There are numerous opportunities in our communities for sponsorship and donations. However, remember to make sponsorship a reciprocating relationship. If you are going to visit local businesses and ask for funding, are you supporting those businesses?
In the same way that a healthy non-profit recognizes its volunteers, sponsors deserve recognition as well.
Track your sponsors, recognize them, ensure you are not asking more than annually, have a plan so different volunteers from the same organization do not request sponsorship for the same event, and be sure to follow up.
Alberta Culture provides an excellent handbook on building corporate relationships, and it is listed first in the recommended websites below.
Building Corporate Relationships - A Toolkit for Non-Profits: Alberta Culture
Alberta Beef Producers
Aviva Community Fund
BMO Financial Group
For a Full List of Canadian Corporate Funding Opportunities listed by Charity Village visit: