This is a learning project to study fundraising, how it is done and how it is tracked.

Funding is the lifeblood of any venture -- without some money, there is no way to pay for lights and heat that allow a meeting space to be used.

Most modern funding takes the form of project funding -- money given for a certain project with a certain duration. Some organizations are endowments, whereby a large amount of money is invested, and the earnings that money makes is used to run the yearly "operating" budget.

Types of Funding/Fundraising Edit

Initially, we are going to look into the area of grant funding, where a funding agency requires a proposal to affect a certain well-defined set of goals.

Later on, we could review the process of formal fundraising, whereby entities raise small amounts of money by public appeal.

Motivation for fundraising: Vision Edit

To effectively raise funds, organizations need a vision of what the purpose for the funds will be. Often this is a project scope, but many times it can be the sole purpose for an organization. With a vision, the organization requiring funding can field a budget and build a proposal which can be submitted to various funding agencies.

Research results Edit

Banks Edit

A few years ago I conducted research on money creation.

  • I tried filling out checks in various ways. I tried poking holes in checks and tearing checks. I tried drawing a line after my name and after numbers. I bounced checks.
  • Because of it, I got on a blacklist called ChexSystems. Banks won’t let people on this list have a bank account.
  • I found that banks always consider a check to be an instruction to send money from your checking account to who you wrote the check for. They don’t accept the check itself as money.
  • I then tried asking them for money. I found out they loan money. They want the money back with interest. Yes, that doesn’t make sense. However, that’s what they do.
  • I got kicked out of the building a couple of times. I kept going back, asking them to give me money, trying various mysterious phrases such as “have an account.” They started posting a uniformed security guard. So, it wasn’t how I worded the question. They don’t give money, and they don’t accept my say-so as money.
  • I then read the web site of a Bank to find out about grants. They only give grants to non-profit organizations and then only to the ones they want to.
  • I started reading a book on non-profit organizations. It turns out the founder of the non-profit organization can get fired by it and can’t be a director forever. Second, non-profit businesses are a lot of work. In other words, the bank won't grant money unless you work for the money. Yes, that doesn’t make sense. However, that’s what they do.

Ideas for Grants Edit

Video (in conjunctions with Wikinews) - This is the current focus. Hoping to incorporate this as an "outreach" proposal.

Writing bounties of some sort


Study of how a large Internet site deploys software (MediaWiki for Wikimedia projects)

U.S. Grants Edit

Canadian Grants Edit

WMF grant links and groups Edit

There is also an IRC channel dedicated to Wikimedia fundraising at: #wikimedia-fundraising (on Freenode)

Proposal Development Edit

Steps to follow:

  • Write for Application forms and guides
  • Call a past grantee
  • Call a past reviewer
  • Contact the program officer

State the problem you are addressing, and how the project will meet the grantor's objectives with regards to this project.

See also Edit

Resources for writing grants Edit

  • Resources for writing grants for JISC - some useful analyses of previous grants, and thing to keep in mind for putting together a successful bid

External links Edit