Ways in which non-profit organisations stay in touch with the cause

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A non-profit organisation (NPO) otherwise known as non-business entity is an organisation that does not distribute surplus revenue to the organisation’s management in form of profit or dividends. The non-profit organisations use the surplus revenue to further its mission. Just like other business entities or organisations, non-business entities require funds to operate. How can they stay in touch with the cause, and yet not sell shares to the public? Not even investment shares.

The following are ways in which non-profit organisations stay in touch with the cause:

Bootstrapping
This is self funding from fundraising and individual contribution. Bear in mind that individual contribution is arguably the largest source of funds for non-profit organisations. NPOs can also organise for fundraising; however, the amount raised depends on the public relations efforts of the organisation.
The importance of bootstrapping is that collateral or repayment terms are not required since the funds are given out for free. Besides, there is no discussion of return to investment to the fund given.

Renting property
Non-profit organisations own properties such as art centres, performance groups and buildings which can be rented. The revenues gotten from such operations are usually tax-free; however, if the organisation separately owns properties which it can rent, the rent revenue cannot be exempted from tax. Many organisations employ this method, as it is a relatively reliable source of revenue as compared to the other sources.

Product sale
Selling products such as T-shirts, story books, novels and DVDs serve to raise additional revenue for non-profit organisations. The products sold by these organisations can be sourced from most manufacturers at a discount. Many non-profit organisations like sourcing the products they sell locally, owing to the fact that these products are cheaply available.

Loans
Non-profit organisations can borrow loans from individuals and financial institutions. This method is despised by most organisations due to the interest rate and collateral prerequisites required while obtaining loans. Nevertheless, the interest and collateral factors do not eliminate loans as a source of fund for non-profit organisations.

Royalties
Royalties for non-profit organisations come from publications such as photo essays and cookbooks. Besides, most organisations publish documents about their organisations. For instance, a non-profit organisation focusing on domestic violence awareness may publish articles for counsellors. Royalties can also be sold through the sale of limited rights for use of the organisation’s photographs.

Private endowment

A private endowment is a source of revenue for non-profit organisations, which come in form of gifts and bequests. Most endowments however, come with a requirement that they must be invested for income generation to the non-profit organisation.

Donation Tips For Giving to the Needy

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Do you know that it’s easier than most people believe to make the world a better place? Not only do contributions to charity help those in need, they give those who use their time, money, or material possessions a sense of positivity and purpose. It’s so easy to make yourself and another person happy and you don’t have to be rich or have a lot of free time!

Most people know of some simple ways to give away what they aren’t using to those who are less fortunate, so I’m not going to go over tips on how to rid yourself of clutter. I’m sure you already know the donation centres at Goodwill and the Salvation Army. Do you know, however, that many places will help you organise a yard sale so that you can donate the money to the charity of your choosing? You can offer them a donation in order to use a parking lot, as well as ask others to get involved by selling items they no longer have any use for, such as clothing, car seats and toys that the children have outgrown. People will often even give extra monetary donations when they know that part or all of the money will be given to the Red Cross or other relief organisations. Drinks, including soda and water can be sold as well to encourage browsing the sale for a longer period so that more money can be raised. If you don’t have items to donate but have skills, consider having a bake sale with homemade food or a crafts fair where people can sell handmade jewellery and artwork. Be sure to place advertisements with local businesses and classifieds to make the community aware of when and where the sale will be.

Not only can you donate clothing to something like this, there are parishes that take donations for the poor and also to make items that the poor are in desperate need of. I recently participated in a parish activity that involved cutting jeans so that they could be sewn into shoes. Donations were taken of old jeans leading up to the event and each pair of jeans made several pairs of shoes for those in third world countries to help prevent infections and diseases from walking barefoot. It’s all too easy for an infection that could have been easily cured to result in death due to lack of medical care in places like Africa, Haiti, and Mexico. Don’t ever feel that you have to limit your charity to one place alone when there are so many needs to fill in a global culture! Many of us only think of our local neighbourhood when deciding to do charity works, and while charity starts at home, it doesn’t have to be limited to home.

