Don’t give the people what they want, give them what they need.
Presentations should be simple and not overly formal. When you are ready to present your organization here is a list of topics that you should be prepared to discuss:
- Your name and the name of your pitched organization.
- Where is the organization located?
- What is the mission of the organization?
- What purpose does the organization serve? (Who? What do they do? How do they do it?)
- How would they benefit from receiving the donation? How will the funds be used?
- How many people do they serve on a monthly or annual basis?
- What percentage of funds go directly to their mission? What percentage goes towards overhead and marketing?
- What is the organization’s operating budget? How does the organization sustain their budget?
- Are they a recognized 501(c)3?
- End with a heartfelt ask and a thank you.
Power & Excitement
- There is an amazing sense of power and excitement in the room as many women know they have personally written a check for a positive donation.
- Many women are, for the first time, entering the world of philanthropy through this model.
- At each meeting, 100+ women in the community are learning about the needs of their neighbors and the agencies that serve them.
- Each organization has the opportunity to showcase their projects. Even if it is not chosen, it has exposure to over 100 women.