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.
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
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: