Zanele Shongwe

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What is the most effective ways/means to raise funds for my foundation?

I have just started a Foundation to assist high school students from financially stricken families to fund them for University/College further studies.

How do I raise awareness and attract the much needed donations to get this off the ground?

I am going to fund this from my own savings and clearly this would not be enough once the programme is up and running.

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    Jul 11 2012: what i feel is persuade government/corporates/NGO/people is to what it would benefit them and even the foundation.
    and persuation can better be done through presentations depicting success of your foundation and its future aspects,
    children who are in need and even focusing on the children talent hub.
    what i feel is 'something can be better be raised only when it has a purpose to'.
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      Jul 11 2012: Hi Chetan, thank you for the input. My reason for doing this is specifically not to depend on government or for these children to expect hand out. I want to empower them and remove or rid the dependency mentality.
  • Jul 11 2012: to creat a more effective account sys for saving cost
    seek favor from gov. and community
    Enhancing influence wildly by holding charitable partys in schools, park, museum and other public place.
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      Jul 11 2012: Hi Lee, Governments moves like mud and I don't want to depend on the Government.
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    Jul 11 2012: If you want to reach larger NGOs, marketing is crucial. Tell a good story about yourself, your foundation, the students it helps, and why without the help, hope would be lost. This is what we're bombarded with when it comes to pleas for charitable donations. Getting the word out is key. There's a Kenyan org called hilde back foundation that had a great documentary about their work. It inspired me to contact them and see how I could help.
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      Jul 11 2012: Good day E K, thank you for the input. I have put something together about me, the foundation and I have actually set-up a website and all the information is there. I just need to work on the marketing side of things.
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    Jul 10 2012: You might want to do an internet search of existing foundations that also do this and see who funds them. Sources of revenue are likely shared in publicly available documents.