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Fundraising tips for small charities

Learn how to get buy-in, seek support from your local community and apply for big and small grants from this ThirdSector article.
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How to fundraise in tough times

Fundraising is an important core income stream for all charities, especially in difficult times. What elements of your charity should you continue to find funding for and where should you be looking?
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How to sell yourself

This how-to looks at what makes you an attractive proposition to a business, and tips on how you can benefit from this.
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How to ask for legacies

A charitable legacy is when somebody leaves money to charity in their will. This HowTo looks at ways of approaching the subject of charitable legacies, and increasing giving potential within your charity.
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Local and community fundraising

This how-to looks at the community approach to fundraising and building a relationship between your organisation and the people who give you money and who support your aims and activities.
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UK Fundraising

Perfect your elevator pitch

Short enough to be shared during an elevator journey and affective enough to leave your audience completely clear about what your small charity is all about.
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96 Fundraising Ideas That Can Really Work

96 good ideas for how you can fundraise for small charities.

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Reach New Heights With Fundraising 

Ecclesiastical Insurance has produced a guide to help small charities maximise their income and awareness through fundraising. It includes key tips on how to make grant applications successful and what risks are involved in fundraising activities.
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How To Guides 

The Guardian Voluntary Sector have launched a series of How to guides dedicated to helping small charities. They contain expert advice from the sector on a range of topics including fundraising, innovation and finance and how to get the best out of a small team. 
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Code of Fundraising Practice

IoF has produced the Code of Fundraising Practice, which helps charities ensure that their fundraising activities follow legal and professional requirements. Their five-minute-fundraiser videos are also a very easy to use free tool. 
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Accessibility Guide to Meetings and Events

This guide has been produced as a practical tool to help groups to support and ensure that disabled women will be included and participate when planning meetings and events.
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Fundraising Helpsheets for Small Charities

Lime Green Consulting has produced a series of free helpsheets providing advice on fundraising strategy, events management and individual giving. To access the helpsheets, all you need to do is join our mailing list and you'll be sent a hidden link so that you can download them.
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Gimme, Gimme, Gimme! - A Guide to fundraising for small organisations 

nfpSynergy have produced a comprehensive beginner's guide called ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’, introducing a variety of fundraising income streams to help you chose the best route. 
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Pricing Made Simple

This guide offers useful information on how to produce a clear and effective pricing strategy. It explains the importance of a variety of different factors charities must consider when setting an effective pricing strategy.
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Treating Donors Fairly

This guide will help charities understand how to help donors make informed decisions. It explains how to take into account the needs of individuals who may be in vulnerable circumstances and situations when fundraisers shouldn't take donations.
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How to Register for Gift Aid

HMRC have produced an infographic explaining how to register for Gift Aid and the four main steps you need to complete. For every 1 donated under Gift Aid, HMRC will give your charity an extra 25 pence.
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Writing a Fantastic Funding Bid 

NCVO are offering a free guide to Writing a Fantastic Funding Bid as part of their Quick Guides series. This guide is a really useful tool on how to whittle down everything your organisation does, and the people you help, into a bid that gets results.
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Create a Successful Fundraising Appeal

This toolkit will help you create and manage a successful fundraising appeal. It gives instructions for designing print and digital appeals to help your organisation stand out from the crowd and really connect with your donors.
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Proud to be a Fundraiser Toolkit 

The toolkit is a practical guide to help you implement proven fundraising strategies that your whole organisation can get united behind, and proud of, to help strengthen your fundraising efforts and raise more money for your cause.
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Fundraising support for smaller charities

A report issued by the Institute of Fundraising recommending that more support and focus is needed to help smaller charities to fundraise.
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Fundraising & Management Consultancy

Kingston Smith Fundraising and Management offer registered charities a free, no-obligation two-hour consultancy session tailored to their specific needs. To use this service, contact James Newell on 020 7566 3635 or [email protected]
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Attract more high value fundraisers

Get Event Fit provides your fundraisers with a more engaging training experience by replacing PDFs with professional training programmes that are branded to your charity and automatically delivered daily to a mobile app.
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KindLink

KindLink is a free online payment system for charities. It provides the cheapest bank fees @1.3% flat and no other cost for managing your donations. You can record manually donations and as HMRC approved agent KindLink will file Gift Aid for you.
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Layla Moosavi Training & Mentoring

Fundraising and sponsorship training , mentoring  and away days for individuals  and organisations. The training can also be made bespoke to your specific organisational needs and is ideal for small to medium sized charities who need help with capacity building.
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Tap+DONATE™

Join the contactless payment revolution and raise funds through contactless technology. Tap+DONATE™ from National Funding Scheme provides both rental and for-purchase contactless giving units. 
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Charity Training Courses and Publications 

DSC offers a range of training courses and publications to help charities improve their fundraising. Topics include corporate fundraising; fundraising events; individual and legacy giving; and effectively using social media to fundraise. 
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FSI

Foundation for Social Improvement 

FSI provides free practical training courses for small charities, an annual fundraising conference, advice clinics, and fundraising events via Small Charity Week. Support includes how to apply for funds (from major donors, corporate and trusts), communicate with donors and run events.
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Institute of Fundraising

IoF is a professional membership body for UK fundraising. They offer support for small charities, including 20 courses, conferences places, online resources, video guides and advice for getting started, as well as one-hour "surgery" slots.
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KnowHow Non-Profit

KnowHow Non-Profit hosts a range of free resources on fundraising topics, as well as 'how to' guides written and rated by users. They also produce cheap e-learning units and a collaborative learning space 
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Let's Get Fundraising

This website is a compilation of fundraising ideas and quick guides on their successful implementation, with a focus on easily promoting community fundraising and individual fundraising.
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