Free Charity Forms and Templates
How to Start a Charity?
If you want to set up a Charity and work for the public benefit to fight natural disasters, diseases, hunger, and poverty, here are six steps you need to take:
- Decide which problem you want to solve and find out whether your efforts will be a real difference for the cause;
- Plan the fundraising process. In the beginning, you need to map out events and activities that will help you to attract donors and sponsors;
- Think about the visibility of your Charity – choose its name, logo, and social media handles;
- Register the Charity. Learn more about local and state laws to make sure your finances are in order;
- Create bylaws – governing documents of your Charity should emphasize the distribution of funds you receive from donors;
- Start advertising your charitable work – a Charity flyer will help you to promote your fundraisers and generate money.
How to Raise Money for Charity?
You can organize a contest or talent show, host a yard sale, auction artworks, or arrange a sporting event – all money you generate or most of it can go towards the Charity you are passionate about. You can also use various possibilities offered online – there are many fundraising tools you can find on the Internet, and as long as your causes are honorable and you provide enough information about the Charity in question, you have a good chance to succeed with your fundraiser. Our library of Charity-related documents below will help you to manage your charity work:
- Donation Receipt. Use this template to confirm the donation to your Charity and give it a legal status so that the donation can be later claimed as a tax deduction.
- Sponsorship Request Letter. Once you find an affluent individual or successful company you want to sponsor your event or other charitable efforts, you can contact them and ask for their support using this form.
- Donor Thank You Letter. Send this simple note to a person or organization that participated in your fundraiser to acknowledge their generosity and encourage further charitable contributions.
- Donation Request Letter. This letter can be mailed to companies and individuals that may be interested in providing money to your Charity or purchasing a gift certificate or sponsored table at your event.
- Fundraising Plan. A table or spreadsheet that lists all your fundraising activities, indicates the amount of money you need to raise, and records contact details of all existing and potential donors is the best way to keep track of your Charity work.
What Is the Difference Between a Foundation and a Charity?
A Charity is typically created to raise money for a specific purpose – for instance, to manage a food bank, fight diseases, or help animals. If, hypothetically, it achieves its aim, it can close. A Foundation, however, constitutes an organization established to help multiple charities to reach their objectives. This non-profit entity may raise funds to defeat homelessness, for example, and distribute the proceeds between several charities in the area.
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