In some ways, this week could simply be concluded with the statement that getting adequate and sustainable resources for a voluntary organisation is generally difficult and requires hard work. However, by thinking about where you might get funding and the implications of seeking that funding, you may come up with some better approaches. Planning and relationship-building are also part of this process, and everyone in the organisation has a role to play in making sure that the organisation has a good reputation, works ethically and makes best use of scarce resources.
In Week 5, you have learned:
- there are many methods of fundraising, on a spectrum from asking to earning
- the importance of using different fundraising methods to achieve sustainability
- how individuals give money and the skills needed to ask donors for money
- some of the things that people new to fundraising learn from the process
- what is involved in applying for grants
- how fundraising needs to be ethical and regulated
- what skills are needed to be a fundraiser.
Next week you will explore different types of meeting and how these can be made more effective.