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Finding Funding for Youth Programs: A How-To Manual

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Is it possible for youth program directors to successfully raise funds in a struggling economy?

Author Carolyn Hudman contends it is easier than you think! Discover how you can take advantage of untapped resources in your local community through strategic friend-raising and creative fundraising with her new book, Finding Funding for Youth Programs, now available on

Explore partnership and sustainability strategies that will help to keep kids safe, inspire learning, and help to reduce the opportunity gap. Learn:

  • Where to find funding for enrichment activities.
  • How to access low- or no-cost educational supports.
  • How to take advantage of free federal resources.

Hudman says her strategies will work equally well for small staffs in rural areas and for larger, urban programs. "I'd ask myself, 'Could my mom do this with her youth group?'" Hudman's strategies focus on building relationships, and allow for the inclusion of young people in the implementation of the strategies. She characterizes her book as an action plan: "It's a 'how-to,' not a 'theory' manual—It's not just strategy—there are actions steps you can take today."

Author Carolyn Hudman, NAA Affiliate Leader for Kentucky, is the director of Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance, an instructor in communication at Jefferson Technical and Community College, consultant, and speaker. She earned her master's degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University, as well as a Certificate in Fund-Raising Management from Indiana University. She is also the author of
What Wealthy Women Know: The Unspoken Rules and Everyday Investments of the Upper Class.