What is a fundraising

Fundraising is the process of gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources carried out by non-profit making organisations — NGOs, foundations, associations, collectives, etc. — in order to be able to implement their projects.

Before You Get Started:

A. Understand your donors.

When you understand your donors and what matters to them, you’ll be able to connect to them in a meaningful and relevant way.

If it’s helpful, create donor profiles or donor personas to visualize your typical supporters. A donor persona is a representation of a typical donor that
incorporates their demographic information, goals, passions, and their preferred communication style.

Think about your donors. Where are they located? What’s their average age? What’s the best way to reach them? How do they like to be addressed? What’s their communication style? What do they care about? What drives them and motivates them?

B. Segment your donors.

Donor segmentation is the process of categorizing donors based on characteristics such as demographics and interests. You can segment your donors according to a variety of characteristics, depending on your nonprofit’s mission and size.

For example, you can segment your donors according to how they were acquired, according to their gift size, engagement level, the frequency of giving, and more.

C. Set goals.

To successfully raise funds, your nonprofit needs to set donor acquisition goals.

A good first step to take is to pull data from the past 5 years and take a look at your fundraising results from the past. Additionally, review the goals of your
organization for the next year(s), as well as any mission and vision statements.

Understand how much money you need to raise this year to progress towards your mission, balancing that out with results from the past. Make sure to set a timeline for these goals.

10 Different Types of Fundraising Methods (Including Pros and Cons)
Direct Mail
Online Donations
Door-to-Door Solicitation
Phone Solicitations
E-mail Marketing
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

1. Direct Mail

Donations made by direct mail are usually made in the form of checks. Donors who use this method are usually older and prefer a more traditional giving method. It’s useful to know that there are still donors that feel more comfortable sending in a check over making an online donation. Direct mail can be used by anyone as long as you provide a self-addressed envelope.


Direct mail enables nonprofits to reach donor segments that online fundraising might not reach. If your nonprofit has an older donor pool, it’s possible that you will find direct mail fundraising highly effective. This fundraising method is also particularly useful for local nonprofits who have strong ties to their community.

Direct mail also gives a lot more room to work with compared to some forms of online fundraising, hence you can give your donors a lot more information. Direct mail gives you a chance to provide in-depth information to your donors that can’t be conveyed in a text, Tweet, Facebook ad, or even an email.


Direct mail can be expensive, especially when compared to e-mail marketing, for example. Direct mail also takes time – you have to write the letters, hone the list, track responses, remove people from your list, keep the addresses up to date. Postal mail also doesn’t pack quite the same punch as it once did, with many donors tossing their mail aside after a cursory glance. To capture attention,you need to stand out; and to stand out – you need to pay money (e.g. for a graphic designer to design a compelling postcard).

2. Events

Fundraising through events has become increasingly popular in the nonprofit community. Whether a nonprofit is hosting a walk-a-thon, gala dinner, art exhibition, concert, silent auction, field day, or a hike-a-thon, events provide an avenue by which donors and potential donors can interact in person and learn more about the organization. Event donations are contributions that donors make during a fundraising event. Depending on the type of event, the money raised might come in different forms.


Donors are more likely to give if they can put names to faces. Since events are generally perceived as fun, they usually attract a large number of people. Events also help raise an organization’s visibility and brand. They help build up the mailing list and can boost online fundraising too. Events help build camaraderie among the constituency, help organizations
meet and dazzle new prospective donors, as well as deepen their
relationships with key donors.


Events are usually labor-intensive and require a lot of detailed planning. An event can also be ruined because of the weather, a competing event on the same day, a guest not showing up, and many other details over which you have little control.

3. Online Donations

“Online donations” here refer to a dedicated donation page on your website. SSIR learned from their data analysis that the amount of individual donor revenue raised from online giving grew from 17 to 24 percent in just two years. This means that about one in every four fundraising dollars from individuals is now generated online. Therefore, a donation page, alongside an online donation platform, is the single most important thing you need to invest in if you want to acquire donors online. Make sure the experience a prospect has on your website is user-friendly and smooth.


The barrier to entry is low. It’s very simple to set up a fundraising platform, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts from which to drive traffic to your website.
Online funding reaches a much wider market than conventional direct mail or in-person solicitation while providing a virtually instantaneous flow of cash. Properly executed, online fundraising also is simple and easy for donors. Online giving is quicker and more convenient. A donor doesn’t have to sit down, write out a check, and put it in the mail. They can punch in their information and click a button. Online fundraising reduces costs over mail and in-person solicitation for organizations too.

