Questions to Ask Funders

Great Questions to Ask Funders

What are the Top Questions to Ask Funders Prior to Seeking Grants

Getting to know your potential funder and getting reacquainted with a funder can be intimidating. What should you ask them? How receptive is the program officer to building relationships?  Should you contact a potential funder before you apply for a grant?

When Should I Contact a Potential Funder

These are questions most of grant professionals have when they think about making connections with funders.  Mark Larimer, VP of Marketing at Foundant Technologies shared some key points about making contact with funders in a  post on One key take away from that conversation is this quote:

If funders are not willing to talk to you it tells you a lot about what they will be like to work with. – Mark Larimer

So, you know you need to make contact with the funder, and it is a great best practice to contact every potential funder prior to applying for a grant application – now what? What do you ask the funder so that it

  1. Builds a stronger relationship between you and the organization representative and between both of your organizations.
  2. Adds value to both parties.

List of Great Questions

We have a list for you to use when you are reaching out to potential funders. You can find this list and download it  here.

What questions do you ask potential funders? What questions have you used to open up a dialog and to get to know more about the individual and or the organization?  Please share your questions and suggestions in our comments section below.

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Jo helps do-gooders do good great. She is the Managing Director / Founder of SmartEGrants and CEO/Principal at J. Miller & Associates, Inc. - Grants, Strategy, and Social Media for nonprofits and the public sector. She hosts #Grantchat, a weekly Twitter Chat, and All Things Grants, a weekly show on Blab. She loves cross-country road trips, exploring national parks with her son, the San Juan Islands, and walking her rescue miniature schnauzer. She is a hugger.

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