If you don’t have time but are into DIY, there are cheap art supplies online through auction sites like eBay. If you find yourself bored, you could make items to list online with etsy and put in your description a statement about which charity will benefit from your sales. If you’re not good with your hands, but take photos and like to add stylistic text to them for your friends and family, you could open a redbubble and donate the profits. The possibilities are truly endless, and you wouldn’t be wasting your time or talents. Even having only a few of your products listed as charity items will benefit others in ways that you couldn’t imagine right now. It only takes a couple of pounds to help remind someone of human kindness when they haven’t experienced it in far too long, who is trying to overcome adversity despite the emotional toll they’ve paid just to get up in the morning. This can be true for anyone in need, but especially forgotten veterans and their families who have had their hearts broken and faced a hard future after fighting to keep everyone safe. It can be true for an unwed pregnant mother who doesn’t know where she will be when the baby is born because it’s not working out with the father.

And if you’re the sort who prefers to know more about a project or person before you help, you don’t even have to leave your home thanks to sites like GoFundMe, KickStarter, and IndieGoGo. I’ve used GoFundMe myself and helped promote KickStarters for things I’m interested in supporting. You could donate directly to one after reading the information the organiser has posted, or you could start your own and set your own limits on what you think will be doable to help. Maybe you’re interested in feminist issues. If so, there are online funding projects, which focus on specifics such as helping homeless women with feminine hygiene products or items of self-defence – mace, personal alarms, and free cell phones to leave an abuser. Alternatively, if you’re the type with a soft spot for children’s advocacy, you could start or support one which makes items to help minors. This might take the form of therapy bears for police interviews, toys to keep at the homeless shelter when it isn’t time for a Christmas Toy Drive, or it could be used to publish a children’s book that helps deal with difficult situations.

You’re interested in mental health issues? Then focus your time and energy on helping affected individuals of a specific disease such as schizophrenia, depression, or anxiety disorders such as PTSD. Autism falls under the umbrella category of mental health issues, although whether it can be labelled a disease is still a matter of fierce debate amongst those who are autistic and their families. I don’t consider it a disease myself, but more of an impediment to normal life because my son is quite gifted intellectually and does not want the stigma associated with the word. Because it has a personal attachment, I like to focus on new ways to help autistics interact with their community and family, but each person has their own preference. Just remember to be creative, passionate, and not limit yourself in the way you approach charitable giving!

This article doesn’t include click throughs for those who have a GoFundMe or sites such as Good Search that give a small amount for each search or click, but they do exist, and Good Search has been as useful to me as top-ranked search engines such as Google or Bing by Microsoft. It’s really simple to set your homepage to one of these so that if you’re using your computer to give steady help without the pressure of the listed methods, you can give daily assistance. Most click through types are only done for a limited amount of time, but there are sites which give bowls of rice to hungry families using short quizzes that can be done in just a few minutes.

