As you may have seen from my other posts, I will be riding across the country this summer for charity, Autism Speaks and the National Down Syndrome Society.
I am currently an individual (I am still trying to organize a group) and I don't have enough time to set myself up as a nonprofit. Accordingly, many companies are reluctant to give me donations, I'm guessing because there is no assurance I will give the money to charity. Any advice on how to get businesses to be more willing to donate?
I had the idea of giving patches on my jersey, so in any media they would be advertised. How well do you think that would go over? I see problems because most companies have an order minimum of 10 pieces, and I don't want to carry that much, and also they need a few weeks to print them, but, since I am leaving in late June, that gives me only a few months to raise funds before I have to leave.
My other question was on the legality of using donations to cover trip costs. I am a very frugal person (ask my friends when they have no money), so I would keep the costs to a minimum, but I am not sure if that is allowed since the funds are going to charity. Much of the money raised would go to charity, but I'm not sure if its allowed...any IRS agents or accountants here?
Thanks for the help guys!