Tag: fundraising

The Executive Director and Development Director Relationship

This article is for development directors (DD) and the executive directors (ED) who supervise them. The executive director can be a development director's greatest...

Capital Campaigns

Burdened by the typical funding limitation CDCs face – program specific, short term, restricted use, etc. – Isles, Inc. of Trenton, New Jersey decided...

Approaching Corporations for Funding

For more than 30 years, the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel has published an annual report called Giving USA, which analyzes trends in philanthropy...

CDCs Access New Economic Development Resources

Historically, community development organizations have pursued traditional federal funding for their economic development projects. Grants and loans are annually requested from:HUD's Community Development Block...

Collaborative Fundraising

My grandmother, when she wanted to describe a scary but potentially important undertaking (such as going on a trip to another country, or opening...

Ten Common Sense Ways to Fill Your Development Funding Gap

One of the most challenging stages of any affordable housing project is securing the final subsidies that make the project financially feasible. The difficulty...

When Fundraising Strategies Wear Out

Nearly all organizations have three fundraising fantasies: Fantasy 1: The Council on Foundations will declare their group, "The group to fund now and forever" and,...

Why People of Color Need to Be Good Fundraisers

When I started out in fundraising 10 years ago, I was usually the only person of color in the room. Today, the situation is...

Why Do Grassroots Fundraising?

Organizations working on housing issues often suggest that the work of building a base of individual donors is out of proportion to the amount...

Raising Money on the World Wide Web

Anyone who knows me will probably laugh at the idea of me writing an article about using the "web" to raise money. I am...

The Board and Fundraising

The broad purpose of a board of directors is to run an organization effectively. Board members are bound to ensure that their particular organization...

Using Letters Effectively

Like most Americans, you probably buy or give by mail occasionally. You order from catalogues, you respond to credit card promotions, and once in...

Hiring a Consultant

There are times in the life of almost every group when a fundraising consultant can be helpful. These times are characterized by one or...

Hiring a Development Director

As small organizations grow, they grapple with the need to raise more and more money. Inevitably, they must consider hiring someone to take charge...

Twelve Ways to Say “Thank You.”

My colleague Kim Klein, publisher of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, once wrote an article, "Donors Are Not Water Faucets." If you only contact your...

Schmoozing 102: How to Meet Foundation Officers

In Schmoozing 101, in the last issue of Shelterforce, we discussed the value of developing strong, healthy relationships with grantmakers. Before turning to specific...

Schmoozing 101: Developing Relationships with Foundation Officers

If you want to raise money through grant proposals, one of the most important things you can do is develop strong, peer-to-peer relationships with...

Everything I Know About Fundraising

In 1980, a few weeks after Ronald Reagan was elected President, I answered a classified ad in the Portland Oregonian. The first word was...

Why People (and Foundations) Give Away Their Money

A great deal of unnecessary mystery surrounds the process of philanthropy (a fancy word for "giving away money"). Dozens of books, articles, and sociological...

When in Doubt, Think

In the words of Gandhi, "If the cause is right, the means will come." There are resources out there - in every community, however...