We continue our theme of international research with an extended pause in the UK (because as anybody who knows me knows, I’ll take *any* excuse to pause there!). This week, guest blogger Ben Rymer shares with us some tantalizing news about high net worth real estate in Britain. Ben is the Fundraising Research and Insight Manager at Age UK, the UK’s largest charity working with and for older people, where he has worked for four years. His professional interest and specialism is in measuring affinity and gauging capacity to give using data. This is his first article for the Intelligent Edge. He tweets at @benrymer. [Read more…]
Always a popular fundraising research conundrum, this month’s theme on our blog is finding information on international prospects and donors. We kick off the series with a guest post by HBG Research Associate, Kelly Labrecque, who traveled to the UK to bring back some great resources for us to use…
A few weeks ago, while visiting a client in England, I started to think about how challenging it can be to research prospects outside of the United States. If you’re like me, you spend the majority of your time researching prospects in North America. You know exactly where to look to find what you need – addresses, real estate values, stock holdings, philanthropy, etc. But where do you turn when your prospect lives “across the pond,” specifically, in the United Kingdom?
As researchers, our efforts are often hampered when many of our trusted resources, like Lexis Nexis for Development Professionals, are limited to country-specific (i.e. US-only) information. Also, the UK has strict new guidelines governing donor privacy and doesn’t have the same reporting requirements for corporations and foundations. [Read more…]
A prospect research colleague at a nearby university contacted us at HBG to learn more about researching trusts and foundations around the world. I thought you might like to see the resources we suggested for her.
The always-wonderful Foundation Center in the United States has created a reference page chock-full of free and fee books, guides, websites, databases and more to help you locate information on grant-making organizations worldwide. Check out the page at http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/topical/international.html which includes country-specific resources. Of course, the Foundation Center has their own trusted Foundation Directory Online for US-based foundation searching.
England-based fundraising consultancy Chapel & York has created a free searchable database called GrantMakers Online. New trusts and foundations are added daily directly by the foundations themselves. Visit http://www.grantmakersonline.com/to have a look.
The Directory of Social Change in London is another long-trusted resource used by researchers and front-line fundraisers alike for information, guides and advice on every aspect of fundraising. Their online resource guides include Trustfunding.org.uk, companygiving.org.uk and governmentfunding.org.uk. Visit their main site at http://www.dsc.org.uk/Home.
And before we leave the UK, we can’t miss GuidestarUK at http://guidestar.org.uk/. Sister site of the very useful Guidestar.org in the US, GuidestarUK provides both free and fee-based access to their database of over 162,000 nonprofit organizations (including grant-making trusts) in England and Wales. Also in the Guidestar family are Guidestar Israel (http://www.guidestar.org.il/), Guidestar India (http://www.guidestarindia.org), and Philanthropy.be (http://www.philanthropy.be), available only in French or Dutch.
The European Foundation Centre in Brussels maintains a vast storehouse of knowledge about foundations in continental Europe and the UK. Visit http://www.efc.be to see their list of members and explore the resource library with white papers, web links, books and more on philanthropic giving trends and information related to foundations in Europe.
Imagine Canada maintains an online searchable database of trusts, foundations, companies and government sources of funding from across Canada and the US. The fee-based directory has information on over 10,000 funders. Visit the Canadian Director of Foundations and Corporations site at http://www.imaginecanada.ca/directory
Also in Canada, FoundationSearch provides fee-based databases highlighting foundation and company funders located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Visit their website at http://www.foundationsearch.com to take a tour of their searchable resources.
I hope this tour of global sources for grant-making foundations was helpful – please feel free to suggest more!
UPDATE!: From research colleague Liz Rejman who suggested two more Canadian fee-based services. Thanks, Liz!:
Ajah Fundtracker: http://ajah.ca