You’ve got people with ideas and enthusiasm. You’ve got at least one project ready to go, that will advance your community’s resilience. What you don’t have are money and resources to launch your project and deliver it successfully… so you are now ready for the next phase of resilience-building: finding resources for your collaborative community projects.
To help you get started, Transition Training and the REconomy Project, in partnership with Gaia University, ran a free webinar on February 11th, 2014 called “Get ready to fundraise”.
Before you approach funders, organizations and individuals for money or other resources, you need to be able to answer common questions and present your potential project and Transition Initiative in ways that will convince the funder to support you.
This free, 90-minute webinar will show you what you need to prepare before you approach potential funders – it’s hosted by USA-based Transition Trainer and experienced community fundraiser Tina Clarke, and UK-based TN Fundraiser Nicola Hilary (bios below).
Following this webinar, you (Transition Initiatives) can apply to join our online course “Resourcing REconomy” that will help you develop a real funding bid for a REconomy-related project or activity, and submit it to a suitable funder. This six-session course is a pilot, and we are focusing on REconomy while we test it out with this focused area. The Transition Network then hopes to offer the course more widely – to cover any kind of Transition activity – once we have tested out the approach.
About your hosts
Tina Clarke has helped over 200 community/Transition groups in North America, and given 45 official Transition courses. Previously she served as trainer, advocate or director for eight non-profit organizations, including Director of Greenpeace USA’s Activist Network, the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, and the Western Massachusetts Funding Resource Center. Since 1993 she has provided consulting to over 400 organizations, assisting them in fundraising, strategic planning, program development, coalition building among other things.
Nicola Hillary has been a fundraiser for environmental and community charities since 1999, taking BioRegional Development Group from a small charity to a £1million turnover, helping prevent Stroud Valleys Project from closing, and later expanding their staff team. Nicola is currently the Funding Manager for Transition Network.