Mentor Monthly #118: Ways to Help a Cause – AND Yourself!
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Taken from my book ‘Get Paid For Who You Are‘
1. Donate your product or service
The most basic way to support a cause is to donate your product or services. This product or service can be given to staff members, volunteers, beneficiaries, or even board members. For example, if you’re a coach, like me, it’s pretty straightforward – you offer your coaching services. The staff members of nonprofit organizations are usually paid only modest salaries, so your coaching services could be a nice fringe benefit.
2. Offer your product or a service as a prize
You can offer your products or services as a prize for a sweepstakes or competition. In fact, why not reach out to 10 to 20 local nonprofit organizations in this way and start building relationships. For example, an accountant might donate 10 free tax returns to a charity raffle or auction.
3. Offer your product or service as a premium
You can also offer your product or service as an incentive when people sign up to the nonprofit’s mailing list. If you go to the Sierra Club’s website at Sierra.org, they often offer a free rucksack when you become a member. If you happen to produce rucksacks, backpacks, caps or T-shirts, you could go to groups like the Sierra Club and donate your product. In exchange, they could acknowledge your company on their website and much more, which we’ll cover later in this chapter.
4. Speak at their events
5. Give a percentage of your profits
6. Logo Exposure
You can also offer nonprofit organizations exposure for their logos. Tell them that you will put their logo on your website, business card or newsletter, with a call to donate. The logo will also link to their organization.
7. Invite your customers to donate
8. Newsletter exposure
Offer to include occasional stories about them in your newsletter. You might write about an interesting event they are holding, or feature a case study of someone they have helped – just as a news item next to your feature article. And of course – add a request to donate to their cause.
9. Media exposure
You could issue press releases about what the nonprofit is up to and how local businesses are supporting local causes. You could agree to mention them in every radio, TV and print interview you do.
10. Microgiving call
Invite all your customers and newsletter subscribers to join on a conference call designed to raise money for charity. You might have a prominent member of the community or a local celebrity join you as co-host. Discuss an interesting topic, and every 10 minutes invite people to go to the website and donate. Of course, you can also do something like this in person and offer to host physical fundraisers.
1) What cause are you interested in supporting?
2) Do any of these ideas sound like something you would love to do?
3) Share your cause at the blog and what you want to do for them.
4) What’s your dream list of what a non-profit could do for YOUR business?
5) Post on the blog here!
Love and gratitude,
P.S. You can find ideas on how to approach causes you want to support in my book, “Get Paid For Who You Are.”
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