Serving Cook County

Securing Funding for your Organization

There is fierce competition for financial support from the private and philanthropic sectors. If you want to create an organization that potential funders are attracted to and interested in supporting, consider these ten guidelines.

  1. A clear vision and mission statement that can be clearly communicated by management and staff.
  2. Visible, committed and active board of directors.
  3. Organizational structure and management systems in place.
  4. Strong leadership with a proven track record to carry out the mission of the organization.
  5. Committed partnerships that have the capacity to implement project goals.
  6. Thorough knowledge of identified target population and geographic area that will be served.
  7. Awareness of the issues and gaps in services of the target population.
  8. Program designed based on successful models and input from key resources.
  9. Capacity and resources available to implement program goals and activities.
  10. Evaluation processes and identified impacts that are outcome based.

References

Promise Neighborhoods: A Planning How-to-Guide. Hayling Price, Policy Analyst, United Neighborhood Center of America, 2009.
Making Collaboration Work: Lessons from Innovation in Natural Resource Management. Julia M. Wondolleck and Steven L. Yaffee, 2005.

Resources

Community and Leadership is a University of Missouri Extension website dedicated to community and economic development with various modules such as: diversity and inclusion, economic viability, leadership development, organizational development, planning and public policy.