Hacks for SSP Fundraising

Corporate Gifts

A final category of funding available to SSPs are corporate gifts. There are many kinds of corporate giving including:

  • Grants – direct contributions given by corporations, often handled internally.
  • Community grants – which are often handled by a foundation established by the corporation and generally given to organizations in and around the places the company is physically located.
  • Employee volunteer grants – where employers give to places their employees volunteer.
  • Employee matching grants – businesses match donations that their employees make.
  • Employee volunteer programs – businesses pay employees for the time they spend volunteering.
  • Sponsorship – where businesses essentially advertise themselves by paying for an event or charitable work.
  • In-kind donations – businesses donate goods in lieu of money.
  • Pro-bono work – businesses donate services in lieu of money.

Harm reduction organizations have occasionally received all these forms of corporate giving. It may come as no surprise that harm reduction agencies have had especially good luck with pharmaceutical- and healthcare-related industries and small businesses in their home areas.

More Resources

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During our development Harm Reduction Hacks have collected together a large number of resources from around the web you can find these in our resource folder in Google Docs. We are also always looking for more so help us by suggesting any resources we may have missed.
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External Resources

Collected from around the web
There are a number of external resources that contributed to the development of Harm Reduction Hacks. Here are a selection relating to this section:


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We do not claim that this is an exhaustive set of strategies, shortcuts, or tips for running an SSP. What we do suggest is that Harm Reduction Hacks offers down-to-earth, practical information for being a better leader, starting and running an SSP, and providing syringe access services. We feel we can say this with confidence because the Hacks are based on interviews with, and the experiences of, literally generations of people who have been doing harm reduction work.

Please note that nothing in this guide should be construed as legal advice. Please consult an attorney local to your area to ensure your program is in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations that apply to your situation. 

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