Resources

As promised in the Afterword of Fundraising for Supporters, here are some great resources to help you with your fundraising projects and continue to explore how you can raise money for a cause you love.

Downloads

These PDFs are related to different sections of Fundraising for Supporters. PDF documents can be opened on most computers, but if they don’t work straight away, install Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer – it’s free.

Communications Review Checklist

From Chapter 3: Communicating is so Important. Use this checklist whenever you are preparing or reviewing fundraising and marketing communications.

Communications No-No’s and Things to Avoid

From Chapter 4: Words Matter. Use this a reminder of what you shouldn’t do when you are crafting communication content.

7 Tips for Crafting Successful Communications

From Chapter 4: Words Matter. Use this to help you craft great communications.

8 Components for Saying Thank You

From Chapter 6: Is Thanking Donors Important? Use this when crafting thank you messages to make sure you have including the important information.

Thank You for Donations Template

From Chapter 6: Is Thanking Donors Important? Use this as your starting format for thank you messages.

Auction Sheet Template

From Chapter 7: Fundraising in Person. Use this as your starting format for managing an Auction.

Going Solo

From Chapter 9: Going Solo. This is a PDF of a Going Solo Presentation I used to help supporters understand how they can fundraising effectively on their own. Upon request I can provide you with the PowerPoint presentation.

SWOT Quad Chart and Guidelines Template

From Chapter 13: Finding the Charity and the Need. Use this SWOT template to help you manage a SWOT Analysis session.

Fundraising Advice and Guidance

There is a wealth of fundraising advice and guidance. Some of it is excellent, but some just isn’t that good.  To get you started on your own journey into this maze of information, I’m providing you with the sources that I think are the cat’s ass – they are the best of the best.

Each link will provide you with excellent information by way of free newsletters, articles, webinars, courses, free advice and consulting services.

Exploring fundraising with these links, will lead you to more and more links.  Off you go and enjoy what you discover.

Moceanic

My absolutely favourite fundraising source was co-founded by Sean Triner, a leader in fundraising advice. This site is my go-to for fundraising advice and it’s just about all free. They have tons of great articles, courses, newsletters, webinars and terrific advice for all levels of fundraising expertise. Definitely worth it to look around this Website. Can I brag for a moment? Sean Triner wrote a wonderful testimonial for this book. 

Future Fundraising Now

My second favourite resource for fundraising is affiliated with Moceanic above. It provides daily newsletters and blogs by Geoff Brooks, another renown expert in Fundraising. They offer terrific free daily mini-newsletters as well as tons of articles, videos and more. Moceanic sum it all quite nicely: The future of fundraising is not about social media, online video, or SEM. It’s not about any technology, medium, or technique. It’s about donors. If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. 

Next After

This Website offers great articles, newsletters, webinars, conferences and tons of research to help charities with research driven-strategies to grow online fundraising.

NP Tech for Good

While the focus on this website is more on the technology aspect with great information and advice of how software can help all aspects of running a charity, they also offer great fundraising advice, along with newsletters and webinars.

Philanthropy U

This Website offers a wide range of courses for charities and those who want to learn how to help charities. The courses cover all aspects of a running the charity given by experts in the non-profit field.

Asking Matters

This Website provides motivation and training on how to ask for money. They have a good newsletter and offer a variety of fundraising courses.


Whenever I discover another relevant site, I’ll add it above. Let me know any other content you’d like to see here or any comments you may have for me.  I would love to hear from you, I reply to all emails.