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  • Funding and income

    Tips and guidance on bringing money into your charity or voluntary organisation - from individual giving and legacies, to bidding for grants and digital fundraising.

  • How to write an application to a charitable trust

    Trust fundraising is not rocket science, yet there is a certain degree of skill and knowledge involved, and certain tried and tested methods can be employed to enhance your chances of success. Although not an exhaustive list, here are some important tips to get you going, using the acronym TRUST to help you remember them easily!

  • How to get ready to apply for and manage funds

    Before you apply for funding, stop! Is your organisation ready? This guide, aimed at small charities, community groups and clubs, looks at the five things that matter to funders and are tips to get you ready for applying for and managing the money. Completing these simple steps to good governance will enable you to make positive progress on your fundraising journey.

  • How to Fund Environmental Projects

    One of the key sustainability concepts of Fair Share Trust is Environmental Sustainability, and many Local Agents are prioritizing this work. But how do you know if a project will make a real difference to the local community, and how do you ensure local residents’ engagement and the project’s environmental sustainability? The case studies below look at some of the work done around the UK and explore some of the challenges and successes of funding environmental projects.

  • How to use the internet for fundraising

    This guide shows how you can use the internet to achieve your fundraising goals, including: improving fundraising skills; searching for news and information about funding; carrying out research to support funding applications; developing your website for raising funds online. 

  • How to maximise text donations

    A few ideas from on maximising donations from text messages from Jamie Parkins and the team at JustGiving.

  • How to write really well for applying for a grant

    I'm turning to the written content of your application. The advice below, drawn from my experienced colleagues, will help your application to leap off the page.

  • How to sell yourself to business

    In place of always 'asking', we should think about selling an investment opportunity and selling the benefits of what we do, offering funders the opportunity to share our success. This how-to looks at what makes you an attractive proposition to a business, and tips on how you can exploit this. Investing in the voluntary sector can deliver certain business benefits, which you need to be able to demonstrate and deliver to the businesses you approach. 

  • How to make PR and fundraising work together

    PR and fundraising are often thought to be intrinsically linked, but media coverage doesn’t guarantee an increase in donations.  So what is PR’s role and how can the two work best together?

  • How to explain to a funder why your project is needed in 300 words

    Funders are getting more and more applications. Organisations are facing increasing demands from people who are closer and closer to crisis point. The gap between successful and unsuccessful applications is narrowing. How do you convince a funder to choose your project over another in 300 words? The following tips might help:

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