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Resource Development and Funding Opportunities

United States Department of Health & Human Services

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers grant programs which provide financial assistance to states to support the delivery of treatment and services for persons who experience homelessness. The Department offers both targeted homeless assistance programs and supportive services (also known as “non-targeted or mainstream”). Homeless assistance programs are specifically designed to provide for families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Whereas, supportive services serve persons who meet an eligibility criteria, usually low-income populations. To learn more about the types of grant programs provided and to access resources provided by the Department, visit https://www.hhs.gov/programs/social-services/homelessness/grants/index.html. 

CITATION: Grants. HHS.gov. (2021, May 19). https://www.hhs.gov/programs/social-services/homelessness/grants/index.html.

Top Funding Sources for Nonprofits and Charities

With a wide source of funding models to choose from, deciding on the right one is no easy task for an organization. Funding models, as per this article, combine various funding sources into a constellation unique to every nonprofit – i.e. 50% grants, 30% events, 10% in-kind donations, and 10% membership- programs. Although most organizations seek funding from various sources, research demonstrates that 90% of the largest nonprofits have embraced funding models built around a single dominant source of revenue. This source provides the necessary steps to selecting a funding model and the various funding sources available to organizations. To check out the top funding sources for nonprofits and charities, please visit https://donorbox.org/nonprofit-blog/nonprofit-funding-sources/     

CITATION: Ibrisevic, Ilma. “Top Funding Sources for Nonprofits and Charities in 2021: Donorbox.” Nonprofit Blog, June 9, 2021. https://donorbox.org/nonprofit-blog/nonprofit-funding-sources/.

Non Profit Fundraising Strategies

For nonprofit organizations, funding is critical to fulfillment of its mission. This guide sets forth various fundraising strategies and ways in which nonprofits can create consistent revenue from companies, individuals and other foundations. Specifically, nonprofits can raise money from companies through gift matching, volunteer grants, corporate grants and in-kind donations. Individuals make up almost 75% of all charitable contributions. There are a multitude of ways an individual can give to a nonprofit, including: direct mail, text and online donations; event donations; peer to peer fundraising; pledge fundraising; annual campaign donations; planned gifts and many more. Nonprofits can also raise funds from foundations via community foundation grants and private or family foundation grants. To learn more about fundraising strategies, ways to get started, how to register your nonprofit for charitable solicitation, standard resources for fundraising success; and best practices to optimize your fundraising, please visit https://doublethedonation.com/tips/nonprofit-fundraising/

CITATION:  Nonprofit Fundraising: A Complete Overview (20+ Methods!). Double the Donation. (2021, February 16). https://doublethedonation.com/tips/nonprofit-fundraising/.

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

After conducting extensive research, the Stanford Graduate School of Business identified and drafted a review of the ten funding models historically used by nonprofit organizations in the United States. Researching within an ample sphere, the authors settled on three parameters to define their funding models—the source of funds, the types of decision makers, and the motivations of the decision makers. The chosen funding models are as follows: heartfelt connector; beneficiary builder; member motivator; big bettor; public provider; policy innovator; beneficiary broker; resource recycler; market maker; and local nationalizer. To learn more about each funding model and the profiles of representative nonprofits for each model, please visit https://ssir.org/articles/entry/ten_nonprofit_funding_models 

CITATION: Foster, William Landes, and William Landes Foster is a partner at the Bridgespan Group. “Ten Nonprofit Funding Models (SSIR).” Stanford Social Innovation Review: Informing and Inspiring Leaders of Social Change. Accessed June 22, 2021. https://ssir.org/articles/entry/ten_nonprofit_funding_models.

National Council of Nonprofits: Fundraising

The National Council of Nonprofits provides fundraising resources from state regulation to donor relations. In addition, this source links nonprofits to their respective state associations which offer various opportunities such as in-person workshops, webinars, peer learning programs and e-learning courses, and even discounts on products and services that are used by nonprofits to fundraise. To learn more about fundraising capacity, please visit https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/fundraising 

CITATION: “Fundraising.” National Council of Nonprofits, May 7, 2021. https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/fundraising

Family & Youth Services Bureau: Funding Opportunities

This source provides a list of collected funding opportunities from federal agencies, private foundations, and corporations, alongside their respective due dates. To learn more about the grant programs and their requirements, please visit https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov/funding 

CITATION: “Funding Opportunities.” National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth & Families. Accessed June 22, 2021. https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov/funding