Analytics tools make it possible to review statistics, data, and details so it’s easy to understand how the campaign is performing.
Pro Tip: Choose a powerful fundraising site for your nonprofit website and
start accepting online donations.


The explosion in online giving campaigns and donation requests can lead to “donor fatigue.” The fees for online fundraising platforms and payment processing fees can add up quickly. Furthermore, for online fundraising campaigns to work, they need to be imaginative, immersive, and targeted. Finally, regardless of what platform is being used to lead donors to your donation page, it’s absolutely crucial to have a large, robust, and engaged audience online if your fundraiser will have any guarantee of success. This might mean months, if not years, of curating and creating great content and building your reputation and online/social media presence. Finally, as organizations look to save time and money by encouraging online giving, they could unintentionally be recruiting donors who give less.

4. Door-to-Door Solicitation

Door-to-door fundraising has diminished over the years due to its resource-intensive nature. However, this type of fundraising technique is still successfully utilized by many organizations, especially political organizations. Door-to-door solicitation in general works best for campaigns or programs that directly affect the people being approached.


Door-to-door can be targeted in terms of audience, which can result in lower donor attrition. Door-to-door canvassing enables a one-on-one, face-to-face interaction with potential donors/constituents that’s unattainable through direct mail, e-mail, and the Internet.


Door-to-door canvassing is one of the top reasons people have a poor impression of nonprofits. Some donors cite door-to-door solicitation as intrusive. A full-time, door-to-door canvassing operation is also quite labor-intensive and requires salaried, full-time employees or very enthusiastic and educated volunteers (which is also hard to achieve).

5. Phone Solicitations

Through the years, fundraising via the telephone has been used by many organizations with varying degrees of success. Phone solicitations are donation requests done over the phone, ranging from one employee making a couple of ‘thank you’ calls to large telemarketing campaigns. Prioritize calls to those individuals most likely to give you a positive response. The more people know you and are already engaged or invested with you, the greater your likelihood of success.


Phone calls are as personal as it gets. If done well, donors will feel valued and respected. With phone solicitation, gifts are often large. Phone solicitation can support every other type of fundraising and can boost direct mail response. It’s scalable, as the numbers can grow over time. Calling donors can increase a fundraiser’s current donor base and increase gifts, get lapsed donors back on board, improve retention, convert donors to monthly donors, and is the perfect way to welcome and say thanks plus generate feedback from donors.


Phone calls are very labor-intensive. The fundraiser also needs to be well-prepared, skilled at fundraising, enthusiastic about the organization, and willing to make the ask. Some donors are also quite averse to phone solicitation. Therefore, if fundraisers using phone solicitation are not tactful and skilled, they can do more harm than good. Finally, not everyone who pledges money over the phone will actually deliver.

6. E-Mail Marketing

E-mail marketing has, at times, been chastised for being a thing of the past, but study after study puts email marketing as the most effective way for nonprofits to build awareness, acquire leads, raise funds, and retain current donors.


E-mail marketing services are generally free for smaller nonprofits. And even when the email list grows in size, e-mail marketing remains very cost-effective. E-mails are also easy to send. E-mail marketing tools have become so intuitive – with professionally designed templates, drag and drop features, and other easy-to-use editors – that one doesn’t need to know a line of code to use them. Compared to other types of fundraising techniques, e-mail marketing acquires customers, supporters, donors, and volunteers faster. E-mails are also easily customized/personalized, and it’s very easy to track their effectiveness.


We are swamped by dozens of emails every day, including fundraising and advocacy emails. Therefore, even though the number of subscribers is growing, the engagement rates are dropping. This means organizations need to become increasingly skilled at capturing their readers’ attention.

7. Text-to-Give

Text donations are donations that donors can make via their mobile phones. Usually, donors’ text a keyword and/or an amount to a dedicated number. They are then usually sent the link to the organization’s mobile-responsive donation page. Once a donor fills out their info on this form, they never have to fill it in again. There are also text-to-give platforms that don’t require filling in a form (where donors can confirm the donation by simply texting back “yes”). Donor box now offers a robust text to give feature to help nonprofits raise more funds with mobile giving. The latter currently accepts texts from US numbers only but the shorter number is easier for your donors to remember. Once you share the short code number and the campaign ID with your donors, they can initiate the donation process by sending ‘GIVE’ to the number. Thereafter, they’ll be asked to send the campaign ID and will instantly receive the mobile-friendly donation page link. There they can make the donation. Your donors can easily repeat the same donation in the future

Text donations are donations that donors can make via their mobile phones. Usually, donors’ text a keyword and/or an amount to a dedicated number.
They are then usually sent the link to the organization’s mobile-responsive donation page. Once a donor fills out their info on this form, they never have
to fill it in again.

