Before you start fundraising
The Institute of Fundraising publishes a Code of Fundraising Practice and a Code of Conduct. These codes are available online and cover all aspects of fundraising from Trust Fundraising to Fundraising through Electronic Media. The codes give clear guidance on best practice fundraising techniques and cover legal requirements in fundraising. All organisations that undertake any fundraising activity should read the relevant codes before they start fundraising.
Free Tools & Resources to support fundraising
The Big Lottery provide guidance on costing your project including working out your costs using full cost recovery.
Survey Monkey offers a free version of their online survey tool. This is ideal for carrying out a community consultation to provide evidence to potential funders.
Google Forms also offer a free survey tool.
The Resource Library at Harrogate Community House holds over 100 specialist publications including DSC directories of funders. HARCVS members can borrow publications for up to 2 weeks.
Data & Research to Support Funding Bids
Demonstrating a need for your project or service is key to effective bid writing. The following is a list of online sources of open data which can be searched and filtered to find evidence of need in the community. Remember to include a reference for any statistics you include in your bids. The following websites can be used to search for relevant statistics and demographic information relating to your community.
STREAM provides statistics, research and mapping using nationally available data relating to North Yorkshire and York, together with local information from partner organisations. STREAM requires users to sign up to the service. You will then be able to search by theme or by a specific area.
The Church Urban Fund website also allows you to search by postcode for deprivation scores at parish level
Institute of Volunteering Research publishes research papers on the trends in volunteering including looking at issues such as the health and employability beenfits of volunteering.
Ipsos MORI contains some research reports based on surveys of the general public. This may take some searching to find what you're looking for.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) produces an annual set of statistics on civil society organisations in the UK.
NICE provides research relating to health
The North Yorkshire Partnerships website is a good source of information relating to North Yorkshire including:
Joint Strategic needs Assessment (JSNA) last updated in 2012
Quick Links to Current Research
Indices of Multiple Deprivation for North Yorkshire
I'm Still Me research by National Voices into the issues affecting older people