The best thing you can do to prepare for your presentation is to complete the mandatory Nonprofit Nomination Form and Nonprofit Agreement Form. We strongly suggest that you bring a copy of these forms with you to the podium so that you have key information on hand if you’re selected.
Used in conjunction with the tips below, the nomination form will guide you in giving an effective presentation. Please no hand-outs or visual aids.
If your name is selected, you only have 5 minutes to present your nomination, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A. Here are a few tips to aid you in your presentation:
Be sure to introduce yourself! Start with a simple overview of what the organization does, where they are located, how long they've been operating and who they serve!
2) Tell the HEART story!
It's helpful to make this personal. If you have a personal story of those impacted with the work they do, this helps the group have a clearer understanding and connection to that work. Why does it matter to you? Can you share a story regarding the impact that this organization has had? If it matters to you, it will probably matter to someone else. Watch the clock...practice, practice, practice.
3) Where will the donations go?
It's important for the members to understand how their donation will be spent. Is there a specific need at this point in time? Is there a future expansion? Is there a program that will end without financial assistance? Be sure to include the percentage of money that is allocated to services versus administrative costs (overhead). Using your nomination form, explain the annual budget, annual income, and sources of income. Keep in mind that a representative of the recipient charity will be invited to the following meeting of 100 Women Who Care Charleston to explain how the funds will be utilized.
4) Remember 5 minutes goes quickly! BE PREPARED.