Trimble Local Textbook and Supplies Foundation
Trimble Local Textbook and Supplies Foundation


Nonprofit fundraising in rural areas can be challenging. Small towns need many of the same human service and cultural programs as cities, but do not have as many people to draw upon for donations. However, with imagination and hard work, rural organizations can be successful at raising money. Keep in the mind the following fundraising facts –

  • 7 out of 10 American adults regularly donate money.
  • Gifts from middle-to-low income donors make up at least 50% of all the money donated in the United States.
  • Most people who give to nonprofits give to at least 5 and as many as 15 different organizations.

Sources of Additional Information

The Foundation Center website offers free online tutorials on grant writing and developing a grant budget. Each can be completed in under an hour by going to:


The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training provides several terrific resources on specific fundraising strategies and others can be downloaded from their website for $3 each. These include “53 Ways for Board Members to Raise $1,000”; “A Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing a Fundraising Dinner,” etc.


The Regional Nonprofit Alliance has many useful fundraising guides in its library. Stop by to borrow a book or, if you aren’t close by, send us an email ( with the type of information you are looking for, and we’ll send you a packet of information electronically. 

Books in our library include:

  • Fundraising for Social Change. By Kim Klein
  • Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications and Stronger Relationships. By Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux
  • Robin Hood Marketing: Stealing Corporate Savvy to Sell Just Causes. By Katya Anderson
  • Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income: A Guide to Successful Enterprise
  • Strategies. Edited by Sharon Oster, Cynthia Massarsky, and Samantha Beinhacker
  • Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real World Strategies that Work. By Ilona Bray

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