Company Donations can give your fundraising a real boost!
Businesses make company donations to community organisations for lots of different reasons. It is often in their business interest to do so. The more they can see making a contribution as a business opportunity the more they are likely to do so......Or to consider other ways of working with you.
Companies may choose to be involved with your organisation because -
All companies are however most interested in their bottom line. Working with you must deliver some benefit. Trying to understand things from a company's viewpoint is an important part of seeking a company donation.
Many company contributions are not actually cash gifts. In fact this type of donation is rare and many other forms of partnership working are far more common and actually more useful to your organisation.
This might include-
Nearly all company donations of whatever kind are made either locally in the community in which they are operating, or to organisations working within the same area of interest such as a surf-wear company supporting beach clean up campaigners.
As with all successful fundraising great communication is vital. The trick is telling a good story that will work well with a company and interest their customers and employees.
The other thing that can make a real difference is getting the right person on board. Personal contacts within an organisation can work wonders. Use your contacts all you can but if they put themselves out on your behalf make sure you also deliver your side of the bargain.
Always remember if you are working with a business try to think like that business.
Make sure it is a win - win for everyone.