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7th May 2014 Sara Lock

Resources by NCVO

How to develop corporate partnerships

Corporate fundraising is not easy. It takes patience and time to turn a corporate prospect into a long-term, sustainable partner. This guide by the NCVO explains how developing corporate partnerships takes preparation and the right approach. It involves making contact with the right people inside the company who can help and then making an excellent ‘sell’ on why your organisation and their company are a good ‘fit’.

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Outcome funding – impact rather than just outputs

Outcome funding means funding an organisation in relation to what impact they have rather than just focusing on the outputs, such as the activities they do, or the products they produce. This guide by the NCVO provides a comprehensive and detailed explanation on outcome funding. It includes assessing your outcomes, why an outcomes funding approach is helpful for an organisation's own development and monitoring, and how this approach can be a useful tool for promoting yourself to funders.

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Fundraising and the board

Trustees can play an important role in the fundraising activity of an organisation. This short guide by NCVO, outlines the key responsibilities Trustees have in relation to fundraising to ensure an organisation complies with good practice.

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Developing a fundraising strategy

Develop your fundraising strategy with confidence, supported by this handy guide from NCVO.

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Using full cost recovery to help fund overhead costs

Recovering the full cost of delivering your services can help you cope with some of the financial pressures impacting on your organisation. This NCVO tool describes the benefits of full cost recovery and how to understand your cost base. It also provides examples of cost allocation and full cost recovery, and recovering the correct level of overheads on contracts. This resource also includes a cost recovery template.

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Identifying and assessing the right income streams for you

This useful income exploration tool will help you review your current income; identify new and potential income streams; and explore the impact that different income sources will have on your organisation and beneficiaries. It has been developed by the NCVO to help voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy.

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Income spectrum: finding the right income mix

This useful income spectrum tool will help you understand your income options and make stronger funding decisions for your organisation. It will help you identify the different income streams what will fit with your organisational needs. It looks at the four main streams of income: gifts, grants, contracts and open market. It has been developed by the NCVO to help voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy.

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Ten steps to financial sustainability

The Sustainable Sun tool combines six key aspects - the sun "rays" -  that contribute to financial sustainability and places them alongside a journey of ten steps that can help organisations to systematically increase their financial sustainability. It can help you work out where you doing well with financial sustainability and where you need to take action.  It has been developed by the NCVO to help voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy.

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Funder needs analysis tool

This useful tool provides an income spectrum that will help you understand the expectations and requirements that different income streams will have on your organisation. It will help you focus on the different approaches needed for funders, clients and customers. It was developed by the NCVO to help voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income strategy.

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Tools for fundraising for long-term sustainability

Developed by the NCVO as part of its Sustainable Funding Project, this resource provides five tools each designed to achieve a specific aim and set of objectives. The five tools are: deciding who should fundraise; applying to grant-making trusts and foundations; raffles and lotteries; running charitable events and hiring a fundraising consultant. It also includes a directory of useful fundraising tools. It has been designed to provide practical checklists, templates and exercises to help voluntary and community organisations improve their funding and finance for long-term sustainability. 

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