Raising Money for Non-Profits

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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.

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1 Response

  1. wilson ng


    Just to inform you that I have been following your blog, and your feb article did get me to think. I will try to log into the OMidyear network as well.

    Ironically, although this is of no big consequence, I have an exactly different issue as yours. I know most big businessmen in the city, and meet them a lot. I know some of them don’t buy from my company, and Iam hesitant to use these contacts to get them to buy from me.

    However, I have been involved in various non-profit raising, including soon one for the Junior Achievement which will teach entrepreneurship, and I have less problems approaching them, knowing it is not for myself, and it is a good cause.

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