If everyone gave just $1, we would make budget

Classic Fundraising Scenario: You’ve sent out 100 funding proposals to high net worth individuals, foundations, corporations as well as County and City entities.  Now what? The response is that they want to see a track record and results before they will fund.  The challenge is that you need funds to operate a program in order…

Simple Fundraising Event

Although event fundraising is not my favorite avenue, it is a great place to start.  In order to begin fundraising for the Women Film Foundation, we hosted “happy hour fundraisers.” This was a good venue for me because I was in my early 20’s and so were my friends.  Neither of us had much money,…

$$$$$$: Fundraising for a New Nonprofit

Fundraising for a new nonprofit is challenging… to say the least.  You will need to determine how you will sustain the activities of your organization through fundraising.  There are three main methods of fundraising: Individual Donations, Grants and Corporate Donations.  This chapter will discuss how to create a basic fundraising plan, develop a case statement…

All Aboard!

Next step is to recruit people to help you initially implement your idea.  For me, this was my roommate and my nonprofit mentor (who later became the Executive Director of the organization).  The three of us formed the original Board of Trustees for the nonprofit exempt paperwork. Founders are accused of not being professional by…

Program Design and Evaluation

Programs are the activities that will fulfill the mission of your nonprofit.  Frank Pisch (now CEO of The Compass Group) started out his career as a classroom teacher at a Catholic School teaching English and Biology.  He knew that there had to be a better way to teach kids the fundamentals so he created a…

Defining Your Passion

While writing your nonprofit paperwork, you will begin to define the passion that sparked the idea for founding a nonprofit.  The first step is to talk to anyone and everyone who will listen about your idea.  Meet with local nonprofit founders to find out how they got started.  Share with them your idea and ask…

How to write your Mission Statement, Bylaws, Annual Budget

Mission Statement The mission statement of a nonprofit organization is the foundation that an organization is built upon.  Your mission statement should state who are you serving, how are you serving and why you are serving them.  Simply, the mission statement describes the overall purpose of the organization.  Your mission statement should be a sufficient…

Starting a Nonprofit

You have an idea for a nonprofit organization, but don’t know where to start.  Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, take a deep breath and read on. Over the past seven years, I have met with soon-to-be founders who wanted to “pick my brain”.  These meetings have been such an enjoyable time for me…