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  • Dana Drummond

The Point Report


As we are less than 24 hours away from Christmas, giving has been on my heart. In the spirit of the holidays, I am so excited to share an invaluable resource with you: the Point Report.

Before I dive into the details of the Point Report, let me ask a few questions.

  • Have you ever wondered how all of these nonprofits get funded by foundations you have never heard of?

  • Have you ever felt overwhelmed not knowing where to start in your grant seeking process?

  • Did you know that funder research is a vital part of grantseeking?

  • Do you know how to find that information?

More often than not, the nonprofits who I consult with begin their grantseeking journeys overwhelmed and frustrated.

There are about 90,000 funders in the US, giving $50 billion in grants every year to 1.5 million nonprofits.

But finding the ones that best suit your organization can be a challenge.


I like to think of it as dating. There are some people who are looking for long-term relationships with children, without children, with pets, without pets, who want to move frequently, who want to plant roots. There are those who don’t want a long-term relationship, who want commitment without marriage, who want a large wedding, who want to elope, who believe in a certain set of values and want their partner to as well, etc. The list goes on and on, and typing that out felt overwhelming.


When you’re looking for a potential spouse or partner, there are a myriad of factors that go into play to ensure that you both want the same things and complement one another. Otherwise, it will not be a good fit.


Foundations and grantors work the exact same way. Before they give to a nonprofit, they want to ensure that the organization fits their mission and the goals of their philanthropic investments.


The first hurdle is finding the best match. The second is building the relationship. The rest is timing and a million details. When you find foundations that are a great fit, the challenge then becomes building a relationship, organizing deadlines, creating calendars, organizing attachments needed, and planning for years to come. With the goal being to apply for as many great fits as possible, it becomes far too easy to miss small, vital details and great possibilities start falling through the cracks.


So what do you do? Sign up for online databases that start at $2,000 a year and hope for the best? Hope that you’ll have the time to sift through hundreds of thousands of funders and find the best fits for your organization?


Sharpshooter’s coveted Point Report does that for you and more. After hearing the same concerns for more than a decade about how difficult it is find grantmakers and keep it all organized and clear, I developed a complete package that alleviates all of the aforementioned concerns.


By using research databases, comparing and researching similar organizations, researching foundations’ boards, histories, and patterns, including each funders requirements, and putting it all together in an easy-to-read package, we are able to hand you a roadmap to begin or expand a successful grant strategy.


To better increase your odds, I also rank and organize funders on a scale of 1 (best fit) to 3 (more of a stretch) by cross-referencing each funder’s mission and giving history with your nonprofit’s programming. Finally, I include a yearly calendar with deadlines for each to keep you organized and on track. Not even Match.com is that thorough!


We charge a flat fee of $2,500 for The Point Report - far less than you’ll spend for one-year subscription to one research site.

In the spirit of the holiday season, I am offering this complete package for $2,000 until January 31, 2019.

Organizations who have utilized our Point Report have return on investments thousands fold, and that can be true for you too.


The Point Report points you in the right direction and gives you the tools you need for success. Contact us today, and we can talk to you more about what the Point Report can do for you.

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