The Art of Raising Funds & Building Relationships with Donors

Are you trying to raise funds to make your playground dream a reality? You’ve come to the right place. We’re here to help. And good news—raising funds isn’t rocket science. It’s simply about getting the right message to the right person, at the right time. 

We've put together this page of resources to help guide you on your playground fundraising journey. 

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Identify Donors

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Funding Guide

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Build Relationships

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Playground Grant Guide

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How to Manage a Successful Campaign


Action Steps:

When trying to find donors for playground funding follow these action steps:


  • Create a donor pipeline using an online project management tool and start populating it with all the donors and supporting information you’ve collected.
  • Identify your 10 best prospects (either foundation, corporate, individual, or government).
  • Rank them in order in terms of their overall alignment with your project.
  • Review their application requirements (if any) and devise a strategy for connecting with their key contact(s).
  • Craft your elevator speech and reach out to your 10 best prospects via phone or email.
  • Track those conversations in your donor pipeline and determine the optimal timing and method for that follow-up contact.
  • Identify and prioritize your outreach to those prospects with the highest potential to give.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful. Contact a May Representative to get started planning your dream playground today!


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