The Quick Wise Guide to Fundraising Readiness: How to Prepare Your Nonprofit to Raise Funds

The Quick Wise Guide to Fundraising Readiness: How to Prepare Your Nonprofit to Raise Funds

by Waddy Thompson


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A Guide for Board Members and Staff of Nonprofits New to Fundraising

It would be great to receive contributions from more people, and it would be really nice to get a few big checks from foundations—if only you could figure out how to fundraise.

Does that sound familiar? If so, read The Quick Wise Guide to Fundraising Readiness before you make any false starts or hire a fundraiser to help you.

With this book, Board members and Executive Directors of nonprofits new to fundraising will learn how to make educated decisions about where to go for funds and the tools and types of people needed to fundraise effectively. This book explains everything you need to know before you start asking anyone for a donation.

Learn what it takes to raise money through:

  • Grants
  • Mailed appeals
  • Special Events
  • Corporate Sponsorship

Don’t waste your time on what might be a fruitless effort; learn how to prioritize your fundraising in areas where you’re most likely to be successful! Once you’ve determined the right direction, there’s a list of additional resources to guide to your next steps.

Buy this book and get started on the path to fundraising success.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998512457
Publisher: Waddy Thompson
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Series: Wise Guides , #3
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.12(d)

About the Author

Waddy Thompson has successfully raised funds for more than 30 years for a variety of New York City arts organizations, ranging from small grassroots groups to the Whitney Museum of American Art and Second Stage Theater. He has taught grant writing for New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and has run grant writing workshops for a wide variety of organizations.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Human Resources

  • Ideal Characteristics of a Fundraiser
  • Board Members
  • Training Your Board
  • Expanding Your Board
  • Other Volunteers
  • Staff and Consultants
  • Your First Development Staff Member

Chapter 2: Data Management 9

Chapter 3: Supporting Materials

  • Nonprofit Status
  • Board List
  • State and/or Federal Financial Reports
  • Audited Financial Statements
  • Budgets
  • Staff Information
  • Mission Statement
  • History and Background
  • Testimonials
  • Case Statement
  • Video
  • Marketing Materials
  • Client Demographics
  • Public Information

Chapter 4: Individuals

  • Personal Solicitations
  • Mail and Email Solicitations
  • Crowdfunding
  • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
  • Planned Giving

Chapter 5: Special Events

Chapter 6: Foundations

Chapter 7: Corporations

  • Sponsorships
  • In-Kind Support
  • Grants

Chapter 8: Government Agencies


Additional Resources

  • Getting Started
  • Mission Statements
  • Budgets
  • Data Management
  • Individual Giving
  • Grant Writing Guides and Research
  • Corporate Fundraising

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