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Nourish your community organisation’s fundraising Explore the free resources and low-cost tools Australia’s community organisations have relied upon for twenty years.


Our Community knows the not-for-profit sector. We also know how time-poor community sector workers and volunteers are and how often you come up against problems, both age-old and brand new, that leave you scratching your head. If only there was a not-for-profit resource bank that could help with everything… Introducing Our Community’s collection of resources and websites produced with the singular goal of helping you do the best you can, as quickly as possible. Don’t pay a fortune for the targeted advice you need. Browse the range of no-nonsense, affordable and often free resources at www.ourcommunity.com.au


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1. Save this powerful site Bookmark www.fundingcentre.com.au in your browser - you’ll come back to it over and over again. The Funding Centre website is brimming with resources that will help you understand the seven pillars of fundraising: Grants, Donations, CrowdRaisers™, Memberships, Events, Sales and Sponsorships. Regularly updated with news, videos and resources, the Funding Centre is where not-for-profits go for fundraising know-how.

2. Explore Fundraising Help Sheets Fundraising is time-consuming and that time is precious. You don’t need to waste your time reinventing the wheel when you can find the answers to common and curly questions in our free, expert-written help sheets. You can start exploring over 60 help sheets at www.fundingcentre.com.au/donation/help


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3. Take the legwork out of finding grants for your group Spending hours each week scanning the horizon for grants? There’s a better way. Outsource the hassles of grantseeking and concentrate your energy on writing winning applications instead with a Funding Centre membership. Membership costs as little as $85 (inc GST) and provides access to Australia’s first and largest grants database, as well as a customisable alerts and updates service. It’ll be the best $85 you spend all year. Learn more at www.fundingcentre.com.au/subscribe

4. The best online training for fundraisers – new and old If you’re new to fundraising, or looking for inspiration beyond your same-old-same-old sources, this is the training you need. WTF – Where’s the Funding?, an online compact course for community fundraisers, provides the help and answers you need to raise more money for your community group. Get started at www.ourcommunity.com.au/training


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5. Ready to zero-in on grants? There’s online training for that too. Win More Grants, an online compact course for community grantseekers, will teach you the secrets for easily winning more grants for your community organisation or school and how to drastically increase the number of grants you can apply for. Dive in at www. ourcommunity.com.au/training

6. Grab a free fundraising policy Does your group have a written fundraising policy? You should and the good news is we’ve laid the groundwork. You can download a free template that you can adapt for your own use, as well as more than 80 other policy templates, from www.communitydirectors.com.au/policybank


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7. Build your own fundraising library If only there was a “not-for-profit for dummies” book series… Introducing the Our Community library – a collection of titles written with the singular goal of helping you do the best you can, as quickly as possible. Don’t pay a fortune for the targeted fundraising advice you need. Mix and match from a range of no-nonsense, affordable guides and build your own library of go-to resources. Each book costs just $36 (including GST and postage throughout Australia) and can be ordered at www.fundingcentre.com.au/bookstore

8. Maximise your fundraising potential Need an affordable way to receive donations? You need to know about GiveNow – Australia’s first and favourite donations system. GiveNow will help you securely receive online donations, store donor records, handle receipting and generally streamline this often-fiddly aspect of fundraising. It also gives you the tools to ask your supporters to raise funds on your behalf, through low-fee, peer-to-peer CrowdRaiser™ campaigns. Used by thousands of not-for-profits around Australia, GiveNow has already helped raise nearly 100 million dollars online. Get started at www.givenow.com.au


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9. Find your next fundraising star When it’s time to recruit the newest member of your fundraising team, keep GoodJobs in mind. GoodJobs is the place to go to find or advertise roles that place values at their core. Listing internships, jobs and board positions in the not-for-profit, community and government sectors, GoodJobs can help you advertise your next fundraising role, putting your vacancy in front of people who’ll match your values. Learn more at www.goodjobs.com.au

10. Find fundraising service providers who do good Good Suppliers is a free online directory where you can connect with specialist social sector product and service providers from all over Australia. Need a professional grantwriter? How about an accountant to help manage your grant funds? You can explore businesses with extensive experience working in the social sector at www.goodsuppliers.com.au


Our Community Group of Enterprises Our Community provides advice, connections, training and easy-to-use tech tools for people and organisations working to build stronger communities. Our partners in that work are not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises; government, philanthropic and corporate grantmakers; donors and volunteers; enlightened businesses; and other community builders. A Certified B Corporation and multi-award-winning social enterprise, Our Community’s offerings include:

OurCommunity.com.au Australia’s centre for excellence for the nation’s 600,000 not-for-profits and schools: where not-for-profits go for help. Institute of Community Directors Australia The best-practice governance network for the members of Australian not-for-profit boards, committees and councils, and the senior staff who work alongside them. FundingCentre.com.au The best place to go to get information on grants and fundraising in Australia. GiveNow.com.au Commission-free online donations for not-for-profits, and philanthropy education and tools for businesses, families and individuals. Good Jobs Connecting good people with social sector jobs, board vacancies and internships. Communities in Control Australia’s most inspiring annual community sector gathering: thought leadership for the not-for-profit sector. Australian Institute of Grants Management Information, inspiration and education for government, philanthropic and corporate grantmakers. SmartyGrants Software & data science for revolutionary grantmakers. Australian Institute for Corporate Responsibility Creating and facilitating authentic connections between enlightened businesses and their communities. Innovation Lab Where Our Community seeds ideas to do old things better and new things first. www.ourcommunity.com.au (03) 9320 6800 | service@ourcommunity.com.au ABN 24 094 608 705

Where not-for-profits go for help

Nourish your community organisation’s fundraising  

Explore the free resources and low-cost tools Australia’s community organisations have relied upon for twenty years.

Nourish your community organisation’s fundraising  

Explore the free resources and low-cost tools Australia’s community organisations have relied upon for twenty years.