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Fundraising

Most charitable nonprofits rely upon the generosity of donors for some or all of their funding. Consequently, fundraising is an activity of major importance to the nonprofit sector. Giving USA and the Foundation Center are resources for information about philanthropic giving in the United States.

Important Fundraising Topics

On the path to successful fundraising, it is crucial to stay informed about the major issues that shape the landscape of fundraising today, including some of the challenges and regulatory requirements of which even the smallest nonprofit should be aware. We suggest familiarity with the following topics:

What should charitable nonprofits know in order to manage the expectations of their donors?

Government Partnerships

Nonprofits that partner with government may face complex challenges. Read the Council of Nonprofits’ Special Report, Costs, Complexification, and Crisis: Government’s Human Services Contracting "System" Hurts Everyone. What are the solutions? Toward Common Sense Contracting: What Taxpayers Deserve, is a report that examines the causes and consequences of five recurring problem areas in contracting with government that involve billions of dollars. The report connects data from the Urban Institute with the experiences of front-line nonprofits that are delivering services on behalf of governments at all levels. The report goes on to lay out sixteen proven and often readily available solutions to these problems. And these reports dive deeper into solutions:

Toward Common Sense Contracting: What Taxpayers Deserve, a report that examines the causes and consequences of five recurring problem areas that involve billions of dollars. The report connects data from the Urban Institute with the experiences of front-line nonprofits that are delivering services on behalf of governments at all levels. The report goes on to lay out sixteen proven and often readily available solutions to these problems - See more at: http://www.councilofnonprofits.org/#sthash.qP4ViFZU.dpuf

Resources

Also visit the section on Fundraising in the Council of Nonprofits' online bookstore.