Fundraising Success #18

Fundraising Success #18 Fundraising Success – Issue #18 – Article: “Fundraising Fundamentals”; Supplier Spotlight: T-Line Printing, LLC; Free ebook: “Weight Loss Guidance”

Issue #18


monthly Column: “This is the Last month”

Free Ebook: “Weight Loss Guidance”


=>  Kimberly’s Column
=>  Reader Q & A
=>  Feature Article: “Fundraising Fundamentals”
=>  Supplier Spotlight: “T-Line Printing LLC”
=>  SiteSeeing, freebies & more:
=>  We want you in an upcoming issue


“This is the Last month”

Hi everybody,

This is the last month for taking advantage of me.  :o)

The special promotional price of $7.77 for Fundraising Success
ends on September 30th.  Also ending at the same time is the
free trial of the book without the reference sections.

If you are going to take advantage of me, better do so now.
The price for the regular version of Fundraising Success will
not return to the $17 price of the past.

The new price will be $27.  Gotta keep that publisher happy!

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guy is so excited he can’t stand it.

His football coach moved him from wide receiver to quarterback.
Girls are calling and instant messaging him all the time. And
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This month’s article is about Fundraising Fundamentals. Focus on
the two things that every fundraiser can’t afford to ignore.

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READERS Q & A:  What’s On Your Mind?

Question: Kimberly, Our Scout troop needs to raise money. What’s
the best way to raise some fast cash? – Bob Huntley

Answer: Bob, The fastest way to raise cash is to get in front of
as many prospects as possible with a very attractive offer that
appeals to as many people as possible.

It also helps if what you’re offering has a very high profit
percentage.  Think of it as a formula:

# Prospects x Conversion % x Profit % = Your Fundraising Results

Prospects are best found in high-traffic shopping areas such as
grocery stores, hardware stores, video stores, etc.

Conversions are best if you offer something that has a good value
proposition for just about anybody.  The best and easiest is a
simple discount card offering two-for-one fast food deals for $10.

Profit percentage is highest on these types of cards.  If you buy
in quantity, your cost is $1 or a 90% profit margin.

For every $10 sale, you keep $9.  It doesn’t get much better than
that.  Start contacting retailers today and line up your monthend
sales locations.

Staff a simple card table with your offer clearly explained on a
flyer and highlighted with some colorful posters.  Make sure your
sellers are enthusiastic in extolling the benefits of the card.

You’ll be amazed at how much you can raise in a single Saturday
with a half dozen good locations!

All this and more is explained in my book, Fundraising Success!
FEATURE ARTICLE: Fundraising Fundamentals


by Kimberly Reynolds

Two things you have to do with every fundraiser:

1) Increase community awareness of your need
2) Increase community awareness of your offering

Everybody reading this instantly thinks, “Yeah, we’ve got that
covered.  Everybody in our group knows what we’re doing.”

Let’s take a closer look and see, shall we?

Your Need:

1) Can it be expressed in a single sentence?
2) Has everyone in your group memorized that sentence?
3) Is expressing it a part of your approach to all supporters?

Test your group from top to bottom.  Randomly ask individuals
to tell you why your group is raising money.

I absolutely guarantee you that you will be surprised at the
answers.  In many groups, more than 50% of those involved with
the fundraiser will not be able to tell you in a single sentence
the specific reasons why they are raising money.

What about outside your group?  Can you honestly say that you’ve
exhausted every approach in getting the word out to the community
about your fundraiser?  Does everybody know why you need money?

Have you done each of these?

– Flyers
– Posters
– Press release
– Roadside signs
– Newspaper coverage
– Public service radio announcements
– Pre-kickoff letter, postcard, or email campaigns

Or are you assuming that all you have to do is tell someone that
you’re doing a fundraiser and that they’ll be glad to help?

Two problems with that approach.  One is that most of your group
can’t effectively communicate your need.

The second is that you are already assuming that your group has
more than enough prospective supporters to meet your goal. Both
these problems limit your potential results.

Consider these three points:

If your need isn’t communicated clearly and concisely, it will
not be understood and internalized as a deserving cause by your
prospective supporters.

If your sellers don’t really understand your group’s need, then
they won’t push as hard to meet that need.

If your need isn’t general knowledge in your community, then
your fundraising job will be that much harder.

Think of “getting the word out” as being similar to softening up
the beachhead during the Normandy invasion. If you don’t do the
advance prep work, you’re much more likely to meet a hostile

The second fundraising fundamental goes hand-in-hand with
creating an awareness of your need.  Creating an awareness of
your offering is just as important as telling people why your
group needs money.

The need and the offering should be closely linked in all
communications.  At the same time you are getting the word out,
you need to make sure the message gets through on exactly what
your group is doing to raise funds.

Just as with expressing your need, everyone in your group should
be able to sum up your offering in a single sentence.  That
sentence should also reinforce the emotional foundation that is
derived from recognition of your need.

So what in the heck does all that mean?

Put simply, if someone believes your need is real and agrees
with the value proposition of your offering, they will help you.

And what’s your value proposition?

It’s a summation of your offering, combined with a reminder of
your need, that’s expressed in a way that reminds the prospective
supporter of what’s in it for them.

In other words, your prospect needs to:

1) Be aware of your need
2) Be linked to it on an emotional level
2) Be in agreement that your offer has real value in it for them

Getting your need and your offering across to as many potential
supporters as possible is the essence of fundraising.  Take the
time to develop single sentence statements for your fundraiser
of both of these fundamentals.

Teach everyone in your group how to communicate these basic
value statements when they talk to prospective supporters and
your fundraiser will be a smashing success.


(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)

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That’s all for this issue. See you next month.


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