Fundraising Success #38

Fundraising Success #38

Fundraising Success – Issue #38 – Article: “Getting Started”; Supplier Spotlight: “K-12 Mascots “; Free ebook: “Inside The Minds Of Winners”

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Fundraising Success #38 – December 2006

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=> Kimberly’s Column: “Christmas Is Almost Here”
=> Reader Q & A: “Sponsorship Letters”
=> Feature Article: “Fundraising: Getting Started”
=> Supplier Spotlight: “K-12 Mascots”
=> SiteSeeing, Bonus & more: “Free MGM Bonus DVD Movie ”
=> Your Ebook: “Inside The Minds Of Winners”

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Kimberly’s Column: “Christmas Is Almost Here”
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Hi everyone!

Christmas is almost here and it’s a time for giving. All of us involved
with fundraising know that this is a time of year when people will
joyously give to a worthy cause (if approached correctly). The problem
for fund raisers has always been how to ask nicely without intruding
on another’s holiday season.

Of course, the answer has always been to develop relationships and
contacts ahead of time and not wait until the last minute. Then again,
many of us can’t even get our Christmas shopping done until the last
minute, so planning ahead is not something all of use are good at.

So, coincidentally enough, this month’s article is about planning ahead.
It’s a multi-part article covering school fundraising from start-to-finish.
Find out what questions you need to ask and learn where to focus
your group’s energies.

The Supplier Spotlight is on K-12 Mascots. They provide a complete line
of plush toys dressed up as school mascots. Their school mascots are
not sold in stores and are quite reasonably priced.

This month’s Bonus is a Free MGM DVD Movie.

This month’s ebook is “Inside The Minds Of Winners”

*—————–Hot Tip——————*

Pop Warner Cheerleading

My daughter had a great time in her first year of cheerleading,
cheering for a local Pop Warner football team. It was a great
learning experience and the girls all had a great time.

They advanced from their local competition to the Mid-South
Regionals in Huntsville, Alabama. After winning the Regionals,
their squad advanced to the Pop Warner National Championships
held at Disneyworld. Talk about some excited 11-year olds!

They had a great time and placed eighth out of 20 squads in their
division (Pee Wee Novice – Small). Highly recommended for their
focus on good grades and good sportsmanship.

*—————–Hot Tip——————*

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Readers Q & A: “Sponsorship Letters”
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Question: Kimberly, I’d like some help creating a sponsorship letter.
Where can I find information on the best approach for requesting
donations?
– Ashley

Answer: There’s a good discussion in the forum:

Sponsorship Letters –

– Kimberly

You will find my book, Fundraising Success, very helpful in any
fundraising endeavor.

Buy a copy today because it will save you time and money!
Yours for only $17:

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FEATURE ARTICLE: Fundraising: Getting Started
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Fundraising is both an art and a science. The first step is always the hardest.
Before we begin, let’s back up for a moment and look at the big picture of your
fundraiser.

Here are some important points to consider:

After you’ve pondered the who, what, when, where, why and how of your
efforts, the realization dawns that a successful fundraiser involves a
considerable amount of organization and effort.

The best place to get started is at the beginning. Any homebuilder worth his
salt will tell you that a house is only as good as its foundation.

In a fundraiser, that foundation is your volunteer group.
 

Who will do all the work?

Build your organization
The first step to getting started is getting organized. Have a master plan
mapped out that identifies all key organizational needs. Building a strong
organization and not overloading your core group of volunteers are critical
success factors.

Get structured
Define your organizational structure. Clearly spell out roles and
responsibilities in writing. Amazingly enough, once these are written documents,
they can be used repeatedly on future fundraisers with only slight
modifications. Sample documents have been provided as part of this book to give
you a head start on how to proceed.

Go for experience
Rely on the experienced veterans to fill the key posts. Last year’s worker bees
can move up to chair different committees and handle more responsibility this
year.

Be proactive
Actively recruit volunteers from your potential supporters. Spell out what
skills are needed for each position. Make sure the job description includes an
estimate of how many hours this job will require.

Do a skills match
Look for people whose skills match up with the needed tasks. Example: Tap
someone with an accounting background or a person who’s balanced a cash register
to help tally your orders. They’ll have the eye for detail that’s needed.

Get a running start
Getting volunteers to sign up in advance is crucial. By having an organized
staffing plan already written out, you’ll be able to solicit the right type of
help and offer clearly defined requirements.

Let them know
People will be more likely to volunteer if they know what they’re signing up for.

Example: A four-hour shift on a Saturday delivery day or a commitment for two
evenings of tallying orders.

Click here for

 

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Supplier Spotlight: K-12 Mascots
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(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)

Supplier: K-12 Mascots
Phone: (972) 394-5056
Fax: (972) 394-2954
Website:

Address: 135 Sara Lane
City: Lumberton
State: TX
Zip: 77657

Description: Our Mascots enjoy a winning sales record with proven results in
thousands of schools across America. Made from high quality plush material,
tested for customer satisfaction and quality assurance, we give a 100%
satisfaction guarantee.

Our School Mascots are a proprietary product and are NOT available in stores.

We sell only to Schools, PTAs and other fundraising groups sponsored by the
schools.

As a manufacturer and wholesale supplier, we offer competitive prices,
quality service, and the largest selection of School Mascots to be found
anywhere.

Mascots are available in 39 styles and up to 15 different color combinations
each. They retail for $7 to $10.

Recommended profit margin is 40%. Wholesale cost for a carton of 120 mascots is
$528 ($4.40 each).

Product Lines: Spirit Merchandise, Stuffed Animals

Terms: Net 30 day terms available to qualified organizations

Notes: Returns allowed for whole cartons with a restocking fee.


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Places To Go, Things To See, Bonus Item & More
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Places to go:

FDA Consumer Magazine

Some readers may find the thought of reading the average government
publication less than riveting, but fortunately the Food and Drug
Administration’s
in-house publication, FDA Consumer, is both well-written and informative.

Intended for both a general audience and those concerned with the ongoing
work of the FDA, the magazine offers broad coverage on both how to stay
healthy and the regulatory work that is part of their mission. Every issue
features a consumer quiz, commentary on recent regulatory activities, and a
column from the magazine’s editor.


The New Yorker

With its urbane and cosmopolitan commentaries on everything from cross-country
truck drivers to the latest geo-political imbroglios, the New Yorker has been
delighting readers for eight decades.

Despite the fact that it costs a few dollars to actually subscribe to the
magazine,
their website has a great deal of free content for the interested web-browser.
Visitors may wish to start by looking at some old chestnuts in their “From the
Archive” area.

Things to see:

Organization of World Heritage Cities

Created in 1993, the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) has been
given a mandate by the United Nations to protect the cultural, historical, and

social heritage of the world’s great cities.

For a number of years, the organization has worked towards this goal by
publishing helpful “how to” materials for any number of interested parties,
including city officials, heritage groups, and concerned citizens. Recently,
this
site was created in an attempt to bring these materials together.

Your Free Ebook:

This month’s ebook is "Inside The Minds Of Winners" – Nine interviews
with highly successful people provide important tips for defining your
role in life. Learn how to succeed at whatever your heart desires.
289 pages, Adobe PDF format, 1.16mb download.


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

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Copyright 2006 by Kimberly Reynolds. All rights reserved.

Maximize your fundraising success!

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