Fundraising is tough anywhere you are, so here are some resources to get you started.
The Foundation Center – THE place to research grants and foundations. Also provides free and not-so-free trainings at their space and online and have a great library. There are Foundation Centers in major cities around the country; the DC location is 1627 K Street, NW, 3rd floor.
Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) – THE place for grassroots fundraising. Offers lots of articles, resources and trainings on how to survive without foundations.
Make Your Own Thermometer – a cool tool to create your customized fundraising thermometer to put on your website to help track the progress of fundraising campaigns.
Madam’s Organ Non-profit Thursdays: every Thursday from 5:00-9:00pm, Madam’s Organ gives a portion of its food and drink income to a non-profit group. The group can also use the space for any event in that time. Madam’s Organ is on 18th Street NW in the heart of Adam’s Morgan. Sign up online and plan ahead, you usually get assigned a date a few months in the future.
How to Organize a Fundraising Concert by David Rovics. A helpful article by a great activist/musician.
Uptown Friday Nights at RAS Cafe: Every Friday night RAS Cafe opens its doors for organizations that wish to fundraise by doing an event. For more information call (202) 291-2096.
Kickstarter: this is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. With an all-or-nothing funding system, this platform allows projects to keep the money raised only if the funding goal is reached, while charging a 5% fee if this is the case.
Indiegogo: this is a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. There is a fee on any money that is raised, which is 4% of the money you raise if you meet your goal or 9% if you do not meet your goal.
Razoo: is an online fundraising tool for both individuals and nonprofits.Razoo uses a simple, low-flat rate of 2.9% for all of its services.
Know more information that would help other activists out? Email any additions, corrections, thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Resources”. Thanks for helping our community!