Since 1994, Fair Budget Coalition has harnessed the collective power of their member organizations to advocate for a restorative, racially just, and fair budget for the District of Columbia.
But they face a funding challenge common to advocacy nonprofits–their work can seem invisible to potential funders until it results in change, but when it does, it appears to be someone else’s success. That challenge, coupled with this small, Black-led organization’s commitment to unraveling the white supremacy woven into our social and political fabric (of which many private foundations are entwined), has seen Fair Budget Coalition struggle to grow.
Growing your foundation revenue is hard, and that’s why Fair Budget Coalition chose Spark Point’s Pipeline Push service.
After identifying a wide range of potential investors, strategically aligned with Fair Budget Coalition’s advocacy work, we set about preparing the team to start the conversation. Good relationships start with a good first impression–and our compelling cases for support and strong letters of inquiry empower our clients to approach potential investors with confidence. Once these prospective investors are engaged, we coach our clients to cultivate these relationships.
With a clear map of the funding landscape and an assured approach to donor outreach and cultivation, Fair Budget Coalition has raised more than $370,000 in just one year. By investing in prospecting research and donor cultivation coaching, Fair Budget Coalition gained the tools to fund their fight for a just, equitable, and inclusive District of Columbia.