There are also text-to-give platforms that don’t require filling in a form (where donors can confirm the donation by simply texting back “yes”).

Donor box now offers a robust text to give feature to help nonprofits raise more funds with mobile giving. The latter currently accepts texts from US
numbers only but the shorter number is easier for your donors to remember. Once you share the short code number and the campaign ID with your
donors, they can initiate the donation process by sending ‘GIVE’ to the number. Thereafter, they’ll be asked to send the campaign ID and will
instantly receive the mobile-friendly donation page link. There they can make the donation. Your donors can easily repeat the same donation in the future


Text-to-give is easy and convenient. Nearly everyone has a smartphone and uses it on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Donations by text are somewhat like impulse purchases; they involve little to no research on the part of the donor, which means that nonprofits don’t have to capture donors’ attention for very long. The speed and simplicity this type of fundraising provide remove most of the hoops the donors usually have to jump through, so they are less likely to abandon the process.


Software, licensing, and transaction fees can potentially add up to 5-10% of the total donations received. It can sometimes also take a while until an organization receives the funds. There’s no built-in option for recurring gifts. Additionally, there’s often a cap on all donations; some providers will only process donations as low as $5 and as high as $10.

There’s no system for capturing donor data to help you keep building on the relationships initiated through text-to-give. With text-to-give, the organization is usually left with a faceless phone number and donation.

8. Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is all about many individuals each giving a (usually) small donation — $5, $10, $50, $100. It has become a popular type of fundraising with corporate organizations and nonprofits alike.

To get the most out of donation-based crowdfunding, post regular updates, use compelling images and videos, offer incentives, share via e-mail, and on social media. Make sure to tell a story – a story is what fuels a crowdfunding campaign.


Crowdfunding often helps an organization promote its campaign and its brand. It can help get a nonprofit known to potential donors that otherwise would not have known about the organization. Crowdfunding allows organizations to leverage many small donations to raise a larger total amount. Also, a lot less time and money go into generating donations and connecting with donors when compared to traditional fundraising.


If an organization doesn’t already have a large audience, it can take a considerable amount of time to market the campaign. Constant communication with donors is needed, sharing progress updates and major and minor setbacks. Crowdfunding appeals are also very time-consuming when done properly. Additionally, although the setup is free, crowdfunding sites charge fees for the privilege of collecting donations through their site. Finally, due to its growth, crowdfunding is a saturated market.

9. Partnerships/Sponsorships/Grants

Partnerships have always been a staple of nonprofit fundraising. Between matching gift programs, grants, and sponsorships, major donations can come from companies partnering with nonprofits. And the relationship is mutually beneficial. Nonprofits benefit from the resources companies have to offer, and companies benefit from being associated with a charitable cause.


Grants, sponsorships, and endowments can often amount to incredible sums of money. This allows for the execution of major projects that other types of fundraising might not have been able to fund. A single grant could secure the foreseeable future of your nonprofit activities. Furthermore, partnering with like-minded organizations can increase your
brand awareness.


Sometimes, grant-giving organizations can be difficult to deal with, due to their inherent bureaucratic nature. This type of fundraising might require you winning grant-writing skills, it takes time to write a winning application, and then it can take time for you to gain access to the funds. Some organizations find this type of fundraising too cumbersome and restrictive seeing that grants and sponsorships often come with ‘strings attached’. These conditions apply to things like how exactly you can use the money and also to specific reporting requirements. Research can detail guides on how to find grants for your nonprofit.

10. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Peer-to-peer fundraising is a crowdfunding method that utilizes an organization’s donors’ existing networks. These types of fundraisers encourage supporters to reach out to their peers (friends, co-workers, and family members) and ask them to donate. With peer-to-peer fundraising, every individual supporter/fundraiser sets up a personal fundraising page where they accept donations. On these pages, fundraisers lend their own voice to the nonprofit’s mission, sharing with their networks why that specific cause matters to them. These donations are ultimately received by the nonprofit.


Peer-to-peer fundraising allows nonprofits to reach varying pools of supporters that would have otherwise probably been inaccessible. It’s an efficient donor acquisition strategy because it utilizes already existing donor bases and their networks. It’s also cost-effective since supporters fundraise on behalf of the organization.

Peer-to-peer fundraising helps build social proof. We are more likely to trust the recommendations of friends or family members. This can help nonprofits acquire more donors and acquire them much faster.


