The Role of Project Management in Fundraising

by Susan Snider on November 6, 2014

The Role of Project Management in FundraisingIn a previous blog post we talked about what project management is and its importance to fundraising.

This time we’ll discuss several phases of project management in order to give you a sense for the role a project manager plays in the success of your non-profits project.

The first phase of project management is to define the project. Is it a historic preservation project, a building renovation or addition or a summer camp for kids? Write down the project definition, the end goals and objectives and a list of must-haves and desires. Think through how this project fulfills your mission and its value to the community or the beneficiaries of the project. For example, there needs to be a purpose beyond restoring a historic building. Will this be a community gathering place or a museum? These goals need to be defined up front.

Phase two is the planning phase. In this phase you begin to gather information about the project. Building projects will require condition assessments, architectural design, engineering reports and feasibility reports. The purpose of this phase is to compile enough information to begin determining the time and resources necessary to complete the project and its total cost. Establish a committee to manage this activity. The scope of work and project costs will provide valuable information for fundraising. Establish a fundraising committee whose responsibility it is to determine how the funds will be raised. The committee should research and identify grant opportunities and create a time table. Depending upon the amount, you may want to consider a capital campaign, special events or major gifts. Each of these activities are a sub-project and will need to be project managed.

In the next blog post we will discuss the procurement, implementation and evaluation phase of project management.

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