Times are tough for everyone today. A recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (October 17, 2010) noted that "donations to the nation's biggest charities dropped 11 percent last year, a decline that was the worst in the two decades that they have been calculating their Philanthropy 400 rankings." Here at the University of Minnesota Libraries, we offer individual consultation and workshops to help people find sources of funding for their research, to help grad students pay tuition or travel costs and other needs. Additionally, in my community work, I've helped local and regional organizations as they look for funding support.
I've been surprised at how little is written in the library/information professional press on strategies and resources in this area and pulled together information into two articles that were published a year ago. I'm posting them here in case they give others insight, ideas or strategies - in academe or communities - for finding support for your work!
For those at the University of Minnesota, check out our listings of workshops often for free workshops on how to search core funding databases through the year.
Here are the articles - feel free to share your own ideas and strategies!
"Grantsmanship: Information Resources to Help Researchers Get Funding," SEARCHER 17(7): 34-45, July 2009.
"21st Century Fundraising: Everything You Need May Be Free on the Web," SEARCHER 17(8): 24-31, September 2009.