During these difficult times Ecclesiastical Insurance in collaboration with fundraising specialists, the Philanthropy Company, have put together really helpful advice and support resources to help you to fundraise for your church community.
First of all there is a checklist of top tips for how to begin fundraising. A link to this page can be found here. You will also find a link to various databases of funders and emergency grant funders on that page. There is a search function which could help you to identify a potential funder. Some databases are free and others are available if you pay a subscription.
Build your case
Secondly, once you have decided who you are going to apply to for funding you will need to build a strong case in your application form. This will include:
- a strong vision of what you want to achieve
- a breakdown of costs
- a plan of how you are going to monitor and evaluate the impact of your project.
A more comprehensive checklist can be found be found on https://www.ecclesiastical.com/church/fundraising/application-checklist/
There is also a handy guidance sheet that you can use to help you to write your case if you are new to fundraising.
Outputs and outcomes – what’s the difference?
Finally, you will need to have a clear understanding on some of the key terms used by funders when you apply and when you report back on how the funds have helped your target group. This includes understanding the difference between an output ( the resources used by your church to help others e.g. a new youth worker) and an outcome ( e.g. young people are less isolated). Ecclesiastical Insurance explain this brilliantly on https://www.ecclesiastical.com/church/fundraising/outputs-outcomes/
A free webinar which lasts for around 30 minutes which goes over these points can be viewed on https://www.ecclesiastical.com/church/fundraising/fundraising-webinar/
A final word…
Funders like to see collaboration and partnership. Before you get going on your fundraising make sure that no one else is already doing something similar in your area. Or, if you come across other organisations working with a similar group of people, can you offer something different to that fills a gap? For example, if you want to reduce the isolation of older people can you work in local partnership with other denominations or organisations to complement each other’s work?