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.

The Fundraising Authority 

This website offers tips and pointers for those who are new to fundraising.


Classy is an online fundraising platform designed for modern nonprofit organizations.

The Story Telling Non-Profit 

This website offers workshops, blog posts and webinars. The Story Telling Non-Profit helps you craft your organization’s story in a way that increases meaningful connections with the public.

Accepting donations online

Network for Good

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


$0.30 per transaction, plus 2.2% on the amount raised for registered 501(c)(3) 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, RESIST has a good list of “Comrades” who are allies in social justice funding.

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’s revised fundraising platform can quickly help raise money on Facebook and easily reach out to your friends in a few clicks, without leaving Facebook.

The fundraiser service, which works like a crowdfunding platform, enables users to find out more about the people who created the fundraiser and the person benefiting from the fundraiser. The platform also allows seeing which friends have donated to a particular cause.


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

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.


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.

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, at no cost to the purchaser.

My Change

My Change rounds debit card and credit card purchases up to the nearest dollar and donates the change to the cause or organization of your choosing. Once everything is set up, you can go about your life knowing you are giving in a hassle-free way.