How to Pitch Your Cause

Presentation Information

Presentations should be simple and not overly formal. You’ll have five minutes to present and five minutes for a Q&A with the group.

Here are a few tips to get ready to present a nonprofit:

  1. State your name and the name of the organization you would like to receive funding
  2. Where is the organization located?
  3. What is the mission of the organization?
  4. What purpose does the organization serve? (Who? What do they do? How do they do it?)
  5. How would they benefit from receiving the donation? How will the funds be used?
    • Describe the program that you would like funded.  Provide some background information for program.  Who will it impact?  How many will it impact?
    • How essential is this program – what will our community be missing if this  program does not get funded?
  6. What percentage of funds goes directly to their mission?  What percentage goes towards overhead and marketing?
  7. What is the organizations operating budget?  How does the organization sustain their budget (ie., grant support, individual contributions, etc.)
  8. If your organization has a large operating budget, we would recommend that you work closely with the organization to “pitch” a small project where the funds are earmarked and designated.  This would enable the women to feel more invested in the project and feel a sense of ownership/impact.
  9. Are they a recognized 501(c)3?
  10. End with a heartfelt ask and a thank you