Infographic: Seven Qualities of a Successful Fundraiser

A successful fundraiser needs to be dynamic, innovative and creative to get into the swing of fundraising. A dynamic and effective fundraiser is an asset for the organization. If you have a fundraiser in your organization, or you are planning to hire one, it will be worthwhile to ensure s/he has the following attributes. With inputs from Dr. Saumya Arora. … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day: Donor and Grant Opportunities for Women around the World!

International Women's Day is celebrated each year on 8th March with a motive to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries and various efforts have been made in order to enhance women's status in societies. Women today stand up … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day (8 March): 15 Open Funding Opportunities for Women and Girls

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day (8 March), FundsforNGOs has compiled a list of 15 open funding opportunities for women and girls around the world. Check out these opportunities below: Women Caring for Women International Grant Programme: Inviting Women from Developing Nations Deadline: 30 April 2016 Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation is currently accepting applications for its “Women Caring for Women” International Grant Programme in support of sustainable projects. The … [Read more...]

Infographic: 5 Small Grant Opportunities for NGOs

Check out this infographic that lists the 5 latest small grants such as the CODERSIA call for applications for 2016 small grants, the GEF Small Grants Program, the Ireland Funds, strengthening persons with disability funding. … [Read more...]

How to make your Organization Accountable?

Over the past few decades NGOs have gained significant popularity as the third pillar of development and have played a key role in providing social, economic and environmental services to the marginalized. Growth of NGOs as providers of essential services and key players in policy reforms has been a global phenomenon. NGOs have worked very effectively in areas where both government and private players have failed miserably, this ability of NGOs to work in the most fragile and backward places has … [Read more...]

How to Create a Communications Plan for Your NGO

What Is a Communications Plan? A communications plan is a document that guides the external communications efforts of an organization. It helps an NGO strategically focus its communication and outreach efforts around a certain set of goals – usually the mission and objectives of an organization. A communications plan is necessary to help an NGO effectively promote its work in the public and donors eyes. Communications plans help NGOs accomplish this in a number of ways. First, a plan assists … [Read more...]

7 steps for NGOs to build a network

What is a network and what is networking? As a noun, network means ‘a group or system of interconnected people or things’, and as a verb, to network means ‘to interact with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts’. (Source: online dictionary). Networking is crucial for one’s personal and professional growth in the work sphere. Organizations employ people specifically to expand their network in the ecosystem they work in. For non-profits, networking becomes … [Read more...]

8 very simple yet effective tips for donor retention

NGOs are now focusing on donor acquisition strategies, along with resource mobilization and fundraising strategies. But research tells us that the donor retention rates are poor in most cases, at a mere 25%. This means that out of 4 new donors acquired; only 1 continues to be associated with the cause for the next year. This means that most of the efforts and resources spent for raising resources and acquiring donors go in vain! A high donor retention rate means less resources spent, and more … [Read more...]

How Indian NGOs can mobilize funds through CSR: A guide

Many Indian companies have been contributing to the society through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arms and foundation since their inception, like Tata group, Aditya Birla group, among many others. So, CSR is not an entirely new concept in Indian context. But the Companies Act 2013 has put CSR in the forefront, with a ‘comply or explain’ mandate, for companies that have more than 5 crores INR as net profit for a year. This mandate has thus opened new doors for Indian NGOs, and has … [Read more...]

How Marketing and Communication Strategies can help NGOs achieve Fundraising Success

Marketing Mix for NGOs: Marketing is a very important function in business practices. It entails making the customer aware of the proposition of a product or service, making them buy the product/ service, and ultimately building a brand. In non-profits too, the marketing principles hold good because there is requirement of funds to carry on existing functions and to build capacities for future. So, the donor is our customer here, and the cause or project is a product! Research and evidence … [Read more...]

5 Latest International Grants that can fund High Impact NGO Projects

It is seldom that a combination of grants is available at the same time from leading international donors and NGOs and that both international and local organizations can apply and participate in one of the most competitive calls for proposals offering substantial amount in funding. In this article, we discuss about 5 such international grants that seek to create an impact at the grassroots-level. FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism (No Deadline) The RRM supports projects that amplify … [Read more...]

16 Powerful Tips to Boost your Online and Offline Fundraising Efforts

This guide offers you some tips that have worked for some organizations and will surely help you to maximize your funding efforts. Most often fundraising efforts of organizations go futile because of improper planning and lack of effective fundraising strategies. No matter how effectual an organization is in implementing field projects, they generally have to struggle when it comes to raising funds. Fundraising forms the most important activity of any NGO to sustain and continue their … [Read more...]

Organizational Preparedness for Resource Mobilization

As development professionals or fundraisers, we often hear this term ‘resource mobilization’. It is a term for a. collecting resources, and b. mobilizing them or making use of these resources for our cause. An organization may require many resources to function, like financial resource (money), human resource (people), in-kind contributions like equipment, furniture and expertise, apart from many others. It is important for an organization to raise resources on its own, and it might be helpful … [Read more...]

Seven Qualities of a Successful Fundraiser

In this era of globalization and digitization of everything, methods and ways of fundraising are also transforming from conventional to very innovative and creative ones. A successful fundraiser needs to be dynamic, innovative and creative to get into the swing of fundraising. A dynamic and effective fundraiser is an asset for the organization. If you have a fundraiser in your organization, or you are planning to hire one, it will be worthwhile to ensure s/he has the following attributes. If you … [Read more...]

MASHAV’s Upcoming Training Programmes in 2016: International Professionals can Apply via Scholarships!

MASHAV Professional courses are offered annually in Israel and abroad that are based on a “train the trainers” approach to institutional and human capacity building. These training programmes are specially designed for individuals and organizations from developing countries for improving their skills and building their capacity in effectively addressing issues, managing projects, advocating for rights and replicating successes in their areas.  Such programmes are golden opportunities for NGOs in … [Read more...]

25 Worldwide Open Grant Opportunities on the occasion of Human Rights Day – December 10

The Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10th of December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day. The theme for the 2015 Human Rights Day is "Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always." According to U.N, this year's Human Rights Day is … [Read more...]

How to Apply for the United Nations Democracy Fund – A Complete Guide to a Successful Application

For NGOs to win funding, it is very important to submit a strong application especially because there is huge competition for seeking grants from United Nations Democracy Fund 2016. As a worldwide opportunity, NGOs need to consider some important elements that matter in the application form. Before You Apply: Learning about the United Nations Democracy Fund 2016 The very first step you need to take (even before you begin writing your proposal for funding) is to go the United Nations … [Read more...]

How to write a Case for Support for your NGO

As an NGO you might have developed several case studies to document your project results or while conducting research on a particular topic. Along with show casing your organizations work, case studies can also be used to solicit funds from donors. When case studies are used as a fund raising tool they are referred as Case for Support.  When approaching a donor for soliciting funds, your case statement forms the most important document. Developing a case for your NGO facilitates in engaging … [Read more...]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Latest Funding Opportunities for NGOs working for Differently-abled People

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated each year on 3 December. The day aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The theme for 2015 is: Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities. The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, … [Read more...]

The Best Grants to Strengthen Your Organization and Build Your Networks

Most grants that you seek to raise from donor agencies are for benefiting communities in your project area. But do you also think about grants that could directly benefit you and your organization? There are several donor agencies around the world that consider NGOs and the larger civil society as a great resource to push change. In fact, NGOs are one of the biggest change agents and investing direct resources into them is going to benefit the community as a whole. These donor organizations … [Read more...]