Soliciting sponsors for donations for your charity can be tricky and intimidating, but with a little creativity and some good old-fashioned networking, you can come up with some effective and tactful ways to request donations from potential sponsors. When trying to determine who to approach about donating, start with your innermost circles and work your way outward. Networking is always the key to obtaining donations. Here are three creative ways to request donations for a cause:
1. Use Facebook to tell your story. Facebook is one of the most popular social media sites in the world, and you can use that to your advantage if you’re heading up a fundraiser. You can start an entire Facebook page around your fundraiser, connect with people, and start requesting donations on the page. You can spread the word fast, and it doesn’t cost much more than time to create a charity page on Facebook.
2. Consider making a video. There are oodles of content sites available online, and YouTube can be a highly effective way to tell a story and to request donations. Best of all, like Facebook, it’s cheap and takes only your time. You can combine your online fundraising efforts by creating a video and a Facebook page, and then sharing the video content through your Facebook page. Creating a video creates visual appeal and can help you paint the picture for your charity.
3. Host a party or event. Hosting a fundraising event is always a great way to raise money and awareness for your cause. It can be something as simple as a pizza party or something more elaborate like a cocktail party. Either way, if you can gather potential donors, feed them, and create a presentation that entertains and engages, you will be more likely to raise money for your cause.