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From Theory to Practice – Engaging in Grassroots Fundraising Strategies that Work for your Organization and Communities

Is your organization looking for revenue streams that engage, build, and deepen your base of volunteers, members, and board members as donors and fundraisers? Does your organization want to raise dollars that are free from restriction? Does your organization want to increase the capacity of the organization to do fundraising?

The NYC Funders Capacity Building Collaborative is offering a grassroots fundraising training series titled: From Theory to Practice – Engaging in Grassroots Fundraising Strategies that Work for your Organization and Communities. The series will engage participants to explore the values and principles of grassroots fundraising through a social justice lens. From exploring the impacts of capitalism and class on our ability to fundraise to devising fundraising strategies that empower and engage organizational stakeholders (members, board, volunteers).

This series builds off the work of traditional individual donor engagement strategies while exploring the learnings and teachings of various grassroots groups and individual’s innovative applications of these strategies. This will allow participants to think more broadly and expand on the ways we think of raising dollars for our work that is relevant to the communities we serve. Participants will also explore and utilize practical fundraising skills training to help ensure the success of their chosen fundraising strategies. Each organization that is accepted into the training will be expected to plan and execute a grassroots fundraising event or campaign before the end of the series.


This training is suited for groups who 1) are currently engaging in or want and have the capacity to implement grassroots fundraising strategies into their work, and 2) have committed organization stakeholders to engage in grassroots fundraising. This could be your members, volunteers, or board members. Each organization accepted into the training is expected to create and implement an end of year fundraising grassroots fundraising strategy. The training curriculum creates space for groups to plan and implement their grassroots fundraising activity.


Dates & Times: There will be six day-long (10am–4pm) sessions on 9/18, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 12/11 and 1/15

Location: Midtown


No later than August 22nd, 2018. Accepted organizations will be notified via email the week of August 27th, 2018. There should be one application per organization applying.

Earlier Event: September 17
Healing Justice
Later Event: October 11
Fun with Financials Training 2018