5 Tips For Building Your Nonprofit's Needs List
In a previous post, I discussed some tips regarding goods that could comprise your GivingSomeThing Needs List.
Here, I would like to offer some advice regarding building your Needs List.
- Diversity of Goods: We have already seen that people are compelled to give different types of things. Some might be inclined to give technology items or office supplies, others want to give directly to programming needs. We encourage you to select a range of things that you need for your organization that might also connect with different donor personalities and interests.
- Price Range: The cost of the goods matters as well. Some people want to give one, "big ticket" item. Other people give a collection of smaller things that adds up. Others are looking to make one smaller, but meaningful donation. By offering both a diversity of goods and goods in a varied price range, you can increase the likelihood of connecting with a donor.
- "Why We Need It": GivingSomeThing is unique in providing the opportunity for donors to connect with your organization's tangible needs. As a Needs List Manager, you get to pick out the EXACT goods and the QUANTITY of those goods that your organization needs. You also have the chance to express WHY your organization needs that item. Don't miss this opportunity of furthering transparency by giving a concise and compelling reason for your need.
- Highlight Important Items: We are working on adding functionality that will allow a Needs List manager to give a priority value to items. For the time being, think about your needs and look to add top priority items that are diverse in price and product type. You can edit your list at any time and, as priority goods are donated, you can always add other goods.
- Be Creative: It is incredible if you think about the variety of THINGS that your organization uses. It is also REMARKABLE how many things we offer through GivingSomeThing. Our current Nonprofit Partners' Needs List include office supplies, electronics, sporting equipment, tools, toys, games, books, and even a paddle boat! Be creative, think outside the box, and realize there is no harm in a quick search!
To Give is to Receive,