One of the major drawbacks of peer-to-peer fundraising is the effort it takes to teach the existing donors/fundraisers. Not only do they need to know how to use the fundraising platform, but they need to know how to effectively raise funds – even if they’re raising from their personal networks. It can also be challenging to clearly articulate and transmit the nonprofit’s mission, vision, and values to dozens of individuals so that they can continue sharing it in the same way. There is also the time it will take to address concerns or questions and inspire and motivate the fundraisers to go out there and solicit for donations.

After: What to Do

A. Build relationships with your donors.

Building relationships with donors is the basic tenant of donor retention, regardless of which type(s) of fundraising you choose.

Do your best to understand your donors, prospective, and current. Becoming a donor-centric organization is a pivotal step your nonprofit needs to take in
order to boost fundraising.

Here are 9 ways to build strong donor relationships.

Throughout this article, we have discussed the stages of donor relationship management and given suggestions on strengthening these relationships. The following nine ways to build strong donor relationships will give your organization detailed steps to take and when to take them.

1. Prospect donors
2. Segment donors
3. Set a cadence for communication
4. Encourage face-to-face interactions
5. Show donor impact
6. Thank donors
7. Survey donors
8. Act on donor feedback
9. Monitor donor retention rates

1. Prospect donors
Prospecting donors is the first step in donor cultivation. When searching for major donors, organizations use many tools to research and prospect donors.
Online tools like Donor Search help nonprofits find donors with the financial ability to become major donors. Other options include using board members and donors to introduce your organization to potential major donors.

Once you have developed your list of potential donors, it is time for the introduction stage. Remember, it is essential to make a strong first impression.
Keep it simple. Explain the problem and how your organization is solving it.

2. Segment donors

As donors start to give to the organization, you will begin to see where their interests lie, how much they give, and how often. Successful nonprofits record these gifts and keep track of this information. They also segment donors into specific groups to send targeted communication. The easiest way to segment your donors is into the major, middle, and smaller donors. Once you know how much donors can give, you can send them targeted solicitation letters with amounts that start at their regular amounts. If worded right, you may even see an increase in donation amounts.

Other ways to segment donors are by programs they support and even demographics if your organization finds it helpful. Donor box has added new filters to our donors’ page. You can now filter by country, donation frequency, and amount of donations. We have written an article on effectively segmenting donors and audiences to help your organization find the best way to segment donors for your nonprofit.

3. Set a cadence for communication

After segmenting your donors, your nonprofit should determine goals for donor communication before sending out communication pieces. What is your goal for each communication piece? How often should you send it out? How do donors want to hear about your organization?

When sending out communication pieces, remember to keep it simple and target donors with communication that speaks to their desires and segmentation.

Donor box’s Moments feature allows you to create automatic notifications for each donor to make this process easier.

If you have a communication plan that includes the above details, your nonprofit will see a better response rate.

4. Encourage face-to-face interactions

Nonprofits have come to rely on mailed and online communication tools. Many nonprofits only interact with their donors during annual events. This lack of face-to-face contact makes for very shallow relationships.
When planning your communication with donors, personal and face-to-face activities should be based on donor segmentation. Nonprofits are burdened  with lower budgets and limited staff. Meeting each donor face to face is not possible.
What organizations can do is decide how each donor can receive personalized communication from the nonprofit. Organizations should always take the time to meet with major donors and those who have the potential to become major donors. Meet with these individuals to discuss the programs
that may interest them and find ways they would like to help. Mid-size and smaller donors can be contacted by phone or through personalized letters. This is a great way to get your board involved in donor  relationships.

Ask your board members to take part in making calls to donors after they give. Let them learn more about the donors and share their personal stories to provide interest.

5. Show donor influence

Another way to send out personalized communication is by sharing stories from individuals impacted by your donors’ gifts. Donors love to hear how their
donations have affected real people on the ground. Donors will give more to nonprofits where their gifts are making a difference. Sending donors acknowledgments, newsletters, emails, and online communication from the organization’s beneficiaries give donors a sense of community and pride in what they have done.

6. Thank donors
In addition to acknowledging their gifts, there are several ways your organization can thank donors. Why not tweet out or post a thank you online. You can also send out a list of donors in your annual report, newsletters, and a page on your website. Donor walls are an excellent way to thank donors for their gifts. This can be done at your facility or online. or send a thank you letter to the donors for their contribution. This can be either physical or via email.

7. Survey donors
Surveying donors not only gives a nonprofit insight into what donors want but also strengthens donor relationships. Organizations that regularly survey their donors understand that many will not respond but continue to make the effort to show their interest in the donors’ opinions.

