The Easiest Way To Help People In Need

Jun 19, 2019, 2:53 PM

It’s simple to do something good and important to do something right.

You know Hastings Mutual offers insurance products — we talk about it almost every week here on “Mutual Understanding.” We also applaud the efforts of our independent insurance agent partners, who work in their own communities across our six-state region to support nonprofit organizations: specifically, organizations that help those in need.

What kinds of groups do our agent allies help? Recently, we’ve seen them assist:

  • Church camps
  • Food banks
  • Infant care programs
  • Public recreation areas
  • Vocational training programs

Nonprofit kids at summer camp

Finding A Place To Help

There’s always a need to aid nonprofit organizations in your neighborhood, whether they distribute food to needy children or offer a place to stay for people who have no other home. 

How do you find organizations to support in your community? It may be as simple as turning on the TV or a quick online search for Doctors Without Borders, The Nature Conservancy, UNICEF, or other nonprofits that reach across the U.S. and around the world. If there’s a charitable or community foundation in your area, it has a list of recent grant recipients in your city and state that you can view online or by contacting the organization.

Grant-Seeking

If you’re the one seeking a grant, you’ll have to write a grant proposal/application. The grantor — the organization you’re looking for money from — will ask for specific information. Besides the details (contact information, the amount of money that’s being asked for, etc.), you’ll probably need to include:

  • Background on your organization: how long it’s been active, what its mission is, and how many people it’s helped so far.
  • Purpose of the grant: what you’re spending the money on and who else is helping to fund it. You’ll also need to demonstrate success to the grantor. Often, that means coming back to the grantor after a few months or a year and showing them how their money was spent — photos, testimonials, and quotes from people who have benefited from your program are all very welcome.
  • Other content: One thing nearly every nonprofit needs is a notice of 501(c)(3) status. It officially makes the organization exempt from federal taxes, but it’s also a simple way to recognize a “legitimate” nonprofit. Few grantors will give to an organization that doesn’t have a 501(c)(3). In the same way, grantors need other key information: names of the board of directors, and an annual financial statement (a form 990).

Helping your community by contributing money or by starting your own nonprofit where there’s a need is always important. There are thousands of organizations that are willing to contribute to a good cause — as long as you follow their rules.

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