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Facts About Charity Grants

The following stats are based on
CRA reporting averages since 2015:

There Are Over 11,000 Foundations in Canada

According to the CRA, there are currently more than 11,000 foundations
registered in Canada. What does this mean for the non-profit sector?
For one, it means that there is a lot of opportunity. Of course, not all of
these foundations will consider funding your charity, but there are
countless amazing opportunities out there, you've just got to find them
and reach out!

With the help of a grant search engine, you can browse through these
11,000+ foundations and more than 144,000 grants that are issued each
year to identify perfect funding partners.

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More Than $7 billion in Charity Funding is
Distributed by Canadian Foundations Every Year

Even with more than $7 billion dollars in foundation funding, many charities feel that receiving grant funding is nearly impossible.

Here's why: without the right tools, these grants are extremely difficult to find. By using our grant search engine, you can easily filter through thousands
of foundations to find the best fit for your organization before you apply for
grant funding. Request a consultation with us to get started!

We've Helped More Than 1,300 Charities
Seeking Funding this Past Year

Foundation Facts

More Than 77% of Foundations Do Not Have a Website

It may be a shocking statistic, but it's true. More than three quarters of all
foundations aren't accessible through a Google search. That's why grant
search engines are so important, it's the only way to truly find as many
foundations as possible.

It's up to charities like yours to research, reach out and apply for a chance to receive funding. If you have a cause you believe in, there are foundations that share your passion. Let us help you find them.

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Over 144,000 Charity Grants are Awarded by Foundations Each Year in Canada

Every year, there are approximately 144,000 awards given to the non-profit
sector in Canada. With only 86,000 registered charities in Canada, some charities are getting more than their fair share.

Before you ask, it's not only large hospitals, universities, or big-name
charities that receive multiple grants. Of course, these charities do secure
plenty of grant funding. But with about 144,000 grants awarded every
year, every organization has an opportunity - no matter the size, cause or
sector.

There are More Than 63,000 Foundation Directors in
Canada

Securing grant funding is all about building relationships. Considering how many people sit on the boards of these foundations, there is a pretty good chance that someone you know is a close contact to a foundation director. A strategy that we highly recommend is to distribute a list to the friends of your charity of the directors of the foundations you are applying to. It's likely that one of your staff, volunteers, board members, or allies already has an organic connection with a director. Leverage these relationships. You'll be amazed where it might lead.


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Approximately 300 New Foundations are Registered
Every Year in Canada

Every year, more than 300 new foundations are registered in Canada. This
means that if you had no luck last year, there's very likely a new
opportunity out there for you.

Reaching out to these new foundations early on and going the extra mile
can be a great way to build powerful partnerships. Are you trying to get
your foot in the door and potentially connect with a new ally? Request a
consultation with us today and we'll help you reach out to these
foundations!

Foundations Are Not Required to Report Their Focus,
Interests or Information on their Awarded Charity Grants

Although every registered charity and foundation in Canada must report
annually to the CRA, there are some blurred lines where information isn't
required, such as their interests, mission and goals. From a quick glance,
this makes things difficult, but we've found this data elsewhere.

Foundations must report every grant they have ever awarded, including
who receives the grant and when they received it. Having access to these
historical records enables charities to filter by sectors, regions, and other
valuable details that shine a light on foundation’s mission and interests.
When you choose Grant Advance, we help you filter through these details
to determine the best opportunities. Interested? Let's chat!

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