8. Act on donor feedback

When donors do respond to the surveys, your organization sends out, act on that feedback. If there are good ideas from donors or volunteers, put them into action and give credit where credit is due. Donors love to know they are being listened to.

9. Monitor donor retention rates
Finally, as more donations come flowing in, your nonprofit needs to keep track of donor retention rates. Donors that continue to give are a great success. It
means your organization is communicating successfully.

Measuring donor retention will give you a better idea of what is working. Measure your event attendance, volunteerism, email click-through rates, website visits in addition to donor gifts. Regularly print reports to keep track of donor history  with donor box’s donor management platform.

Focus on Donors over Donations
By spending time strengthening donor relationships, instead of chasing after donations, your organization will realize its fundraising goals with more regularity. Taking the steps necessary to build these relationships will help your organization grow and reach its mission. It will also retain donors more donors and improve its image in the community.

B. Measure and evaluate.

It’s incredibly important to measure and evaluate the success of your fundraising strategies and activities. As you decide different types of fundraising and strategies you’ll put into practice, create metrics (KPIs) related to your goals. These metrics should be key indicators of goal achievement and can be either quantitative, qualitative, or both. Based on the timeline you created when you created your goals, consistently measure and evaluate your progress. Doing this tells you whether your strategies are the right ones (having in mind your goals).

The process of raising funds can be very challenging and certainly requires nonprofit organizations to use a variety of methods and unrelenting hard work to be successful, especially when the pressure is high and deadlines tight. With so many different types of fundraising available, it becomes even harder to discern the right fundraising strategy and funding model. While opinion varies as to what’s the “ideal” nonprofit funding model, utilizing several different types of fundraising is generally a good practice. To find yours, however, it will take trial and error! Remember that, to acquire and retain donors online, you need to ensure their donations are processed smoothly and efficiently – so don’t forget about a donation management system!

  What are the 5 steps of fundraising?

What are the 5 steps of fundraising?
There are five stages of the donor fundraising cycle, which are :


What are main sources of raising funds?

The main sources of funding are retained earnings, debt capital, and equity capital. Companies use retained earnings from business operations to expand or distribute dividends to their shareholders. Businesses raise funds by borrowing debt privately from a bank or by going public (issuing debt securities).

What are the three 3 sources of fund?

The three sources of finance:

  • Short-term financing. Short-term financing may be in the form of a bank overdraft, where the bank allows a business to take out more money than is present in their account.
  • Medium-term financing.
  • Long-term financing.

How can I fundraise without asking for money?
How to Get Your Board Members to Fundraise Without Asking

1. Thank Donors. Thanking donors is probably the number one way to involve board members in fundraising without having them feeling like they are fundraising. …
2. Open Doors. …
3. Sign Letters. …
4. Forward Emails. …

5. Bring Guests. …
6. Lead Tours. …
7. Host Receptions. …
8. Research and Write Grants.

What are the challenges of fundraising?

Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most common ones.

  • Fundraising Challenge #1: Telling Your Story. A huge part of marketing is
    telling a story that draws the attention of the target audience.
  • Fundraising Challenge #2: Asking for Money.
  • Fundraising Challenge #3: Limited Resources.
  • Final Thoughts.

How do I start a fundraiser for myself?
How Personal Fundraising Works

1. Step 1: Choose a Platform.
2. Step 2: Determine a Goal and Deadline.
3. Step 3: Build Your Personal Fundraising Page.
4. Step 4: Share Your Campaign.
5. Step 5: Update Your Personal Fundraiser.
6. Step 6: Acknowledge Your Supporters.

What is the difference between fundraising and begging?

That’s what begging is. Desperately asking for money from anyone without any accountability for how it will be spent. In contrast, fundraising is about building relationships with donors. You develop trust and the right to keep asking.

How do I ask for donations online?

What is fundraising strategy?
A nonprofit fundraising strategy is a detailed plan created to guide you through a chosen campaign. Fundraising strategies vary depending on the size, capacity, and goals of the nonprofit planning them, along with the specifics of the campaign being planned.

What is the difference between fundraising and sponsorship?

Purpose: The primary purpose of fundraising is to solicit donations from individuals or organizations to support a particular cause or organization. The purpose of sponsorship, on the other hand, is to obtain financial or in-kind support from a company or organization in exchange for promotional benefits.

The basics of how to ask for donations

1. Decide who to ask. There are current donors and prospective donors.
2. Decide how to ask.
3. Tell your story.
4. Tailor your message.
5. Make the ask.
6. Make it easy.
7. Say thank you.
8. Stay in touch.

What is the difference between fundraising and donations?

