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7 Ways to Support Your Favorite Nonprofit

Helping to support PYTCo is easier than ever!

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

When we give our time and resources to something greater than ourselves, we have the power to change the lives of others and ourselves. The more we support the causes that matter to us, the better our communities can become.

Helping local nonprofits is a great way to stand up for the causes that matter to you and make a lasting difference. While many equate this with financial support, there are plenty of other ways you can help.

You may not realize it, but people are an organization’s greatest asset. Tiny actions can yield an enormous impact on nonprofit organizations.

Wondering where to start? Here’s a list of six possibilities!

1. Volunteer Your Time or Services

Most nonprofits are overjoyed to hear from potential volunteers! Reach out and see how you can make an impact by volunteering your time or your services.

If you have a special talent, you’re willing to share, such as spectacular graphic design skills, be sure to mention them to the nonprofit. If you have experience with fundraising, reach out to them and start a conversation to see how you can help. If you have a lot of free time, see which upcoming events they need volunteers for.

2. Engage with the Organization on Social Media

It may be the simplest thing you do today to make a difference: follow your favorite nonprofit on social media. In the process, you’ll do your part to help the organization reach more people who may want to donate to, or benefit from, its mission.

Once you follow your favorite nonprofit, all it takes is a couple of clicks to share posts with your followers, comment on a post that catches your eye or send it to someone as a direct message. The simple act of engaging with a nonprofit’s social media accounts could allow someone who genuinely needs the nonprofit’s help to discover the organization for the first time.

Your vote of confidence isn’t only social proof that the organization’s cause is meaningful. By following the organization, you influence the hidden strings behind the curtain and boost their reach. In other words, your simple clicks help your favorite organization touch more lives.

3. Forward an E-Blast or Newsletter to a Friend

In nearly every conversation about PYTCo, an aha! moment occurs. “You know who you should meet …” someone will say. Amazing! These connections unlock new possibilities. Next time you receive an email from your favorite organization, consider: Who in your circle needs to know about these resources or initiatives?

You can also encourage them to sign up for the organization’s digital communications!

4. Email the Organization a Testimonial

Nonprofit staff and volunteers pour hours of passion into their work. You’d be surprised how meaningful and heartening your story can be. Your experience might even become a powerful testimony that helps them spread the word about not only what they do, but why they do it.

5. Make an Introduction

Partnerships are powerful. Help your favorite nonprofits connect with others who are doing similar work. A personal introduction removes barriers and makes collaboration more efficient and thus, cost-effective.

The more you talk about the organization to colleagues, friends, family, acquaintances, or anyone who will listen, the more awareness you spread about the organization. To learn more about how you can help a nonprofit grow just by word of mouth, check out Why Word of Mouth Marketing is so Important to Non-profits.

6. Buy Tickets to an Upcoming Event

If you’re following your favorite nonprofit on social media or are subscribed to their e-blasts/newsletters, then you’re aware of what events they have coming up. A huge way to support an organization is by supporting its events – whether online or in-person.

Your ticket purchase goes a long way, but your presence at their events goes even further. Take time out of your busy schedule to go to at least one of their events every quarter if they have them that often. While you’re there, take pictures and post them to your social media, engage with staff and other volunteers, make new connections, and help further the organization’s mission that way.

7. Donate Financially

Remember, even small donations help. It’s easy to get into the mindset that only large dollar amounts make a difference. However, keep in mind that $10,000 is only 400 gifts of $25, or 100 gifts of $100.

You can also set up automatic subscription-style donations every month. A donation of $10 every month from one person can add up and make a difference.

Together, we can do much more than any of us can do on our own. It really doesn’t take much to make an impact and a real difference in your community.


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