How can Service Coordinators identify potential funders?
As noted earlier in this module, the ROSS PCC can be a useful resource when conducting outreach to potential service providers. The Service Coordinator can also work with the PCC to see whether there are funding opportunities available from PCC members, though it may also be necessary to look outside of the PCC for additional funding support. ROSS Service Coordinators are encouraged to build relationships with local, state, and national foundations that focus on economic self-sufficiency, housing affordability, and serving older adults or people with disabilities. These foundations may provide grants on a one-time or ongoing basis.
Local service organizations, such as Kiwanis Clubs or volunteer groups, may also hold periodic fundraisers benefitting local causes. By educating representatives from these organizations about the ROSS program, Service Coordinators could secure additional funding or in-kind donations. Strategies to create and maintain relationships with funders include:
- Personal outreach by phone or in one-on-one meetings;
- Mailings or newsletters that share stories and data demonstrating the impact of the ROSS program; and
- Invitations to special events, such as parties to celebrate participants’ personal and professional successes.