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The funding process - the action of obtaining resources from third parties - plays a key role in the activities and performance of Non-Governmental Organizations for Development (NGOD). Devising a successful fundraising strategy enables organizations to maintain and extend their social activities, and increase their social impact.
Most NGODs acting in the Portuguese third sector face funding problems caused by their limited number of volunteers, increasing competition for the funds available, and lack of professionalism when providing services. The Portuguese third sector is necessary and is still underdeveloped.
The present study analyses the result from a survey conducted to Portuguese NGODs, and five interviews conducted to nonprofit organizations operating in the social field. Findings suggest that depending on the organizationse area of intervention and capabilities, there are strategies and funding sources that are more adequate to the support of their actions. These two factors constrain the organizationse approach to the \NGODse Strategic Funding Model., which was developed taking into consideration all the Portuguese third sector trends registered during the present study.