How to get donations for a nonprofit organization

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How to get donations for a nonprofit organization
Many companies and individuals assist non-profit organisations with financial contributions. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Non-profit organisations support a wide variety of causes that rely, almost entirely, on donations. Many companies and individuals assist non-profit organisations by providing financial and other types of contributions. However, most people who work for and raise money for non-profit understand that action must be taken to ensure regular donations.

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    Create a case statement, which according to, is a written document that tells prospective donors how their donations will be used and how the donation will positively impact the community or cause. Include the goal of the organisation, anticipated results, accomplishments achieved by the non-profit and the history of the establishment.

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    Request grants from the government or from specific companies.

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    Research companies that give charitable donations or that might benefit from donating to your organisation. For instance, if you are raising money for a local animal shelter, request donations from nearby vet clinics, pet stores and similar establishments.

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    Use mailers, such as direct-mail and e-mail requests, to solicit donations from individuals and companies.

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    Host events to raise money--luncheons, formal dinners, golf tournaments and carnivals.

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    Get involved with social media to increase your organisation's exposure and solicit donations.

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    Offer online contests. For example, a non-profit designed to teach literacy might host an online short story contest. Individuals could pay a contest fee, submit a story and potentially win a prize. To reduce costs to the non-profit, donations from local companies could be requested for prizes for the contest.

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