Grants Update: February 11, 2008

Google Launches Innovative Philanthropy

Google.org
Google.org aspires to use the power of information and technology to address the global challenges of our age: climate change, poverty, and emerging disease. As a hybrid philanthropy, Google.org uses a range of approaches to help advance solutions within five targeted initiatives. The organization operates in a traditional manner by supporting its partners’ work with targeted grants, and also invests in for-profit endeavors, such as efforts by companies to develop breakthrough renewable energy technologies. Visit the website listed above for a description of each of the initiatives and information on partnership opportunities.

 

Tracks to Success

In-Kind Contributions: Definitely a Worthwhile Investment
Many nonprofit organizations are faced with what might be considered a happy problem: how to get the most out of the in-kind contributions made to them. Leveraging these non-cash gifts can stimulate a new way of presenting organizations to potential grantmakers and donors. Perhaps unsurprisingly, ninety percent of nonprofits that benefit from in-kind contributions do not document those contributions. This short series will address this issue, as well as discuss policies and procedures even the smallest nonprofit should have in place to deal with non-cash gifts. To read the first article, “Getting the Most out of In-Kind Contributions,” visit the GrantStation website.

Historical Preservation Projects Funded

The 1772 Foundation
The mission of the 1772 Foundation is to preserve and enhance American historical entities for future generations to enjoy, with particular interest in farming, industrial development, transportation, and unusual historical buildings. The Foundation provides support for restoration projects throughout the United States. Examples of funded projects include endangered properties funds, mill restorations, historic farmsteads, restoration carpentry and crafts schools, and greenways that link historic sites. Successful grant applications should demonstrate positive community impact, multiple partners, and a solid financial and management structure. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the website listed above for online application information.

About Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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