Lately, I’ve been pondering the value of money. We recognize that there are so many wonderful causes for people to donate to and only so many dollars in your bank account. As such, I wanted to share a few ways in which you can support ANY organization you are passionate about without spending a dime.
1. Share your story!
Stories communicate passion and purpose. Non-profits love to know why you love what they do. Better yet- they can use your story to influence others to get involved or generate donations.
This may be the most obvious, but a lot of non-profits operate on a volunteer basis. Any amount of time you can donate is highly valued. Odds are most organizations are happy to work with you to find a way for you to utilize your skills. Are You social media-obsessed? Offer to help with posts. Are you a writer? Help write a grant. From organizing to painting, there’s always a way to help.
3. Become a Community Partner!
A lot of organizations share the same goals or have similar missions. If you’re involved in an organization but support others, find a creative way to work together! Often times organizations have programmatic dreams but lack resources. Think creatively – share space, networks, supplies, or marketing channels! If you’re a business, offer up space in exchange for a marketing/social media push – and find yourself some new customers.
Most non-profits are heavily reliant on the donations from friends, family, and strangers. Fundraising is no longer stuck in the past of door to door knocking or collecting pledges. A lot of organizations have options where you can create a personal fundraising page (peer-to-peer) that attaches directly to their website or are set up to collect donations on Facebook. Create a special fundraiser for your birthday, your next marathon, or just because. Set-up usually takes less than 10 minutes, and you can collect donations in minutes with little work.
5. Pass on the word!
Word of mouth is stronger than money in a lot of cases. Tag them on your social media accounts. Like and share their pages. Tell your friends.
So those are my 5 “Free” ways to support an organization. If you have other ideas, please share in the comments below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. During March, we will be highlighting how you can use these ideas to support us, so be sure to follow us on Instagram (@world_up_) and like our page on Facebook (The World UP Foundation)! And of course, follow this blog to be notified of my musings on non-profit life.
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