Tips for Civil Society Organizations
A series of tips for civil society organizations, written from a funder’s perspective,
and intended to stimulate inquiry, rather than provide rigid instructions.
Budgeting Grant Proposal Writing Project Development Resource Mobilization
Tips for preparing a Tips for developing Tips for developing and Tips for mobilizing
budget with an emphasis and writing a proposal, implementing a project resources closer to
on its purpose, steps, and including critical elements and key questions to ask in home to strengthen
components. to facilitate project success. the process. organizational capacity
and deliver benefits to the
Financial Systems Monitoring & Evaluation Reporting to Funders community.
Tips for establishing an Tips for reviewing and Tips for maintaining
accountable and assessing progress and strengthening your
transparent financial towards objectives, relationship with funders
system to build financial identifying problems and following a grant award.
sustainability. strategies, and making
adjustments to plans.
These tips were conceived as a result of a demand and multilateral agencies. We would like to ac-
from civil society organizations (CSOs) expressing knowledge those who provided valuable feedback,
the need for information on how to strengthen their including: Jennifer Astone, Miriam Bae, Heather
organizations and mobilize resources. The tips cover Bedi Plumridge, Rob Buchanan, Carolina Cal-
seven areas that may be of interest to CSOs and that linicos, Kury Cobham, Daniel Crisafulli, Rachel
are key to organizational capacity. The audience is Humphrey, Daniel Mangale, Janet Mawiyoo, Patri-
small NGOs and community based organizations cia Millard, Rebecca Oh, Sonia Rasugu, Fu Rong,
who may have limited resources, but who have Hady Sey, Daniel Tenaai, Jeff Thindwa, John Tse.
strengths, such as enthusiasm and commitment for
their mission to improve the lives of others. Yumi Sera, the co-author of this series, served as
the coordinator of the World Bank Social Develop-
The content of the tips is inspired by several re- ment Civil Society Fund (CSF) and established the
sources, which are listed on the individual tips as founding Secretariat for the World Bank Grants
sources for further reference.are based on It is also Facility for Indigenous Peoples. Susan Beaudry,
based on the authors’ experiences in managing and co-author, has considerable expertise in program
implementing global grant programs; directing development and implementation for NGOs and
small NGOs; and listening to the voices of CSO in the philanthropic sector.
leaders. The tips are unique in that the information
comes from the perspectives of funders who provide CSF is one of the few global programs of the World
small grants to CSOs. Bank that provides direct grants to civil society orga-
nizations through the World Bank’s Country Offices.
Feedback was sought from a wide range of devel- CSF seeds and supports activities related to civic en-
opment practitioners, including staff from com- gagement that empower and enable citizens to take
munity based organizations, NGOs, foundations, initiatives to influence development outcomes. It is
administered by the World Bank Social Development improve upon these materials. We ask that mate-
Department: www.worldbank.org/civilsocietyfund. rials not be used for financial gain and that they
be credited to the authors and the Social Devel-
CSOs and their partners are encouraged to use opment Civil Society Fund.
these tips in workshops and to disseminate and Yumi Sera, April 2007