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Fundraising Q & A

We recently received this question in the form of a comment on our about page:

I am looking to start a non profit org. for alternative fuels. My goal is to travel cross country, in my dodge diesel towing a travel trailer, using only vegi oil from restaurants. I also want to educate and continue research in hydrogen fuel along the way. I am good with business and technical issues however, I am new to the fundraising/donation avenue and am looking for advice and where to start. I don’t have alot of money so I cannot affor to pay a fundrairser to do it for me.
Any help would be useful,
Thanks in advance,

It’s a great question and the cause definitely fits into what we do here. I started typing a response in the form of another comment, but decided it would fit even better as a post. Read on for the response…


While we are a fundraising company, we don’t specialize in the large scale corporate fundraising you are discussing. Some of the same things that we see work for our fundraising partners would probably translate to your project.

Getting the word out about what you are doing is the most important step. And speaking to people face to face about what you are doing, while not as fast as other methods, is the most effective way of doing that. Often you will find that if something is on your mind, it will naturally come up in your day to day conversations. Don’t discount emails and letters, though. They can also pique interest in your cause.

Coincidentally, a co-worker of ours is involved with a run across the U.S. called “Running America.” He became involved with the project through a chance encounter, decided he wanted to be involved, and worked towards that goal. He will be traveling with them across America and handing out our prepaid “one million cell phones” return envelopes.

That brings me to another technique; align yourself with a similar cause or event. There is power in numbers! Just like when our partners collect cell phones at football games, or even the example above, you could coordinate with a similar event or events across the U.S.  I would even encourage you to contact Running America to see if there is a way that you could get involved. They are also interested in being environmentally friendly with their cross-country trip.

Thanks for your question Nick!