Fundraising Tips & Tricks, Leila Bicakcic #gijc15

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Fundraising Tips & Tricks, Leila Bicakcic #gijc15

  1. 1. Fundraising: Tips and Tricks Finding Money for Investigative Reporting
  2. 2. Fundraising is… “Fundraising or fund raising (also development) is the process of soliciting and gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. (…) Fundraising is a significant way that non-profit organizations may obtain the money for their operations.” Wikipedia “Donors are not only worried about weather we are going to get reporters killed; they are also worried weather we’re going to embarrass them with the host country by writing something inconvenient. It’s difficult line of walk – a political minefield. It’s easier just to support planting plants or immunizing children” Rosemary ArmaoRosemary Armao
  3. 3. It requires…  Strategic planning that integrates all activities  Defining the “brand” of your organization  Communicating an identity and a mission/vision  Promoting activities, results, and beneficiaries  Building the right staff structure
  4. 4. It requires…
  5. 5. DO’S  You have to ask  Define yourself  Keep appropriate profile  Promote your work  Get organized  Focus on specific projects  Take a personal approach  Thank your donors  BE ACCOUNTABLE & TRANSPARENT
  6. 6. DON’T’S  Leave planning till the very last minute  Repeat the same strategy  Fundraise above & beyond your capacitates  Be aggressive and/or offensive  LIE
  7. 7. Applying to Open Calls  Project Development vs. Project Writing  Project Development is a process of mobilizing and organizing time, staff and other resources necessary for reaching set goals  Project Writing is a technique of presenting already designed projects in accordance with donor’s requirements, or converting project plan into project proposal
  8. 8. Key Preconditions  Leads to accomplishment of policies and/or programmatic goals  Fits into your organisational mission / vision and your strategic goals  Value for Money
  9. 9. Fundraising Process
  10. 10. Logical Framework NEED / PROBLEM
  11. 11. Thank youThank you  Leila Bicakcic Executive Director Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) Sarajevo email: leila@cin.ba

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