Jewelry Design to Fund a Non-Profit Organization – How to Find the Person to Pitch It to?

by Rashida Cotton.
(Macon, GA)

Jewelry Design to Fund a Non-Profit Organization - How to Find the Person to Pitch It to?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Hello all!

I have a jewelry design, and I want to use the profits from the design to help fund an organization to help abused children.

Does anyone know who I can pitch this design to? Thank you!

Rashida Cotton

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  • Hi Rashida, do you have a specific organization in mind? If so, I would telephone the organization, and explain what you’d like to do for them – and then ask who would be the best person there for you to talk to about your idea. Also ask whether that person would prefer to be telephoned or emailed, and get their contact info.

    And if you haven’t seen my post on how to do this type of fundraiser, you may want to read it: Fundraiser Jewelry Shows.

    I’d love to hear how you do with this event, Rashida! Please keep us posted.

  • Ann Nolen says:

    I happen to work for a nonprofit so I can share a little insight. Most nonprofits hand a “Development Department” or Development Director” and they are responsible for the nonprofits Marketing & Fundraising.
    If you are going to fundraiser and donate the proceeds to them that is referred to as a “third party fundraiser.” While you obviously don’t need their permission to donate to them, you do need their permission to use their name or logo when you promote your sale. It is smart to know the right terms when you contact them, it will help you to get to the right person.

  • Ann, thanks so much for sharing your insider insights – very helpful! 🙂

  • Amanda Thompson says:

    I agree with the comments above, but wanted to add something. I founded and was the executive director of a small nonprofit before becoming disabled with a chronic illness. Prior to that, I was over a team at a medium sized nonprofit.

    Nonprofits are governed by the the IRS which grants them tax-exempt status. You can search the IRS website to make sure a nonprofit is in good standing at irs.gov/charities-non-profits/search-for-charities.

    Additionally, Guidestar is an organization that compiles information about each nonprofit’s mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, etc.. This provides funders and donaters with information to make the best decisions when donating to nonprofits. Their websire is guidestar.org ,

    I would also suggest you give some thought to whether you want to donate to a local organization, which may be smaller or a national, well-known organization. Given my experience, I know how difficult it is to get funding, especially for smaller, local organization. If you don’t have one in mind, google is a great start and any credible nonprofit should have a website that provides their mission and vision, their areas of focus and goals and some information about their management structure.

    If you are contacting a smaller nonprofit, they may not have a development department or director. I personally would try to speak with the executive director. This person will be responsible for all decision making with the guidance of the board of directors. If you aren’t aware,, nonprofits rarely have CEOs or presidents. In their lingo the term for the highest manager is executive director or director..

    I think it;s great what you are doing and your area of focus. These organizations do such amazing work and always struggle to keep money coming in every year as they depend on temporary grants and donations which can fluctuate.

    Best regards,

    Amanda Thompson

  • Amanda, thank you for sharing this helpful information! 🙂

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