The big idea
Fundraising has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. It has grown in breadth and depth and donors and funders have also become more discerning. The current economic environment has meant that the spotlight is now on fundraising as never before. This is forcing businesses that undertake fundraising to re-appraise their approaches, expand their strategies and be realistic about what they can achieve. The days of the notional ‘balancing’ fundraising figure are long gone.
Auditing fundraising achievement and the extent of your portfolio is a fundamental part of the fundraising planning process. The approach presented here is based on the Six Pillars of Fundraising, which includes:
- Community-business partnerships
- Special events
- Earned income
The Fundraising Dashboard  has been designed to encourage you to undertake an in-depth analysis of every area of your fundraising (based on the six pillars above) and to be able to compare them side by side. This both enables internal benchmarking and provides a basis for external comparison where the data is available.
The dashboard is a one-page template designed to encourage you to present the key information about your fundraising achievements and intentions. Depending on your enterprise, you can complete it on your own or with your team. It may take a few hours to do as you will need to collect detailed data on your fundraising.
Adapted from DZO Strategists LLC, The ‘Beyond Cash’ Fundraising Management Dashboard