Fundraising is one of the most crucial parts of any project.
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Step one: put together a fundraising team
You need a group of 2-3 people to lead your call for funds. Their role is to:
If they don’t have fundraising experience, make sure these people have skills in either:
Buyers beware! You can hire a professional fundraiser to help you. But this does not guarantee success with your application.
Step two: get all your ducks in a row
Before you rush off asking people for money, make sure you have:
- A clear vision in 2-3 sentences
- Realistic goals
- Clear and measurable objectives
- The project costs
- The necessary permissions
- A strong case for support
- And a fundraising strategy
Put together a list of the different sources of funding that you’re going to try to access. Mix it up a bit to make your project more sustainable. Start locally, and then move out:
- Church funds (e.g. reserves)
- Church assets (e.g. hall or building to rent or sell)
- Your congregation
- The wider community (e.g. local donations or fundraising events)
- Large donations
- Local businesses (e.g. donations or in-kind support)
- Local trusts and funders (e.g. local authorities and charities)
- Your diocese (e.g. grants or loans)
- National grant-givers
“Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission.”Henri Nouwen, The Spirituality of Fundraising
Step three: try a mix of ideas
Fundraising should be the top priority for your church. But only for a set time. Depending on your project, your appeal should be finished in about two years:
- 6 months to plan and prepare
- 3 months to appeal to your congregation and local community
- 12-15 months to search outside your local area
But before you start, think about how much “person-power” you have and how much you can actually do.Set up a friends group
This is a good way to reach out to people in your local community who don’t come to your church to worship, but still care about the building or project and want to help.
Harness their skills and fundraising potential. Get them involved.
Use technology to increase the ways people can give:
- Donation platforms
- Mobile banking
- Card payments
- Text giving
- Mobile apps
Create a range of leaflets and posters for different groups.
Include pictures of people. Not just the building.
You have to talk to people to raise money. Try:
- Public meetings
Crowdfunding means getting a lot of individuals to each give you a small donation.
Set up a project website where people can go and donate. Try this online platform
Sell shares in your social enterprise to raise the money you need to kick-start your project.
Some organisations will invest their money in charities and social enterprises to make sure a project has a positive impact on people.
This is not a grant or a donation. You will probably need to repay the investment with interest.
And find out more about social investment from: