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Guidebook on Alternative Funding Models for Civil Society Organisations in Africa


The guidebook results from a Shared Learning Convening on Alternative Funding Models
for Civil Society. The convening attracted 25 civil society actors and organisations from
Africa, Latin America and Europe to:
• share strategies, models, experiences and lessons learnt from the implementation of non-traditional approaches to generate financial resources, in combination with
• the aim to raise awareness, broaden the understanding of financial sustainability, promulgate best practices for the civil society sector and improve the practice of sustainability of CSOs.
WACSI is a member of the Change the Game Academy Alliance.

This guide describes the following strategies for CSOs to generate funds:
1. Consultancy Services
2. Asset Building
3. Events Organisation
4. Membership Fees
5. Social Enterprise
6. Microfinance
7. Fiscal Sponsorship
8. Subsidiary Profit-Making Enterprises
9. Incubation
10. Private Sector Funding
11. Social and Green Bonds
12. Crowdfunding

Review by Wilde Ganzen

Useful guide for CSOs considering to pursue one or more of the abovementioned strategies.
Our advice would be to be very thorough and to try to contact the organisations mentioned in each of the case studies, in order to learn more of their experiences.


Fundraising Civil society organisations

Author: N.a.

Publisher/source/organization: West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and Innovation for Change (I4C) - Africa

Place and year of issue: Accra 2019

Type: Report

Country/region: Africa

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