Donations are often a consequence of fundraising, made by individuals and businesses because they have a connection with the charity or specific project. In addition, donations create a feel-good factor for people as they’re aware that they are contributing to a worthy cause and helping to make a real difference.

What are the funding requirements?

The total funding requirement is defined as the cost that is identified in the cost baseline. It also includes the management reserves. The period funding requirement is defined as the annual and quarterly payments. Both of these funding requirements are derived from the cost baseline. How do you fundraise from strangers?
Use crowdfunding platforms.
Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are great places to raise money from strangers online. You can create a campaign and set a  fundraising goal. If people like your campaign, they can make pledges to support you.

What is the hardest part of fundraising?
The Challenges of Fundraising (and how to overcome them)

  • Planning. Planning a project plan and proposal takes a lot of time and
  • Fear of rejection. It is normal to fear rejection.
  • Deadlines. Most NGOs seem to hate deadlines.
  • Ideas to words.

Is fundraising an occupation?

Fundraising careers are professions in which individuals work in development for nonprofit organizations and charitable groups. They typically organize and  manage fundraising efforts for these organizations. They may work for  institutions such as: Colleges and universities.

What is an example of social media fundraising?

There are a number of ways you can raise money on social media. Some of the simplest include direct donation campaigns like crowdfunding or click to  donate buttons on your posts. You may also opt for peer-to-peer fundraising, or a more involved event like a social media takeover or a challenge video campaign.

What is a grant? Definition and meaning

A grant is a quantity of money, i.e., financial assistance, given by a government, organization, or person for a specific purpose. Unlike a loan, you do not have to pay back the money. In some cases, the receivers of study grants who abandoned their courses have to pay back the money. The financial assistance may be for a student to study or for a team to carry out research. The government may also award grants for home insulation, community projects, or setting up businesses.

How do you write a fundraising message?

These steps include:

1. Address your recipient personally. By addressing your recipient by name, they won’t feel like they are just one of many reading this letter.
2. Tell a story.
3. Define the problem.
4. Explain your mission and outline your goal.
5. Explain how your donor can make an impact.
6. Call the reader to action.

To grant

As a verb, the term may mean to award somebody something, as in “they granted John a visa.” It may also mean to accept that something is true. The speaker will then give an opposite opinion. For example, somebody may say “I grant you that raising a child is no easy task. However, that is no reason to hit him.” In this case the speaker first agrees, but then makes a point. To take something for granted means to believe that something is true without even thinking about it. If you take something for granted you do not cherish it, i.e., you take it as a given. There are hundreds of different types of grants. The financial assistance may come from central government, local authorities, companies, or charities. Some individuals also award grants.

Eu Grant

Government grants

Many people look to their government to find out how to apply for a grant. They often do this in response to an advert. According to the United States Government, federal grants are financial assistance awards to an organization and/or individual. The word ‘grant’ comes under the umbrella term ‘financial assistance.’
Grants have specific purposes that the government has authorized. They do not form part of a state assistance or personal benefits program. The government typically awards grants to non-profit organizations, universities, and researchers. It also awards grants to counties, states, cities, and law enforcement.The European Commission says it awards grants in support of projects or organizations which further the EU interests. It also provides financial assistance to projects that contribute to the implementation of an EU policy or program.

Grants in the USA
People seeking a government grant or loan in the United States may find the following resources useful:

– – a useful website for people seeking a loan from the government. It has information on several types of loans for education, housing, agriculture, business, and disaster relief. It also has useful information for veterans.

– – aimed at organizations and states seeking grants.

– CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) – this website contains a full listing of all US Federal programs to State and local government, including the District of Columbia.

Grants in the UK

According to the UK Government, grants are quantities of money that businesses or individuals receive for specific purposes. Citizens and local businesses in the UK can apply for grants from charities, local councils, or the national government. They can also submit their applications to the European Union.
Even though you will not need to pay back a grant, there is a great deal of competition. Put simply; do not assume that your application will be successful. advises people and organisations to first find out whether they are eligible for a grant.

Grant – pros and cons

Grants have three main advantages:
1. The money is like a gift, i.e., you will not have to pay it back. In some cases, students who do not attend the minimum number of lessons or abandon a course might have to pay back the money.
2. You will not lose any control over your company or organization. You will not, for example, have to sell company shares and subsequently lose some ownership of your business.
3. In most cases, your credit history will not affect your submission’s chances of success.

