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Collaboration Through Matching Funds Campaigns

Collaboration Through Matching Funds Campaigns

Collaboration Through Matching Funds Campaigns
More and more, we are seeing businesses, philanthropists and funders collaborating on matching funds campaigns and impact investing.

Recently we read an article about an Ottawa-based philanthropist who created a matching fund campaign during the holiday season to raise much needed donations and funds for local nonprofit organizations and charities.

According to the article, Gary put out a challenge for businesses to match his contribution. The $100,000 he contributed quickly increased to $400,000 through the matching challenge he created.

You can read more about this campaign here.
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Collaborating To Stretch Funding & Impact

Collaborating To Stretch Funding & Impact

Collaborating To Stretch Funding & Impact
Now more than ever, we are hearing that granting organizations, funders, and sponsors are looking to nonprofit organizations, service clubs, and entrepreneurs to collaborate and partner where possible on their projects. In many cases, funders look to projects where there is no (or minimal) duplication of efforts and services. This allows funders to extend their range and stretch funding while also fostering a greater impact. 


This is not a new approach. 

More than 20 years ago (before I opened my businesses), I was a contract negotiation specialist for the government. I had a portfolio of funding that was provided to nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and community groups to operate programs and services in the region. The funds supported a wide range of initiatives including early childhood education, parenting programs, community events, group homes, and women’s shelters to name a few. 

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3 Sponsorship Mistakes Sponsor Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them

3 Sponsorship Mistakes Sponsor Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them

3 Sponsorship Mistakes Sponsor Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them

In 2020, we had numerous opportunities to speak with sponsors from local, regional, and national businesses and brands. This online and virtual world we are living in with cancelled live events and the need to do business differently has also impacted sponsors and their ability to market their brands in ways they are accustomed to. 

We heard both challenges and opportunities in these conversations with sponsors. Besides getting to learn about the brands on a much deeper level and build relationships with them, we also were able to hear about some of the common sponsorship mistakes they see sponsor seekers making.

We thought this insider information and the useful insights below could be of benefit to you as you move forward with raising your dreams through collaboration and sponsorship. 

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6 Ways to Find Sponsors, Build Corporate Partners, and Engage Champions for Your Book

6 Ways to Find Sponsors, Build Corporate Partners, and Engage Champions for Your Book

6 Ways to Find Sponsors, Build Corporate Partners, and Engage Champions for Your Book

What if you could find sponsors and have other businesses pay for your book tour?

What if local businesses purchased your books in bulk for their clients to hand out at events or to gift to charitable organizations and people in need?

What if your book tour didn’t cost you more than the price of a grande latte?

One of the things we LOVE talking about is building a circle of corporate champions, partners, and sponsors… 

Professional speaker, bestselling author, and collaboration expert, Charmaine Hammond, has had books be optioned for movie rights, has presented to more than 400,000 people around the world, and has helped authors around the globe make their book a business.

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4 How to Find the Right Sponsorship Contact

How to Find the Right Sponsorship Contact

How to Find the Right Sponsorship Contact

Finding the sponsorship contact in charge of decisions for a particular brand can sometimes be a challenge.

That said, if you as the sponsor-seeker are willing to follow our 7-step collaboration and sponsorship model and invest a little time into sponsorship contact research, you will not only find the right person, you will likely impress them once you connect with them. 

Sponsorship decision-makers notice when you have spent some time learning about them before the call (checking out their website, social media, press releases, and media). 

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How to Use Collaboration to Overcome Funding Challenges

How to Use Collaboration to Overcome Funding Challenges

How to Use Collaboration to Overcome Funding Challenges

Spring is often a very busy time for organizations and entrepreneurs that receive government funding. ​Contracts may have come to a close on March 31st and new contracts (and funding) often start April 1st.

Unfortunately, it can be a stressful time if those in charge of funds and programs face the challenges that emerge upon learning that government funds may be clawed back or not approved. 

With these funding challenges in mind, it’s important to look for solutions, especially involving collaboration, to see if there are funding opportunities that are being overlooked.

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Sponsorship for Nonprofits & Service Clubs: How to Attract Sponsors, Raise Funds & Make a Bigger Impact

Sponsorship for Nonprofits & Service Clubs: How to Attract Sponsors, Raise Funds & Make a Bigger Impact

Sponsorship for Nonprofits & Service Clubs: How to Attract Sponsors, Raise Funds & Make a Bigger Impact

As a nonprofit fundraiser, you know the value of government funding, individual donations, and grants, but another source of revenue to consider is corporate sponsorship -- an untapped revenue source for many nonprofits and service clubs. 

Many nonprofits have effectively leveraged relationships with corporate sponsorships to increase revenue, further their cause or mission, and make a bigger impact.

Nonprofits, associations, and service clubs can raise more money and boost impact to support their projects and programs when they understand how corporate sponsorship works and how such support differs from what most charities know as philanthropy. When organizations and those responsible for association management know what sponsorship decision-makers want to see, they can build meaningful relationships with brands. Leaders and managers who understand how corporate sponsorship and cause marketing works will stand out and get more yeses!

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Why Sponsor Testimonials and References Can Help Get More Yeses

Why Sponsor Testimonials and References Can Help Get More Yeses

Why Sponsor Testimonials and References Can Help Get More Yeses


​Many nonprofits, charities, associations and event planners are missing an important step in the sponsorship and fundraising process. 

This one step can help you raise funds and attract the interest from brands and businesses you have not yet partnered with.

If you are not asking for references and testimonials from corporate partners and sponsors that you have worked with, you are missing out on attracting new partners and sponsorship to help you raise funds, increase revenue, and help you make a bigger impact in your community.

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Turning Sponsorship Objections Into Opportunities

Turning Sponsorship Objections Into Opportunities

One of our Dream Raisers did a great social media share about the objections, internal chatter, and “noise” he had in his head that prevented him from doing the ASK for support or sponsorship funds.

Importantly, he did not listen to the noise but instead he stepped out of his comfort zone, did the ask, and the sponsor happily supported his project, again.

Typically, it’s fear of objections that paralyzes potential. That noise and internal chatter can prevent dreams from getting raised unless you do as he did: embrace the discomfort.

Remember it is always a NO unless you ask, and what if the answer is a YES?

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Sponsorship: The Myths, Must Knows, and Methods

Sponsorship: The Myths, Must Knows, and Methods

Sponsorship: The Myths, Must Knows, and Methods

In this article, we’ll explore myths, must knows, and methods related to sponsorship to help you gain clarity and take action in relation to the project you’re working on or dream you are raising. 

Sponsorship Myths:

At Raise a Dream, we dispel the myth that sponsorship is a handout or philanthropy. It is not grant funding or a donation.

Sponsorship is a marketing relationship.

Companies and brands are using their marketing dollars to invest in sponsorship marketing. So just like a company measures the return on investment (ROI) with their different marketing activities (e.g. direct mail, media, digital advertising, print, etc.), they measure how well sponsoring your project met their marketing objectives.

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