Not sure where to start with your nonprofit organization’s development efforts? Learn the basics of fundraising through the resources on this page.

Fundraising Fundamentals covers four foundational fundraising topics that are essential to your organization’s development. Explore our on-demand videos for guidance from CCS experts on each of these topics and our guidebooks for topic overviews, relevant terms, instructions, and worksheets.

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board development and management

building your case for support

asking for money / solicitation 101

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Fundraising Fundamentals was launched in 2020 by a volunteer group of CCS Fundraising directors as part of CCS’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

While open to all nonprofits, this library was created to provide meaningful fundraising resources and step-by-step guidance to emerging nonprofits that partner with communities of color, are led by leaders of color, or both. Often, the missions of these organizations focus on issues that disproportionately affect people of color due to institutional racism.