How to Pitch Your Cause
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:
- State your name and the name of the organization you would like to receive funding
- 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?
- 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?
- What percentage of funds goes directly to their mission? What percentage goes towards overhead and marketing?
- What is the organizations operating budget? How does the organization sustain their budget (ie., grant support, individual contributions, etc.)
- 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.
- Are they a recognized 501(c)3?
- End with a heartfelt ask and a thank you