Grants have three main disadvantages:
1. You need to find one that suits your specific needs – this might not be easy.
2. Many people, companies, and organisations apply for grants, i.e., competition is fierce.
3. Grants do not usually cover the whole cost of a project. Therefore, you will need to use your own money to fund some of it.
4. Grants are not generally awarded for projects that have already begun. Therefore, if your project is already underway, mightn’t you be better off trying to find an investor or lender?
5. Applying for a grant can be a lengthy process, i.e., very time-consuming. According to the Financial Times, a grant is: “A sum of money given to a person or organization for a particular purpose, often by a government.”

Person’s name – Grant
Grant can also be a person’s first name or surname.  It comes from England and Scotland and has several possible origins.
Some specialists say the it was an Anglo-Norman nickname – graund, graunt, meaning ‘tall’ or ‘large’. This term was derived from the Old
French grand and grant, which originated from the Latin grandis.
People probably used the name for very large individuals.

Video – What is a grant?
This Seminole State Financial Aid video explains what a grant is. It also warns that students who drop out may have to pay back the money. The same penalty may also apply to students who do not attend a minimum number of classes.


What is grant management in NGO, Associations and SMEs?
Grant management is a process that helps nonprofits administer grant proposals by organizing, prioritizing, and finalizing applications. From understanding the grant process to improving workflows, find out how to create an efficient plan.

GRANT MANAGEMENT: Process from Opportunity, Implementation,Monitoring to Evaluation.
Grant management is the processes and methods organizations go through to oversee grants. It encompasses every part of a grant’s life cycle, from pre-award research through post-award grant closeout. 

The process is always evolving and includes various life cycle tasks through its unique award phases.

As a leading provider of grant management solutions, we understand how frustrating the life cycle of a grant can be, as well as staying on top of ever-changing grant regulations and requirements. We understand it’s crucial to meet your deadlines, and accurate details and financial transparency are essential to accomplish your mission.

You need to be concentrating on making your funding work for your mission. To help you with this, we put together a guide to help you prepare for the entire life cycle of the grant, to equip you with practices you can put in place now, and to share technology that can help you meet your organization’s needs.


Why you Need Grant Management
What is the Grant Process?
Common Grant Management Misconceptions
Tips for Better Grant Management
Improve Your Grant Process with Technology for Project Management

Why You Need Grant Management

The easy answer… it helps you track grant performance.

It is critical that you consistently monitor your grants to maintain a working relationship between the Grant Maker and Grant Seeker. This improves all chances of your project running smoothly. Let’s look at some of the other reasons you need grant management:

  • There is ever-changing legislation around grants and reporting requirements you must be aware of. Failure to comply could cost you critical grant funding.
  • Organizations must communicate regularly with board and staff members, partner organizations, and the community. Poor communication can derail your process. Without internal and external communication practices in place, organizations run the risk of decentralized data, missed deadlines, and inaccurate reporting.
  • You must monitor all stages of the grant process, pre-award, award, and post-award. This allows for any corrective actions where needed.
  • Tracking and measuring the progress of a grant can be one of the greatest frustrations that grant managers face.

What is the Grant Process?

Grant management uses management systems throughout the process. It addresses weaknesses and manages risk.
Grant management runs through a linear life cycle, meaning all the phases are sequential. Traditional linear project management life cycle models are recognized as definition, planning, execution, and closure. You must complete one before you move on to another.

In grant management, the linear life cycle model can be recognized as the funding opportunity, application, award decisions, and implementation/closeout.
There are two processes in the grant management cycle, one specifically for the Grant Seeker and the other for the Grant Maker.

Here are the key phases for any grant process:

Key Phases in the Grant Management Cycle for Grant Seeker


    • Pre-Award – Planning
    • Pre-Award – Opportunity
    • Pre-Award – Application



    • Post-Award – Execution & Management
    • Post-Award – Close Out

Key Phases in the Grant Management Cycle for Grant Maker


  • Pre-Award – Application Intake and Evaluation
  • Pre-Award – Award Creation


  • Post-Award – Payment Management and Award Administration
  • Post-Award – Award Closeout

Application and Submittal Review (pre-award phase of the grant process)

In this phase, you will identify the opportunities that align with your organization’s needs and goals. Research and development will help you find  the best match for the Grant Makers and Grant Seekers. Depending on the type of grant you are seeking, Federal, State, Local or others will determine the requirements needed.
A complete grant application is necessary. Once submitted, the application is reviewed. The review process takes into consideration other applicants and if you qualify. The review process takes time and varies on grant type.

Award Decisions and Notifications (award phase)

If you are selected, final grant agreement plans are prepared. A contract between the Grant Maker and the organization specifies the details of the partnership. Notifications are also sent to those that did not get their proposals accepted.

