Presentations to ‘pitch’ your charity should be simple and not overly formal, lasting no longer than 5 minutes, followed by a 5 minute Q&A. Recognize that there is an amazing sense of power and excitement in the room. Many women feel as if they are personally writing a check for $10,000+. For many members this is their first entry into the world of philanthropy through this model.  “Philanthropy breeds philanthropy.” Women in your community are learning about the needs of their neighbors and the agencies and organizations that serve them. Each organization presented has the opportunity to showcase its projects.  Even if it is not chosen, it has exposure to over 100 women.  You should be prepared to present the following details after giving your name and the organization that you would like to receive funding.

  • Where is the organization located? What is the mission of the organization?
  • What purpose does the organization fulfill? Whom do they serve? What do they do? How do they do it?
  • How would they benefit from receiving the donation? How will the funds be used?
  • Describe the program that you would like funded.  Provide some background information for program.  Who will it impact?  How many will it impact?
  • How essential is this program – what will our community be missing if this  program does not get funded?
  • What percentage of funds goes directly to their mission?  What percentage goes towards overhead and marketing?
  • What is the organization’s operating budget?  How does the organization sustain their budget (i.e., grant support, individual contributions, etc.)
  • Are they a recognized 501(c)3?
  • End with a heartfelt thank you.
  • Questions may be directed to the presenter during the 5 minute Q&A.