Librarians' Guide to Health Information Funders
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funders who are eager to support your health information collections
can be a challenging task. This Librarians'
Guide to Health Information Funders Database can help you find
partners to shoulder some of the expenses to develop educational
materials, purchase equipment, and launch outreach programs.
funders chosen for this guide make grants for vastly different reasons.
Some are leading national funders who support and set trends in
health issues while others focus on smaller, community-based efforts
to improve health and well-being in their own cities, regions, or
priorities also vary. You will find that some want to support health
initiatives, some prefer to support their local libraries, some
want to improve conditions for minorities and underserved populations,
and some are generalists who want to enhance the overall welfare
of a community. To be selected for this guide, the funders had to
show a history of making grants towards at least one of the following:
public education or outreach, health issues, information dissemination,
health literacy, community health, disease prevention, wellness
efforts, minorities, and libraries.
was an extensive process to select funders who are most applicable
to library health issues. We reviewed the guidelines of hundreds
of foundations and corporations and combed through lists of current
and past grantees to document a track record of giving to library
collections or health information dissemination efforts.
types of funders currently are included in this database: corporate
giving programs, private foundations and grant-making charities.
In the near future, this database will be expanded to include other
funding resources such as community foundations and government funding
database provides a wide range of corporate givers from a variety
of industries including healthcare, utilities, high-tech services,
pharmaceuticals, banking, medical supplies and equipment, pharmaceuticals,
insurance, biotechnology, aerospace and defense contractors, and
banks. If the economy continues to rebound and corporate profits
grow, you can expect to find more support available for your projects
in their philanthropic coffers.
from all walks of life -- from a Texas oil baron to a cereal manufacturer
-- established the foundations in this database. Some of the funds
were created as the social investments of industrial barons in the
early 1900s, and others represent the surge in wealth generated
during the past few decades by new technologies and cutting-edge
businesses. Despite their vast differences, they all share the goal
of improving the dissemination of health information to the general
are an often-overlooked source of private sector funding. The charities
in the database come from the health or information dissemination
arena, including professional and trade associations, medical societies,
health agencies, single-disease organizations, community service
groups, and foundations created by the sale of nonprofit hospitals
or insurance providers to for-profit corporations, as well as a
few charities set up by celebrities who want to tackle social issues.
grant seekers forget about these organizations while pursuing support,
because giving away money is not their primary goal and their philanthropic
activities are not as widely publicized as foundations or corporate
giving programs. But our extensive research through thousands of
potential leads uncovered more than three dozen grant-making charities
that share your mission of providing health education materials,
equipment, and outreach programs at your library.
pursuing grant-making charities, keep in mind that this is a very
sympathetic group of funders. Even though they make grants, these
organizations are also in the business of fund raising, so they
understand the challenges you face in attracting money to your projects.
They have endured rejection by funders and enjoyed successful grant-seeking
campaigns -- and that makes them valuable partners.
All Three Types of Funders
of these funders disperse grants on a national level, while others
confine their giving to a specific region. If your particular geographic
area isn't covered as extensively as you would prefer, check out
the national funders with priorities that match your project or
needs, and contact the chapter or operating facility in your area.
Many of the regional branches copy the agendas set by their parent
organization and then tailor their giving to address the unique
concerns of their communities.
important consideration when researching these funders is determining
up front which ones are generalists with broad mandates to improve
the quality of life. They respond favorably to a wide range of projects.
On the other hand, many of these funders follow very specific missions
and their grants hone in on precise areas of interest. For example,
some focus on certain diseases, others are only concerned about
minority or women's issues, and a few prefer to see projects that
benefit particular religious denominations. To win their support,
proposals should underscore how your project exactly matches their
as part of this service, we have located some first-rate articles
and how-to guides that can walk you through researching and preparing
a grant proposal. Reading through at least one of these is highly
recommended if you are new to the grant-seeking business. Here are
a few that can be very helpful:
Center Learning Lab Short Course
This contains a two-part article that covers all the basics on preparing
a grant request to a funder. Also listed on the Foundation Center
's web site are courses covering relevant topics, such as proposal
writing or grant-seeking on the Internet.
Village Main Street: Research Section
This Canadian nonprofit has a library collection of how-to articles
on various aspects of fundraising. You could look under Community
Foundations, Corporate Philanthropy and Volunteerism, Corporate
Sponsorships, Grant Seeking, Philanthropy, etc.
This is one of the top organizations that offer seminars on researching
prospects, writing proposals and negotiating with funding sources.
It provides classes on grant writing and its prices are quite reasonable.