Fundraising programs can bring in new money, new volunteers, and many new friends. Where voluntary organizations are funded mainly from outside, raising even a portion of the budget from local donors can increase independence - especially as overseas grants diminish. Credibility is an essential component of successful fundraising. Staff, boards of directors, and volunteers all play important roles in building a strong organization that should appeal to potential donors. In addition, you can find and build on strengths in the organization and the community. In this book, specific steps to achieve a credible long-range plan and an easy to understand financial plan are described in detail.
Elizabeth Westman Wilson is a Canadian consultant and writer with many years' experience in fundraising and communications, both overseas and in Canada. In the mid-1980s she acted as consultant in communications and fundraising and gave workshops in communications in eight developing countries, and is currently president, Horizons of Friendship, a Canadian agency supporting organizations in Central America and Mexico