We’ve discussed how to raise funds and how to expose your organization in several previous posts. One way to garner support for your cause is to hold an event. Events can run the gamut. You could hold a charity fun run or maybe you want to get fancy and hold a gala; regardless of what type of event you have, you are likely going to need some outside help to pull things off.
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The Tapolci Foundation just had a great event to benefit the Greater Washington County Food Bank with our #FundTheTruck fundraiser. Thanks to your support and with help from Mad Mex in Robinson Township we were able to raise over $2,500!
This was truly a success. Raising funds is a major focus for most non-profits, and while asking for donations sometimes you need to spice things up a little. Let’s explore some options that you can use as a way to raise funds as well as expose your organization.
Organize a Charity Run – As someone who has at least ten bibs hanging on her wall and just as many if not more event shirts, I can attest that these events will bring in a crowd. It’s a fun way to get out and support an organization, have fun with friends, and be active. Though there are some start up costs involved, the return is great. Not only will you raise money for your non-profit, but you will also be able to promote your mission and maybe gain a few new volunteers in the process.
Luncheon or Gala Event – Everyone loves a reason to get dressed up and have a fancy night out. Though this may be a little more costly than some of the other fundraising ideas listed, it can be a great opportunity to discuss the organization’s mission. This could become an annual event your supporters look forward to each year.
Partner with a Local Retailer or Restaurant – Just as the Tapolci Foundation did, your group can pair with a local business and organize a night of support and profit sharing. Also, many businesses have “pre-made” fundraising coupons your organization can sell. Though you won’t be able to convey much about your mission this way, you will have less time tied up in planning.
Haunted House or Hayrides – This event is something everyone can have fun with volunteers included. Haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes, and bonfires are popular weekend activities for everyone. They are also activities that are inexpensive to execute. Don’t think you have the time to pull something like this together? See if you can pair with one that is established in your area and work together to raise funds and a profit.
Yard/Rummage Sale – Think about all the stuff you have lying around your house. I bet there are more than an item or two that you’ve never or rarely use. They are in good shape but are just taking up space. Now think about giving that item a new life for a good cause. This is a very simple and low-cost way to raise money for your non-profit; you really just need some price stickers and volunteers to work the event and bring in items. The best part is that when the event is over all the money you’ve made goes straight to your cause; no overhead to pay for!
There are many ways to promote your non-profit. When choosing a fundraiser, take into account your target audience so that you choose an event that will appeal to them. Have you had some fundraising successes? Share with us what made the event great; we’d love to hear about your successes!
Tags: #FundTheTruck, charity, event, fundraising, non profit
There are many misconceptions when it comes to non-profits and how they operate. What it is like to work for a non-profit is one aspect which seems to have a plethora of myths surrounding it. Many people think that non-profits have no employees, just volunteers. These misconstrued notions can draw some passionate candidates away from the non-profit sector. Let’s delve into some of these myths and unearth what it truly is like to work at a non-profit.
- Non-profits are run only by volunteers; they have no paid employees: Though volunteers are an integral part of non-profits they are certainly not the whole picture. Organizations large and small still have day-to-day tasks that need to be addressed. The volunteer pool will likely always be bigger than the amount of paid employees, but by no means are non-profits solely run by volunteers.
- Non-profits do not pay well: The myth that non-profits do not make a profit plays into this one. The truth is these organizations do make profits, though most of their gains go towards helping others, employees are also taken care of. It is true that the salaries may be lower than similar positions in for-profit jobs, however, value is added elsewhere. The work/life balance and flexibility offered by most organizations can many times make up for the slight pay gap.
- Non-profits are where people who couldn’t make it in the “real world” go to work: In my experience, those working in the non-profit sector are just as intelligent and driven as those in the business world. Many of these individuals need to interact with business leaders and make business decisions. Just because they work for a charitable organization doesn’t mean someone is lazy.
- Non-profits provide no upward mobility: Many people assume that non-profits have a flat structure and there is no way to advance in a career there. Though in some organizations there will not be as many options when it comes to upward movement, this does not mean there is no chance for growth. Many times young people see advancement and leadership roles earlier in the non-profit sector than they would in the business world.
- Non-profits are very political: Some of the initiatives of these organizations may require some political aspect such as lobbying for certain legislation or for grants to help advance a program. What non-profits do not do is require a specific political party affiliation.
Take it from me, working at a non-profit can be extremely rewarding. It may not be glamorous or exciting; some days it can be challenging. When you think about it though, are jobs in other sectors any different? I’m sure sometimes Princess Kate is bored being a royal. If you are thinking about a non-profit career, don’t let myths steer you away from what could be a great opportunity.
Do you have any other questions about what it is like to work for a non-profit? Let us know. We’d love to talk to you about it!
Tags: mobility, myths, non profit, nonprofits, pay, political, volunteers
Was your New Year’s resolution to read more? Or, maybe it was to volunteer more? Need some help getting started? Well, we’re here to help! We’ve combed the web for some great blogs that will help you to accomplish both of these. Check out these top blogs that will help keep you up-to-date on what’s going on in the non-profit world and show how you can get involved and volunteer more.
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Tags: blog, Huffington post, non profit, tech, travel, volunteer, volunteer match
Today is the first Friday the 13th of 2017, the other being in October. While those suffering from triskaidekaphobia may have decided not to do business today, we have decided to share some of our favorite volunteering and nonprofit superstitions (or myths) and the truth behind them.
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Tags: friday the 13th, non profit, non profits, superstitions, volunteering
As I’m writing this it is currently only 11 degrees out. For me, that means
that winter is definitely here. But according to the calendar, winter doesn’t officially start for a few more days. The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, occurs on December 21. In ancient times the Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia around this time. It is from this festival that the date for Christmas has evolved. The Romans celebrated this season as a season of light, and the birthday of the “Unconquerable Sun.”
Continue reading “Winter Solstice: Short Day, Big Giving”
Tags: december, donating, give back, non profit
Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors of the season are beautiful, we start to snuggle up in sweaters, and we enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving. You can watch the squirrels outside your window scurrying around collecting their winter stores. This time of the year we start to gather together with family and friends; make new connections, and strengthen current ones. We network, just as the squirrel gathers its acorns, and we collect connections. Many people collect business cards (or if you are like me you collect contacts on your iPhone) like others would baseball cards. But how do utilize your compilation of contacts or capture new ones? Here are some ways you can round up and harvest your connections.
Organize Your Donors
In the nonprofit realm we can use all the help we can get. If your group is anything like those I’ve been involved with, you are a pretty lean group. In order to keep things running when it comes to coordinating special events, additional help is needed. The great thing is there are so many people ready to lend a hand, and they are already in your database–your donors! If you don’t already have a system that helps you keep track of those who have given, and for which campaigns, it is essential you start! Check out programs like DonorPerfect, which will help you log contributions your group has given to other programs, organize donations via campaign (this is great when you have annual events/fundraisers), as well as log volunteer activities. Having information like this organized and at your finger tips will help you filter who to reach out to for assistance for certain projects.
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Tags: networking, non profit, nonprofit
So your nonprofit is ready to take a new step into campaign territory?
Whether you’re an established nonprofit organization or an organization just getting into the game, you’ll need a solid course of action to reach potential donors. Raising awareness requires much more than setting a yearly goal. You need strategy.
Strategy that is not just about tactics. Strategy will also promote development within your committee.
We’ve come up with these ten steps that will further your chances on establishing a solid and strategized nonprofit campaign! We salute you on your brave campaigning journey!
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Tags: non profit, strategy