Your work is vital. We are raising funds to support it.
I just updated a web page I have on my site meant to help nonprofits, charities, NGOs, schools and other mission-based organizations and programs to fundraise for technology needs - for hardware (like tablets, smart phones, laptops, etc.), software, a system to subscribe to, etc. The advice is focused on what information you need to have read to share with donors, how to frame your story about the need for this technology in human terms, and how to identify potential supporters.
I originally developed the page, and continue to update it, because I get emails from people who want to know where to find "the" list of foundations or corporate giving programs that fund software or hardware at nonprofits. And there really isn't such a list - foundations and corporate giving programs are looking to fund program activities/causes, not equipment, specifically. Grants go to particular kinds of programs - those to help children, the environment, the arts, women experiencing domestic violence, a community in need of better cohesion, etc. But if you can show how technology is a program cost, how it helps you better serve people or your cause, it has a much better potential to attract funding. In other words: show how this is #tech4good.
I say on the page:
Technology can help an animal shelter better track their animal in-take process and get animals ready for adoption more quickly. Technology can help make a professional theater better track ticket buyers who might be good prospects for donations. Technology can help a program supporting homeless teens to better identify trends and needs. Make your pitch for funding based on what technology will allow you to do regarding your organization's clients - not so much about what the technology is. Again, a corporation doesn't want to fund the purchase of 10 tablets for your organization - but a corporation would love to fund a resource that helps, say, homeless families, and if you can show exactly how the purchase of those 10 tablets will allow that, then funders will be much more attracted to such.
Have a look and share your thoughts here about fundraising for technology.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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