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Cultivate Multiple Streams of Income to Boost Fundraising Success

Cultivate Multiple Streams of Income to Boost Fundraising Success

There’s never been a better time to diversify your nonprofit’s income streams. Living in uncertain times means that nonprofits that rely solely on grants and major donors may not be in an ideal situation, as many people are hesitant to give with the current state of the economy. So now is the time to boost multiple revenue streams and double down on diversification to exceed your fundraising goals.   

There’s no doubt that donations from individuals and groups are invaluable to a fundraiser’s success. But why stop there? Applying multiple streams of income to your fundraiser such as eCommerce stores, corporate sponsorships, and add-on events can boost your campaign’s exposure, profitability, and awareness beyond what you might think imaginable.

Start by Clarifying Your Values and Mission

Before getting into the details of monetizing your fundraising campaigns, your nonprofit needs to decide on the values and mission behind your charity campaign. Once this is clear, you can choose what revenue streams make the most sense to stay aligned with your brand and cause. For example:

Identify Your Mission
  • If you are a key organizer and behind-the-scenes person, why not reach out to get great sponsorship deals to help with financing?
  • If you are planning a crowdfunding fundraiser, could it benefit from selling branded merchandise?
  • Are you eligible for a government grant, or are you in a position to line up small businesses to offer corporate giving?

Develop a clear view of which streams of income will work best to exceed your fundraising goals, stay true to your cause’s core values, and satisfy your target audience’s needs. With all this in sync, you can pull off an unforgettable and profitable fundraiser.

So, let’s start you on your way to diversifying your nonprofit’s revenue streams and finding the key to profitable fundraising success.

Charitable Donations

Typically, donations from individuals or groups ahave been the preferred means of funding charity campaigns. This type of giving includes a mix of high-level donors (major gifts donors) and mid to low-level donors (regular donors).

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Peer-to-Peer and Crowdfunding Campaigns

By now, you’ve heard that peer-to-peer fundraising is an excellent fundraising strategy for nonprofit organizations and schools. By tapping into your supporters’ social network of friends and family, your organization can reach a larger audience of new donors, spread greater awareness of your cause, and raise significantly more dollars than traditional fundraising campaigns.

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P2P campaigns best suit active events (think run/bike/ride fundraisers) and friendly competitions promoting community. These types of nonprofit fundraising events work well because new supporters and donors can get excited about supporting the individual who participates in the event and learn more about your cause.

Monthly Giving and Membership Programs

Establishing a nonprofit monthly giving program can positively impact your organization’s financial goals. Monthly giving programs provide consistent, year-round funding to meet overhead costs such as rent or mortgage payments, employee salaries, and more.

Be sure to define and communicate a clear purpose for the monthly giving campaign. Pinpoint a specific and ongoing service, effort, or another aspect of your organization that needs consistent financial support. Learn the steps to launching a monthly program for your nonprofit.

Government Funding and Grants

Although competition is fierce among nonprofits to see who will snag a valuable government grant, it’s always worth the effort to help multiply your organization’s revenue streams. Once your nonprofit passes the strict eligibility requirements, you will benefit from non-repayable funds awarded by the government, which will be invaluable to your fundraising success.

Earned Income

A huge chunk of nonprofit revenue comes from earned income. But what does this mean? Earned income is the revenue generated from the sale of goods, services provided, or work performed. So, it’s like running a business where you get paid for products or services.

There is often a concern about whether nonprofits can earn revenue through selling products and services. It’s important to understand that it is allowed, but only if you align your earned income with your nonprofit’s charitable mission. You cannot just start selling products or services randomly. Also, you may be subject to sales tax, so please contact your financial advisor to learn more about this.

Earned Income

Here are a few examples of earned income and how it can boost your nonprofit’s fundraising success.

eCommerce Stores 

Hosting a sales fundraiser with your own eCommerce store is a great way to diversify your nonprofit’s revenue streams. Selling customized branded merchandise on your online store makes it easy for supporters to give to your organization. Better yet, constituents can display your brand everywhere they go – on t-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, and more – carrying your logo and message on your nonprofit’s behalf.

Workshops or Continuing Education

Some nonprofits offer their expertise to the local community via workshops or educational opportunities where individuals and other nonprofits pay a fee to access knowledge or training.

License Intellectual Property

If you are a nonprofit that has created an app, software, platform, or virtually any content that could be shared to benefit other nonprofits and individuals, it’s a great idea to license it and start generating revenue. Not only will you multiply your organization’s income streams but you’ll also expand the reach of your work. 

Gaming for Good

Gaming For Good

Another great way to create multiple income streams for your fundraiser through individual donations is gaming for good. This is a new trend that’s taking off in a big way. When gamers turn on their consoles, many choose to share their game with an audience, so they start streaming it on platforms like Twitch or YouTube. Each gamer can add donation buttons to their stream, and people can start giving to a good cause. Why not incorporate gamification techniques into your fundraising campaign to heighten levels of supporter engagement, attract more generous donations, and diversify your nonprofit’s stream of income?

Matching Gifts Programs

Matching Gifts Programs

This is the year to incorporate matching gifts programs, also known as match funding, into your fundraising campaigns.  This is where supporters can increase their donation when their employer or other corporate partners match the money they’ve donated. Match giving is a great way to double your donations while doubling your impact.

Event Add-ons as Revenue Boosters

Elevate your nonprofit’s online, hybrid, and in-person fundraising activities with add-ons. With our software, it’s easy to start combining a variety of campaign trends to open the door to multiple revenue streams.

Here are some popular ideas to pair:

Charity Sponsorships

If your organization is planning to run a charity fundraiser, one of the best ways to help finance it, make a profit, and expand your outreach is by finding charity event sponsors. Corporate event sponsors can support your fundraiser with charitable donations or in-kind support. While your charity receives funding to help create a successful and profitable event, sponsors expect marketing perks and exposure in return.

Charity Sponsorships

Corporations and Foundations

Sustainability, impact, and purpose are top values that many corporations and foundations are taking seriously nowadays. When looking to diversify your nonprofit’s revenue streams, look for businesses with corporate social responsibility (CRS) goals and programs that align with your organization’s mission. This is a win-win relationship as nonprofits benefit from valuable and often recurring contributions, while companies are notably aware of how their consumers celebrate these charitable attributes.

Tips to Consider

  • Adding revenue streams sounds great, but make sure you are prepared to pull each off successfully and don’t spread yourself too thin. Ultimately, it’s better to have a few income streams running seamlessly instead of ten mediocre ones.
  • It can get tricky when you are juggling multiple revenue streams. Take the time to dedicate more time to the operational and business side of your campaigns so that everything runs smoothly and becomes more successful year after year.
  • Why not implement nonprofit CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software to bring all of the data into one place and simplify matters greatly? With all your vital information stored in one location, you’ll alleviate stress levels and be able to focus on what really matters – the cause.
  • It’s one thing to have multiple streams of income in place, but don’t forget to promote them so that your supporters know that they all exist. Use social media platforms, direct emails, and your personalized fundraising page to make your donors aware of your fundraising revenue streams so that they can get more involved in your campaign.

Conclusions

It’s important for nonprofits to have money coming in from a variety of sources rather than relying on sole-source funding. Once you have mastered this, the success of your fundraising campaigns will be unlimited.

Sarah Bender

About Sarah Bender

Originally from Surrey, UK, Sarah has worked remotely in various online fields for the last 8 years. Currently, she is focusing on writing blogs on online fundraising and special events for a UK audience. When she is not spending her days researching and writing, you can find her running around after her two highly active young sons which constitutes a serious workout program!

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