How to train NGO staff in Fundraising

Fundraising is the lifeline activity for any NGO, yet it is the most challenging task for us all. This is because there are so few resources available and too many seekers reaching them out. In such cases, only organizations that are competitive, responsive and creative succeed. But to be competitive, responsive and creative, it is important to become professional enough. Professionalism is about applying high business tactics to survive the growing competition in the world. In fundraising, … [Read more...]

Prepare the staff in fundraising work

FUNDRAISING CAN BE A SIMPLE AND ENJOYABLE WORK We often think that fundraising is a serious job and only someone with a high level of education and experience can undertake it. But this cannot be true always. We believe that a person, mostly young and enthusiastic, with basic writing and speaking skills and some level of proficiency in computers and the internet can be suitable for this job. All we need to do is render the power of technology to this person in the best interests of the … [Read more...]

Sample Job Description for NGO Fundraising Staff

Below is a sample job description that can be used as terms of reference for an NGO staff assigned with the responsibility of raising funds for the organization. Position: Fundraising Assistant Reporting to: Director Objective: To provide assistance to the head or the board of the organization in identifying donor resources, raising funds and writing proposals for long-term organizational sustainability. Roles & Responsibilities: Compile and maintain a database of international and … [Read more...]

Giving Orientation to the Fundraising Staff

Patience is a necessity in fundraising. So, it also becomes necessary to remain patient while dealing with the staff newly assigned with the job of raising funds for your organization. The person may be fluent in English and good at internet, but may have little knowledge about fundraising. In other circumstances, the person may have sound knowledge about international aid and donor orgnizations but may have no knowledge about internet search. Allow some time to facilitate this process of … [Read more...]

Training Tasks for the Fundraising Staff

Allow the fundraising staff to browse through previous proposals and concept notes. Allow him or her sometime to read and understand them. Let the person understand the current work of the organization with a new perspective. Since the person is taking a new responsibility, he or she may be needing a fresh perspective to the existing situation. Let the person freely visit the running projects of the organization. Share the list of any donor opportunities you have so that the person gets … [Read more...]

What the Fundraising Staff should not do…

New and enthusiastic fundraising staff in their efforts to raise funds for the organization may unintentionally end up doing things that can adversely affect the organization like bombarding emails everywhere with donation requests. This can harm the reputation of your organization. Below are some things that should never be done in a good fundraising job: DO NOT post random one or two-line messages on websites and online forums, requesting donations or funds. This is a bad practice and … [Read more...]

Exploring donor agencies online

One of the first tasks of the fundraising staff is to develop a list of donor organizations which may be interested in supporting the programs of the organization. Some donors may be listed in your own files, some are available online. Although donor databases exist everywhere, they need to be customized to the needs of your region and the work of your organization. Below is a list of donor agencies with complete information about their priorities and programs, which can be used to start with. … [Read more...]

Donor Database

Once the list is prepared, place it on your table or on the desktop of your computer so that it is easily accessible. You can bookmark the donor sites or subscribe to them so that you receive regular information about them. This can be your donor database. Below is an example of what information you can keep in the database. NEXT>>> <<<PREVIOUS … [Read more...]

Building online reputation of your NGO

Like job recruiters trying to search information online about potential employees before appointing them, donors also try to find online as much details about an NGO before funding it. In fact, one of the preliminary stages of funding NGOs by some donors is to find them over the internet and then initiate contact with them to discuss possible partnerships. So first of all, is your organization's name available on the internet? Anywhere? Check this out because even if you have not loaded any … [Read more...]

How Fundraising staff can write project proposals

Writing project proposals can be very challenging for new fundraising staff in NGOs. However, we have developed resourceful material on how to write a proposal. This material provides simple-to-use information that will aid organizations in developing countries to cover the basics of proposals writing. The fundraising staff can refer the following links to prepare project proposals: How to write a project proposal to apply for grants funding support How to write a proposal for a Community … [Read more...]

Other useful information for fundraising staff in NGOs

We have the following information that will aid new fundraising staff in NGOs in seeking funds for organizations. They can browse through these links and use the information to further build their own capacities and contribute for long-term sustainability of the organization. How to write a concept note How to integrate gender into proposals Alternative Fundraising for NGOs NGO Fundraising & Sustainability How to register your NGO in the European Commission Grant Database - … [Read more...]