Fundraising Bright Spots

Strategies and Inspiration from Social Change Organizations 
Raising Money From Individual Donors

Resetting Development and
Finding Fundraising
Bright Spots

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Prompted by the widespread fundraising challenges identified in UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising (a joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund) the Haas, Jr. Fund convened a Resetting Development work group focused on highlighting potential solutions to chronic fundraising challenges.

Read more about the Resetting Development project and the Fundraising Bright Spots project here

At the heart of the project are two key questions: 

  • What can we learn about a “culture of philanthropy” as a way of breaking the vicious cycle?
  • What can we learn from organizations that are beating the odds? 


Bright Spots



Fundraising ideas in action. What are Bright Spots Learning? 

From September 2016 to April 2017, CompassPoint convened twelve organizations (each one with a participating team of two) to form the first Bright Spots cohort. What were some of their insights and how are they changing their approach to fundraising? 

Fundraising Bright Spots: 
Strategies and Inspiration from Social Change 
Organizations Raising Money From Individual Donors

What Can We Learn From Organizations That Are Beating the Odds?

It's this last question that CompassPoint and Klein & Roth Consulting tackle in our new report, Fundraising Bright Spots.  The report highlights real-life stories of organizations that are experiencing inspiring success in individual donor fundraising. These stories illuminate potential solutions for moving past the vicious cycle of fundraising and celebrates the creative, persistent, values-driven—and sometimes unexpected—approaches to raising funds that we hope will energize your own strategy and contribute to the bigger conversation on what it takes to "reset development" for social change leaders. 

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Read more from the
Resetting Development series:

Beyond Fundraising:
What Does It Mean to Build a Culture of Philanthropy?

by Cynthia Gibson

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