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Want to Help a Nonprofit? Plan a Fundraising Event

Keesa Ocampo / NonProfitPeople

Helpful Tips:

  • Ensure that the process of turning over your donations is clearly understood by you and the beneficiary. Some people may ask for tax deductions when donating to a 501©(3) so if this is something that can be accommodated, speak with the nonprofits beforehand to figure out the best way to process these requests.

  • If you find that you might gather a huge amount of people, keep in close contact with your venue operators. There may have to be security, maximum occupancy or age considerations that they have to abide by and it’s always best to have that covered.

  • Set goals for your team in terms of what you generate and when you turn it over. Document your activities, thank everyone involved and be transparent in your reports about the successes you accomplish.

    Start small and you will hone your skill with more practice. While you define yourself in the community as one with a fundraising skill set and sense of community citizenship, charities will find you. It’s not all about how much you make but more about the intention and work you put behind fundraising.

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    Featured Author: Keesa Ocampo
    Keesa Ocampo is a 27-year old community relations officer for the international media conglomerate, ABS-CBN International. A young philanthropist and community advocate, her involvement began as a board member of numerous Asian Pacific American organizations and resulted in co-founding the progressive organization Citizen Hope. Inspired by the energy generated during the Obama campaign, the group formed with a commitment to engage in community and civic service projects. The series of global disasters of 2009 prompted Ocampo to co-found Bay Area Benefit, which serves the international community through “guerilla philanthropy.” Her fundraising skills have benefited numerous disaster relief efforts and have supported initiatives towards equality and justice. Keesa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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