River Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local watershed groups protect and restore their rivers and streams. Their Resource Library has good information for local groups – all free! Apply the “FUNDRAISING AND GRANTS” category filter to see publications relating to this topic.
Find the community foundation your group may access via this web-interfaced list. Not only are community foundations sources of local funding, but also employ professionals who can assist you in your fundraising efforts.
This booklet contains information on when to fundraise and who does it; fundraising principles; and, how to fundraise from all sectors. Though based in the U.K., the NCVO’s Introductory Pack on Funding and Finance contains information relevant to Indiana’s watershed groups.
This Web-based module tells you what you need to know to prepare a budget, identify potential funding sources and strategies, and include nonmonetary returns in your funding strategy. Upon completion of this module, you should be able to write a financial plan for your watershed group.
An online project/funding tracking system for watershed management plans. You must already have your plan written (including goals, objectives and tasks) and have cost estimates for each task to use this system. Though specifically created for watershed management plans, this system may have use as a strategic plan tracking system as well. With regular updates, this tool could be very useful for reporting purposes as well as keeping track of plan and funding source status.
The financial management guide walks the reader through the basics of handling money from creating a budget to simple bookkeeping and annual reporting. It includes several tools to assist groups in completing tasks. Though based in the U.K., the NCVO’s Introductory Pack on Funding and Financecontains information relevant to Indiana’s watershed groups.
A Microsoft PowerPoint by River Network that describes an ideal funding schema for watershed groups and river organizations. Use the information provided to compare where your group is now to the goals set in the presentation.
Sustainable funding is more than just getting the money in hand. This guide provides the context that a group needs in order to be successful in carrying out its mission. Though based in the U.K., the NCVO’s Introductory Pack on Funding and Finance contains information relevant to Indiana’s watershed groups.