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When you start a non profit, the term “funding model” isn’t really the first thing on your mind. Neither is charter, bylaws, accounting software, or endowment, but it turns out that you learn a whole lot when you start a non profit.
It’s fascinating, but I won’t bore you with my nerdy tendencies.
Except to say that when you’re raising money for research, then funding models become very important. You see, it turns out that events like the annual TE5K are pricey. Whoever thought up portapots was a serious genius, but man, those things can sap your profits, especially when you include race timing, t-shirts, course fees, etc.
Last week we dropped off a $10,000 check to Trevecca Nazarene University for esophageal cancer research. It was one of the easiest checks I’ve ever written, but it’s really hard to write a check for t-shirts or portapots when we know what that money could be doing.
Turns out there is a more successful funding model for small non-profits. Something called peer-to-peer fundraising. What is that you ask? Let me illustrate it for you. A friend of Team Emmett asked to raise money for research by participating in a triathlon. She’s going to train and compete while raising money for Team Emmett. That is peer-to-peer fundraising.
Now you don’t have to be a star athlete to raise funds. You simply set a goal, use one of your talents, or host an event. Our friend Catherine is doing a triathlon, but last year someone hosted a spaghetti supper at their church and donated the money to Team Emmett. Have a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Bike across the country? Like to cook? Enjoy throwing a party? Just get creative and ask people to sponsor you.
So why not weave a little charity work into accomplishing those New Year’s resolutions? If you’re interested in raising money for Team Emmett by running, cooking, hosting a party, making a CD, or setting up a lemonade stand, then check out the possibilities here. Contact us with your ideas and we’ll help you get started.
If you can’t host your own event, then check out the upcoming events here, and donate to a worthy cause.
Join the team and make a difference while you accomplish your goals.