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Sunday, November 5

How Blessing Bags Get's It's Funding

Funding for a non-profit is a pretty tough challenge, as a former business owner myself, I thought it would be pretty easy, I mean let's face it, how hard can it be?

Well, it turns out pretty darn hard!

As a newly formed 501 (c) 3, simply being a tax exempt entity does have it's benefits, but also it's challenges.

How to Get Income with a non-Profit

Honestly, after piles of Google searches, I have found that the majority of non-profits, those that are successful anyway, rely on the public for donations. Recently, we held a bingo fundraiser night and raised over $890 for the organization, however much of that raised came in the form of sponsorship gifts, asking people to donate things and writing letters to local corporations asking them to donate gift cards or items to be given as prizes.

Our program receives about 60% of it's funding from everyday people just like you!

I would say that about 25% of what is given to the Blessing Bag program comes in the form of business and corporations, be it money, items for the program or gift cards.

About 15% of the programs funding in 2017 has come from me personally in the way of advertising, postcards and business cards, buying a few items, learning about grants and how to apply for them, sending our letters (stamps) and the like. I'm hoping that in the coming years I won't have to put too much into it as the first year I did the program, 2016, 100% of everything came from my own pocket; it wasn't even a concept of a non-profit at the time, just something I was doing for the community to help.

Right now I'm spending about 20 hours a week of my personal time working on either making bags, purchasing items that we need, meeting with people to collect, working on the blog, working on setting up the rest of the non-profit with paperwork and the like too.

I'm not going to lie, it's a tough challenge. While 2017 has been a great year with getting the program off the ground, it's honestly been hard with limited funds too.

We are hoping to gather funding through the following sources:

  • Donations
  • Raffles/Giveaways
  • Corporate Sponsorship's starting at $500+ annually
  • Memberships at $5 a month 
  • Bingo Fundraisers
  • Possible Grants 
  • Recyclable Programs (think laptop/cellphone)
  • Auctions or donated items on Ebay

Is the director of the Blessing Bag Program which started in 2016. From personally funding the program to becoming a small non-profit, Joshua not only oversee's the making of the bags ,but works with others in the community to make sure they get into the hands of the homeless and needy. Joshua runs the program in his spare time when not working fulltime.

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