I need some help brainstorming. We need to seek out more channels for soliciting donations, but I've hit walls so far in each direction I've tried. We are a tax-exempt charity. However, we do not have the 501(c) status that major corporations require in order to donate to us. We are automatically exempt due to the fact that, as a whole, we bring in less than $5000 a year. But this means we don't have that special status that opens up so many doors that have been closed to us since the beginning. We can get it...but last time I checked it was $400. I simply don't have it yet.
We didn't get a single donation for Easter. That's never happened before. I haven't posted about it yet on Facebook because I’m not sure what to do next. The summer is coming up fast, and I'm unsure of what to do with the lunch program. I’ve got to get more help with this. I’ve been trying to do this on my own for a long time, but I can’t let this happen again. There’s got to be a way to reach out and find those people who can help.
I need new avenues to pursue. I'm out of thoughts. I tried craigslist...bust. Reached out to a paper once...focused on me instead of the charity. Wrote over 20 letters to companies like Safeway back in 2010, but only got about 3 replies saying they'd love to help if only we had that status.
Help me out here. I need to network. We have a spot open for a fundraising coordinator (hint, hint), but any and all advice would be greatly appreciated...