The Quick Wise Guide to Fundraising Readiness: How to Prepare Your Nonprofit to Raise Funds

Waddy Thompson (Author)



A Guide for Board Members and Staff of Nonprofits New to Fundraising

It would be great to receive contributions from more people, and it would be really nice to get a few big checks from foundations--if only you could figure out how to fundraise.

Does that sound familiar? If so, read The Quick Wise Guide to Fundraising Readiness before you make any false starts or hire a fundraiser to help you.

With this book, Board members and Executive Directors of nonprofits new to fundraising will learn how to make educated decisions about where to go for funds and the tools and types of people needed to fundraise effectively. This book explains everything you need to know before you start asking anyone for a donation.

Learn what it takes to raise money through

  • Grants
  • Mailed appeals
  • Special Events
  • Corporate Sponsorship

Don't waste your time on what might be a fruitless effort; learn how to prioritize your fundraising in areas where you're most likely to be successful Once you've determined the right direction, there's a list of additional resources to guide to your next steps.

Buy this book and get started on the path to fundraising success.

Product Details

Price: $6.95
Publisher: Waddy Thompson
Published Date: January 16, 2018
Pages: 60
Dimensions: 4.02 X 0.12 X 7.01 inches | 0.1 pounds
ISBN: 9780998512457

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About the Author

Waddy Thompson has successfully raised funds over the last 30 years for a variety of New York City arts organizations, ranging from small grassroots groups to the Whitney Museum of American Art and Second Stage Theater. He has taught grant writing for New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and has run grant writing workshops for a wide variety of organizations. In summarizing his teaching in this book, he seeks to demystify the grant-making process and empower people who are passionate about a cause to raise more funds.


The Guide to Fundraising Readiness is an incredibly focused and practical guide through all of the steps that any organization must take to actualize their fundraising potential. It is a must-read for any organization starting a program and a great reminder for organizations well on the way.

I was especially interested in the sections on board engagement. Waddy points out that the characteristics of an effective board fundraiser do not start with their capacity to give, but rather with their "natural curiosity, enthusiasm and dedication"-characteristics capable of being strengthened in every board member.

Michael Davidson, Board Coach; Former Chair of Governance Matters