2. Have focus

One of the best ways to find funding is to clearly define your targets and how you plan to achieve these. This makes it much easier for funders to know exactly what their money will be spent on.

For example, instead of saying:

My project helps young people pass exams.

Try:

My project will help 18-25 year olds to get an A-C grade in GCSE Maths using tutoring and coaching techniques.

I would also suggest that every new project you develop is time limited and, if possible, you estimate the maximum number of beneficiaries of the project. This will help funders to know they are committing for a specific period of time and to a specific number of people. Without this a funder may be concerned that the project is never-ending and therefore wonder if their funding will also need to be never-ending!

For example, instead of saying:

Please could you donate XXXX to  help young people pass exams through our project.

Try:

Please could you donate XXXX to help 20 18-25 year olds to get an A-C grade in GCSE Maths using tutoring and coaching techniques over a 6 month period.

Hope that helps in some way!

1. Find courage

I’ve worked with lots of people who have a fantastic idea to make a charity project happen, but just don’t quite have the courage to turn the idea into a reality.

I’ve been there myself and know It can be really hard to begin to make an action plan and look for funding to make a project happen – it can be terrifying.

I know I’ve been scared of what people will think, I’ve been scared of whether I have the skills and abilities to make it happen, I’ve been scared it will be overwhelming for me and I’ve been scared I would never find the funding.

In reality, when I’ve got over the ‘fear factor’ and negative view on funding opportunities, the charity projects I have been involved in I have loved. They have been hard work and challenging and I have had to be very creative when it has come to funding issues. The results however, have been brilliant and I have walked away with that great feeling of knowing I have made a difference to the lives of others.

My top tips to get over the ‘fear factor’ and the negative view on funding opportunities is to find the courage to make the idea happen by:

  1.  Telling others about the idea
  2.  Admitting to yourself and others if the ‘fear factor’ is holding you back
  3.  Being around friends who are supportive and encouraging 

By doing this, you may be surprised who else has great ideas for charity projects, you may find others who would love to help you with it, and your supportive and encouraging friends will be a great support in helping you to overcome project challenges.

 

 

This is me!

Welcome to my blog

Thanks for taking a look at my blog.

As you may have seen on my website, I am a charity freelancer with lots of experience in all things charity. I plan to use my blog as a way of sharing top tips for charities in bite-size chunks.

There are so many areas to cover when it comes to charity development, but I’m going to start with top tips on the subject everyone wants to know about – fundraising.

I hope you enjoy my blog, and please get in touch with any questions, comments, feedback etc.

Debs