In the lead up to our next Melbourne Campaigners’ Network session on Campaign Fundraising I’ve been looking around for useful resources.
Check out these for starters – and do share if you have other suggestions.
- The Community Funding Centre on ourcommunity.com.au includes a range of resources on fundraising and grants for Australian not-for-profit organisations, including:
- The Complete Community Fundraising Handbook – practical strategies, tools and next steps to gain more money for your community organisation.
- Raising Funds newsletter.
- EasyGrants newsletter.
- GiveNow.com.au is a commission-free website listing thousands of good causes and creative ways to give, a personalised donations tracking service, and a free giving newsletter. Setting up a GiveNow account allows you to take credit card donations seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Along with collecting donations via the internet, you will also be able to promote donating by phone, fax, post and bequest.
- Pozible is a crowdfunding platform for creative projects and ideas. Pozible provides project creators with a platform to present their ideas to a worldwide audience. If anyone likes the idea, they can support it by pledging money to the creator’s project. In return for support, the project creators offer rewards depending on the level of funding; essentially differentiating itself from the normal funding process. See the handbook to get started, or find out more about Pozible by attending the Melbourne Campaigners’ Network on Campaign Fundraising on Thursday 27 September.
- Fundraising for Human Rights – a summary of the international online dialogue hosted by New Tactics in Human Rights, January 2012.
- Peer-to-peer fundraising – these slides share useful tips on ‘the process of empowering individuals and groups to raise funds on your behalf by allowing (or assisting) them to communicate with and solicit donors from their own communities.’ Similar insights are shared in the Empowered Fundraising post on this blog.
- The US Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) produces the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, an excellent source of information and shared lessons. Subscribe to the journal for six editions per year plus free access to 350 archived articles, or pay per article. Like GIFT on Facebook for regular tips.
- Kim Klein is the founder of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal and you can find a number of useful tips from her on YouTube including these four principles:
- The New Organizing Institute trains organizers to build and manage effective movements by integrating tried-and-true community organizing, cutting-edge digital strategy, and data-driven decision making. The NOI on Demand series makes past webinars available for viewing online. Please note that these webinars are specific to the US electoral campaigning context but some of the insights are broadly applicable. See for example:
- Philanthropy Australia provides information to those seeking to understand, access or partner the philanthropic sector. See the Seeking Funding FAQs.
What tips do you have to share with other campaigners about fundraising? What’s made a difference in building the financial sustainability of your projects?
Share your thoughts here – and at the Melbourne Campaigners’ Network session on Campaign Fundraising, 6-8pm, Thursday 27 September at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane.