Raise the funds

Fundraising is one of the most crucial parts of any project.

We can help you be creative and get organised.

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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:

  • Administration
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Charity

Helpful hints

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:

Then, plan the right time to start your appeal.

Develop your story
Back it up with evidence
Write your fundraising strategy

“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
Local fundraising event
Online donations
Use creative publicity material
Talk to people
Community shares
Social investment

Case studies

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