Purpose of Donation

 CoverPic_10Aug15As human beings, it is important that we recall our nature of sharing with the poor. We have to remind ourselves of the quote “Man is a Social animal” by a great socialist. Yes! We are all connected to each other, the weak need help from the strong, just as the poor need help from the rich and the sick need help from the healthy. We need help from each other to build a better place and bring happiness in people’s lives. If you are convinced to share or donate that something you have, you are taking a step forward for the growth of your society and your nation.  Primary Needs: Most of the basic needs that can be donated are listed here. 1) Basic needs: Clothes, footwear, rugs, blankets, socks and any kind of shoes, umbrellas, rain coats, scarves and any other clothing requirements. 2) Food items: Bread, fruits, rice, any kind of vessels, glasses, water carriers, tumblers, milk containers for infants, flask. 3) Shelter requirements:  Any kind of bed frames and weaved articles and any helpful items for children. IT IS MOSTLY CHILDREN BELOW 5 YEARS OF AGE THAT ARE FOUND LACKING THE BASIC THINGS. Children do not know what it is to be rich or poor. More than all the other age groups, children below 5 years were found suffering hunger. Children who lack sufficient diet and are unable to get nutritious food are malnourished and can be found in every part of the world.  There are millions of orphaned children all over the world and they are always in need of something. After their basic requirements, their secondary needs can be met through the donation of items such as school bags, books, stationery, toys, learning materials and any kind of sport and athletic equipment. Public Service: Charity can be given by providing some of the basic requirements of the people in a crowded place. Water and any fruit juice can be provided in public places. People who are sick and feel sudden dehydration can be treated by means of this service, which is more helpful in summer. Providing useful equipment for those who are physically handicapped, using your money to buy food at lunch or dinnertime for those who could not make their livelihood is a great form of help. Let us extend our hands to the poor and let them know that they belong to the planet where humanity is never ending. Sharing is love and loving is Life!! Let us live and let others live!!!!

SUCCESS IN GIVING BACK

Every single person in the global world has imagined, envisioned and dreamed of being successful in different aspects of their lives. Unfortunately, for some, this only remains a dream but for others, the journey to success has been worth their while and they have joyfully enjoyed the fruits of it. So one may ask, why would two young people who start the same business, the very same day with the very same capital have different income flows at the end of the business year? It is simple to understand since there is quite a thin line between success and failure, which is only defined by the individual.

As it may have always seemed unattainable to majority of people, the few who dare to tread the risky path have more or less similar values or characters in common. Persistence, clear focus on their goals, self discipline, hard work and passion for what they have set out to achieve are just some of the remarkable traits that encompass the lives of successful people. From autobiographies to interviews, to forums discussed by some of the elite motivational speakers, these traits have been emphasised through them all.
One of the important traits of successful people also includes giving back to the society. As Benjamin Burt clearly put it -True prosperity is the result of well placed confidence in ourselves and fellow man. Although success may be celebrated by one man or woman, it is inevitable to acquiesce the role that their families, communities, the people they know or only heard of their stories have played to shape their lives. Therefore, the mentality that giving only makes one weak or reverses one’s efforts to attaining their goals is all but a false statement. Successful people are always excited to help others in their quest for a better tomorrow.

The 2012 list of some of the most successful celebrities in Forbes Magazine has been linked to charity initiatives around the world. These include Mel Gibson and Lance Armstrong to mention only a few who have massively donated towards the society. There is always a stronger connection and a fulfilled purpose achieved when one is appreciated for improving the lives of other people without expecting anything in return. Several organisations around the world have also been involved in charity related courses that have yielded a positive output towards education, health or the security of people who live in deplorable states with dwindled hope and despair. For example, Pact Africa, promoting the delivery of AIDS free babies in Africa and Opportunity International, influencing the lives of people in India via business loans.

However, does charity only mean that one has to have a six-figure bank account balance under their name? Not quite. Florence Nightingale gave hope to the sick out of her heart’s will. Some of the most inspiring success stories have been influenced by the mentorship or advice that people have gotten from other successful people. And so, as the saying goes, charity begins at home. One can always start with that young boy who is always walking around the neighbourhood or that office messenger that everyone looks down upon. No man is an island to fulfil all he desires by himself, therefore, by helping others around you, every single person around the world will have a wonderful story to tell.

