Revised as of March 23, 2015

Fundraising for Technology
First, your reality check: there are no foundations or corporate giving programs looking to fund software or hardware purchases, in general, for nonprofit organizations/NGOs. Foundations and corporate giving programs are looking to fund program activities/causes, not equipment, specifically.

Will a foundation or corporate giving program fund software or hardware, including tablets or smart phones, for a nonprofit or NGO? Yes if, say, the foundation is focused on helping children with disabilities, and you can show, exactly, how the purchase and use of software or hardware helps/would help children with disabilities - not just saying "They need these" but "Here's how these tools will help increase their literacy, their job prospects, their cognitive abilities, etc." Otherwise, funders won't be interested, as they will see it as an administrative cost - and they don't like funding administrative costs.

Develop your strategy to get software and/or hardware purchased by first, in writing, answer these questions:

Once you have this in writing, you can use this information in any fundraising proposals to foundations or corporate giving programs, and on your web site or, say, a crowd-funding campaign, to attract gifts from individual givers for a specific piece of equipment.

Your fundraising staff and board should brainstorm how best to raise money for this software. They should identify the largest businesses in the community, and research the key contacts at these businesses regarding community relations and philanthropy. They may need to organize an open house, so that potential funders can come onsite and see your work first hand. Remember: your best bet for funding is local businesses and institutes.

Also, get the costs of the hardware and/or software into your official yearly budget. This makes the costs an official part of your organization's overall proposed cost of doing business - and, therefore, a beneficiary of your organization's overall fundraising.

Remember: funders want to invest in success, not answer pleas of desperation. Show the difference your organization makes in the community or towards its mission. Have your expenses in writing and ready for review, so that you can demonstrate transparency. Be able to justify any expenses, not just those you are fundraising for. 

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