Blue Flower

Fundraising Futures

All social projects need resources. With volunteering rates in long-term and (unless David Cameron can save the day) potentially irreversible decline, now more than ever it is properly funded projects and organisations that will make the difference in terms of increasing the social good in the UK.

Even the most volunteer-heavy project is far from cost-free.  And there are many other looming clouds on the horizon that might make any organisation want to focus even more on fundraising, as this blog from nfpSynergy nicely, if rather forthrightly, sums up.  (The follow up blog to it is also well worth a read.)

Fundraising is obviously a massive topic, and we won't try to list all the potential or even main sources out there, as in our (extensive) experience, what it is you're trying to raise funds for limits hugely what you can apply for.  It can be long-winded and boring, but every application has to be researched individually and very carefully.

The vast majority of organisations also get their income from more than one of the main streams that fund social organisations.  Be it grant funding, donations, statutory contracts or social enterprise, whichever methods are used, relying on just one rarely leads to a stable future.

While there are no quick solutions though, there is usually a solution one way or another.  In terms of a single overview of all the different types of income (apart from social enterprise), the Institute for Fundraising's 2011 one is still the most basic grounding you can get.  For social enterprise, we would also recommend reading the following blog from Pioneer Post (with a critical eye) and then Social Enterprise UK's guide, which has basic practical tips and useful dose of reasons to be cheerful as well.