Fundraising Success #24

Fundraising Success #24 Fundraising Success – Issue #24 – Article: “10 Ways To Put Fun In Your Fundraiser”; Supplier Spotlight: “Dave’s Imports”; Free ebook: “47 Ways To Put A Smile On Your Face”

Issue #24


=> Kimberly’s Column: “Acorn Attack”
=> Reader Q & A: “Fundraising Tax Law”
=> Feature Article: “10 Ways To Put Fun in Your Fundraiser”
=> Supplier Spotlight: “Dave’s Imports”
=> SiteSeeing, Bonus & more: “Aromatherapy Sample”
=> Your Ebook: “47 Ways to Put a Smile on Your Face”

Kimberly’s Column:

Hi everyone,

Now that Fall’s finally fallen here in the deep South, all of
life’s little pleasures keep popping up.

Or should I say dropping down. We’re under a severe acorn alert.
You can’t walk under any of the towering oak trees in our yard
without risking severe brain damage from plummeting acorns.

These malevolent monsters take fiendish delight in beaning
anyone who walks down our sidewalk or stands on our back deck.

We’re thinking about wearing helmets until these pointy, brown
pellets all hit the ground. Twelve wheelbarrow loads already
and more bombs dropping every minute!

Getting beaned is my excuse for not raking any leaves this
monthend. The clear blue skies and crisp, clear weather had
absolutely nothing to do with it. 🙂

Life’s too short not to have some fun once in a while. Of course,
if there’s a leaf pile, Mad Muffin is there. Our Chocolate Lab
loves plowing into the pile at full speed, creating a swirling
cloud of colorful targets to nip and bark at.

It’s hard to yell at her when she’s having so much fun, but
she’s doubling the workload. I guess we’ll have to show her
how to have fun and do some good at the same time. Maybe we can
teach her to drag a tarp loaded with leaves over to the natural

That leads me to This month’s article, “10 Ways To Put Fun In Your
Fundraising.” Any kind of work is easier if everyone is enjoying
themselves. I can’t loan you Mad Muffin to stir things up, but
these ideas should help.

The Supplier Spotlight is on Dave’s Imports. If you’re wondering
where to get carnival prizes, Dave’s got hundreds of them. Raffle
tickets, award ribbons, school store stuff, and more doo-dads
than you ever dreamed of are all available at Dave’s.

This month’s Bonus is an Aromatherapy Sample from Coty. It’s a
unique blend that softens your skin as it refreshes your senses.

This month’s ebook is “47 Ways To Put A Smile On Your Face” by
Peter Sun. Sometimes we forget how important it is to be happy.
Our attitudes shape the world around us, so learning how to be
a more positive person is important. Your friends and family
will almost certainly notice the difference!

*—————–Hot Tip——————*

Internet Sacred Text Archive

A comprehensive site where sacred texts, poetry and myths
of the world’s religions can be viewed — not just the major
ones, but also those of the ancient near east, native
Americans, neopaganism, the tarot, Greek, Roman and Norse
mythology, Baha’i, Nostradamus, and more. Another useful
feature is the hyperlinked timeline of sacred texts.

*—————–Hot Tip——————*

Readers Q & A: Fundraising Tax Law

Question: Kimberly, can you tell me what sales are taxable for
our group? Somebody said we’re responsible for the local taxes
on what we’ve sold. – Diane Lawrence

Answer: Diane, that’s a complicated subject. Every non-profit
group needs to be aware of tax law in their specific area.

The best source is the Fundraise Tax Law website where they
cover everything on a State-by-State basis. Here’s the link:

– Kimberly

Most of this is explained in my book, Fundraising Success,
along with lots of other useful fundraising techniques.

You’ll benefit from every chapter:

Feature Article: 10 Ways To Put Fun in Your Fundraiser

by Kimberly Reynolds

1) Make it fun every step of the way
Fun is part of fundraising. Don’t make it drudgery to be a
volunteer or a participant. Remember that they’re giving up
their free time to help. Plan fun things to do during each
stage of the process that reward everyone.

2) Fun incentives
Offer a Cream Pie Attack party to all sellers reaching a certain
level. Have a fun day where key organizational figures do funny
things for meeting goals. Examples: Shaving their head, dyeing
their hair blue, wearing a funny wig, dressing like a clown,
risk the dunking booth, etc.

