The ability of CSOs to seek and receive funding is an essential feature of an enabling legal environment. In addition to traditional philanthropy and giving, many other innovative fundraising tools and programs are gaining popularity, including crowdfunding, text-to-give, social enterprises, and tax incentives.
Fundraising and money collection are regulated in various ways at the regional, national, and local levels. In many countries, restrictive laws hinder fundraising and prevent civil society from cultivating sustainable sources of local funding. Unfavorable laws can also block the use of new technologies and tools. ICNL supports the development of laws and regulations that encourage giving, foster new approaches to domestic resource mobilization, and promote financial sustainability.