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This website seeks to provide fundraising, management information, and resources to nonprofit organizations. Free online articles offer practical instruction on fundraising strategies such as direct mail, special events, major gift campaigns, and phone-a-thons. Explore free articles.

Nonprofit and Philanthropy Resource Library
The Johnson Center for Philanthropy offers resources for nonprofit and foundation professionals, students, and volunteers. One section is about fundraising for nonprofits. This section provides resources and tools on interacting with donors, developing business for your organization, event planning, and grant writing. Explore this site.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Updated weekly, the Chronicle’s website provides articles, links, and other information on nonprofit management and fundraising. The group also produces a free, weekly email newsletter. Some website content is available only to subscribers. Search this site.

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services provides management consultation and other services to nonprofits. Its website houses a number of interesting resources, including a terrific listserv, Board Café, which is full of useful tips on improving the functioning of boards. “Short enough to read over a cup of coffee,” it’s intended primarily for board members, but is also extremely useful for nonprofit staff members trying to get the most out of their boards. Enjoy a cup of coffee and this site.

The Fundraising School
This is the website for the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s School for Fundraising Professionals. It includes a very comprehensive bibliography on a wealth of fundraising topics. Explore this site.

The Grassroots Fundraising Journal 
The online companion to the print journal features practical tips and tools to help grassroots activists raise money for their organizations. The website includes an archive of journal articles, as well as countless links to other helpful organizations, tools, publications, and resources. Discover these resources. 

Fundraising Forum Library
The Fundraising Readiness Check List created by Tony Poderis allows you to check your organization’s fundraising readiness and learn the secrets of fundraising success. Use the checklist.

Checklist of Nonprofit Organizational Indicators
This checklist produced by the United Way of the Minneapolis Area allows nonprofits to identify their organization’s administrative strengths and weaknesses. This organizational assessment tool can be completed online for free. Use the tool.

It’s a Great Day to Fundraise by Tony Poderis is a concise, step-by-step guide to help all volunteers and professionals be successful fundraisers. Get the details.

Asking: The 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff Must Know to Secure the Gift by Jerold Panas is a funny and engaging book that is a must-read for any board member or staff new to major gifts. Panas walks fundraisers through the entire process of asking for a major gift, from getting over the fear of asking for money to understanding what motivates donors to give. Available from Chardon Press.

The Grassroots Fundraising Book by Joan Flanagan discusses community fundraising techniques in detail, with particular emphasis on special events. Available from Chardon Press.

Ready, Set, Raise! Your Guide to Grassroots Fundraising
With Kim Klein and Russell Roybal, this is a successor to Kim Klein’s highly regarded video, The Grassroots Fundraising Series, Part I and II. Like its predecessor, this video focuses on asking for individual gifts, building board and community involvement, and organizing special events. It can be an extremely useful tool for board and other volunteer fundraiser trainings. Get a copy.

Appreciation goes to FamiliesUSA for sharing some of their resources.


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