Preparing to Work with Businesses


Donors, Sponsors and Volunteers

want

Non-profits to prepare...


  1. Contact information.   Accurate and complete information. 

  2. Registered 501(c)(3).  Make the fact that you are a 501(c)3 obvious.  Many businesses take advantage of the tax breaks they get from donating.  Are you prepared to offer a receipt for any donations received, especially those over $250?

  3. Specific requests for volunteers and donations.  Do you need board members, leadership, a volunteer coordinator, dollars, help with fundraising, a bookkeeper?  Not all volunteers can give money—but many are willing to give time and donations.  The more detail you provide, the quicker the response will be from volunteers. 

  4. Proof that there is an actual need for your organization.  Nonprofits can build strong relationships with people in the corporations that are at the community level, by demonstrating to them that you are an organization with integrity that understands needs.   

  5. Projects.  A description of past and current projects and successes.

  6. The percent of financial contributions which are spent on programs, versus the charity's fund raising and administrative expenses.  Be prepared to share past, current, and projected budgets.

  7. A positive statement from a previous donor.

  8. Assign someone to monitor your email account.  Some businesses send out a lot of contact emails to discuss ways they can donate or help, and more than half of them are never replied to.

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