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


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Waddy Thompson
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4.0 X 0.12 X 7.0 inches | 0.1 pounds

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About the Author

Waddy Thompson's 35-year career in arts administration encompassed work for a wide variety of organizations serving music, dance, theatre, literature, and visual arts. He has held positions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, InterSchool Orchestras of New York, New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, OPERA America, Second Stage Theatre, Symphony Space, and the Authors Guild Foundation. He is also the author of the predecessor volume to this book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing (Alpha Books), and numerous articles in The NonProfit Times and other periodicals. He taught grant writing for New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. Mr. Thompson is also a composer and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.) and Florida State University (M.M. and D.M.).


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