Charitible Organizations and the Puzzle of How to Raise Donations Creativity is Answer!

 By: Mike Melancon
They say money is the root of evil - well, some people say that, anyway. However, money is also required to the existance of any charitible organization, so it can't be that bad! How many times do you notice people collecting money intended for their organization? On the other hand, how many organizations do you see going without any type of money? (None? Of course, that's because any that would attempt to do that would not survive long enough to be seen!) The good news is that there are many methods to generate donations.

A site can easily collect funds. It is a terrific method to receive donations, since anyone can go there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; donations can be gathered from literally anyplace in the world. Each nonprofit group ought to have a "Donate" portion on its website to collect funds through.

A shopping cart can also be a wonderful resource to a web page-although what you offer on your site ought to, of course, be appropriate to your organization. It is simple to set up your shopping cart, and funds produced can without doubt be merit the investment.

Even collecting spare change generates cash! Santa Claus stands in front of grocery stores ringing his bell at Christmas, asking for your pocket change-and how many of us have dug in our pockets to give some spare change here and there? Many merchants might have a place for coins at the checkout stand, dedicated to a charitable cause. Spare change is an easy, easy way for a lot people to donate, that lets them feel good about giving at the same time. It is amazing that offering a little can add up to a lot.

Offering ad room on a website, on the other hand, is another method that will bring in a good deal of money. Smaller businesses are always looking for inexpensive sources of marketing. Setting your rates to meet a small businesses budget will make it reasonable for other firms to advertise with you, and will categorically support your cause.

Corporate support is a further means; this is when some company gives money to a organization. They donate money as a type of advertisement to be connected with your cause. The business can produce advertising for itself and make better its community image as philanthropic, and may also receive tax deduction benefits from their efforts, hence this will be extremely attractive to businesses.

Receiving grant funding is an further opportunity of funding that scores of nonprofits would like. Public and private foundations are more than willing to aid a worthy cause. Some organizations think they do not qualify for free money, but many would be amazed to find how many funders would be willing to support their cause. Obtaining a professional grant writer, who knows who to contact and how to draft proposals to them, is necessary when researching the grant funders and appealing for a grant award.

Fundraising events, yet another source of donations, can take the form of a telethons, walk-a-thons, fairs or carnivals, live or silent auctions, or bake sales. Selling candles, cookies, magazines, coupon books, wrapping paper, popcorn, gifts, as well as other items can take in donations to keep your cause afloat.

Funds by way of social networks have been successful for many causes: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn are incredibly popular sites for creating funds. Politicians have used such avenues to create millions of dollars for their campaigns-so why shouldn't charities?

In-kind donations, an entirely different kind of support, are given in lieu of cash. Donating goods and/or services can be just as beneficial to a charity. Used outfits, office equipment or furniture, warehouse supplies, and other items are frequently accepted gladly, and can be a valuable and very practical asset.

Volunteering is a source of donations that people often believe they are not able to give. How tough is it to find a little time to help out some organization? When first presented with a cause, people may sometimes give justifications not to give their time-but with good promotion on your part, generating positive motivation and the feeling of helping a worthwhile cause, it can also be amazing how many people emerge "from the woodwork" to pitch in to support their community, or someone who is in real need. Even some of the worst disasters in our history-Hurricane Katrina was a recent example-have brought out the best in people, with surprisingly powerful results. Never underestimate the power of community spirit!

The wonderful thing about donating is that whether individuals or companies give cash, time, or in-kind gifts, donations are tax deductible. Nonprofit organizations need their help to continue doing their good work, and one of the most significant things to convey to potential donors is that it is a win-win-win endeavor all around-for donors who receive tax benefits and the fulfillment of doing good, for charities who can carry on their work, and particularly for the people and causes who directly gain from all such efforts. Get creative in your fundraising!
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