Today, at the first of two Funding Your Project conferences taking place this spring, NACCOM is proud to launch its ‘Funding Toolkit’. This free guide explores creative and innovative ways to generate income, with a specific focus on methods undertaken by projects working with people who are destitute.
The Toolkit will soon be available in a user-friendly online format (exclusively for NACCOM members) but in the meantime, it is downloadable via our Resources page.
What is in the Funding Toolkit?
The Toolkit covers a wide range of topics because it is recognised that the network is diverse and the capacity of each organisation, as well as the income required and audiences to work with, varies significantly.
The first chapter focuses on planning and resourcing fundraising work in a sustainable way, looking at developing a strategy and making decisions about recruiting staff.
The next chapter explores top tips when applying to trusts and foundations, including how to report back to funders, alongside the latest data on the main funders for NACCOM members.
The following section covers community fundraising– from events and sponsorship to individual giving- featuring great ideas from ASSIST Sheffield and others.
The next chapter looks at online platforms, including crowdfunding and the use of social media to raise donations, with top tips from Upbeat Communities.
The penultimate chapter explores how to set up a social enterprise, featuring expertise from Bristol Hospitality Network’s ‘Moveable Feast’.
With links to further reading, legislation and good practice, as well as success stories from across the network, this resource has something for everyone, whatever your experience or expertise.
What are the Funding Your Project events?
To assist with the development of skills and ideas for funding accommodation and support services for those facing destitution, NACCOM is hosting two ‘Funding Your Project’ events this spring. The event in Leeds takes place today- to keep up with what’s happening, follow NACCOM on Twitter. There are still spaces on the London event on the 14th May– see here for details.
What’s happening in London?
The London event will include a presentation followed by Q&A with Dominic Briant, Head of Community Investment and Migration Foundation at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing. There will also be workshops which will provide great opportunities to learn and develop ideas together, and after lunch, a panel of NACCOM staff will look in more detail at learning from the Guardian and Observer Winter Appeal.
In the morning, DePaul’s Community Fundraising manager, Anna Couper, will run a session on ‘raising money and awareness within your community’, with a focus on ‘how to harness the power of the community.’
Meanwhile, NACCOM Trustee and CEO of Nottingham Arimathea Trust, Caron Boulghassoul, will explore ‘How to attract grants to destitution work’, with ideas on where look for grants and guidance on fundraising strategies.
In the afternoon, Mila Evanics from NCVO Charities Evaluation Service will run a workshop on ‘The importance of measuring impact and a ‘DIY’ guide on how to do it’, which will focus on shoring up positive and meaningful evidence and sharing stories.
Meanwhile, Katherine Maxwell-Rose, Digital Communications Manager at IMiX will lead a workshop on ‘Harnessing the potential of digital fundraising’, exploring different methods and tactics for online fundraising.
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