Raising funds for community projects
From celebrating a marriage or blessing a new life, to saying goodbye to a loved one, churches bring friends and families together.
It’s all in the research! Time spent on researching donors and funders can save time on wasted grant applications.
Like all projects that are important but not urgent, it might feel as if spending time researching is a distraction from your project and fundraising. In the long run, however, every hour you spend getting organised now will help raise the funds your church needs to continue its work and mission.
To make the most of your time and ensure your fundraising is effective, it’s important to identify funders that are a good fit with your church. For example, there is no point approaching a funder who won’t fund building costs for your kitchen renovation project.
Find potential funders who align with your mission, priorities and plans. Many grants are rejected, not because they are bad applications, but because they simply don’t align with the funder’s interests.
Treat your fundraising application as you would a job application – spend time to understand if a potential funder would be a good fit for you.
Potential donors come in a variety of forms. Consider the following sources, and if they would be a good fit for your church.
The following sources are a good place to start your research into potential funders:
We have developed a template with examples, to help you with your research. Use the template to get organised and collect the key information needed on potential funders.
Remember – every hour you spend researching now will make your fundraising quicker, easier and more effective in the future.