Why You Need a DUNS Number

What is a DUNS number?
 
The Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS, is an online database run by the company Dun & Bradstreet. It maintains up-to-date information on more than 300 million universally recognized businesses, which it identifies using unique nine-digit codes known as DUNS numbers. These numbers are a requirement for the great majority of grant applications. So, if your financial plans as a nonprofit include seeking grants or any other kind of financial support, you’re going to need one sooner rather than later. 
 
How is a DUNS score used? 
Like a credit score, your DUNS number will often be referenced by lenders and potential business partners to help predict the reliability and financial stability of your organization. Using this number, grant providers can request and gain access to your Dun & Bradstreet credit file, which might include firmographic data, corporate family relationships, scores, ratings, and various other...
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Grant Readiness - What is It and Are We Ready?

In the face of overwhelming competition, assessment and preparation are keys to grant success. But how do you know if your organization has done enough? How do you know if you’re ready? 
 
Before applying for grants, it’s absolutely critical to assess different components of your organization to determine whether then can be competitive in the arena of grant seeking. Otherwise, your organization could hit a few bumps along the road. What sort of bumps? Well, the last thing you want when applying for a grant - after investing so much of your time, effort, and resources - is to discover you’re not able to meet the stated requirements. How can you avoid this kind of scenario?  Grant readiness! 
 
But what is grant readiness? And how do you know if your organization has it? Let’s dive in and find out. 
 Grant readiness is the process of determining your organization’s potential competitiveness when seeking out grants,...
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