Fundraising Success #29 Fundraising Success – Issue #29 – Article: “Fundraising Follow-ups”; Supplier Spotlight: “All By Faith Enterprise”; Free ebook: “The Miracle of Tithing”
=> Kimberly’s Column: “The Iceman Cameth!”
=> Reader Q & A: “I haven’t heard back from you”
=> Feature Article: “Fundraising Follow-ups”
=> Supplier Spotlight: “All By Faith Enterprise”
=> SiteSeeing, Bonus & more: “Neutrogena Hand Cream”
=> Your Ebook: “The Miracle of Tithing”
Kimberly’s Column: The Iceman “Cameth”
Short column today. My numb fingers can’t type too well.
The Iceman “Cameth” with a vengeance.
A severe ice storm devastated the Carolinas five days ago and
we are still without power.
Everybody’s fine, but nerves are frazzled after living like
pioneers in sub-freezing temperatures.
We’ve got a generator going now, but it’s anybody’s guess as to
when all the damage will be repaired and full power restored.
Our little misfortune is nothing though, compared to what others
are going through. Please take a moment of your time (and a few
dollars) and support the Toys For Tots program in your area.
See the Hot Tip section for more details.
This issue features my article on “Fundraising Follow-ups” which
are all the little things you need to do once everything else has
The Supplier Spotlight is on All By Faith Enterprises, a great
source for some delightful candles with luscious aromas. Love
This month’s Bonus is a nice sample of Neutrogena Hand Cream.
If you’ve been hauling firewood, cooking on a gas grill, or
shivering by the fireplace as your skin dries out completely…
Wait! That’s me. Get this stuff. It works.
This month’s ebook is “The Miracle of Tithing” by Mark Victor
Hansen. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he wrote the
incredibly successful “Chicken Soup for Your…” series. This
book is a must read if you want good things to happen.
Toys For Tots
Please support the Second Annual Internet Toy Drive.
This is an online version of the Marine Corps famous
Toys For Tots program.
My husband and I are among the many sponsors of this
worthwhile program. Help a deserving child in your
area enjoy a little holiday magic!
Readers Q & A: “I haven’t heard back”
Question: Kimberly, why haven’t you answered my email? – Everyone
Answer: Everyone, sorry, but these pesky PC’s don’t work without
electricity. I promise I’ll catch up when I stop shivering and
start bathing regularly! – Kimberly
You will find my book, Fundraising Success, very helpful in any
Buy a copy today because I have to pay for this new generator!
Yours for only $17
FEATURE ARTICLE: Fundraising Follow-ups
by Kimberly Reynolds
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the
ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you
can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
– John Wesley
The key to continued fundraising success is to follow-up
afterwards. Supporters and participants need to be thanked.
Merchant contributors need to be debriefed on their results
from participating. Records need to be gathered, copied, and
Communicating the results to everyone involved in your most
recent effort is of utmost importance. Nothing charges up your
organization for the future better than a group celebration.
Give recognition to your volunteers. Enjoy the sound of
“We did it!”
Conduct a post-mortem analysis of the fundraiser just completed.
Gather information and record impressions while everything is
still fresh. Make notes about supplier relationships, any
process problems, and what aspects need fine-tuning for the
next time around.
Gather those recommendations for future fundraisers. Brainstorm
with your team and write down all the possible ways to improve.
Circulate a written evaluation form to gather multiple viewpoints
for the permanent file.
Make plans while everyone is still excited from this success.
Strategize how to increase the number of volunteers. Plan to
promote those who excelled this time around to positions with
Ask your merchant supporters what you could do better to help them
even more. Now is a good time to ask them for increased
participation during your next big drive.
Review all records for completeness. Work up the statistical
analysis covered in the section on Goal Setting. That will save
time in the future when you want to set your benchmarks.
Post the results on your website along with multiple pictures of
your team in action. When describing your success, be a shameless
namedropper. Everyone likes to be thanked publicly.
Most importantly, put the funds you’ve raised to good use.
Your fundraising follow-up is the foundation for your future
success. Don’t give this area short shrift. Pave the way for
even better results next time.
Be grateful for the support your organization received from the
community. Nurture every relationship.
Treat your team like a garden – work the soil to prepare it for
next season. Do the activities now that will make your future
Always remember to thank yourself. You took on a huge job, made
it better, and improved things for your successor.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Supplier Spotlight: All By Faith Enterprise
(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)
Supplier: All By Faith Enterprise
Phone: (866) 777-0060
Fax: (814) 827-7909
Address: P.O. Box 174
Description: Offers a variety of candle fragrances for fund
Offers a 13-ounce quality candle that burns up to 100 hours.
Candles have a “country” look?poured into a pint canning jar,
with handle. A non-lead wick is used for a safe-quality burn
Provides a variety of scents including French Vanilla, Apple Pie,
Cinnamon, Macintosh, Hyacinth, Mulberry, Carrot Cake, Buttercream,
Banana Nut Bread, Cucumber Melon, French Lavender, and Sugar
Candles retail for $8 and cost $4. Very attractive pricing
compared to other candle suppliers.
Product Lines: Candles
Notes: Candles are made in the U.S.A. Brings a Christian
approach to being a fundraising supplier.
Places To Go, Things To See, Bonus Item & More
Holiday Shopping Tip:
Advice for Desperate Men
For men who have never in recorded history bought a satisfactory
present for the women in their lives. Here is some succinct
advice on how to choose gifts for women.
Places to go:
TV Episode Guides
This site contains episode lists for over 2000 TV shows with
titles and airdates. For over 500 shows there is also a more
detailed guide with guest stars and plot summaries.
Who Would Buy That?
Auction oddities from all over the Web. These are guaranteed
to make even the lamest Christmas present look pretty good in
Your Free Ebook:
This month’s ebook is by Mark Victor
Hansen. Yes, the same fellow who wrote all the “Chicken Soup
for Your…” books. 54 pages, PDF format, 238kb download.
That’s all for this issue. See you next time.
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Copyright 2004 Kimberly Reynolds
Fundraiser Help – Great Fundraising Ideas
Maximize your fundraising success!
Nonprofit Fundraising – Tony Poderis describes how any nonprofit group should raise funds.
Non-profit Fund Raising – Organizational tips – Four ways to boost your non-profit fund raiser results.
Capital Campaigns – Capital campaign strategies for non-profit groups to increase their donor base.
Donor Recognition – How to use donor recognition to increase your capital campaign results.
Fundraising Ideas – Ideas for fundraising that focus on the best activities for high school, elementary school, sports teams, and youth groups to raise funds with events, activities, programs, projects and products.
Fundraising Events – Three profitable event ideas for small group or school fundraisers – Fundraiser events that are quick and easy – Fund-raising event ideas you can do in a monthend that work anywhere from Canada to Australia.
School Fundraisers – Easy fundraising ideas for schools that consistently produce excellent results. Includes articles on cheerleading fundraisers, high school football fundraiser, soccer fund-raising, band fund-raiser, plus more great youth sports team activities and events for other high school groups.
Thank You Letters – Seven tips on writing thank you letters, notes, or simple donor recognition phone calls.
Fundraising Letters – See what fund raising letters work for other non-profit groups.
Fundraising Letter – How to generate the best response with your donation request letters.
How To Write A Fundraising Letter – Advice and tips on what works and what doesn’t.
Fundraising Software – Listings and descriptions of popular software programs for nonprofit groups. Donor tracking and recognition programs, nonprofit accounting, and capital campaign support.
Church Fundraisers – Church fundraising ideas for capital campaigns – Church fund-raising through donor recognition – Christian fundraiser charity activities and events that produce quick results.
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