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Need leads on Corporations that donate to auctions!

10 years 3 weeks ago #117306 by 1234
Our school just recently received its 501(c)(3) status!! :)

We are just starting to gear up for our Basket Raffle in March. We are mostly going to hit local businesses around town but wanted to hit around "100" national companies that donate to 501(c)(3) schools. I have read countless posts on the "companies that donate" threads but didn't get the information I needed.

COULD YOU PLEASE e-mail me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and recommend the names of 5-10 (or more) companies that you have had success with. I have been researching countless web pages and have a list of some of the places that I can recommend to you. I just want to avoid the expense of sending a mass mailing to 400 companies when they won't respond. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks so much for your help. MJ :)

and have read and are justI can't believe
10 years 3 weeks ago #117307 by TLGinTN
I tried to email you, but my email came back to me. Do you have another email address? I have a few names of companies that have donated in the past that I can share with you (not many).
10 years 3 weeks ago #117308 by 1234
You can try my home e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks so much for responding! :)
10 years 2 weeks ago #117309 by ademom74
Air Tran, Target, Wal-Mart has matching program, Circuit City through corporate office only, not through local stores, Microsoft, American Girl Doll Company (they stagger the years), Rodale Publishing, Disney World. Take a ride around and look at the not so obvious places. Go through industrial parks or highways and take down addresses. Mail them letters and see what happens. Maybe nothing, maybe something. Also, tap your families. Many work for companies that have matching programs. If they donate $25 to your PTO (they can take as tax deduction), their company will match it since you are now a 501(c)3. Some may work for companies that have 'company stores'. Employees can get products for way cheap or free.

Try and think outside the box a bit. You should always have a solicitation letter on you so that when you are out and about, you can also hit up vendors for a donation. Ditto for all professional people and tradesmen. One year, I won free orthodontia for my daughter. She has been through phase one of braces and I have spent ZERO out of pocket for them. Might not sound exciting or glamourous but let me tell you, that prize was worth it's weight in gold to me.

FYI- we solicited over 200 business's via the internet last 16 hits. That is only 8% return. Not great return on effort but again, it's 16 donations we didn't have before.

Good luck.
10 years 2 weeks ago #117310 by Critter
Though there aren't specific company names listed, there is a long list of auction ideas you can copy here on this site under the Bonus Tools page. National companies might sound more exciting, but we had better success directly approaching our more local establishments.
10 years 2 weeks ago #117311 by <j'smom>
I just sent out 155 letters last week for our fun fair in March. I just received a call from Oriental trading company. They will be sending me a blanket this week. I thought that was a really fast response! Give them a try. As I receive items I will try to post the information.Also try you local Chamber of Commerce.

Oriental Trading Co.
P.o. Box 2659
Omaaha, NE 68103
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