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A Powell River
Guide for Non-Profits

Fundraising Basics  
Plan, Plan, Do it, and Evaluate it.

Funding Tactics  
Different tactics to meet different  project needs.

What Non-Profits Said
Local issues and local quick fundraising chart.

What the Experts Said
A summary of the what professional fundraisers say.

Charitable Status, Yes or No?  
Information that may help in the decision making process.

Some notes on finding foundations.

Helpful Foundation List  
A couple of CRC databases that we built and others that you might find helpful.

When Asking for Local Donations
A few tips as a result of our interviewing businesses.

Helpful Links
A few links to help you start looking.

If you find any of this information helpful, or have any suggestions please send an email to

Remember, You are not Alone

So, you are a non-profit organization (NPO) or a charity and you are trying to figure out where your next dollar is going to come from.  You look around and you can't figure out why money and resources aren't simply falling into place to deal with this evident social need.  Well you are not alone.

Non Profit Sector

In 2005, Nicole Zummach reported in the CharityVillage Newsweek that Canada's non-profit was the second largest in the world. As she stated in her article "To put it in perspective, Canada's nonprofits and voluntary organizations engage nearly as many full-time equivalent workers (2.073 million) as all branches of manufacturing combined (2.294 million)". Aside from the size of the nonprofit workforce, the sector also contributes about 6.8% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). As of 1999, that output equalled $61.8 billion (Canadian). If you include the value of volunteer work, that figure jumps to an estimated $75.8 billion, or 8.5% of GDP.   Statistics Canada in 2009 stated that the size of the non profit sector continued to grow in size and importance to Canada's economy at a much faster rate than the economy as a whole, and doubled in size between 1997 and 2007 (click here for full article).

Funding Today

As far back as 2003, NPOs have been facing a changing funding structure (Funding Matters report).  Federal and Provincial governments moved away from core program funding into relatively short term fee for service contracts.  Most funders want to leverage their contributions by requiring NPO's to get multiple sources of funding for single projects.  This drives up administrative costs for NPOs, yet funders do not want to contribute towards any administration costs.  Other funders are going more for a targeted approach to funding, leaving many  organizations in a position where they can start up a project, but they can't afford to continue it.   These changes in funding patterns may also contribute to mission 'drifting' as organizations try to tailor their activities to new meet the requirements of new funders.

The Financial meltdown of 2008 and 2009 has added more woes to fundraising.  As we suggested in our Guide for Non Profits, 2009 dropped the "fun" in fundraising. Internationally, fundraising efforts in the United States saw some of their lowest returns since the 1980’s. In Canada, 40% of the NPOs did not reach their fundraising targets, and only 46% actually increased their funds over 2008, and many of these were because of one time donations.  The Vancouver Foundation’s report entitled Weathering the Storm  clearly showed that British Columbian NPOs suffered a little more than charities, as over half (53%) of the charities surveyed did increase their funds over the previous year.  At the same time as funds are decreasing,  many charities (and NPOs) have seen demand for their services increase thus adding more strain to the budgets.  When you then add the  reduction in the funding available to community groups from the B.C. Gaming Commission, then funding difficulties are inevitable.