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Old 03-31-2009, 08:48 PM   #1
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Making a donation to a non-profit

I need some guidance...

I would like to give a donation to a non-profit organization to thank them for a service they are providing me with. When I mentioned this to the director of the organization, he said they would be grateful for a small donation.

My question is: What do they consider a "small donation"? Does anyone work with this sort of thing where they could provide me with some examples of what it means to make a small donation?

I want to give, but I have no clue where to start and I want to give a good donation, but I also don't want to come in too low and offend them.

Any help would be appreciated! TIA
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:19 PM   #2
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FWIW, I don't think you can insult a non profit organization with a donation that's too small - all donations are welcome. You have to base the donation on what the service was worth to you and base your donation on that and on what you can afford. JMO.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:11 PM   #3
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I work for a non-profit. Any kind of donation is usually appreciated whether it be money of any sum, office supplies, etc. We've had donations of just a couple of dollars up to thousands. We're grateful for any help.

Give from your heart. That's the best donation.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:32 PM   #4
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I work for a non-profit. Any kind of donation is usually appreciated whether it be money of any sum, office supplies, etc. We've had donations of just a couple of dollars up to thousands. We're grateful for any help.

Give from your heart. That's the best donation.
I agree with this. I also work for United Way and we always appreciate any size gift. In fact we stress this to all our campaign coordinators. Even a little can go a long way.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:41 PM   #5
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I'm the treasurer of the EMS squad at our volunteer fire department.

We get donations of $10 and up usually. The only time that "we" have been "upset by a donation" is when we got a $25 check and the check bounced. It cost us $10 in bank fees (luckily only $10!). While it's not a large sum for us to be out, I see it as an unfair and unfortunate mistake.
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I work for a nonprofit social service agency. Any donation is welcome and we routinely receive "small" donations of $5 or $10 from clients that we serve. Give what you are able to and what you believe is reasonable.
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I would consider $25-$50 a small gift.
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When I worked for a non-profit "small" was in the range of $15 - $25. A $50 donation was still "small" but made much more of an impact on the person opening the envelope - I would call that "small but substantial". We usually didn't get much between $50 and $100, and if someone gave $100 it was more often for a membership drive or a special program.

OP, it is generous of you to give at all, so don't worry about the amount. Even if you only have a dollar or two, it will help. BUT, if you have a little more, then a $25 or $50 check can be put to good use.

Also, if you can make a small gift now and maybe another small gift in a few months, that might be a way to approach it as well. Small but frequent adds up, too!!
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Thanks for all the advice. It really helped. My donation is going to be at least a couple hundred dollars, so this makes me feel much better. I certainly did not want to offend them because I'm not sure what a typical donation is.

Thank you!!
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Thanks for all the advice. It really helped. My donation is going to be at least a couple hundred dollars, so this makes me feel much better. I certainly did not want to offend them because I'm not sure what a typical donation is.

Thank you!!
That's very generous and they will be most appreciative!!!
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