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Nonprofit Interview Questions

Nonprofit interview questions

1. What are your primary needs for fundraising?
2. Do you have emergency funding or a pool of moneys for people to access in an emergency?
3. How much of your fundraising is conducted online?
4. What methods of online fundraising do you use?
5. Has the implementation of online fundraising platforms like Kickstarter and GoFundMe affected your fundraising ability?
6. Do you have unmet needs for the food bank that you are struggling to meet?
7. What pattern have you seen with regard to donations, since the recession?
8. Who uses your services?
9. How often do they access your services?
10. Do you find a need to connect people to additional services to ensure their needs are met?
11. How do you connect them, and to what services?
12. In what ways do you currently conduct your fundraising?
13. What has been the most effective method of fundraising?
14. Where are your primary fundraising efforts most successful? (I.e. locally, online, through organizations, etc.)
15. How stable is the organizational cash flow?
16. How do you ensure the organization continues to operate in the black?
17. What is your role in fundraising?
18. How do you feel about your fundraising efforts? Are they successful?
19. Are there backup plans to ensure the organization can continue to operate in the event that donations continue to decline?
20. If you had advice to give to a new nonprofit organization, regarding fundraising, what would it be?

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Nonprofit interview questions

1. What are your primary needs for fundraising?
We use fundraising to help cover the program costs and overhead for our organization. A good portion of our budget (23%) is strictly for food purchases. This is to purchase fresh produce, vegetables, and stables for the supplemental groceries we provide. Another 10% of the budget needs is for transportation, which is fuel, registration, maintenance. We also spend approximately 6% on fundraising itself. The other major expense is for payroll and benefits, which is about 42%. We distribute over 13 million pounds of food each year with only 16 employees, so we really make that budget stretch.

2. Do you have emergency funding or a pool of moneys for people to access in an emergency?
We have a reserve account that has approximately 6 months of funds in it in a case of emergency. This is a requirement from Feeding America, which is our main national partner. We do not have cash reserves for the public, only to remain in business.

3. How much of your fundraising is conducted online?
We do most of our fundraising through direct mail and actual events. Online is becoming more and more prevalent, but we probably only get about 2% of our donations online. We are looking to move in that direction when in comes to food drives next holiday season, were a person can do an online food drive instead of the in person kind of old.

4. What methods of online fundraising do you use?
Again, we don't have a lot of online fundraising we actually do. We are move in that direction, but aren't there yet.

5. Has the implementation of online fundraising platforms like Kickstarter and GoFundMe affected your fundraising ability?
We haven't seen any impact because of these. We are looking into creating our platform for online food drives and ...

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