Fundraising Guide (English) June 2014 - Page 5

INTRODUCTION When we travel to developing countries to meet with women’s groups, they often ask us, “Do you give grants?” While Women Thrive Worldwide is not a grantmaker, we do partner with community-based women’s groups around the world on our advocacy. in professional fundraising in the United States (U.S.) about the best places to look for money to support your work, how to develop your message, how to secure funds, and how to build and maintain successful relationships with your supporters. It also provides tips and detailed instructi ons on how to write grant proposals, budgets, and reports. The guide includes a bibliography of other resources available on the Internet to help you research funding opportunities and build your support networks. Finally, the guide contains a list of funders who give small grants to community-based groups in developing countries; most are in the U.S. and Europe, but the list also includes a few funds based in developing countries. This guide originated from our desire to help grassroots organizations struggling to raise enough money to be able to meet their needs. Our team of professional fundraisers developed this guide to help women’s groups better understand the world of grantseeking and build their skills to raise money for their desired causes and projects. We know how hard it can be to find the resources you need to build your organization; we started Women Thrive Worldwide in 1998 with a small budget and have worked very hard over many years to build a solid base of funding to grow and sustain our organization. While the information in this guide is based on our experiences in the U.S., the principles and methods we introduce are applicable globally and can be tailored to your local environment. The guide introduces some of the basic concepts of professional fundraising and shows a variety of ways that organizations can raise money beyond grants. It contains practical advice based on years of experience You CAN raise enough money to secure your organization’s future; it just requires research, preparation, and determination. We hope this guide will help you succeed. Share Your Stories with Us We created this guide to help women’s community-based organizations raise the money they need, not just to survive, but also to thrive. We would love to hear from you about your experiences.  How have you used the guide?  Has the guide helped your organization create its own fundraising plan?  Have you found new sources of funding?  Has the guide helped you build strong relationships with your financial supporters?  Has the guide helped you write better proposals or reports? We want to hear your stories of how you’ve used the guide and your feedback on how we can make it better! We would also love to include your success stories in future editions of the guide. Write to 2