Sometimes you just need that Do-Re-Mi
Even if you're not planning to start a full-scale tax-exempt organization, there are lots of ways to raise funds for your project. The first thing you need is a can-do attitude. The next thing you need is a clear, well-designed plan of action. (Hint: use GOBRADIME!!)
Grassroots Fundraising, in a Nutshell:
There is a lot of crossover between categories, but we'll define eight methods, based on the benefit to the person providing the funds.
Fundraising Do's and Don'ts
Asking people for money, whether you offer a direct reward or not, can be tricky. Here's a list of things to remember.
And replicability is what makes your project have lasting value to other people, and ideally, to other species.
You can "raise" money, or you can earn it.
The best way to ensure continued funding for your permaculture projects is by designing income-producing products and services into your whole system design. Here are some examples:
Relevant Links and Resources
The Ultimate Guide to Non-Profit Fundraising includes a solid overview of the many ways to raise money, once you're a bonafide non-profit organization. Some of these techniques also work well for grassroots groups who aren't incorporated through the government, and it's also possible to get a local nonprofit to "umbrella" your small group, for funding.
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