Giving circles serve as a valuable source of funding for nonprofits, both small and large. Giving circles are groups of individuals who come together to pool their money, non-cash giving, time, volunteer hours and other resources. Once the financial and other resources are pooled, these items are given to 501c3 charitable organizations in the form of grants and contributions.
Within the nonprofit and foundation community, it is understood and agreed that 501c3 funding provided by giving circles is a big amount. Just how big funding circles are is not known as many of the funding circles are informal. However, based on our research, we estimate that there are greater than 1,000 giving circles in the US and collectively, they have given in excess of $200 million. You can find giving circles in all 50 states.
The U.S. Federal Government provides millions of dollars in grant funding to qualifying nonprofits each year. As a 501c3 tax exempt organization, you may be eligible to apply for these grants to support your current programs and launch new ones.
Grants can be searched and applied for on the www.grants.gov website. It is a common site for 26 federal agencies to post their grant opportunities and offer an easier way for the grantees to search and apply for the funding.
Crowdfunding has recently become a $16 billion industry and an important source of contributions to 501c3 organizations. Businesses and nonprofits all over the world have been successfully raising funds from crowdfunding campaigns, which are still a very new practice of funding. Crowdfunding is a fundraising model to collect small donations from a large number of people. One of the largest crowdfunding sites online is GoFundMe.
Hint for raising funds from crowdfunding. Your story should be unique and personal, show passion about your cause. Show your potential backers how the campaign will impact people’s lives. Tell them how your cause will solve the problem.
Matching Gifts Programs. Your 501c3 nonprofit organization already works so hard to grow its individual donor base, so looking into your donors’ employer matching gifts programs is worth a shot for additional funding. Many businesses of all sizes offer matching gifts programs to nonprofit organizations for each donation made by their employees. Most businesses contribute to a broad spectrum of nonprofits, matching donations at a standard 1:1 ratio, however other ratios are quite common as well. Combining the power of individuals and companies might double your revenue!
In order to receive a matching gift from a company, you would need to inform your donors about this opportunity. Nonprofits that encourage their donors to submit matching gift requests to their companies have a great success with receiving the corporate contributions. You may promote the corporate matching gifts on your donor forms, communications, and other social media, emphasizing how each donor can double the impact at no cost.