3 Easy Ways to get started With a Charity Organisation

Similar to a business venturCharity 9e, setting up a charitable organisation entails a lot of work and a little bit of luck. Don’t get easily discouraged or frustrated if your charity does not immediately raise enough funds. It takes time and patience, some business skills, and the interest of your community stakeholders to gain traction in this field. It is best to focus your energy on what the people in your community need, or if you’re thinking globally – what is it that will improve the world. The bottom line is if you are setting up an organisation for charity purposes, how can you go wrong?
It is advisable to utilise the expertise of the Secretary of State and the IRS at the onset. The IRS may be intimidating, but the staffs are professional and helpful, especially to those who want to set up an organisation for charity purposes.
Starting a charitable organisation requires much paperwork in the beginning. However, if you are prepared, you will not have any problems getting the buy in of the governing agencies. Below are the three ways to get you started with setting up a charity organisation:
Form Your Charity
The very first things that you need to do when forming your charitable organisation is to develop your vision and define your mission statement. You will also need to find a unique name for your charity – one that is reflective of the kind of charity work that you do, create articles of incorporation, draft your bylaws, and set up your board. It may also be necessary to have a registered agent as a member of the board.
Fill Out the Paperwork
The next thing to do is to file an application form with your Secretary of State. If you have diligently conducted all the necessary actions in step one, this part should be a breeze. Upon completion of the filing of the application, you will need to get a Federal Employer Identification Number. And lastly, for this very important second step, you will need to file with the IRS for your charitable organisation to be recognised.
Get it Underway
The third and final step is to get your charity organisation underway. Start raising funds by getting the support of your community and other organisations who may be interested in extending help for charity purposes. Also, take advantage of the power of the social media by developing significant activities on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, etc. It is also a good thing to become visible and active in your community in order to gain their support.
When you have completed all the three ways to get started with your charity organisation, you may now begin your charity work – but remember to always keep your operating expenses including fundraising costs at a minimum (below 20% of your total expenses) to keep your charity organisation alive for a very long time.

Essential Basic Tools That Are Needed and Can Be Donated

“Sharing is always good. Someone needs that what you do not need!” By Samuel Johnson. When you have something more than you require and when you have a heart for sharing it, you are really admirable. In our daily lives, we do enjoy many things. When it comes to any of our basic needs, more often than not, we have enough and sometimes, even more than needed. Therefore, we really have a responsibility to share it to the needy either through charity or donation. Charity is given to fulfil the basic needs of the poor and needy. Anything that fulfils a human need can be donated in many ways, but can only be a charity when it is donated without expecting anything in return or profit.

Ways non-profit organisations help others de-stress

charity-insuranceThere is nothing more rewarding than giving back to your community. It is a great way to make your life more fulfilling and it is a good way to help others. Charity work is one way to do this, and it is very easy to become active in one of your local non-profit organisations. In addition, non-profits can help people de-stress and can prove immensely beneficial to people in several ways. Although it is hard to find the right amount of time to volunteer, volunteer work can help you meet new people, learn new professional skills to improve your career and can positively impact your health both physically and mentally. This is why it is a good idea to find out how you can get started volunteering at a local organisation.
First of all, it is well-known how active non-profits are in the community, and how they have the ability to change lives. According to helpguide.org, they connect you to other people in ways that will make your life happier, and also help improve your social skills. The website also explains that a good way to do this is to commit to a collaborative activity in the organisation. You can practice your skills and develop new ones as well. It is also recommended to engage in charity work with your family.
The second way charity work can facilitate stress reduction is via its ability to develop your body and mind. Engaging actively in charity work has been known to increase life satisfaction and boost confidence levels, helping you see yourself in a new, positive light. Whenever you help others, you will get the feeling that you have accomplished something. Additionally, helpguide.org can also help fight depression. One reason for this is because it helps you stay in touch, and it helps you gain a support system. For example, if you decide to work with animals, it can lower stress and anxiety. There are even studies that show how volunteering can lower symptoms of heart disease or chronic pain.
The third benefit that can be derived from charity work is its thorough training, as it can help you learn valuable skills. It also provides an avenue to become more compassionate and utilise your skills to benefit others, ultimately making your life more fruitful and enjoyable. Moreover, volunteer work can help you pursue your passions. Your interests are a good way to start thinking about where you would like to volunteer, as your passion will help you stay driven. You won’t regret the fact that you became a volunteer.

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