Your fund-raising plan should be fully aligned with the mission and overall strategic effort of your organization. Fund development consists of more than just asking donors for money; it involves networking, building relationships, researching new funding prospects and emerging trends in philanthropy, and ensuring that the nonprofit’s values and mission are being communicated effectively to the public.
It is important to maintain current lists of potential funders and grant opportunities, as well as to consistently evaluate your development strategies to ensure that your tactics are effective and sustainable in the long run.
Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts
A resource for Massachusetts funders and nonprofits; has a searchable database of Massachusetts funders for members and an extensive physical library of fundraising resources
Grants Management Associates
Grants Management serves as a philanthropic advisor to a number of local foundations and has information on their grantmaking guidelines
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Provides a database of Federal assistance programs
Dove, Kent. 2000. Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign: The New, Revised and Expanded Edition of the Leading Guide to Planning and Implementing a Capital Campaign. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
A good guide to planning and running a capital campaign
Grassroots Fundraising Journal
The go-to publication for fundraising for smaller nonprofits; Kim Klein, one of the founders of the journal, is also the author of the classic book, Fundraising for Social Change (2006)
Joyaux, Simone. 2001. Strategic Fund Development, 2nd Edition: Building Profitable Relationships That Last. Aspen Publishers, Inc.
An excellent book on the subject written by a well-respected fundraising consultant