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Fundraising Resources: Five Ways To Find Money

Your nonprofit has big plans for the new year. You want to help more people, raise your community profile and do better and greater things in the community. You’re in good company: The 1.5 million other nonprofits in the U.S. plan to do the same thing. It takes a consistent level of funding to move your message from ideology to reality. What resources help you find consistent funding sources?

  1. Print or online publications: Read the journals other nonprofit leaders use: The Chronicle of Philanthropy provides news on the latest fundraising technology and corporate nonprofit supporters. The NonProfit Times deals with operational and management issues along with fundraising ideas and the Stanford Social Innovation Review takes a global look at how nonprofits can solve problems and raise money

  2. Go to the (virtual) library: The Nonprofit Technology Network’s services include articles, papers, webinars, forums and education courses with certification, taught by experts in the fundraising field.

  3. Tell your story: Few things get donors’ attention like a good story. Present your nonprofit’s story on your website, from idealistic start to current status. Tie the good work of your cause to the direct impact it has on those who share their history.

  4. Market on social media: Use every platform available for photos, videos and short blog blasts. Use all the common sites, from Facebook and Vine to BizSugar, Instagram and Twitter. Maximize your online marketing strategy with a platform such as HubSpot, Web CEO or GinzaMetrics; your content brings readers into your website and monitor data.

  5. Use technology: Contribulet’s online app pairs community fundraising to donors’ daily activity: they shop at local stores and restaurants, and a portion of the proceeds goes to your nonprofit. It’s easy for donors to find your cause and the donation-friendly businesses online, and for your nonprofit to receive and manage funds quickly. Watch a free demo online or contact us for more information and start your budget year with the currency to change your community