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Where can I learn more about fundraising planning?

Foundation grants account for only a small percentage of the overall funding picture in the nonprofit world. It is therefore essential for nonprofit organizations to investigate and incorporate a variety of potential revenue sources. This process is known as fundraising planning.

Topic(s) Fundraising Planning

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Where can I find training in fundraising?

Foundation Center offers free and fee-based training courses on fundraising and management. We have courses to fit your schedule: in-person classes, live or recorded webinars, and anytime self-paced eLearning courses.

Topic(s) Fundraising

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Where can I learn about ethics in fundraising?

Successfully raising funds and donations from private institutions, government or individuals requires a certain amount of experience and skill, not the least of which is a firm understanding, and a consistent practice of, raising funds in a responsible ethical manner.

Topic(s) Fundraising Trust & Transparency

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Where can I find information on planned giving?

The Association of Fundraising Professionals defines planned giving in the following way: a systematic effort to identify and cultivate a person for the purpose of generating a major gift that is structured and that integrates sound personal, financial, and estate-planning concepts with the prospect's plans for lifetime or testamentary giving. A planned gift has tax implications and is often transmitted through a legal instrument, such as a will or a trust.

Topic(s) Fundraising Individual Giving

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What is the monetary value of volunteer time?

The estimated value of volunteer time for 2018 is $24.69 per hour, according to Independent Sector, a coalition of charities, foundations, corporations, and individuals that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector.

Topic(s) Fundraising Volunteers

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What is CFRE?

CFRE stands for Certified Fund Raising Executive, an internationally recognized certification in the fundraising field and administered by CFRE International. CFRE is the first level of certification and may be renewed every three years.

Topic(s) Fundraising Consultants

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How are nonprofits funded?

Individual donations, corporate contributions, foundation grants and fee for services are some of many sources of income for nonprofits. While opinion varies as to what a nonprofit's "ideal" mix is, utilizing several diverse sources to achieve sustainability is generally a good practice.

Topic(s) Fundraising Finances

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How can I find degree or certification programs in fundraising, philanthropy, and nonprofit management?

Current Offerings in University-Based Programs is a database of nonprofit management programs at more than 290 U.S. colleges and universities. Compiled by Seton Hall University, the site includes online programs, and users can browse institutions by name, state, or program type (noncredit, continuing education, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral).

Topic(s) Fundraising Staff