It’s 2010, do you know where your funding is?

The title is from a quote by Katya Andresen who wrote a handy document called “The 8 Online Fundraising Changes You Must Make in 2010” (PDF document), which is a free ebook from Network for Good. (The actual quote is “It’s 2010, do you know where online donations are?”) This document inspired me to post some other fundraising tools. We are well into 2010, but many of us are still coming up with that perfect fundraising plan that incorporates traditional fundraising and grantwriting as well as internet and mobile forms of communication.

Documents

Links to online articles

  • Gift acceptance issues: Dealing with difficult donors and restrictions, by Elisa Birnbaum (CharityVillage) “Fundraisers grapple with this issue all the time: they must raise enough funds to keep their organization running, but also must balance this against any perceived conflict of interest with regards to where those funds come from. This week, we talk to Rebecca Davies, director of fundraising at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada to find out how that organization successfully implemented an aggressive corporate giving policy.” (Link updated November 2013)
  • Fundraising Q & A, by Cynthia J. Armour, CFRE (CharityVillage) “Each month, Cynthia J. Armour offers expert advice and feedback about the fundraising issues and challenges facing nonprofits. This month she expands on last month’s topic of how to grow your individual donor base, outlining where to find your donors.” (Link updated November 2013)

And don’t forget … FOLLOW-UP! It is essential. I just came across a fantastic article for writing those time-consuming grant/project reports. The article is certainly specific to grants and projects, but there are a few useful tips that could be applied to other kinds of follow-up, especially around impact and telling stories.

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