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UMC offers Grantseeking Tutorial with Foundation Directory Online

Posted June 26, 2019

United Midcoast Charities is pleased to announce two upcoming offerings in its free educational series, Learn with UMC: Grantseeking with Foundation Directory Online. The workshop will be offered at 9 am on July 12 and August 9 at 87 Elm St, Camden. Certified Expert FDO Trainer Kelly Carey will offer an interactive, hands-on workshop to introduce the grant prospecting tools available through UMC’s partnership with Foundation Center Online.

There are over 140,000 charitable foundations in the United States. Finding funders who are the right fit and crafting an approach can seem impossible, especially to small organizations who rely on volunteers. Foundation Directory Online grantseeker’s database offers incredible tools to make this process achievable. Foundation Directory Online offers up-to-date insight on grantmakers working in every part of the country, in every field and interest. In-depth funder profiles and details on past giving can help nonprofits craft a strong approach to the foundations most likely to give to their cause.

UMC began offering individual tutorials on grantseeking with FDO in the fall of 2018. 100% of those who have attended a tutorial say that they identified prospective new funders, and 65% say they learned something new about a funder who is already donating to their program. Come learn how to use this database, which United Midcoast Charities offers to the public free of charge by appointment 5 days a week.

The workshops are free but enrollment is limited. Pre-register for your preferred date at or call 207-236-2299 with additional questions. Attendees will access the database with their own laptop or tablet, so please bring a fully charged device adequate for about 90 minutes of online work. Coffee and morning snacks will be provided.

About the presenter:

Kelly Carey is administrative coordinator at United Midcoast Charities as well as the primary coach of the Foundation Directory Online database at UMC. She loves the magic moment when a grant seeker realizes that there is LOTS of grant funding available for their work.

United Midcoast Charities, founded in 1942, is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization. Our areas of focus are food, housing, health & safety, and economic security. In 2018 UMC awarded grants totaling $500,000 to more than 40 agencies as part of their community-led competitive Grants Program. More information is available at