Help me with charity fundraising
January 22, 2013 6:00 PM Subscribe
Short version: what are the best practices when asking for charity donations?
posted by jetlagaddict to Work & Money (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Long version: I volunteer at several organizations, and light fundraising is an expected part of our duties. (Generally, this means requests for things like auction donations.) Unfortunately, I'm really shy at talking on the phone, and ten years of selling Girl Scout cookies hasn't cured my hesitation at asking strangers for money (or gift certificates, or movies, etc., not bigger ticket items.) I recognize that local businesses deal with these requests all the time, and we do provide tax deductions for the value of the item, along with promotion of their name/logo on our press materials. Have you done a lot of charity work? Have you worked at a company that has handled a lot of charity donation requests? Is there a good script I can/should follow for a better and more efficient conversation? Specific information that I should know to provide upfront? Any suggestions welcome. Thank you!