3) Take pictures
Everybody loves to see themselves in a picture. Take some candid
shots, have everybody pose, all ham it up for a group photo, etc.
Be sure to post them where everyone can enjoy them. Reward with
prizes for the best, the goofiest, the worst dressed, etc.

4) Show appreciation
Show your appreciation to all facets of your organization and
supporter base. Be sure to do fun things that aren’t fundraisers.
Example: Line up discounts on tickets to athletic events, go on
group outings, provide doughnuts for volunteers, etc.

5) Fun merchant prizes
Work with local merchants for great prizes that mean the most
to your sellers. Work deals for movie passes, merchandise
discounts, gift certificates, miniature golf, IMAX theater
trip for top ten, etc. Follow our Merchant Plan guidelines.

6) Build in fun goals
Do an event based solely on having fun. Have key organization
members commit to doing crazy things once certain revenue goals
are reached, say in $1000 increments. Let things build to the
climactic moment where the head cheese does the ultimate fun
thing as a way to reward the group for all their support.

7) Blend fun and food
Remember that you can blend fun into even the most traditional
fundraising events. Everybody knows what a bake sale is, right?
Use a cake walk to sell a large portion of your donated sweets.
Kids love it and you’ll get more for the desserts than if you
sold them outright. Consider having awards for the various
submissions and then auctioning off the best pie, cake, etc.

8) Fun completion activities
These will motivate your sellers and volunteers as much or more
as winning actual prizes. Think about low cost fun events that
you could tie to completing certain tasks: Top sales group gets a
water balloon fight; all volunteers play in a Powder Puff touch
football game an ultimate Frisbee match, etc.

9) Say thank you
You can’t say thank you often enough to your supporters and
your participants. Show your appreciation with heartfelt words
and deeds.

10) Cast party
Have one for all volunteers at conclusion. Get together at
someone’s home or in the fellowship hall with everyone bringing
potluck. It’s a nice way to build goodwill and reinforce a
sense of community for future recruiting.

Make it fun and everyone will come back for more!

Supplier Spotlight: Dave’s Imports

(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)

Supplier: Dave’s Imports
Phone: (800) 553-2837 or (904) 764-6886
Fax: (904) 764 -7131

Address: 6824 North Main Street
City: Jacksonville
State: FL
Zip: 32208

Description: Fund raising materials including buttons, award
ribbons, carnival prizes, pens, pencils, and key chains.

Hundreds of inexpensive kid-oriented doo-dads for carnivals,
Christmas stores, Halloween parties, etc. Offers great prices
such as 144 kazoos for $13.95 or 36 jump ropes for $19.85.

Carnival tickets are $3 for a roll of 3,000. Supplies raffle
tickets, event tickets, step-up prize packages, etc.

Product Lines: Candy – Case, Carnival, Christmas Store,
Closeout Merchandise, Coffee Mugs, Decals, Gift Items,
Inspirational, Jewelry, Key Chains, Magnets, Rings, Stuffed
Toys, T-shirts & Sweatshirts

Terms: Prepay

Notes: They even rent carnival booths and games.

Places To Go, Things To See, Bonus Item & More

SiteSeeing Tip:

This kid zone site is just for kids. All listings are checked
for content worthiness and fully monitored. Your kids are safe
hanging out online here. Chat, bulletin boards, and more.

Places to go:

The World Fact Book 2002

The CIA’s World Fact Book 2002 contains information on every
recognized country in the world. View a map of the country and
its flag, as well as read facts on its geography, people,
government, economy, communications, transportation, military,
and transnational issues including international disputes and
illicit drugs. Geographic information provided includes brief
descriptions of the country location, coordinates, area, climate,
terrain, land use, and more.

Invention At Play
Learn how play teaches creative problem-solving. This is a
web version of a traveling exhibition where you can play
online games that provide a true learning experience.

Things to see:

Net Magazines
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Bonus Item:

Your Free Ebook:

This month’s classic is
by Peter Sun. Life’s all about enjoying the world as you pass
through this life. The best way to do that is to put a smile
on your face. 53 pages, 446kb download, Windows.exe format.
That’s all for this issue. See you next time.


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Thanks for sharing!
Copyright 2004 Kimberly Reynolds

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