Fundraising, Grants & Social Ventures

Fundraising training & resources

Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT)

A multiracial organization that promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement building.  Provides training, resources and analysis with an emphasis on support to groups working on social justice and based in communities of color.

Klein & Roth Consulting

Provides fundraising trainings, workshops, advice and campaign management grounded in social justice principles.  Kim Klein is the author of “Fundraising for Social Change,” the bible for grassroots fundraising.

Network for Good

An excellent resource for nonprofits and donors alike.  Network for Good offers tips and resources for online fundraising, and for a small fee will allow you to accept donations online and send email newsletters.

The Fundraising Coach

A website dedicated to practical ideas for fundraising more effectively.  A site operated by fundraising professional Marc Pitman.

Accepting donations online

Network for Good

5% per donation using Donate Now Lite, with recurring donation functionality and a fundraising page.

Just Give

3% per donation.


$0.30 per transaction, plus 2.2% on the amount raised for registered 501(c)(c) organizations.

Help with grants research and grant writing

Foundation Center

The leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.  Research foundations through their online foundation directory, take a training, or look through their rich library of books, publications and articles about the world of philanthropy.

Nonprofit Guides

Free grant writing tools, including tips, sample proposals and links to some funders and other resources.


Friends in the world of social justice philanthropy, the RESIST Fund has a good guide on finding funding, including a list of some foundations.

Minnesota Council of Foundations

MCF has a great section on their website with resources on understanding philanthropy, identifying potential funders, and writing a good proposal.

Other tools & ideas for fundraising

Facebook Causes

Everyone is on Facebook these days, so take advantage of the community you already have by using it to benefit your organization!  Click here or here to read some tips about how to get the most out of your Facebook fundraising campaigns.


Raise money and help the environment by collecting used printer cartridges and cell phones.  FundingFactory will provide free shipping materials, promotional support and more.

USA Fundraising

A website with lots of creative fundraising ideas and resources.

Social ventures & creative income generating ideas


Get your supporters to shop at over 800 online stores at no extra cost to them (or you), and you will receive up to 26% of their purchases.  Stores include eBay, Best Buy, Staples, and many more.

We Care

Similar to iGive, We Care offers your organization a percentage of purchases made through your custom site.  Merchants often offer coupons, and include popular travel sites like Travelocity and Orbitz, rental car companies, and services like tax preparation sites.


Create a free online store front for your organization and sell custom T-shirts, mugs, hats, stickers, posters, and other goods 24/7, 365 days a year.  Products are made per-order, so no need to worry about inventory or paying for products that don’t end up selling.

eBay Giving Works

Get your supporters to sell items on eBay and have them donate 10-100% of the final sale prices, or sell items directly.  eBay users can also give directly to your group (up to $25 after each purchase on eBay, less a 5% fee) and all listings under your organization will feature a banner with your organizations info.

An amazing site with a wealth of technology resources, including pairing you up with 2-3 volunteer MBA students in a semester long project consulting service to discuss social entrepreneurship.

Community Wealth Ventures

Assists nonprofits develop a concrete business plan for social enterprises, including feasibility studies and market and financial analysis.


Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

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