The FundsforNGOs Premium Donor Database contains profiles from thousands of international foundation, trusts, and other private institutional donors interested in funding global development issues. The database is specifically optimized for the use of NGOs based in the developing world. It is the only database of its kind which includes donors from all over the world in one convenient search. This resource guide will explain how to use the database most effectively to support your fundraising efforts.
To access the donor database, you must be a FundsforNGOs Premium member. Once you log on to fundsforngospro.com with your username and password, to the right side of the dashboard you will find the Quick Donor Search tool for browsing the database. You can also access the donor database by going to “Donor Database” and clicking on “Donor Database Search.”
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There are three different means of searching through the Premium donor database. This section will explain each in detail.
- Recently Updated/Added Donors list
- Quick Donor Search tool
- Keyword Search tool
1. Recently Updated/Added Donors
The main screen of this page features all of the newest donors added to the database. These profiles have either been newly added or recently updated with new information. The FundsforNGOs team is constantly searching for new profiles to add to the database, and also reviews all profiles in the database at least once a year. So, this page is useful if you already know the Premium database very well and are only interested in finding updates to what you know.
2. Quick Donor Search
The main method of searching the database is through the quick donor search tool. Here you can perform a combined search or individually search through selecting a donor country, areas of interest, and a focus country. Clicking the blue “Search” button will show search results. Clicking the white “Clear” button will restore search options to original blank settings.
In the Quick Donor Search tool, under “Donor” there is a “Select donor country” drop-down list. This will specify where the donor is located. Foundations are only listed by where they are headquartered in, not where they have offices. Also, remember that our donor database features foundations from all over the world, so you may want to leave this set to default until it comes time to refine your search.
Areas of Interest
Next is a sort by area of interest. This limits the search by what the donor is interested in funding. If you scroll you can see there are plenty of options to choose from, and you can also click on the plus signs (+) next to some of the options for more specific categories. Note that if you select more than one category, for example, Health and Children, the database will search for donors that support Health OR Children OR both, not donors who fund only health AND children.
Note that you cannot search only by Area of Interest without also selecting a donor country or donor focus country. Leaving the country options blank and only selecting areas of interest will result in the below error message.
This restriction exists to help narrow down possible search results and so shorten the time it takes the database to display results.
Focus Donor Country
Below the Area of Interest box is a drop-down list for donor focus country. This filters donors by what countries they give to. This is useful if you want to know who donates to your country.
Search Localized Foundations
There is also a small box at the bottom of the search tool which says “Search Localized Foundations.” If you check this box, you will see a list of donors who give only to their own local communities or towns. If you are looking for international donors, do not check this box.
3. Keyword Search
Below the Quick Donor Search is a search by keyword. Know that the Quick Donor Search and the Keyword search function are separate functions – they cannot be used at the same time. To use, type a keyword into the search box and then click one of the bubbles below to select from where in the record the database should search. The keyword search is mostly used to jump to a profile you already know the name of.
Once you click on a donor name, you will be taken to the donor profile page. This profile features a short introduction to the donor. All information here, unless otherwise stated, is collected from the donor website, annual reports, and/or tax records such as the US 990 PF form and the UK Charity Commission database.
When conducting research, note that profiles from the United States and United Kingdom generally have more information due to strict foundation reporting requirements in these countries. Information on these types of foundations is often transparent and easy to access, therefore US and UK premium donor profiles have more details and are fuller. Research is done manually at FundsforNGOs and profiles that are incomplete only imply that either the information does not exist or could not be found. This explains the differences in the level of detail for various profiles.
The Profile page can be organized into three sections:
- Main Entry
- Contact Information
A. Main Entry
Here are the most commonly seen section of the basic profile:
- PURPOSE – A brief description of the donor’s mission, goals, bio, etc. is shown here.
- ORIGINAL NAME – If the donor has both an official name in English and in the language of origin, the official name in the language of origin will be seen here. FundsforNGOs does not translate donor names. If there is no official English name, the donor name in the language of origin will be set as the real name and this Original Name option will not appear on the profile.
- ISSUES/AREAS OF INTEREST – These are the general categories the donor is most interested in.
- FOCUS REGIONS/COUNTRIES – These are the countries the donor has given to in the past.
- APPLICATION INFORMATION – If available, an external link to the donor application guidelines page will be included here under the text “Reference 1”. Otherwise, a general description of the application process will be included.
- ADDITIONAL NOTES – Any relevant information not included in the above will be mentioned here. Links that lead to external websites are labelled “Reference 1,” “Reference 2,” etc.
If you want to remember a donor for later you can save it to My Favorites. Simply click the “Add to Favorite” button at the top right corner. Then you can go to My Account – My Favorites anytime to see your saved selections. You can also save resources guides, sample proposals, and other Premium features to My Favorites. Your list of favourites can also be viewed at the bottom of the dashboard.
B. Contact Information
On the left-hand side of the profile page is the contact information box. Here is where the address, telephone number, fax, e-mail address, and website can be found. Note that while some donors will have multiple offices and many staff members, only the general contact information for the headquarter office will be published here. Further research should be done to find local offices or relevant contact. FundsforNGOs highly recommends further outside research before contacting donors.
If the donor publishes financial information, that information will be shown here.
Assets – Total value of the donor, including investments.
Expenditure – Total spent by the donor in the given fiscal year.
Grants – Total spent in charitable purposes by the donor in given fiscal year.
Small Grants – Less Than $50,000. If there is clear evidence of the donor giving individual grants in this size range, this line will be marked YES. Otherwise, it will be marked “Information not available.”
Medium Grants – $50,000 to $500,000. If there is clear evidence of the donor giving individual grants in this size range, this line will be marked YES. Otherwise, it will be marked “Information not available.”
Large Grants – More than $500,000. If there is clear evidence of the donor giving individual grants in this size range, this line will be marked YES. Otherwise, it will be marked “Information not available.”
Recent Fiscal Year – This is the year the above data was reported from. Reporting data is typically one to two years behind.
Date – Date the profile was last updated.
FundsforNGOs strives to include accurate and useful information in the Premium Donor Database. However, remember that the database is only your first step in researching donors. You should use the database to create a list of potential donors who may be interested in your cause and from there continue with outside research. For further research tips, view other related FundsforNGOs resources.
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