Development & Fundraising

Fundraising Plans & PracticesDevelopment

Harbor Compliance: Register for your Massachusetts Charitable Solicitation License

The Balance: Online Fundraising: A Startup Guide

The Balance: How to Create a Fundraising Plan for a New Charity

CapitalQuest: Materials, Training Guides, and Articles for Managing a Capital Campaign

The COVID-19 Fundraising Template Kit for Nonprofits

Creative Ways to Integrate Current and Future Gift Marketing

Develop Your Fund-Raising Plan with Consensus

Fundraiser Help: Sample Fundraising Letters

Guidestar: Top 10 Fundraising Tips

IRS Charitable Contributions: Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements (.pdf)

MNN 411 Article: Capital Campaign Planning Studies

MNN 411 Article: How Nonprofits Can Use ‘Shiny Objects’ to Raise More Money

National Council of Nonprofits (NCN): Ethical Fundraising

National Council of Nonprofits: Saying ‘Thank You’ to Donors

Raise Funds: Building Donor Loyalty

Raise Funds: In-Kind Gifts: How to Acknowledge and Recognize Them

Step By Step Fundraising: Fundraising Donation Letter Template – 12 Items to Include in Donation Letters

Society for Nonprofits: Fundraising Guide

TSNE MissionWorks: Getting Started with Email Fundraising

 

Grants

View current grant and award opportunities.

AGM’s Common Proposal and Report forms

The Balance: How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal

Candid Learning: Introduction to Proposal Writing Short Course

Free Management Library: Corporate Giving: Foundation Grants vs. Sponsorships

Non-Profit Guides: Grant-Writing Tools for Non-Profit Organizations

Nonprofit Hub: Don’t Start Writing Your Nonprofit Grant Until You Read This

Strengthening Nonprofits: Acquiring Public Grants (PDF)

For more on grants from the Free Management Library, click here.

 

Individual Donors and Annual Appeal

Fundraiser Help: Fundraising Letter Templates

How to Create a Gift Range Chart for Your Fundraising Campaign

How to Write a Better Fundraising Letter

MobileCause: 5 Incredible Annual Fund Appeal Strategies You Should Try

Nonprofit Expert: Developing an Annual Giving Program

 

Major Gifts

The Art of Recognizing Your Next Major Donor

Beginner’s Guide to Donor Cultivation

6 Major Donor Cultivation Tips To Catapult Your Nonprofit Toward Sustainability

 

Raffles and Legal Issues

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office: Frequently Asked Questions About Nonprofit Gaming Events

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office: Guidance on Raffles

 

Special Events

Make the Most of the Special Events for Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit Information: Virtual Fundraising: Tips for Moving In-Person Auctions Online

Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Wild Apricot: How to Run an Online Auction for Your Nonprofit

 

Sponsorships

The Balance: How to Make Your Nonprofit Attractive to Corporate Sponsors

Eventbrite: Perfecting Your Sponsorship Pitch Deck

MNN 411 Article: Up Your Game & Improve Your Performance to Succeed with Sponsorship

National Center for Charitable Statistics: The Nonprofit FAQ: Sponsorship Strategies

National Council of Nonprofits: Corporate Sponsorship

 

Resources

Associated Grant Makers

Foundation Center

Management Help Grant Information

National Council of Nonprofits

Philanthropy Massachusetts

TSNE Missionworks

 

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