Implementation, Reporting, and Closeout (post-award phase)

Once funds are disbursed, mission-critical work can begin. You must ensure you will spend the grant funds and account for them as required and will meet all obligations. Implementation includes preparing your tracking system, open lines of communication with all involved, and establishing the proper accounting practices.
Efficiently and effectively managing a grant after the award demands clear requirements of the grant and open communication throughout the process. It is critical to establish a system for reporting and meeting upcoming deadlines. Tracking and reporting are made easier if you share all the details and information from pre-award to post-award. The strength of your organization’s systems will make for successful grant management. The closeout procedure reports on how the funds were received and spent. Additionally, documentation should remain on-file in case there is an audit or other reviews.

Common Grant Misconceptions
Grant misconceptions are common.

Let’s look at a few of the myths about grants and consider what is actually going on…
7 Grant Management Myths You Need to Let Go

1. Grants come with no strings attached.
By definition, grants come with restrictions and guidelines. After you are awarded a grant, your organization must meet deadlines and report on the progress of the grant.

2. There’s no money available for grants anymore.
Times have changed and grant opportunities are not to be taken lightly. A well-researched grant opportunity can win over the competition. To say there is no money is not accurate. To say the competition is fierce would be a more accurate assessment. Make your application a priority and leave nothing to question.

3. Most grant proposals get approved if they are done right.
Funders give grant dollars on a competitive basis. Applications that a review committee scored highest are funded.

4. Grants are awarded to those who have the greatest need.
Those who meet the grant goals better than all other applicants will receive the funding.

5. Grant management begins after the grant award notice is signed.
Grant management is a process that you need to follow concisely from start to finish. You need to give potential funders clear documentation on how you will account for grant dollars in the early stages of the process.

6. Grant writing and grant management involve one person.
There is no singular person running the process. It involves several departments and outside collaborators.

7. We will get the same grant every year.
Future funding will depend on your satisfactory performance. Take nothing for

Tips for Better Grant Management and Best Practices
Let’s face it…
Grant management can be cumbersome if you don’t understand the pitfalls, you could be faced with. You need the proper tools and policies in place to avoid frustration and ultimately to carry out a successful mission.

So first and foremost:

  • Put your mission first. Ensure your mission and the grant are a good fit.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to include your finance department. Grant proposals require a great budget. Who better to administer this part than the finance department?
  • Understand all the costs involved. Will you need additional operating funds?
  • Plan to monitor and track. Grant giving organizations require recipients to submit detail upon request.

Improve Your Grant Process with Technology for Project Management
As grant management professionals seek to maintain compliance, generate revenue and increase capacity in their organizations, technology is one solution offered up for consideration. Grant management software can help you expedite grant management processes and drive efficiencies. This allows resources to focus on programmatic and strategic plan-related projects.

Is your organization ready for grant management software? Take the quiz today to find out if now is the right time to implement it.

Grant Management Software Readiness Checklist
Is the timing right for you to implement?
Check whether you agree or disagree with the following statements…

Grants Managed

  • Based on our grant revenue, we are subject to an A-133 audit.
  • We manage at least one large grant with detailed reporting requirements.
  • We manage and report on several small-to-mid-sized grants.
  • We are the lead recipient on one or more grants and are responsible for reporting on sub-recipient performance.

Performance Reporting

  • Multiple departments within our organization submit grant reporting data to our development office for inclusion in performance reports.
  • We receive Federal funds and need to remain compliant with new regulations, including the DATA Act, OMB Uniform Grants Guidance, and the GREAT Act.
  • We failed to receive a clean opinion on a recent grant audit.
  • Lost drawdown has cost our organization awarded funds.
  • We are unable to provide financial or non-financial data to support program performance to grantors.
  • Grants have not been renewed due to our organization’s inability to properly report on performance.


  • Our development office is stretched thin and has limited time to pursue new funding opportunities.
  • Grant manager(s) do not feel they have enough time to devote to the entire grant life cycle.

Grant Processes

  • We use Excel, Word and other software tools together to manage the pre-and-post-award process.
  • We frequently miss deadlines associated with grant activity.
  • If we lost our grant manager(s), others in the organization would be unable to easily pick up where s/he stopped.
  • Grant information is siloed among key personnel with no central repository or management process.


Competition for grant funding is fierce, but an effective grants management system will support your efforts and manage the entire grants life cycle. Properly monitoring all activities is essential to mitigating financial risk, and without the help of technology, improper tracking is much more likely to happen.
As organizations expand their programs, technology is key to scaling and streamlining as well as maintaining and measuring key data. Therefore, a grants management system is the right solution for helping you achieve your mission.

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