Fundraising & Grantseeking Resources

Charitable donations are an essential part of most nonprofit's budgets and allow an organization to carry out services and its mission. It is critical that nonprofits have a wide variety of funding sources in order to be sustainable over the long term. The following resources can help organizations prepare for fundraising and learn about a variety of funding sources in Minnesota.

Fundraising Planning, Principles, & Practices

For many nonprofit organizations, fundraising is an essential function of ensuring adequate resources are secured to achieve their charitable missions. Fundraisers build and steward relationships with key stakeholders and represent the work of the nonprofit organization to the community. Careful attention to best practices, ethics, and thoughtful planning are crucial aspects of effective and ethical work.

MCN’s The Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence is a comprehensive overview of accountability principles and management practices based on the values of quality and responsibility that distinguish the nonprofit sector from government and business. Principles and Practices identifies 3 principles and 16 practices with regard to nonprofit fundraising, including:

  • Policies

  • Accountability to Donors

  • Communication with Donors

Resources from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for Individual Giving: