The Philanthropy Institute 2023


January – June 2023

The Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA) Las Positas College (LPC) are partnering to present
The Philanthropy Institute

Free training & grant research for nonprofit leaders, staff & board members

For a combined 88 years, two valuable sources – the Foundation Center and GuideStar- have changed the world by giving people the information they needed to do good. These services, now branded under the name Candid, are available locally and virtually to area nonprofits.

As a service to the community, LPC and TVNPA are partnering to provide Candid’s excellent training curriculum, their foundation and grant database access and other nonprofit capacity-building tools – completely free of charge.

Sign up now to attend each monthly session from 12:00pm-1:00pm. All sessions will be virtual, via Zoom. Login information provided upon registration.

The free classes incorporate best practices in nonprofit fundamentals – including searching for grants, budgeting and proposal writing. Special focus and insights on local opportunities will be provided by Kathy Young of TVNPA.

Starting a nonprofit can seem terrifically complicated—is it worth it?  This class can help you decide. In this session you’ll learn the legal and logistical elements necessary to start a successful nonprofit.  You’ll also learn about possible alternatives to starting your own nonprofit that you may not have considered.  Finally, you’ll be introduced to a tool that will help you assess your own readiness to move forward.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Outline the steps required to start a nonprofit
• Assess the alternatives to starting a nonprofit
• Complete the nonprofit startup assessment tool to determine where you are in the startup process and identify the next steps you should take
• Access additional resources to help you in your journey

Are you new to the field of grant seeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.*

You 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.
• How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

Note: This session is not intended for individuals seeking grants for their own use.

*This class is a prerequisite to March’s session: Introduction to the Foundation Center, held on March 15, 2023. See next session below. Please register for both classes when signing up for enrollment.

Are you Looking for grants for your nonprofit? Come learn how to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the most comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers, with over 239,000+ grantmaker profiles. You will learn how to search for grantmakers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve.

NOTE: This class is for nonprofit organizations looking for funding. It is not geared to individuals seeking grants.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Explain what FDO is
• Identify your needs in preparation for searching for potential grantmakers in FDO
• Research potential grantmakers using a project-based search in FDO
• Evaluate prospects for strong or weak fit using FDO
• Identify the options for accessing FDO
• Access resources for getting help with FDO

*Introduction to Finding Grants on February 15, 2023, is a prerequisite to this class. See session above. Please register for both classes when signing up for enrollment.

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of Candid’s most popular classes!

This 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
• How to follow up, whether the answer is yes or no

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.

This class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.

We will discuss:
• The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
• How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
• What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal

Is your organization ready to seek corporate support?
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
• How to find potential corporate partners
This class will teach you to define different types of corporate philanthropy and their motivations. And you will learn how to find information about different types of corporate philanthropy.

Need more information? Explore Candid’s programs and services online.

Nonprofits may also access the Foundation Directory Online, Candid’s electronic grants database, in person and free of charge at the Las Positas College Learning Resource Center in Livermore.

Interested in learning more? Or in designing a custom Candid Training for your organization?

Contact Kathy Young at

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