If the organization you nominated is chosen your presentation should be simple and not overly formal. In a matter of 5 minutes you have to be able to tell what they do, what kind of impact they make and what they will specifically do with the money given to them. The women sitting in this room have come and are committed to 100+ Women Who Care BECAUSE of the simplicity, the quick decisiveness and the camaraderie of seeing all the great work in Northern Door County. We like our members to present so they can bring to the presentation, along with it being informative, their personal passion for the nonprofit and their reasons why members should vote for it. Visual aids and handouts are not allowed for the presentation as time is limited. You are invited to provide a PowerPoint slide to have on display behind you as you are speaking. The slide should include the name of the organization large enough so that it can be read from the back of the room. If we don’t receive one from you we will display a slide with the organization’s name or logo. After the presentation the representative from the nonprofit is invited to join the member for a 5 minute Q&A session.
Know the facts!
You need to be able to tell the story of the work the organization you are representing in under 1 minute. People get lost easily by drawn out explanations. Write down what they do, how they do it and who is affected. Then wrap that around a few sentences and voila you’ve got your pitch.
Tell the HEART story!
It is helpful to think of a way to tie in a personal story of those benefitting with the work they do so that the group has a very clear understanding and connection to that work. As you prepare, write down why does this organization matter to you. If it matters to you, it will probably matter to someone else.
Show them the MONEY!
Where will the money go! The people in the room are ready to make a wise choice about where they donate. Present a strong description of what the funds will be supporting.
Start with a compelling opening statement ...
Introduce yourself and the name of the organization you would like to receive the funding
Share the organization's mission
Describe the program that you would like funded, and provide some background information, if possible
Identify who the funds will impact, and how many people it has served, and how many will be served by this donation
Tell how essential this program is, and what our community will miss if this program does not get funded
Share what this donation will “buy” for our community
Explain the measurements that will be used by the nonprofit to ensure the success of this program, and make the best use of the donation
End with a heartfelt request and a thank you to your fellow members for their consideration
When you are chosen to present you organization here is a list of questions that you should be prepared to discuss.
What is the name of the organization?
Where is it located?
What is the mission of the organization?
Who comprises the organization? What does the organization do? How? For whom?
How is the organization currently funded?
How will the funds be used?
Would any of the funds go to administrative costs? (They shouldn’t!)
How would the organization benefit from receiving the donation?