Fundraising & Grant Writing

Crowdfunding Basics

How to plan and execute a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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Philanthropy News Digest

You can subscribe to a regular free newsletter announcing grant and funding opportunities (i.e. RFP). The newsletter can be customized to topics you are interested in.

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Developing a Plan

Work Plan Template

Helpful work plan template to develop a plan, timeline, and assign roles and resources to accomplish a project.

A tool from the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas to learn how to develop strategic and action plans.

The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) guidance for comprehensive economic development planning.

The business plan answers the key questions about the business: who, what, where, when, why, and how. For a developing business, it begins the process of making an idea materialize into reality and determining whether or not an idea should become reality. It also establishes goals and benchmarks for the business. A comprehensive business plan makes it easier for a business to receive external support, especially in terms of financing from potential investors, lenders, and grant sources. Finally, and possible most importantly, going through the process of planning is very valuable because it forces the business owners and/or managers to think through every detail of the business.

Planning to Measure

Measuring Social Impact

This business provides some helpful guidance and videos about how to build your impact strategy and measure social impact. We aren’t soliciting anyone hire this business, but this free tool they provide may be helpful.

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Guide to ARC Project Performance Measures

While this was specifically developed for ARC projects, this guide provides helpful guidance for measuring impact of projects in a community.

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EKY By the Numbers Profiles

A wealth of data to help you plan how to measure your impact from UK’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Data is aggregated by county with topics like: Demographics Youth Income/Earnings Education Agriculture Employment Coal Employment Health Substance Abuse Poverty/Insecurity

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Innovation and Creativity Prompts

10 Innovation Prompts

A list of 10 innovation prompts to help you think creatively in any situation so you can solve problems, improve processes, or develop new products.