Fundraising Resources

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Fundraising information

Payroll giving is covered on the Tax Reclaim Services page.


Consultant sites with resources

  • Funding Eye offers a number of free resources “that are designed to help you navigate the world of fundraising”.
  • Get Grants has a blog (featuring grant giving trusts) and newsletter.
  • Think Consulting Solutions has a resources page.

See Professional Bodies page for further support networks. Also see Magazines page.

Sources of grants etc.

Also see: Directory of Social Change above. There are a number of Twitter feeds (at autumn 2014) putting out updates on grants and other income opportunities, too.

  • EU Money Service publishes a directory of European grants and has a grants update service.
  • Funding Central is managed by NCVO with government support. It covers a wide variety of grants, contracts and loans that are available particularly from official sources, plus sections on advice, ‘find a partner’ etc.
  • Funding Information “the fundraising information service exclusively dedicated to the needs of voluntary organisations, charities, local authorities, and the agencies and information services who support them throughout the UK.” Annual subscription from £300.
  • Grantnet is based around the Grantfinder database, covering business as well as voluntary sector funding sources. Only accessible via specific access points  e.g. some local council websites. Smaller organisations can use the alternative site for free basic searches.
  • Grants Net Not to be confused with the previous entry. For business as well as charities. Pending relaunch at autumn 2014.
  • Grants Online Information on calls for proposals from the European Union, government and National Lottery grants etc. Free trial, annual sub from £75.
  • Open4Community is a facility developed by j4b/Open4Funding to allow councils to put funding search facilities for charity and community groups on their web sites. Also see j4bcommunity.


  • fit4funding (Charities Information Bureau) – closed June 2015. Focus on providing funding information for the North of England.
  • FINE Funding info for the North East.
  • South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau A variety of useful information sheets, plus more for local organisations.

Funders with useful websites


Lottery related

  • Big Lottery Fund can be a good funding source for certain groups – main aim is “to help meet the needs of those at greatest disadvantage in society and to improve the quality of life in the community”.
  • Department of Culture, Media & Sport’s Lottery site has an awards search facility.
  • Other lottery money sites:

Online Grants

Further developments/info on moves towards ‘electronic grantmaking’ awaited. But check CyberGrants.Com – American of course.

Fundraising on the web

See Online Income Services for Platforms/giving portals, Online Tools and Services.

Also see Membership Systems, as increasingly fundraising management processes are integrated into a wider CRM (customer relationship management) function.

Note that some services are promoted as “free” but check what this means, as the phrase can ignore administration charges or cuts from Gift Aid, for example.

Mailing lists

  • MarketingFile Provides access to mailing lists via the web. You make your own selections and pay per item (no minimum quantities). While they see this as useful to smaller charities, there aren’t any tailored charity lists and you would need to have a clear idea of your target audience. Definitely worth a look if you are thinking of doing a cold-mailing appeal to generate new donors.
  • Avongate Find relevant postal and email lists for direct mail campaigns.

Shop and Donate

Sites generating commission/donations based on consumer purchases from various online retailers. Most of these charge charities/organisations to appear, and/or take a cut of each transaction generated. Some sites don’t last long, but others are now reasonably established. Note: We don’t update this list very often.

  • Care2Save 80% of the commission goes to your chosen charity, the rest to Care2Save Charitable Trust, which promotes the development and growth of supportive, palliative and hospice care.
  • Easy Fundraising Over 55,000 causes, 2,700 retailers, at Sep. 2014.
  • The Giving Machine. Has a shopping toolbar/reminder system. Over 6,600 schools & charities at Sep. 2014.
  • Give or Take Chance to donate “cashback” earnings.
  • Give as you Live Over 3,500 stores, give to a charity of the month or your own choice.
  • GoRaise.
  • Vouchers4charity. Gift Vouchers/Greetings Cards can be bought online, with 3% of voucher value donated to charity.
  • Giving Works section – auctioning items for charity benefit.

Affiliate schemes, banner ads

These involve linking into existing schemes, such as the popular online bookseller Amazon’s facility for site visitors to link through from appropriate content, e.g. a book review, with a commission from connected sales coming back to you. You can get paid for carrying banner ads on your site, and some commercial sites now carry charity banners, with the named charity getting a small amount every time someone clicks on the ad (presumably the hosting site gets some info on its visitors this way).

Tab for a Cause web app turns any newly opened tab on a Chrome or Firefox web browser into a “charity collecting hub”, raising money from the banner advertisements which populate the new page. Purely American at Sep. 2014, but may expand?

Sample charity fundraising sites

Below are some initiatives you can benefit from or be inspired by. Our Taking Action Personally page may also get you going.


A trendy label/approach in 2014, of course subject to becoming old hat. Providers of web platforms/giving portals are on the Online Income Services page.

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