Presentations should be simple and not overly formal.  When you are ready to present your organization here is a list of topics that you should be prepared to discuss:

  • Start by stating your name and the name of the local charity/non-profit/worthy cause you would like to receive funding.
  • Where is the local charity/non-profit/worthy cause located?
  • What is the mission of the local charity/non-profit/worthy cause?
  • What purpose does it serve? (Who? What do they do? How do they do it?)
  • How would they benefit from receiving the donation? How will the funds be used?
  • Describe the program that you would like funded.  Provide some background information for program.
  • Who will it impact?  How many will it impact?
  • How essential is this program – what will our community be missing if this program does not get funded?
  • What percentage of funds goes directly to their mission?  What percentage goes towards overhead and marketing?
  • What is the organization’s operating budget?  How does the organization sustain their budget (ie., grant support, individual contributions, etc.)
  • Are they a recognized 501(c)3?
  • End with a heartfelt ask and a thank you.

*Presenters are given five minutes to present, followed by a 3 minute Q&A.

Positive Effects

Power & Excitement

  1. There is an amazing sense of power and excitement in the room. And many people feel as if they have personally written a check for $10K.
  2. Many people are, for the first time, entering the world of philanthropy through this model.  “Philanthropy breeds philanthropy.”
  3. At each meeting, 100 people in the community are learning about the needs of their neighbors and the agencies and organizations that serve them.
  4. Each organization presented has the opportunity to showcase its projects.  Even if it is not chosen, it has exposure to 100 people.