Shaking the Sofa Cushions, or How to Find Funding

Clip art of a sofa.Funding-finding it and sustaining it-is a huge part of starting and maintaining any program. Just as there is no one right way to start and maintain a transitional living program, there is no one right way to raise money. However, organizations successful at raising and keeping funds tend to have some strategies in common.

  • Connect:  The organizations forge connections with diverse groups and individuals.

  • Get support:  They tap into local and statewide networks for support.

  • Think creatively:  Staff think and act creatively to raise funds. (See tips below.)

  • Work flexibly:  Administrators conduct fundraising activities, and the program in general, with an open mind. They know how to roll with the punches.

  • Know the rules:  The organizations know and follow funding sources' guidelines and regulations well.


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