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 charitable nonprofit community.

The National Council of Nonprofits does not provide funding or offer assistance with fundraising. However, your state association of nonprofits may offer training and other support such as in-person workshops, webinars, peer learning programs, self-paced learning courses, and even discounts on products and services that are used by charitable nonprofits to fundraise.


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Fundraising from private foundations requires research to learn which foundations provide grants for which missions. The Foundation Center provides free funding information through more than 400 Funding Network locations, many in public libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers. Fundraising capacity is just one of many muscles that an effective and sustainable charitable nonprofit needs to be in "top form" to advance its mission.

Be aware! Fundraising is a regulated activity

Before your nonprofit solicits donations, consider that the state(s) where your nonprofit operates has the authority to regulate its fundraising activities.

If your nonprofit does not have tax-exempt status, can it fundraise?

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