One important thing has changed in the past years, which makes research for fundraising much easier – the Internet. Most of the relevant information is now available electronically, whether this be corporate information, background and criteria from trusts, foundations and government grants, or indeed learning and educational tools for fundraising generally. Websites are also an excellent starting point for research but learning to use them takes time.
There are two kinds of website researches – specific and general. In a specific search, you will target the name or the website address and go to the site for a particular piece of information which you require. In a general search you may be using key words or phrases or using the net to develop a search environment, gather general information and pick up ideas along the way. This approach is often the most fruitful.
Below there are a list of some interesting websites which will provide you with both ideas and discussion materials in the field of fundraising, arts and the not for profit world. Every effort has been made to ensure that these are accurate and up to date, although some may have changed or been removed. Remember, these are only a beginning; as in all fundraising, the general, easily accessible information is being used by everyone. The most interesting leads and ideas are the ones that you discover and follow up yourself.