Non-profits are a significant part of any community. They help shape the future of our community by providing services and support that individuals or businesses may not be able to provide themselves. These services include education, health and wellness, the environment, and more. The Chamber recognizes this and supports non-profits as well as businesses.
The business community is a key supporter of non-profits
Non-profits are an essential part of our communities. They support the people who need it most and do so in creative and innovative ways.
But what’s often overlooked in our discussions about non-profits is the importance of businesses to their success.
When we think about how non-profits survive and thrive, we tend to focus on how they raise money from donations and grants. But this is only one part of the story. In fact, donations account for roughly half of revenue for most non-profits. The other half comes in the form of earned income from businesses that donate goods or services in exchange for tax-deductible contributions.
So when you think about it, business support is as important as donations from individuals because it allows non-profits to scale up their operations without relying solely on donors.
Partner with a non-profit for mutual benefit
The business community can help support local non-profits by partnering with them. Non-profit leaders can use their network of contacts to connect businesses with opportunities in need of funding. In contrast, companies provide skills, goods, and services that make it easier for non-profits to operate their services. By joining forces, non-profits and businesses can achieve a common goal: helping the community.
Provide expertise to aid in the overall mission of a non-profit
The business community has a lot of resources to offer and can help in many ways. For example, a company with expertise in marketing can help a non-profit create better campaigns that resonate with its target audience. Or perhaps one skilled at network technology could provide IT consulting for a local charity organization that needs assistance upgrading its equipment. The business community has the skills and resources to make a difference when it comes to supporting non-profits.
The Chamber of Commerce can be the bridge between non-profits and the business community
Non-profits often seek support from the business community, but they don’t know where to find it. The Chamber of Commerce can be the bridge between non-profits and the business community.
Chambers of commerce are typically involved in economic development, advocacy, and local business community support. This means that they already have close relationships with many companies in their area, which makes it easy for them to connect non-profits with other companies who might be willing to donate their time, money, expertise, and resources.
The Chamber supports non-profits as well as businesses
The Chamber of Commerce is an excellent resource for local non-profits. As mentioned earlier, they offer non-profits access to other organizations in the area that share common interests. As part of the business community, they also have access to resources that can help non-profits with marketing, fundraising, and networking efforts.
Communities are strengthened by having a vibrant non-profit sector
- Non-profit organizations are an important part of the community.
- They provide support to businesses, both large and small.
- They support people in need, whether it be food banks, shelters, or even hospitals for those who can’t afford care otherwise.
- They shape the future of our communities by providing opportunities for social services and infrastructure improvements.
Chambers of Commerce are proud to support non-profits because they’re an integral part of what makes our communities great!
There are many ways to build bridges between the business community and non-profits. At its core, it’s about finding ways to help each other succeed in your mutual goals. Whether you’re looking for more creative ways to get involved or simply seeking advice on how to start planning out your collaboration, we hope that this article has provided some ideas on starting down the path. Remember, the Chamber of Commerce is a great starting point and will be able to assist with helping to make that initial connection.