Fundraising Success #37
Fundraising Success – Issue #37 – Article: “Fundraising Events”; Supplier Spotlight: “Holiday Fundraising”; Free ebook: “Affirmations”
Fundraising Success #37 – November 2006
=> Kimberly’s Column: “Thanksgiving Reflections”
=> Reader Q & A: “Earthquake Relief”
=> Feature Article: “Fundraising Events”
=> Supplier Spotlight: “Holiday Fundraising”
=> SiteSeeing, Bonus & more: “Free MGM DVD Movie”
=> Your Ebook: “Affirmations”
Kimberly’s Column: “Thanksgiving Reflections”
Thanksgiving is here and it’s time to reflect on everything that we’re
thankful for. In this year of hurricanes and other natural disasters,
it’s easy to be thankful for home and family.
I’m also thankful that there has been such an outpouring of support
for those who lost everything in Katrina, Rita, Wilma and all the other
challenges we’ve faced this year.
How about you?
What are you thankful for this year?
This issue features “Fundraising Events,” an article describing three
different event ideas that produce excellent results.
The Supplier Spotlight is on Holiday Fundraising. They provide a
complete line of holiday-themed fundraising items in their catalogs. They
even have one catalog that covers all their products.
This month’s Bonus is a Free MGM DVD Movie.
This month’s ebook is “Affirmations”
America In Color: 1939-1943
For many people, the world of Depression-era photography in the United
States can be characterized by the somber black-and-white images of rural
poverty or by the vivid depictions of everyday struggles.
Interestingly enough, there were a number of color images taken by
photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information
from the years 1939 to 1943. The Library of Congress has created a delightful
digital exhibition of these images to complement a current exhibition in their
headquarters in Washington, DC.
Readers Q & A: “Earthquake Relief”
Question: Kimberly, I’d like to help victims of the Pakistan earthquake.
Where can I find information on various earthquake relief agencies?
– Deb Rogers
Answer: There’s some good resources listed in the forum:
Earthquake Relief Donations –
You will find my book, Fundraising Success, very helpful in any
Buy a copy today because it will save you time and money!
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FEATURE ARTICLE: Fundraising Events
These fundraising events work well for any size group. To
maximize your success, you must create awareness within the
community of both your fundraising events specifics and the
reason why you are raising funds.
Both are important to any fundraiser, but they are absolutely
critical for successful fundraising events.
You have to generate enough publicity to draw a sizable audience
and you must motivate the attendees to support your program.
So, which fundraising events shall we talk about?
Three Event Ideas:
1) Get The Picture
2) Rubber Duck Derby
3) Clean Comedians
Fundraising Events: Get The Picture
Get The Picture is a name I coined for portrait event fundraisers.
The idea here is to offer family portraits, glamour shots, vintage
photos, and other “dressy” pictures.
You’ll need a central location with plenty of room for costume
changes, picture-taking backdrops, and a waiting area. The
best times are usually Saturdays.
Pre-sell the event with flyers and “reserved session” tickets.
You’ll want to get photo commitments up front from 250 people to
make this worth your while.
Your sales pitch should “Focus on the Fun:”
– Capture The Moment (before it slips away)
– Dress up Picture Party (be there or be square)
– Goofy Faces Wanted! (yours included)
Or tug at the heart:
– When’s the last time you sent a family photo Christmas card?
– They’re not getting any younger… Get a portrait!
– Mother/daughter, Father/son – Pictures last a lifetime
Your group can coordinate with a local photographer or partner
with a national photography chain.
One that I recommend is Vista Studios.
They offer a 10×13 family portrait for $8 and your group gets
paid $6, plus additional performance bonuses.
Here’s the link:
Fundraising Events: Rubber Duck Derby
The Rubber Duck Derby is an easy and fun fund-raising event
that can be scaled in size to fit your group’s supporter base.
The actual event, crazy as it may sound, involves racing rubber
ducks down a local waterway. Your local community “adopts” the
ducks for a chance to win valuable donated prizes.
