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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Taking Fund-raising Seriously

Taking Fund-raising Seriously

(p.164) 19 Taking Fund-raising Seriously
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter outlines a variety of ways for worker centers to establish fundraising systems and structures to be able to take the work to scale. Many new directors believe that if they do good work, somehow the money will automatically follow. In reality, raising money to grow and take the work to scale requires work and effective systems planning. There are three main sources of funds that worker centers can tap: government entities, foundations, and individuals. This chapter discusses important factors to consider in fundraising, such as a clear program, staff who will dedicate time to fund-raising, a committed and working board, strong systems such as deadline-tracking systems, relationship building, and membership. It also evaluates various sources of funds that worker centers can explore, including individuals, events, government funds, workplace-giving funds, legal sources, earned income, and foundations.

Keywords:   worker center, fundraising, funds, relationship building, membership, events, government funds, workplace-giving funds, earned income, foundations

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