Tag: fundraising

New Money on the Block: Funders for Housing and Opportunity

A new funding collaborative, Funders for Housing and Opportunity, has just launched. The collaborative, officially a project of the New Ventures Fund, involves (so far) nine large and well-known foundations.

A View from the Other Side of the Funding Proposal

During my time on a CDC's board, my expectations and assumptions have been challenged. This change in perspective and experience has offered me some interesting observations and lessons.

Investing In Community Land Trusts

Why have funders embraced CLTs? To answer that question, NHI interviewed 15 funders from 13 foundations whose scope ranges from local, to state, to regional and national.

All Hail the Mighty E-mail

Relationships with your constituents are built on respect, trust and communication - qualities realized when you demonstrate that your organization is worthy of supporters'...

Raising Hell and Raising Money, Too

An ally of my agency, the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV), told me about a conversation he once had with the...

Fundraising Practices in Community Organizing

How do we grow or even stabilize when we’ve topped out our dues income and have to do more and more to keep the level of foundation support we have?

Foundation Trends in Social Justice Grantmaking

Social justice grantmaking encompasses a broad range of fields. In 2002, economic and community development captured the largest share of social justice grant dollars...

Managing Grant Money

Jeff Anderson, of Oregon Community Foundation, says, “Don’t apply for a foundation grant unless you’re truly ready for the scrutiny of outsiders, regarding everything...

Evaluation for Fundraising

Program evaluation is a key component of operating and sustaining effective nonprofit organizations. Evaluation provides systematic information about the results of your programs and...

Dealing With Anxiety

During the 24 years I have been in fundraising, I have observed that the greatest factor causing people to leave fundraising, or to “burn...

Exploring Alternative Sources of Fundraising

A low-income housing organization borrows $2 million at 1 percent interest and is able to buy a large number of homes that it then...

Creative Fundraising

When Habitat for Humanity volunteers Lynne Blaesser and Mary Scott were approached by a Habitat executive about the prospect of leading Newark Women Build...

Letter-Writing Tips When Dealing With Funders

Imagine you are a program officer of a medium-sized family foundation. It’s late in the day, and it will be another hour before you...

The Effects of Elections on Fundraising

While many people debate the effect of fundraising on an election – who gives the money, how much money any person or corporation should...

Don’t Overlook Your Most Valuable Assets

One of your staff is attending a party unrelated to your organization’s business when an excellent fundraising opportunity presents itself. She is among a...

Power of (Ex)change

An organization dedicated to "youth empowerment" sends a proposal to a sympathetic funder. The proposal contains this sentence: "We seek nothing short of revolutionary...

Fundraising Tuesdays

It’s Tuesday morning and as I dash out the door, my husband hands me a box of new #2 pencils. Last Tuesday, he gave...

Finding Funding Online: The Internet as a Fundraising Guide

At the beginning of 2003, nearly 81 percent of the 100 largest foundations and more than 1,600 of the 59,000 independent foundations provided information...

Trends for Funding CDC Commercial Projects

Community development corporations seeking financing for economic development initiatives are increasingly turning to nontraditional federal funds, tax credits and private sector collaborations. Historically, CDCs...

Nonprofit Partnerships With Corporations

While there is often a fundamental difference in values held by social change organizations and corporations, creating alliances with corporations does not mean selling...

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