Duck races have become a unique and profitable event for many
charities. Your group sells a ticket linked to a number that’s
painted on one of the racing rubber ducks.
Depending on the prizes involved, tickets are priced somewhere
between $5-$10 a ticket. A standard size for a race is 3,000
rubber ducks, but you can adjust that up or down depending on
the size of your group and the amount you need to raise.
Large plastic bags full of the ducks are simultaneously emptied
into the water. The winning duck is the one that floats to the
finish line first.
It adds a little extra zing to the old-fashioned raffle ticket sale.
Prizes can also be awarded in various categories to add to the
Many groups organize their “race” around a group picnic near the
waterway and make a leisurely afternoon out of your fundraiser
A company called Great American Duck Races can supply you with
everything you need.
Here’s their website info:
Fundraising Events: Clean Comedians
The third of our fundraising events is Clean Comedians. They offer
over 50 performers capable of meeting almost any entertainment
need. These hilarious entertainers will have your audience
rolling with laughter — and no one will be offended!
All you need to coordinate is a hall or auditorium and arrange
an audience. Sell tickets up front or at the door. If you want
to make additional funds, you can also offer food items as well.
If your group is small, partner with another organization and
split the profits.
Many groups are reporting record giving with this unique
“Bucks through Yuks” approach. Hundreds of schools have used
Clean Comedians for years to provide top quality entertainment
for their students.
From stand-up comedians and impressionists – to musicians,
magicians, and jugglers – their performers provide outstanding,
clean entertainment for any group.
Not only are these guys hilarious entertainment, but each performer
also has several messages focusing on important issues students
Performances can be arranged at this web site:
Special Events – Wrap-up
Pick an event that suits the talents and size of your group.
Then, focus your energies in getting your message out to your
These fundraiser events will do the rest.
Supplier Spotlight: Holiday Fundraising
(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)
Supplier: Holiday Fundraising Company
Phone: (800) 765-8565
Fax: (800) 440-7694
Address: 1330 Norfolk Avenue
Description: Offers a variety of fundraising products including candies,
calendars, ornaments, first aid kits, greeting cards, pens and address books.
Product Lines: Calendars, Candles, Candy, Catalog Sales, First Aid Kits,
Cards – Greeting, Pens, Safety Items
Notes: Have one catalogue that explains all their different fundraisers. Boy,
now there’s a novel concept.
Places To Go, Things To See, Bonus Item & More
Places to go:
With a cover that looks suspiciously like one of the 20th century’s most
beloved photographic magazines (hint: "File" is an anagram of its moniker),
File is an online photography magazine that specializes in "alternate takes,
odd angles, unconventional observations". As its makers wryly note, "We
leave the Kodak Moments to the family album, the glossy fashion spreads
to Vogue, and the photo finishes to ESPN".
OneLook: Reverse Dictionary
There are certainly times for everyone where they cannot seem to remember
a certain phrase or word, and it may become rather vexing and frustrating.
Fortunately, there is now the OneLook Reverse Dictionary website which can
help persons confounded by this situation. Essentially, users can type in a
concept into a search engine and receive a list of words and phrases related
to that concept. Perhaps the most important function of the Reverse Dictionary
is that users (if they are so inclined) may also use the database to solve
crossword puzzle clues.
Things to see:
Star Club Rewards
Cash-back buying club where you get rebates on everything you buy
at participating merchants including Best Buy, Gap, JC Penney,
Old Navy, Barnes & Noble, office Depot, Petco, and more.
Your Free Ebook:
This month’s ebook is – Everything you ever
know about succeeding through affirmation. Whatever your goal in
life is, affirmations can help you achieve it.
147 pages, Adobe PDF format, 598kb download.
That’s all for this issue. See you next month.
Copyright 2006 by Kimberly Reynolds. All rights reserved.
Maximize your fundraising success!
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 –
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, high school football,
soccer, and band, 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.
Nonprofit 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 through donor recognition –
Christian fundraiser charity activities and events that produce quick results.
Articles – Full list of articles on high school fundraisers,
nonprofit fund raising, and great event ideas.
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Donor Fund Raising
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