Diversifying your funding

Blogs, resources, tools and training for you to ensure that you're making the most of all opportunities to raise funds.

Our business models resources will help your NGO think more innovatively and long-term about planning and implementing projects and strategies. The fundraising section will help you utilise individual giving and sponsorship. And the partnership section will help you cultivate relationships outside of grants and governmental institutions.   

Business models

As traditional funding sources are drying up, a good business model enables an organisation to have both impact, reaching the communities that they want to support, and have financial sustainability to continue doing so.

It’s important for an organisation to be aware of their business model as it may be that there is another approach that is more suited to them. A new model could allow your organisation to scale impact faster than you do now or deliver the same change but at a cheaper price.  

More on business models


The new business models shaking up global development

Five organisations who are challenging traditional development.


50 innovative business models

50 examples of innovative business models, and how to use them to start a conversation.


Financial trends for UK-based INGOs

Trends in income growth for 305 INGOs and what this means for fundraising strategies.


How do you know when your NGO needs to change?

We have to reinvent and manage any downturn in funding.


How to overcome barriers to INGO structural innovation

Three measures to encourage structural change.


Time to re-energise the INGO model through structural innovation

INGOs must think deeply about what kind of organisation they want to be.


3 strategic ideas for investing in your NGO’s innovation

Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.


NGOs rethink business models to adapt and thrive

Challenge your existing business models to thrive in a changing world.


Social enterprise approach helps NGO maximise impact

Q&A with Liz Lowther, CEO of Motivation. A charity at the innovation forefront.


Putting value for money into practice

Challenge your existing business models to thrive in a changing world.


The potential and pitfalls of blockchain

Can blockhain bring transparency and empowerment to donors?


Funding for Development Conference

Get the latest insights and trends in fundraising. 



In order to have financial sustainability, organisations need to have a diverse funding model that can withstand the fast-changing external funding environment. Institutional donors, such as DFID, the EU and Comic Relief, are either government or other large-scale development agencies with high value, multi-annual funds, institutional donors. Their funding for international development NGOs can provide regular, reliable, year-on-year resourcing for high quality development grants or contracts.

Fundraising from the public provides the much needed unrestricted funding for NGOs and gives them the flexibility to choose where and how they spend their income. But it is getting harder and harder to raise funds this way. Fundraising from corporate partners and corporate foundations provides an opportunity outside institutional funding but INGOs should consider what aligning with a brand or corporate could mean for them.   

More on fundraising


How to fundraise from institutions

Essential information about the main UK/European institutional donors offering funding.


Shifting our fundraising paradigm from the outside in

It’s time to examine our funding paradigms and transform the way NGOs are funded.


6 fundraising tips for small NGOs

Top tips to help small NGOs improve their fundraising from GlobalGiving.


5 digital fundraising tips for small NGOs

Digital fundraising strategies to capitalise on the increasing trend of online donations.


7 principles of persuasion for more effective fundraising

how to capture attention to improve your fundraising.


Fundraising from institutions: preparing winning proposals

Expert advice on what different donors require.



Working in partnership is central to delivering the sustainable development goals. Many institutional donors now require grantees to work in consortia to deliver their programme, and INGOs are collaborating with business and other stakeholders to achieve impact at scale. Working with local partners is key to building the capacity and sustainability of local organisations and civil society.   

More on partnerships


5 lessons on forging corporate partnerships

A corporate partnership can help your charity amplify its impact with the right approach.


Tapping into local knowledge to diversify income

Drawing on local knowledge to help deliver your mission.


3 lessons on building effective partnerships

Lessons on how best to create effective partnerships and succeed in your goals.


5 tips for a partnership that work for all involved

Recommendations for productive partnerships between academics and NGOs.


Islamic social finance: the future of humanitarian partnership?

A financial tool for the humanitarian funding gap.


Fundraising from foundations

Building relationships is crucial to successful fundraising from foundations.