Resource mobilization: A practical guide for research and community-based organizations

15 January 2012

Screen shot 2012-01-26 at 3.18.04 PM Donor scoping studies commissioned by IDRC in 2004 and 2008 showed that multilateral and bilateral agencies are now more focused on large-scale, sector-wide funding, awarding bigger grants to fewer organizations, with less money available for medium to small groups. The second edition of this guidebook, co-pubished by IDRC’s Donor Partnership Division and the Philippines-based Venture for Fundraising in 2010, pays specific attention to the resource mobilization needs of community-based development research organizations, contained within their South and Southeast Asian contexts.


The guide provides a collection of information and activities that can help development research non-profits gain financial sustainability by:

  • Planning resource mobilization in a strategic, mission-driven rather than donor-driven manner
  • Building communications skills
  • Designing, implementing and monitoring resource mobilization activities
  • Learning from others' experiences.
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