At this point the students have identified the Social Cause, Researched Non-Profits supporting that cause, Conducted Site Visits, Interviews and hopefully Volunteered. The students are beginning to narrow the agencies to their top choices and NOW they are ready to examine the Grant Application(s).
Anytime a Non-Profit is hoping to receive a grant from a Foundation or Corporation they are asked to complete a Grant Application. A grant application may range from a simple form to submitting in-depth documentation about the Non-Profit and how they intend to utilize the grant. Our process is similar but on a much smaller scale.
The agencies under consideration are already on the Qualified Agencies list on our website.
Grant application submitted for the current school year? How will you know?
NO APPLICATION ON FILE?
Student will either construct a personal email, with your support, to send the agency representative an invitation via email OR they may download Magnified Giving’s standard Agency Invitation Letter. This standardized letter will allow the students to fill in all the specific information for themselves, the school and the agency. Also, informs the agency of the next steps in the process. If email is being sent from the students’ school address take into consideration any security restrictions placed on the students’ email. Are they able to receive a response from the agency confirming receipt of the email?
Now that the Grant Applications has been uploaded to the Qualified Agency page on our website, the first of several tough decisions come into play as students are forced to ask important questions.
These are challenging questions and part of the learning process! The students must make tough decisions.
Once you have narrowed your choices down to a manageable number of agencies, go deeper and learn more about the agencies you are considering for a grant…
A few things to consider:
Programs vs. Administrative Costs
Is the agency accountable and transparent; an “Open Book”? How do you determine if an agency is transparent? Examine their website closely for Donor information, 990 Tax Returns from previous years, Board Member names etc. If an agency follows good governance, they are less likely to engage in unethical or irresponsible activities.
Non-profits exist to make long-lasting and powerful changes for those they serve. If you do not feel this is happening, do they deserve the grant?