By definition, a nonprofit organization does not distribute its surplus funds to owners or shareholders, but uses the surplus funds to help pursue its cause and/or goals. Although your intentions are good, in many cases, the most difficult aspect of a nonprofit is funding.
Although marketing is sometimes overlooked, it’s a vital part for your organization. By setting up a paypal account, blogging, creating a strong social network, knowing the best time to ask for donations, your fundraising will not be as challenging.
Sponsors. Establish a list of potential sponsors and create an approach that will make a win-win situation for both parties. For example, allow the sponsor to advertise on your website, blog, at events, etc.
Apply for grants.
Text donation. The most painless way of donating. By texting to you nonprofit code # will eliminate asking for donations through costly mailers.
Special events, silent auctions, sporting events. For example, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway “IMS” has ready to use booths for nonprofits to earn up to 10% of sold booth goods for the event. This is a win-win for both parties. The sporting events eliminate hiring costs while giving back the community. The nonprofit receives a percentage for their nonprofit for a few hours of their time. Please note: there is a waiting list, but some nonprofits back out so your nonprofit must be prepared according to the sporting event schedule.
Affiliates. Place affiliates on your website and/or blog.
eBay. Sell items on eBay.
Use school type fundraiser ideas (i.e. car washes)
Write articles relating to your nonprofit