Updated: Dec 24, 2020
So you've done it - you finally started that nonprofit that you've been contemplating for years. You've seen the areas of need in your community and you've always known that you could do something about it. I mean, if not you, than who? You have that beautiful IRS Determination Letter now, and your fresh organization website is live and ready for visitors. You've dotted your I's and crossed your T's and now you're ready to change the world. And then, reality hits. You need money to change the world.
Although we all want to knock the ball out of the park on our first attempt - securing major funding as a start-up nonprofit is unlikely. Unless you already have an "in" with a funding source, or have an organically grown donor base, you will likely scale slow and steady - as long as you remain consistent and diligent about seeking funding for your programs.
You are not alone. Do not get discouraged. Funding is available for you.
Wondering where and how you will secure the funding you need to not only start, but maintain a successful program can be daunting. Here are our top three tips to get you started.
Three Tips to Get You Funded Quickly
Here are the top three ways to get funding for you nonprofit quickly and painlessly.
1. Your local and state representatives.
They can tell you what funding is available in your area, if you're eligible, and how to get started.
Contact your local school board.
Contact your local city, county, town officials, mayors, county executives, local legislators, governor's and senator's offices
Raise a little bit of money from a lot of people, and quickly. Ask your friends and family to help.
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3. Corporate Giving Programs
All you have to do is sign up, the employees do the rest. It may not amount to millions, but a little goes a long way when you're nimble.