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Fundraising is part art, part science. It is about knowing the landscape, building relationships and perfecting the skill known as "making the ask." This page compiles resources on the many aspects involved in fundraising – including grant writing, identifying funding sources and developing relationships"

Giving USA 2013 Report

The latest edition of the Giving USA report is now available for purchase, with the report highlights available as a free download. Both the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Quarterly have published articles that offer a deeper look at the numbers and what they mean for the sector. Learn more about the methodology and purchase a full copy on Giving USA's website.
Posted on: June 18, 2013
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising

To Increase Revenue, Stop Selling

Source: Forbes
Creating or expanding business relationships is not about selling – it’s about establishing trust, rapport, and value creation without selling. How can this advice for the sales world apply to your nonprofit? Read the article from Forbes.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Marketing | Fundraising

How Do Your Mailing List Stats Compare?

M+R Strategic Services and NTEN have announced the release of an updated eNonprofit Benchmarks Study for 2012. They have analyzed online messaging, fundraising, and advocacy data from nonprofit organizations to provide reliable new data. Download a copy of the eNonprofit Benchmarks Study.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Marketing | Fundraising | Communications Demystified!

Have you ever visited the site and left it feeling more lost than when you started? You are not alone. With the emergence of the Recovery Act funding opportunities, the website has created some recorded webinars which you can view at your convenience. They walk you through using the website effectively, registration and apllication submission processes and information on Recovery Act Opportunities. Check it out today! Watch the recorded webianrs from
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Grant Writing

Foundation Center Cooperating Collections

Foundation Center Cooperating Collections are free funding information centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications, access to the Foundation Center funders database and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers. The following are in New Hampshire and Maine:
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Philanthropy

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

Source: The Minnesota Council on Foundations
The Minnesota Council on Foundations created this step by step guide to writing a successful grant proposal. Read the article from the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Grant Writing

Finding Your Funding Model: A Practical Approach to Nonprofit Sustainability

Source: Bridgespan
Developing a funding strategy that leads to financial sustainability is central to any nonprofit's ability to increase its impact. Yet understanding exactly how remains far from clear. The Bridgespan Group has developed an approach to help organizations identify and develop funding models that can best position them to achieve programmatic aspirations. Finding Your Funding Model is a downloadable tool that provides practical guidance for the steps required, and the decisions and tradeoffs to be made, that will confront nonprofit leaders along the way. Read the article from Bridgespan.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Finance | Sustainability

Turn off the Computer and Pick up the Phone!: 9 Ideas to Take Your Fundraising to the Next Level

Source: GuideStar
You've done your homework. You know your pitch. You believe in your mission, and understand the reasons donors give to your organization. Even so, you may feel that your fundraising has plateaued, that you're stuck in a rut, or missing out on key giving opportunities. Guidestar offers up nine great ideas for powering back on and taking your fundraising game to a whole new level. Read the article from GuideStar.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Marketing

Network for Good Releases Free eBooks on Fundraising

Source: Network for Good
Network for Good released 10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success in 2012 and The Next Big Event, two free fundraising eBooks that will ensure 2012 is your best fundraising year yet. Fill out a short survey and download your copies of The Big Event & 10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success in 2012. Download your copy of "The Big Event". Download your copy of "10 Resolutions".
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Marketing | Social Media

Fatal Fundraising Flaw: Don't Succumb

Source: GuideStar
Avoid this common fundraising misstep. Read the article from GuideStar.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Fundraising

Myth: Good Board Members "Give, Get, or Get Off"

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
There is certainly a germ of truth in the give, get, or get off dictum that so many boards live by. But, all too often this germ of truth mutates into a giant, fast-growing myth that ends up choking good governance to death. Read the article from Nonprofit Quarterly.
Posted on: May 1, 2013
Topics: Board | Fundraising

Organizing the Board to Support the Revenue Strategy

Source: Blue Avocado
Instead of focusing only on how board members can raise individual donations (or not!), think more broadly (and effectively) about how board members can support the key aspects of your organization's business / revenue strategy. Read the article from Blue Avocado.
Posted on: May 1, 2013
Topics: Board | Finance | Fundraising

Consultant Resource Bank

The Consultant Resource Bank lists consultants who have experience working with nonprofit organizations. In order to be listed in the Consultant Resource Bank, a consultant must submit two references from nonprofit organizations they have worked with successfully. Learn More
Posted on: March 1, 2013
Topics: Online Tools | Services

Proposal Writing Information

The Maine Philanthropy Center’s proposal writing resource includes an overview of grant writing, thirty tips and strategies for grant writing, and links to other grant writing resources.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Grant Writing

Basic Elements of Grant Writing

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting article, "Basic Element of Grant Writing," includes simple advice for writing a proposal. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Grant Writing

Basics of Grant Writing

The Foundation Center has an online proposal writing short course that covers the basics of grant writing. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Grant Writing

Quick, easy steps to boost your fundraising.

Source: Small Act
12 free ebooks for nonprofits on fundraising and social media. With topics ranging from online fundraising to effective metaphors, you're bound to find something useful.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Social Media | Marketing

Want to Raise More Funds? Go Out and Tell Your Story—to Everyone!

Source: GuideStar
Larry Checco, a branding and leadership consultant, shares tips for how to more effectively share your organization's story and raise more money.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Marketing

Testing 101: 4 Steps for Optimizing Your Fundraising Approach

People are influenced by innumerable whims, impulses, and values. You never know what marketing and fundraising strategies and tactics will work best until you test them. That is why testing is a must for nonprofits. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Communications | Marketing

Non-Reporting of Fundraising Expense Widespread

Some nonprofits are loath to report the full costs of their overhead in an environment that focuses overly on that ratio as a measure of effectiveness, but that may be a mistake when it comes to an organization's credibility. This study found that 15,389 nonprofit groups, or 41% of all United States nonprofits with annual budgets of $1 million or more, represent on their 990s that they spend exactly nothing on fundraising. Can this be true? Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Fundraising


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