Providing formal training at your organization builds the capacity of organizations and individuals in your community to raise funds and achieve success.
As a network partner, you are required to conduct at least two training programs annually that highlight effective use of Foundation Center resources. These can be in-person classes you teach to a group, or webinars you host at your location. We update our course content and materials regularly. Following these steps will ensure that you receive the most relevant information and guidance.
The Process for Teaching Foundation Center Content
Foundation Center Course Listing
Using the link above to request our materials, you can select from a core group of introductory classes and webinars that we recommend you present to your audiences.
Intro to Finding Grants | In-person and webinar
Attendees will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including: who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; what do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach.
Intro to Proposal Writing | In-person and webinar
This newly revised class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: the basic elements of a proposal; the "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal; and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.
Intro to Project Budgets | In-person and webinar
Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence!
Intro to Fundraising Planning | In-person and webinar
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.
Intro to Corporate Giving | In-person and webinar
Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of the different types of corporate giving, what motivates corporations to give, and how to find potential corporate partners.
Getting Started with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online | In-person only
The focus of the database is on foundations that make direct grants to individuals.
Intro to Foundation Maps | In-person only
Foundations Maps brings philanthropic data to life so you can see who is funding what and where. It is a comprehensive resource for generating maps on the size, scope, and giving priorities of foundations in the U.S and, increasingly, around the world. Please note Foundation Maps has replaced Philanthropy In/Sight.
Grantseeking Basics in Spanish | Webinar only
Orientación sobre el proceso de investigación y recaudación de fondos de fundaciones donantes en los Estados Unidos.
Proposal Writing Basics in Spanish | Webinar only
Aprenda sobre los componentes claves de una propuesta a fundaciones y corporaciones.
Proposal Budgeting Basics in Spanish | Webinar only
Aprenda a preparar y presentar el presupuesto de un proyecto en su solicitud de fondos.
Looking for more advanced classes to teach?
We offer many more trainings and webinars than the ones listed above. If you see a class you might want to teach on GrantSpace, contact us for support. Please note that while we archive lots of our recorded classes on GrantSpace, we only support -- i.e., provide you with handouts -- courses that we currently update and maintain.
Want us to train you or your audience?
If you would like assistance learning to teach our materials, or if you would like to host a Foundation Center trainer to conduct a webinar or in-person training, you can request this directly from us. View the staff support request form »