How Nonprofits Can Fund Themselves

Some people think it’s harder for nonprofits to raise money than businesses; however, this is not true when an organization is well known or when suitable fundraising methods are set into place. There are numerous ways that a nonprofit group can raise funds themselves.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is the new, alternative form of requesting money. The funds are not borrowed, have no interest rates, and do not have to be paid back. However, one charity is competing with thousands of other great ideas on a crowdfunding platform; one idea will be repeated hundreds of times. Still, someone else will pay for a more extensive marketing campaign or have more luck.

Fundraising

Before crowdfunding, fundraising was the traditional method that a nonprofit organization used to raise money for their cause. The quality of the fundraiser is more important than the quantity. A once-yearly, high-quality fundraiser is more effective than a series of mediocre, biweekly fundraisers that no one attends. The fundraiser organizer should turn an annual fundraiser into the biggest, most celebrated event of the year. Several months of preparation in advance is expensive and time-consuming, but the results are significant donations that fund efforts for an entire year.

Grants

Nonprofits must apply for grants every year or so to receive free money from the government or other organizations. Part of the process involves writing a grant letter in the same way that a business owner writes a business plan. The purpose is to show that the organization’s goals, values, and actions are worth investing in.

Sponsorship

An individual, company, or organization can join a sponsorship program and become a sponsor. Sponsors are responsible for providing the funds themselves or use their connections to contact others who could provide the funds.

Donations

Many organizations have websites where they ask for money and receive donations. In buildings, they may have donation boxes or signs to remind their visitors. Their donation bins may appear in retail or grocery stores that are sponsors of the organization.

There is an overwhelming collection of online fundraising networks that are willing to promote good causes. There are numerous methods of making money without selling products or services that have worked for millennia. Every nonprofit group has the opportunity to raise enough funds to support any project.

Originally published on AndrewElsoffer.com

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Andrew Elsoffer is a soccer coach, community leader, and outdoorsman. Learn more @ AndrewElsoffer.org.