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Grants Research Assistance: Fundraising

Fundraising Resources

Fundraising is more than grants.  Donations from individuals and businesses make up most of the funding for nonprofit organizations, and are the biggest source of operating funds.  Successful nonprofits have diverse sources of funding, including grants, individual and corporate donors, and in-kind donations.

Fundraising Planning

National Council of Nonprofits - Have a Fundraising Plan, Work the Plan, Improve the Plan
How to design a year-round plan for successfully raising money for your nonprofit.

GrantSpace - Where can I learn more about fundraising planning?
Five important steps to creating a fundraising plan. Includes a link to a free online webinar on planning.

Classy - How to Plan Your Annual Fundraising Strategy
The steps to creating and organizing your nonprofit's yearly funding goals.

Social Media

TechSoup - Fundraising with Social Media
Specific tips for using social media to raise funds for your nonprofit.

Nonprofits on Social Media: How to Turn Followers Into Donors
How to encourage donations through social media.

Best Practices in Using Social Media for Fundraising
Optimize fundraising by social media platform.


GrantSpace - What is Crowdfunding?
What crowdfunding is and it's specific characteristics.

National Council of Nonprofits - Crowdfunding for Nonprofits
The pros and cons of raising money through crowdfunding platforms.

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: 5 Tips to Get Up and Running
Strategies on how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Special Events

Planning and Executing a Successful Nonprofit Fundraising Events
Six basic steps to a successful event.

A Nonprofit's Guide to Event Planning: 4 Essential Steps
Planning to make sure your event meets your fundraising goals.

The Expert’s Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising Events
Tips for increasing your donations at events.