In the past year I’ve been asked to help with fundraising for a local college, a private school, and a non-profit media company that is developing inspirational video footage of modern heroes to inspire young men and boys to become great. I have learned two things: non-profit fundraising is very difficult and I don’t enjoy it at all. I don’t mind asking people to invest money in a business opportunity that may deliver a positive return on investment; but asking people for donations to a cause is extremely difficult for me.
Fortunately, I’ve recently learned about the Philanthropic Foundations of Utah directory, which is updated annually. I’m suggesting that all Utah non-profits should purchase this guide and contact the 375 foundations which exist soley to provide capital to good causes.
I also found a web site published by the Foundations Center, which lists foundation directories for almost every state in the U.S.
If I were very active in non-profits, then I would definitely join the Omidyar Network, a free community web site for networking about social causes. It was founded by Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, who has pledged to donate 99% of his wealth to philanthropy in the coming years.