Fund Development

Fundraising Strategies for Park Foundations in the Wake of COVID-19

The Better Fundraising Co.: Fundraising in a Pandemic and Economic Downturn: What Will Happen, How You Can Succeed

National Parks Development Leaders Network: Fundraising for Parks During Uncertain Times by Lori L. Jacobwith

Ignited Fundraising: Donor Engagement Strategies - COVID-19 Contingency Planning

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy - Philanthropy Matters - What Will Emerge from the War on COVID-19?

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy - Philanthropy Matters - Lessons About Philanthropy, the Economy, and Fundraising Amid the Pandemic

Maryland Nonprofits: COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need to Know About Coronavirus

Nonprofit Quarterly: This is Not a Test: Philanthropy and Nonprofits in the 2020 Economic Shutdown

BoardSource: How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19

Giving USA: What We Have Learned From Crises and Can Use in Coronavirus Age

Nonprofit Quarterly: Cutting Through the Jargon: How the CARES Act Works for Nonprofits

City Parks Alliance: Park Leaders and COVID-19: Serving the Community in Challenging Times

Annual Funds

NRPA - Parks & Recreation magazine: Forget About Grants! Annual Fundraising for Park Foundations & Friends Groups by Dr. Nathan A. Schaumleffel
YouTube: NAPF Webinar: So Your Local Park Foundation Needs a Strong Individual Giving Campaign

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Sample Annual Fund Development Plan

Auditing Fundraising Processes

Amy Eisenstein: Would Your Nonprofit Pass a Fundraising Audit? 5 Critical Rules


Board Members' Roles & Responsibilities for Giving & Fundraising


GivingUSA: Skin in the Game: The Importance of Board Giving

GrantSpace by Candid: Foundation Center - Your Board and Fundraising

GuideStar Blog: Making Asking Easier for  Your Board

Capital Campaigns/Comprehensive Campaigns

Dr. Nathan A. Schaumleffel: Introduction to Capital & Comprehensive Campaigns

Donor Search: Timeline for a Capital Campaign: 3 Fundamental Stages

YouTube: Amy Eisenstein - Gail Perry on Preparing for a Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign Masters: Spectacular Infographic - Capital Campaign Timeline and Flow

YouTube: The Fundraising Resource Group - Capital Campaign Planning

Capital Campaign Masters: 5 Common Misconceptions about Feasibility Studies

YouTube: Amy Eisenstein - Maintain Your Annual Fund During a Capital Campaign

Case Statements/Cases for Support

GrantSpace: What is a Case Statement? Where Can I Learn More About It

causevox: Making the Case for Support in a Way that Connects 8 Essentials for Your Organization's Case Statement

Case Statement Description
Case Statement Info Template
Case Statement Sample Audubon
Case Statement Sample Parks Foundation

Direct E-mail

Wild Apricot: The Essential Guide to Nonprofit Email Marketing

the fundraising coach: 3 Myths of Email Fundraising

marketing sherpa: 10 Best Practices to Increase Email Response Rates for Fundraising

M & R Strategic Services: Storytelling and the Art of Email Writing

Direct Mail

YouTube: Affinity Connection - Fundraising for Non-Profit: Direct Mail Best Practices

Fired Up Fundraising: Here's A Real, Live "Donor-Centered" Appeal Letter

thebalancesmallbusiness: 6 Examples of Effective Fundraising Letters

Donor Acknowledgement & Donor Recognition

Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy: Learning to Say Thank You: The Role of Donor Acknowledgements

YouTube: Little Green Light - Step 4 - Gift Acknowledgement

YouTube: Affinity Connection - Fundraising for Non-Profit: Acknowledge Donors and Evaluate Results

YouTube: Blackbaud Support - Raiser's Edge Donor Acknowledgement and Mail Merges

Donor Acquisition & Retention

causevox: 4 Surprising Donor Retention Statistics

Donor Management Systems & Other Software/Technology

Members' Only Roundtable Discussion (6/17/2021): Why Does Our Park Foundation Need a Donor Management System?

Network for Good: What to Look for in a Donor Management System (and Why)


Bloomerang - Nonprofit Professional Development - Webinar  Recordings Library

Little Green Light




Blackbaud's eTapestry

Blackbaud Raiser's Edge

Google for Nonprofits

YouTube Social Impact

Donor Stewardship

Goettler Associates: An Excellent Board Primer on Donor Stewardship

YouTube: Bloomerang - Building a Sustainable Donor Stewardship Program

YouTube: McMaster Innovation Park - Donor-Centered Fundraising with Penelope Burk - Cygnus Applied Research

YouTube: Blackbaud - npNEXT 2013 - Penelope Burke

Endowment Funds

YouTube: Edmonton Community Foundation: How Endowments Work

YouTube: UC Santa Cruz: The Importance of Endowments

the balance small business: How to Start an Endowment for Your Nonprofit

YouTube: Worth Baker: Endowment 101

Gift Acceptance Policies


Candid: What is a gift acceptance policy? Where can I find examples?

National Council of Nonprofits: Gift Acceptance Policies

Indiana Natural Resources Foundation: Gift Acceptance Policy

Internal Revenue Service: Car Donations

Sierra Club Foundation: Vehicle Donation Program

Gift Range Calculators

SUMAC: Fundraising Gift Range Calculator

Legal Compliance for Charitable Fundraising

Candid: Fundraising: What U.S. laws apply?

NEO Law Group: Nonprofit Law Blog

Venable LLP - Nonprofit Law

Major Gifts

Dr. Nathan A. Schaumleffel: Introduction to Major Gifts

YouTube: NLCTampaBay - Nonprofit Fundraising Minute: The Keys to Your Next Major Gift

YouTube: Bloomerang - How to Raise Major Gifts -- The Right Way

Carlton & Company: Planning (Strategically) for Major Gifts Development

Dr. Gray Keller - Major Donors Like to Invest in Charities like they Invest in Art

YouTube: Howard Lake - The Role of Macaroni in Major Gift Fundraising

YouTube: ArtsandBusinessArts - How to Ask for Money....Nicely!

The Major Gifts Report

Case Expressions/Expressing Your Case

Multimedia Case Expressions

American Red Cross: Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Salvation Army: Bell Ringer

YouTube Social Impact

Digital Storytelling

Ignited Fundraising : Tell Your Money Story with Images

Ignited Fundraising: What is Pivot Fundraising? And How Do I Do It?

Online Giving, Social Media, & Crowdfunding

Nonprofit Tech for Good: Five Simple Ways Nonprofits Can Measure Social Media ROI (Return on Investment)


YouTube Social Impact

Giving Tuesday

Social Media Sun: 8 Group Funding Websites like Kickstarter

Philanthropy & Giving Trends

Candid (formerly The Foundation Center & GuideStar)

Giving USA

Network for Good: The Nonprofit Marketing Blog - 3 Reasons Donors Won't Give - And What to do About It

Phone Solicitation

YouTube: Marc Pitman - 3 Quick Tips to Make Your Fundraising Calls More Effective

7 Musts for a Phone Campaign

Planned Giving

YouTube: What is Planned Giving? Create a Legacy You'll Never See

YouTube: Amy Eisenstein: 4 Steps to Secure Planned Gifts

Dr. Nathan A. Schaumleffel: Win-Win: Benefiting Your VIP Donors & Your Organization Through Planned Giving

YouTube: Legacy Leaders: The Planned Giving Truth Episode 1 - The Ask

YouTube: Russell James: Planned Giving Overview: The Secret to Understanding it All

Mosaic: 4 Steps to Planned Gift Fundraising

The New York Times: In Estate Planning, Family Isn't Always First


Organizational Examples of Planned/Estate Giving:

Autism Speaks

National Parks Conservation Association

Indiana Natural Resources Foundation

Professional Associations & Professional Development

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement
Grant Professionals Association

Professional Certification

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy - Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM)

CFRE International - Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Grant Professionals Certification

Professional Ethics

Association of Fundraising Professionals

          Code of Ethical Standards

          Donor Bill of Rights

          eDonor Bill of Rights

Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement: Ethics and Professional Standards

Grant Professionals Association: Code of Ethics

YouTube: Prospect Research Institute: Privacy and Ethics in Fundraising Research

Prospect Research

YouTube: Inyathelo South Africa: What is Prospect Research?

Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement: A Brief Description of the Prospect Development Professional

Free Public Records Directory

White Pages

Assessor Links USA

Lexis Nexis: Accurint

Wealth Engine

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: Million Dollar List


The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Major Gifts Report

Advancing Philanthropy

Philanthropy Matters

Nonprofit Quarterly

Signature Events, Special Events, & Charitable Gaming

The Fundraising Authority: How to Hold Great Fundraising Events - A Step by Step Guide

IRS Stay Exempt: Charitable Gaming for Exempt Organizations Online Course

State of Indiana - Indiana Gaming Commission: Charitable Gaming

Volunteer Engagement in Fundraising

idealware: Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Workbook

BoardOnTrack: What's A Development Committee?

NonProfitPRO: The Right Development Committee for Your Nonprofit

Miscellaneous Resources

Donor Media Guidelines Template
Fund Development Calendar 
Legacy Endowment Donor Agreement
Naming Policy Statement
Park Brochure - Rivers Edge - Business and Groups
Planning Guide for Fundraising Committee
Plaque Guidelines
Project Status Report

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