“If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll only make it impossible.”
– Bruce Lee
Programs that benefit a variety of causes are something individuals and organizations can create in order to support certain ideas. To get these programs of the ground it often takes funding and support. Funding of myriad types are a vital option that all individuals have in order to fund a particular program. Knowing how to go about raising funds is imperative to accomplishing the funding and support that a program would need in order to get off the ground. As such, researching what options are available should be the vanguard point to be accomplished.
Some of the ways that programs can be funded are the following:
(1) Grants – Grants are a possible way that funds can be raised to benefit specific causes. Grants come in many types, and each have their own set of idiosyncrasies and to-do’s that need to be followed in order for the process to begin. One great benefit of grants is that the process to get grants is usually straight forward and very streamlined. This makes grants a reasonable option not to be overlooked when considering funding for a particular program.
(2) (Institutional) Requests – Seeking funds from organizations and/or corporations is another viable option for the funding of programs. However, whereas grants have a rather straight forward approach for those that seek funding, requests from organizations and business is more complex. Simply getting a proposal seen, yet alone considered by an organization or company will require a tactful, thought-out and persistent approach. Given that funding is a resource that many individuals and organizations are seeking, odds are whatever proposal one might have when it is brought to the table might be competing with other proposals for those seeking funding as well. Be that as it may, organizations and companies usually have significant resources, and given their financial latitude a request carried out in the correct manner could net significant results.
(3) Donations – Seeking funding via donations is one time-tested way that is an option on the table. There is no limit from which to draw ideas to seek funding from; your imagination is the limit. Donations can be requested from various sources, be them local, national, friends, family, community, colleagues, organizations and institutions, so on and so forth. An honest and conscientious approach is crucial, and perseverance is key.
(4) Fundraising – There are many ways in which fundraisers can take place in order to raise the resources required to fuel a program of a given nature. Some of the ways that fundraising can take place are via sales of merchandise (t-shirts, artwork, etc.), community events (garage sales, dances, gaming tournaments, BBQs, etc.), sports tournaments (put-put golf, bowling, basketball, etc.), and so on. There are no limits from which to draw ideas from, and as such, fundraising should be a core component considered for providing the fuel to certain programs.
One significant component that should not be overlooked in funding programs is social interaction – truly heartfelt individual interaction. We live in an age where social media has considerably curtailed the capabilities of certain individuals to interact in a sociable way. In some circles, even being sociable might get askance glances given how much people are glued to phones. Keeping in mind individuals, who they are, where they come from, their backgrounds, their passions and the like, are all parts of a heart-felt approach to getting to know someone.
Why is this important? Because people support programs not only for what they seek to accomplish, but more importantly, for the individuals behind them, who they are and what they stand for. Moreover, individuals will keep coming back for these very reasons due to the trust garnered periodically. These relationships built and forged with appreciation and honesty stand to grow considerably stronger over time. This makes relationship building a core component in raising funds for any program. The opposite side of the coin is seeking funds in a cold-call interaction type-way, which is already at a disadvantage given the lack of all the aforementioned points. This makes building value in relationships a must-do.
Whatever path you opt to take, keep in mind that perseverance is key, but more importantly, a strong mindset is significant to accomplishing your goal. Setbacks will take place, issues will no doubt arise, but those that stay the course and continue with consistency will undoubtedly accomplish the goals they seek.
About Written By: Zy Marquiez
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