Tips for Finding the Things Your Organization Needs
Post a Wishlist
This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to solicit in-kind donations. Simply post a list of all the things you need on your website, newsletter, and printed brochures. You might be surprised at what you get – folks often recycle items that are perfectly workable and practically new. Be specific about your needs, and find a way to thank people while gently and kindly declining donations that do not fit your specifications.
Use Online Classifieds
Search to see if the item you need is available through an online classified like Craigslist or LetGo. Or you can post your own specific request at no charge. Make sure to provide contact information and a link to your website so folks know who you are and what you do.
Connect with a Thrift Store
Often, small local thrift stores will keep an eye out for specific merchandise for community-based nonprofits – and give them to you for free or for a discounted price. This is an especially good resource for art and craft supplies.
Shop locally – and once or twice a year, ask those businesses to give back to you with a specified in-kind donation. If you are a membership organization, this can a way for them to join. Be sure to acknowledge these donations publicly through your website, member lists, and newsletters.
Send formal thank-you letters when you receive in-kind donations, and be sure to include the total value of in-kind donations in your annual fiscal reports.These strategies can help build donor relationships and financial sustainability. Check out the tools page for templates and resources.