Please give us money?
April 2, 2009 7:28 AM Subscribe
After 28 years of existance and 5 years of working toward this goal, my community band became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization six months ago. Yay! Now... How can we start getting donations?
posted by LolaGeek to human relations (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Everyone is very eager to start accepting donations for the band, which would be put toward the purchase of music and instruments, and for other expenses like renting rehearsal and concert space, etc. So far we have received one donation, which was from our conductor's parents at our last concert. With another big concert coming up in a month, how can we ask the audience for money without coming off as rude/needy/pushy or worse, clueless? Nobody in the band (100+ members) seems to have any experience with this, or if they do, they're not volunteering to help out.
Probably our conductor will make some announcement about it during the concert. We are also planning to include an insert in the concert program to collect information about the audience (e.g. how they found us, contact info for our mailing list), and they can also indicate if they would like to make a donation of money, goods, or services. At some point we would like to send out letters to people on our mailing list, as well as local businesses.
We are also planning to apply for grants, which we have done in the past, but more will be available to us now as a non-profit org. So the question is really about how to ask nicely for donations, not other ways to get money. We really don't want to do things like sell stuff (cookies, candles, etc.) or hold auctions.