Donations by cash, check, or credit card can be used to cover any expenses. Cash donations usually come from group members, community members, families, etc.
Grant funding is typically acquired for a specific project. This money may be distributed to the Friends Group up front or as a reimbursement. To learn more about grants, check out the Grant Guide.
Each year, P&TC publishes a Grant Guide that holds snapshots of a number of grants that Friends Groups may be interested in pursuing.
These are non-cash donations—usually goods or services. Examples include food and beverages for an event, silent auction items, website development, shovels and gloves for a service project, etc. In-kind donations can come from local businesses or big companies.
Some grants require a budgetary percentage match from additional sources, to show there is local investment in the project. Additionally, some workplaces will match donations their employees make to an organization, and other companies may sponsor a challenge match for all new memberships to a Friends Group in a given period of time.
An annual membership fee of $5-$35 is a great way to obtain ongoing income to support everyday expenses. Some groups have different contribution levels that each come with their own perks.
Individuals or companies may donate money to be used for a specific purpose only. This can happen with projects like a land acquisition, capital construction project, etc.
Businesses may sponsor an event by providing money in exchange for logo and announcement recognition at an event. A business may sponsor something like printing t-shirts for the group, as long as their logo is included on the shirt too.
Time is money, and people that volunteer their time and skills contribute an enormous amount of support.