When it comes to philanthropy, corporations give in various ways, including cash donations or grants, in-kind gifts, sponsorships, cause-related marketing, and pro bono services. Companies also like to promote workplace giving through employee matching gifts programs and other efforts that encourage their workers to give their time and/or money to charity.
Gift acknowledgement letters are important for two reasons. First, they provide proof so donors can claim a U.S. tax exemption. Second, they let you thank donors for their generosity, helping you build a relationship for future support.
Foundation Center defines a private foundation as a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization having a principal fund managed by its own trustees or directors. Public charities generally derive their funding or support primarily from the public, receiving grants from individuals, government, and private foundations. Grantseekers should know the difference.
It is essential for nonprofits to know about the public support test, because receiving the majority of funding from a single source could change a nonprofit’s IRS status from public charity to private foundation.
The simple answer is yes. Foundations prefer to give to applicants with 501(c)(3) exempt status, and places of worship, including churches, mosques and synagogues, and faith-based organizations generally qualify for 501(c)(3) status.
Bylaws are your organization's operating manual. State nonprofit laws usually address nonprofit governance matters. However, you can choose different rules, as long as they don't violate state law and are included in your bylaws.
This article provides selected grant resources to help you. But to get an overview of funding information and resources available to artists of all types, start by reading our Knowledge Base article: "Where can I find grants for individual artists?"
Most forms of assistance to individuals for housing, medical bills, or other personal expenses like debt relief will come from charitable organizations or government assistance programs, rather than grants from foundations.
Most forms of assistance for housing, medical bills, or other personal expenses such as debt relief will come from charitable organizations or government assistance programs, rather than grants from foundations.
You might consider hiring an experienced attorney or accountant to fill out the forms or at least look them over before you submit them. If that's beyond your budget, a board member might be able to recommend an experienced professional, or you might find free or low-cost help at a local law school or student-run legal clinic.
Workplace giving contributes an estimated $5 billion to U.S. charities each year. Many companies not only encourage their employees to give to and volunteer time to nonprofits in their communities, but also will match those efforts with dollars and other means of support.
Every April, Independent Sector publishes an estimated national value of each volunteer hour. This page includes historical national data and the value of volunteers’ contribution by state or territory.