Fundraising for Municipal Campaigns

What's included

Campaign fundraising can be a daunting task when you don’t have a plan. These resources will assist new fundraisers or those looking to sharpen their skills to develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy for a municipal campaign.

Fundraising Plan: View, copy or download the template

Budget Comparison & Fundraising Activities

  • Develop a high-level campaign budget based on an analysis of comparable campaigns
  • Brainstorm your fundraising activities

Fundraising Strategy

  • Fundraising schedule
  • Target donation size
  • Fundraising strategy summary

Making the Ask

  • Build your prospect list
  • Make the ask
  • Example phone script & email

Fundraising Operations

  • Operations case study
  • Tools for campaign fundraising - Introduction to NationBuilder finance module

Presented by

Corrine Rahman | Campaign Fundraising Consultant

Corrine Rahman has over 20 years’ experience as a volunteer in politics at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal level. In 2014, she served as a member of Mayor Matt Brown’s campaign team. She led his transition into office and served as his Chief of Staff until June 2016. She holds an Honours BA in Communication Studies and a BA in Political Science from the University of Windsor. She completed her MA in Leadership Studies from the University of Guelph. Additionally, she holds a post-graduate certificate in Human Resource Management and a certificate in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

In her professional life, Corrine is a Consultant and a Professor at Fanshawe College in the schools of Business, IT and Public Safety, where she teaches courses in Leadership, Ethics, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Corrine has participated as a volunteer or member of the board for several organizations. Currently, she serves as the West Regional Lead, for the Justice of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee. She is a member of the board for Mainstreet London and a parent representative for the Thames Valley Parent Involvement Committee.

Chris Cowperthwaite | Executive Director, Open Democracy Project

Chris Cowperthwaite is Co-founder and Executive Director of Open Democracy Project, a not-for-profit working to empower everyday citizens to drive change through civic and political action. Open Democracy Project programs include:

DemocracyKit - Resource library for planning and running municipal election and other civic campaigns. Resources are donated by campaign practitioners and made available publicly under a creative commons licence at democracykit.org.

DemocracyXChange - A summit and platform to connect civic campaign practitioners across borders. Learn more at democracyxchange.org.

ODP Civic Campaign Accelerator - A 2-month program using DemocracyKit tools and methods to launch a transformational civic change campaign.

Chris holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (York University), a B.Sc. (Honours) and Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo, and is a Loran Scholar ('99).