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  • How to know what corporate sponsors expect from their nonprofit partners

    A sponsorship between a nonprofit organization and a corporate sponsor is a two-way street.  While your organization receives the funds to cover the expenses of an event, the company gets exposure, a relatively cheap promotion, and the appreciation of their target audience. This statement is supported by a research pointing out that 9 out of 10 customers expect businesses they buy from to be socially responsible and to give back to their community. If you think that your nonprofit organization is too small, you shouldn’t be discouraged. The truth is that local businesses or even the local outlets of some famous brands are even more interested in such projects. However, to team up with a company, you need to build a solid plan and, most importantly, know what they expect from you. Let’s find out more on that.

  • How to fundraise on social media

    The charity fundraising landscape is changing and it’s likely that more charities are going to start fundraising on social media . Traditional methods of fundraising such as print or telephone fundraising can also be expensive and involve risk. Social media can be a cost effective way to generate funds. There are five key things you need to do to fundraise on social media.

  • How to keep good fundraising files

    Have you ever missed a funding deadline because you couldn’t produce the supporting documents required? Is collating the information you need putting you off even thinking about applying for funding? Maybe you have lots of spreadsheets or important documents saved somewhere on old or multiple computers? If so you are not alone and this post is for you. 

  • How wildlife charities can raise funds at Christmas

    Christmas is a great time to fundraise. Here are six fundraising ideas for wildlife charities, with examples and tips for success. 

  • How to get your hands on the ESIF’s 6 billion euros (or some of it)

    10 key things your charity needs to know about the new elements of the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) 2014-2020 Growth Programme. The ESIF brings together the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and a small part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and they will provide over 6 billion euros worth of funding for England during the period 2014-2020.

  • How to make a fantastic funding bid

    This how-to offers advice on the best possible application, essential dos and dont's.

  • How to decide whether to respond to a tender opportunity

    The last few years have seen an increase in the number of contracts aimed at charities and not-for-profit organisations, as (predominantly statutory) funders seek to secure the best value delivery for their services.  However, the tender process can be time consuming and challenging for organisations, so how should you decide whether or not to go through the process?

  • How to attract match & additional funding to your project

    It is difficult to accurately measure the exact amount of additional, match or in-kind funding brought in to local communities through the work of Fair Share Trust (FST), particularly where in-kind support (time / advice) is given. Over the past nine years, however, over £20M has been recognised as being spent alongside the original £50M FST commitment. While we can’t claim that this money would not otherwise have been spent in FST neighbourhoods, one of the real successes of the programme has been in the ability of Local Agents, panels, and communities to make the most of and build on existing local relationships, to build confidence and capacity of local groups in applying for other sources of funding, and to develop new relationships to leverage in funding to maximise the impact of Fair Share Trust grants. The case studies below highlight some of the examples of FST money working alongside or leveraging in other funds, and may help other funders and projects to consider alternative approaches for the future.

  • How to win bids

    Much to my own surprise in the last year I've helped Wheels for Wellbeing (where I'm Chair of Trustees) win roughly £600k in two grant bids. It's made me realise there's some tricks to this that anyone can muster. I know every experience is different however so I would love it if you would add or edit the guide to include your own learnings. Just be patient, methodical, and expect it'll take you several more evenings and weekends than you'd like. Go in whole-heartedly, certain that you can use this money to make a difference.

  • How to maximise your Marathon comms

    If your charity has places in the Virgin Money London Marathon, here are some tips on how to use email and social media to engage and inspire supporters. This should be one of the peaks in your comms calendar. As well as your runners and their supporters, you have the potential to tell your story through social media to the thousands of people at the event or watching on TV. Your comms should engage your runners and supporters, inspire future runners and inspire donations.

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