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Fundraising Strategy

How to Develop a Fundraising Strategy

Posted on 04 April 2018

Great fundraising starts with a great fundraising strategy!

 

If you aren’t targeting the right funding avenues with your current fundraising strategy then you’re wasting your resources. If you don’t have targets, you can’t measure your progress. If your team doesn’t have direction they won’t achieve their potential, or worse, they’ll leave. So, having a great fundraising strategy is crucial but how do you go about developing a strategy that will work and that you can implement?

There are many different ways to develop a fundraising strategy. It needs to be appropriate to the nature of your charity and proportionate to its size. It also needs to meet the objective –achieving existing funding needs, organisational growth to increase impact, or maybe a specific major project goal.

When we are developing a strategy for a client we take all this into account in planning our methodology. However, we wanted to make the following guide useful for as many charities as possible, so we are going to set out a general practical approach which should be appropriate for most established charities with a track record of fundraising who are seeking organisational growth.

Follow these steps and you’ll be on the right path to developing the strategy that your organisation needs and deserves!

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Coastal Communities Grant Fund – Round 5

Posted on 08 March 2018

Coastal Communities Fund – Round 5 is now open for applications in England.

The aim of the fund from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is to support the economic development of coastal communities, through regeneration and economic growth whilst directly or indirectly safeguarding and creating sustainable jobs.

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Fundraising Success

Fundraising Services Update

Posted on 05 January 2018

We are delighted to report that our funding successes have been coming thick and fast over recent months. Another £4 Million has been achieved by our consultants over the last 18 months, pushing our new all-time total over £33 Million.

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How to Choose Fundraising Consultants

How to Choose Fundraising Consultants

Posted on 20 December 2017

So you need to boost your fundraising, develop a strategy or maybe you just need some advice on developing grant applications. You are thinking of engaging fundraising consultants to help but where do you start?

In this article we look at how you can make sure you find the right fundraising consultancy for your charity’s needs.

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Big Lottery Fund – Reaching Communities Timescales

Posted on 06 November 2017

If you are planning a Reaching Communities application to Big Lottery Fund then make sure you factor in current timescales. High application volume has seen their response times increase to at least 14 weeks for stage one and at least four months for stage two bids.

Reaching Communities is BLF’s flagship main grants fund for projects in England. Grants are available of between £10K – £500K.

Funding is focused on projects that support:

  • Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces
  • Communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other
  • Taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage.

Our fundraising consultants have a fantastic track record in securing funding from a whole range of BLF funding strands, including reaching communities. Please take a look at some of our case studies or get in touch if you would like to discuss support with planning and developing your funding bid.