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Grantmaking and Investment

Confluence Philanthropy is not a funding organization, nor do we channel philanthropic capital directly to discreet individuals, investment opportunities, or funds.  

Due to our limited staff capacity, we are unable to meet one-on-one with organizations or individuals looking for fundraising advice, or entrepreneurs seeking investment. Confluence Philanthropy has compiled a list of some of the resources we know about that may be helpful to organizations or individuals that are seeking funding sources.  

Entrepreneurs & Investment Seekers
Nationwide includes more than 3,000 financial institution members who use CDARS to offer their customers the smartest, most secure, and convenient way to invest in large-dollar, FDIC-insured CDs. 

A network of over 150 angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations and family offices who are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Since 1992, Investors' Circle has facilitated the flow of over $145 million into more than 220 companies and small funds addressing social and environmental issues. 

Since 1984, RSF has made over $200 million in loans to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Borrowers not only receive financing to meet their capital needs; through a close relationship with RSF, each becomes part of a larger community working to change the way the world works with money.

Grant seekers

The Foundation Center
 has a lot of resources including foundation and grants directories, available online and in libraries across the country.

Guidestar is a national database of nonprofit organizations and provides information about the operations and finances of foundations.

Kim Klein has written a number of books about fundraising for grassroots organizations, available from the publisher Jossey Bass and publishes the Grassroots Fundraising Journal.

Resist has a great fundraising resource guide on their website, Finding Funding: A Beginner's Guide to Foundation Research, 5th Edition.