Mowing for Non Profit Organizations

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bulhead19, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. bulhead19

    bulhead19 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    I have to give an estimate for mowing and trimming for a non profit organization. My question is, Should I even bother? I always hear about non profit groups taking months to pay out. I'm just curious if any has or does work with non profit groups and has anything to say. Thanks for the pointers
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Most non profits pay their bills ,they just try and not make to much profit. They are like any other business ,you can ask what is their billing cycle,30,60,90,120 days so go from there.
  3. bulhead19

    bulhead19 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    Anyone else have any experience?
  4. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    We have done work for local little league and have given prices to other non for profit organizations. We have found they like to cut costs wherever they can but as far as paying for services rendered we have found them no different than other accounts we have.
  5. Hoosier Mower624

    Hoosier Mower624 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    We have mowed for some local Little League's and some volunteer fire department's and they have always paid quickly.
  6. LakesideLawn51

    LakesideLawn51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I have an account with a non profit (sisters of charity) and they are always very prompt with payment.
  7. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Non profit or not, they are a business and by law have to pay their bills on time. Otherwise you can put a lien on the property.

    Just for your interests sake, I would check to see what the laws are in New York. Check time limits and fees on filing grievances, including small claims court.

    Here, if we don't file a lien within 45 days of the invoice being sent, we cannot put a lien on the property.

    I have advertised through a non profit here, that sends out a quarterly publication to all of the HOA's (strata complexes) in British Columbia. They always try to double bill. So, that's a perspective from the other side.

    We did have a non profit social housing complex for nine years.
    It was run by a Baptist Church Society.

    The manager was a bit of a goof. I had to argue with him every year just to keep the costs the same. He was always trying to get me to go lower. He hired us back every year though.

    It turned out that he wasn't having the building maintenance done properly, so that he could pay down the mortgage and look good.

    Behind the nine buildings was a green belt full of Douglas firs. The wind continually blew needles from them towards the buildings. He never had the downspouts cleaned! Over the years they became clogged rock hard. The rain water wicked into the walls and ceilings causing "7 million dollars in damage"

    He got fired, the church society got fired....and the Provincial government appointed a new society to manage the property. They cancelled our contract after nine years and put in a low baller. (and I thought we were cheap)
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
  8. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,445

    Hahaha. Love your "reasoning for Editing: GO Canucks GO"

    To OP, I have done work for Churches and Historical Societies and always had no problems at all. The more local the organization, the better. Totally depends on the person in charge of the money. =D Good luck!
  9. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    I have done some estimates for them, but never actually got any of the jobs. The work usually goes to someone who is either in the organization, related to someone in the organization, or knows someone in the organization. They're always looking for a deal, and like to play the "we are a non-for-profit and have a limited budget, can you work with us on the price" card a lot.

    Remember that a lot of these places have some kind of public or government involvement, and they have to accept a number of bids. Like I said, they usually know who is going to get the work before they even send it out to bid, but they need the bids to make it all look good on paper. Mostly its all a waste of your time. HOWEVER, if you can get your foot in the door there, you'll get a LOT of business through them.
  10. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Would the term "grease" be the right word?

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