Have you heard of National Nonprofit Month? It’s a time when nonprofits across the nation come together to raise awareness about the amazing work that they do. While it is only one month long, there are so many things that you and your team can do to celebrate!
National Nonprofit Day will be celebrated on 17th August this year. If you want some creative messages for this day, then check out our article on Catchy Messages on National Nonprofit Day.
And with so much emphasis on charitable giving this time of year, National Nonprofit Month is the perfect opportunity for your nonprofit to highlight the great work you do in your community and encourage others to support you. Here are our top 5 ways to celebrate National Nonprofit Month in your organization.
5 Ways to Celebrate National Nonprofit Month in 2023:
Educate your team and volunteers
One of the best ways to build a culture of philanthropy is to start by educating your team and volunteers about the great work your organization does. We’ve found that people who truly understand and can relate to your cause are much more likely to get involved and give back.
So pick a date, invite your staff and volunteers, and share what your organization does, why it matters, and what types of gifts are needed. Then, invite everyone to get involved and give back to their communities.
Hold an employee fundraiser
Another great way to celebrate National Nonprofit Month is by holding an employee fundraiser. This is a great way for your team members to get involved in your cause, learn more about your organization, and meet other volunteers.
And if you are looking for some fundraising ideas, you can always try baking a cake and selling slices or organizing a car wash. If you have a fun idea in mind, talk to your HR department to ensure it is a legal and safe fundraising activity.
Host a food or clothing drive
Hosting a food or clothing drive is another great way to celebrate National Nonprofit Month. Especially if you can partner with another nonprofit or hold the event in conjunction with another local nonprofit event, this can be a great way to engage your volunteers and bring attention to your cause.
And there are so many options with what you can collect to donate. You could collect food items like non-perishable items, toiletries, or diapers.
Or you could collect clothing items like new t-shirts, socks, or blankets. Whichever items you collect, be sure to donate them directly to the organization that will be able to use them.
Collaborate with other nonprofits
Finally, one of the best ways to celebrate National Nonprofit Month is to collaborate with other nearby nonprofits in your community. There are lots of ways that you and your nonprofit can partner with other nonprofits in your area.
You could host a joint fundraising event, host a speaker series with other nonprofits, or get together for a potluck.
By collaborating with other nonprofits, you help bring more attention to your cause and collaborate with other passionate and like-minded people.
Celebrate your volunteers and staff
Lastly, recognizing your volunteers and staff members is another great way to celebrate National Nonprofit Month. We know nonprofit employees work daily to make a difference in their communities.
And National Nonprofit Month is a great time to show them how much their efforts are appreciated. You could host a volunteer appreciation event or a staff recognition luncheon to show your team members how much you appreciate their efforts.
Or if you don’t have the budget for an event, you could try something more simple. You could organize something like a thank you note campaign, or you could share your gratitude online.
Be sure to celebrate all the amazing people in your organization and how they are making a difference in the world around them.
These five ways to celebrate National Nonprofit Month offer a small sample of the different ways you can get involved. Look around your organization, and see what initiatives you can get to celebrate.
And don’t forget to spread the word about National Nonprofit Month and how your organization can get involved. Not only will these celebrations raise awareness about your cause, but they will also provide you with an opportunity to gather donations and volunteers.
And most importantly, they will remind you and your team why you do what you do and provide a great way to kick off the new year!