Establish the type of donations needed -- business or charitable -- before beginning the donor search. Next, compose a long list of local businesses. Narrow down the list by investigating and researching each company on it. Preliminary research helps you find companies that have prior history of business and charitable donations. Generate a smaller list, and start calling businesses to ask for donations.
If the donation is for a startup business venture, potential donors may ask to see business plans to assess the dedication of the business owner, so develop a thoroughly constructed one. Second, write a script for your calls. This helps to displays your professionalism by keeping the calls on topic.
Some other ways to find potential donations are to network, join sites dedicated to pairing investors with entrepreneurs and fundraising for your nonprofit or startup. Visit networking events dedicated to philanthropy. Talk about your charity or cause frequently to entice potential investors to question you more about it. Finally, exchange contact information with any potential donors.
Join a crowdfunding site, such as Angel List, and create a profile for your startup. Once you developed your profile and business plan, begin to promote the page and talk to investors registered on the site. Establish a professional and personal relationship with the investors to increase the chances of them donating to your company.