Fundraising after Mother Nature takes her toll
August 13, 2013
Storms cannot be predicted, nor can they be stopped when they're raging. These natural disasters can wreak havoc on the people in their paths of destruction and lead local shops to have to close their doors for good. Getting back on their feet is hard for most people involved, and sometimes business owners need a little extra funding to do so.
Take the current situation in New Mexico, for example. In mid-July, the Albuquerque Metro area was ravaged by a storm that brought heavy rains. decimating many roofs and destroying merchandise, buildings and other things. According to KOB-TV, a number of local stores are having trouble with the cleanup, especially Gamers Anonymous and Meta Logic, which are located in a building currently without a roof.
Building co-owner Jon Sakura told the news outlet that they have raised $5,000 of the $15,000 goal from friends and patrons in the two weeks after the storm. To prompt more donations, the building owners launched an Indiegogo campaign, which allowed them to surpass their target.
This is a common objective after a storm has passed. For instance, The Star-Ledger reported that individuals in New Jersey are still raising money almost a year after Hurricane Sandy hit the area. The news source said that two 10-year-olds are holding a fundraising campaigns during which they sell different types of pastries in public areas.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.