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. Fundraising events, income-generating businesses, donation boxes, mail and telephone campaigns, electronic fundraising, applying for local grants, and many other approaches can be used to attract support from the community. Planning effective programs is emphasized, with a special focus on techniques for face-to-face appeals and ways to engage the business community.
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