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Ask Slashdot: With grants drying up, how is a tech non profit to survive?

helios17 (617082) writes | about a year ago

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helios17 (617082) writes "Non Profits like this have traditionally gotten started from the money grants provide. Most grants award vehicles, computers and even pay for organization rental and utility costs. The problem fledgling and even established non profits are encountering is the dwindling number of grants allowing for Operating or General Support costs. What good is a vehicle received via grant if you can't afford to put fuel in it?

With the number of Operating or General Support grants shrinking and those available funds competed for heavily, should we be looking on line for help? Can efforts like this be a better way to approach it?"

efforts such as this"

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My advice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43892703)

Stop milking the system, and do some research or create a product that is worth something to someone. Then sell it. Otherwise, you're just stealing money from the rest of us with your 'grants.'

Follow the US gov cash (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about a year ago | (#43892937)

Step 1. Find any US gov funded anthropologist. Chat with them about US gov funding, regions of the world with the US is handing out big aid grants.
Step 2. Sell, present your tech skills in a new light. Your helping sell brand USA to the world, diverting impressionable young people to good US projects.
Allowing US tech, methods, Universities, hardware, software to filter down to places where its been seen as too expensive.
Step 3. Find some history project in need of interesting OCR/scanning tech. ie scan torn-up documents, old books, allow locals to create open source fonts, put their past together using US help.
Think brand name US tech and the 'free' code/software they help write with your expert skills over time.
The wonderful art, culture they can present back in the USA that you helped uncover, save and gift to the world.
Cross discipline with a strong local element. The U.S. Department of State is the best friend you can have long term too.
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