Specific Funders Conducting Grant-Making
- Non-Youth Specific Organizations Conducting Grant-Making for Youth-Led Projects
- Organizations with Operational Programs Supporting Youth Initiatives
- Governmental and Nongovernmental Development Aid Agencies
- Information Sources for Funding Opportunities for Young People and the Youth Sector
The following section provides online sources of information that can help young people and their associations find funds for their projects. Many of these online information sources are not comprehensive; they include sources of information relevant for both specific regions and the international youth sector, as well as more general information about resources for civil society and NGOs. Not all of the sources listed are conceived as youth-specific information portals, and therefore they vary in user-friendliness for young people.
ANNA LINDH FOUNDATION, FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES DATABASE
The Anna Lindh Foundation offers its partners and the general public easy access to various funding opportunities in the field of intercultural work in the Euro-med region through an online search engine covering international, private and non-private organizations; national agencies for development and cooperation; and EU institutions.
Charity Village is Canada’s online “one stop shop” for the nonprofit sector. It includes more than 3,500 pages of news, jobs, how-to articles, volunteer and event listings, educational opportunities, and information about resources available to the nonprofit sector in Canada and worldwide.
COMMUNITY OF SCIENCE, INC. (COS) FUNDING SEARCH ENGINE
COS is an online funding search engine that provides scientists and researchers at more than 1,300 universities, corporations, and government agencies worldwide to communicate, exchange information, find the people and technologies, and to access information about funding opportunities for scientific work. The COS interface allows the user to search for grants from a variety of national and international resources.
CSR Europe has more than 60 multinational corporations as members. The website is a source of information on corporate funding that targets young people and their initiatives.
EUROPEAN FOUNDATION CENTER (EFC)
Established in 1989 by seven of Europe’s leading foundations, the EFC promotes and underpins the work of foundations and corporate funders active in and with Europe. As part of its mission to promote philanthropy in Europe, the EFC operates a number of projects and initiatives, including the Orpheus Program, a searchable database of over 650 funder profiles.
EUROPEAN YOUTH PORTAL
The European Youth Portal is the European gateway to citizenship and mobility for young people in Europe. The European Youth Portal offers European and national information of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. The portal gives information on 8 main themes, covers 31 countries and is available in 25 languages, including information about youth related funding opportunities (in Europe and worldwide). It also provides a gateway to other youth information portals: http://europa.eu/youth/portals_for_young_people/index_eu_en.html.
THE FOUNDATION CENTER
Supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized US’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grant makers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. Its audiences include grantseekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grant makers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs. Its youth specific spin-off is called Youth and Philanthropy: http://youth.foundationcenter.org.
This is a directory by the Northern California (USA) Community Foundation of corporations and foundations that have their grant information and application process online. These are U.S.-based companies, but some may have international divisions, and may give to causes outside the U.S.
FUNDRAISING FOR (AND WITH) TECHNOLOGY
This website includes general fundraising information, how to craft technology funding proposals, sample proposals, and profiles of potential givers (foundations and corporations). Also includes a variety of information on technology resources for nonprofits.
Funders Online is an initiative of the European Foundation Center (EFC) (www.efc.be/projects/orpheus/) and is a useful and easy-to-use web resource for youth and NGOs to determine which organizations and foundations provide funding for youth-related activities. The EFC promotes and supports the work of foundations and corporate funders in Europe.
GRANT MAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS (GW/OB)
A collaboration of the International Working Group and the National Network of Grant Makers, Gw/oB works “to expand and enrich progressive international philanthropy” by providing free advice, alternative sources of information, and increased opportunities for communication among donors.
THE NGO CAFÉ BY THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTER (GDRC)
The GDRC offers an easy-to-read primer about NGOs, what it means to be one, how they operate, etc. The basic objectives of the Café are to assist NGOs in enhancing and improving their programs and activities; to effect a better understanding of NGOs in general; and to enable NGOs to network at local, regional, and international levels.
Resource Alliance (formerly known as the International Fundraising Group) seeks to enable people working in the voluntary sector throughout the world to mobilize and support local resources for their causes. They have conferences and fundraising workshops worldwide. They also sell The Worldwide Fundraiser’s Handbook: A Guide to Fundraising for Southern NGOs and Voluntary Organizations, by Michael Norton.
TECHNOLOGY GRANT NEWS
Technology Grant News has the latest grant announcements by tech funders, government and trade associations for technology and nontechnology-related initiatives for nonprofits, social service providers, towns and cities, and schools and universities. Grants are listed by such areas as technology funders teaching the math and science of technology, stepping stones to technology for children with disabilities, the digital divide, women, after-school programs, economic development, literacy, environment, conservation, and partnership funding.
WORLD INITIATIVES FOR GRANT-MAKER SUPPORT
A project of the U.S.-based Council on Foundations, World Initiatives for Grant-Maker Support is a network of more than 40 grant-maker support organizations devoted to strengthening philanthropy around the globe.
fundsforngos.org is an online initiative, working for the sustainability of NGOs by increasing their access to donors, resources and skills. It uses online technologies (e.g. newsletters) to spread knowledge about organizational sustainability, promote creative ideas for long-term generation of institutional funds for development interventions, improve professional efforts in resource mobilization and advocate for increased allocation of donor resources for building the skills and capacities of NGOs.