THE NOMINATION PROCESS – TIPS FOR YOUR FIVE-MINUTE PRESENTATION
Local charitable organizations may be nominated for consideration by any member of 100 Women Who Care. If more than one member nominates the same organization, each nomination gets an additional paper slip (with charity name and member name) added to the pool.
It is from this pool that 3 charities are randomly drawn for consideration at each meeting. If your slip is drawn, YOU must make the presentation to the group. If you’re unable to attend a meeting, your nomination will not be added to the pool.
1) BE PRECISE AND KNOW THE FACTS
You get 5 minutes to make the case, so you need to be able to tell the story of your organization’s work in under 1 minute. People get lost easily by drawn out explanations. Tell what you do, how you do it and who is affected. Clarity is the key. Remember that many in your audience have never heard of your non-profit, so give them the high points and don’t confuse with small details.
2) TELL THE HEART STORY
Be sure to tie in a personal story about how your group has affected you or someone you know. If you personally work with your non-profit, let us know why you’re involved and who is affected by the work you do. Why does it matter to you and what changes have you seen (or hope to see) because of your organization’s work? If it matters to you, it will probably matter to other members of 100 Women Who Care. This part of your presentation should be 2-3 minutes (or less!).
3) SHOW THEM THE MONEY!
One common question about each non-profit is, “What is your approximate annual budget?” This gives your audience a good picture of how big the organization is and what kind of impact the donation will make. This should close out the last 1 minute of your presentation. It is also crucial for the group to know where the money will go. We don’t need (and don’t want!) detailed financial statements here, but a compelling description of what the funds will support is very important. It could be the establishment of a general operating budget to help grow a new local organization. It could be used for materials to help spread the word about a new community program. It could also be the seed money needed to build a new facility. Taking the time to find out where the money will go provides a clear picture of how our donation will benefit our community.