Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.


Fundraising is necessary for most Lifelong Communities to make change. It can be intimidating but there are advantages. It can raise awareness of your work and generate interest in your activities.  Whether monetary or in-kind donations, fundraising leverages and builds on your relationships within the community.

Grants effectively support lifelong community goals with funding for impact-focused projects.  Effective grant makers share your vision and appreciate your unique approach to addressing unmet needs in your community.  

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Key resources on Fundraising

HubSpot's Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising and the  National Council of Nonprofit's Fundraising Resource List provide a great introduction to the topic. 

The Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising.pdf

Key resources on grant writing

We recommend checking out Dr. Holly Korda's excellent presentation, Grant Writing for Lifelong Communities before you make connections with grant makers. When you are ready to start developing grants, take a look at the 2023 list of grant opportunities for Maine communities.


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