The Nebraska Community Foundation works with community, organizational and donor-advised affiliated funds serving 250 communities located in 80 counties. NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $269 million in Nebraska since 1994.
There are a variety of tools you can use as you work to raise funds for your affiliated fund. Below is a short list of some that NCF affiliated funds have found useful.
Gifts of Grain and Livestock
Gifts of ag commodities are a tax-wise way for farmers and ranchers to support your fund. Download templates of a press release and flyers you can use to promote this method of giving.
Automatic Monthly Payments – ACH Form
Donors to your affiliated fund can give monthly gifts automatically using an ACH form. They can complete this form once and continue making gifts until they request the payments to stop. Read more about ACH gifts.
NCF offers each of our affiliated funds the means to collect charitable gifts online. This can be a powerful tool, especially when used in conjunction with your current marketing efforts. See the online giving page.
Matching Gifts from Corporations
There are many corporations that offer to match their employees’ charitable gifts. Suggest to your donors that they ask their employer if they offer this benefit. In some cases this can double the impact of their donation!
Some affiliated funds have found that special events (street dances, etc.) are effective fundraising techniques. Before you decide to hold a fundraising event for your affiliated fund, be sure to think through the effort and be sure that the hoped-for benefits will outweigh the time and expense put into the event. Also, be sure to reivew the Guidelines for Fundraising Events and talk to your development staff member about potential sales tax and insurance requirements for events. Read more about events.
Annual Appeal Letter
Your affiliated fund can raise awareness and dollars through planned mailing campaigns. They are no substitute, however, for personal visits and connections. Read more about mailings.
The Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund received the 2009 Catalyst for Change Award from Partners for Otoe County. The award recognized NCCFF for the alcohol-free, family-friendly street dance it sponsored. According to NCCFF committee member Scott VanderVeen, the purpose of the street dance was not to raise money. Rather, it was an opportunity to increase exposure for NCCFF, have fun and enjoy Nebraska City’s community life.Read more →