Donors are individuals or organizations that provide financial support to a nonprofit organization without expecting a financial return. They may be motivated by a variety of factors, such as a shared mission, a desire to make a difference, or tax benefits.
Investors are individuals or organizations that provide financial support to a nonprofit organization with the expectation of a financial return. They may be looking for a social return on investment (SROI), such as improved outcomes for a particular community, or a financial return, such as a share of profits or a seat on the board of directors.
The Spokes capacity campaign allows you to make incremental or recurring donations to help build the organization's capacity. In fiscal year 2024, the cumulative donations will be logged as investments into the organization's programs. You can also opt to allocate the funds as a tax-deductible donation.
If you are interested in making a larger VC investment or philanthropic donation, you can contact Spokes via inbox or email. Each contribution will be allocated to a different fund that you can choose at the time of donation. All allocations must be categorized before December 17, 2023, when they will be rolled over to Spokes' first fiscal year 2024.
Here is a table summarizing the key differences between donors and investors:
MotivationShared mission, desire to make a difference, tax benefitsFinancial return, social return on investment
AmountTypically smallerTypically larger
TimeframeTypically shorterTypically longer
ExpectationsNo financial return expectedFinancial return expected
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