Fundraising Challenge

Fundraising Challenge – Fundraising is both challenging as it is rewarding. Raising the needed fund for a worthy cause is indeed spiritually and emotionally satisfying. Every school organization may want to extend a helping hand to those folks who are in dire need.Fundraisers Help EveryoneThe prospect beneficiary could either be a charitable institution, an orphanage, […]

Use A Business Focus

More from the Fundraiser Preparation series – Running your fundraiser like a business. You must set realistic fundraising goals and divide responsibilities among team members for meeting your goals. A business focus increases your fundraising success.What’s involved in your fundraiser business Setting realistic goals and breaking them down into areas of responsibility are two extremely […]

Build Your Fundraising Team

For larger fundraising projects you should put together a dedicated fundraising team to help you. Otherwise, you’ll be stretched far too thin and stand a good chance of failing. The ideal team from a cost perspective is volunteer-based, but you might have to occasionally hire someone especially if it’s for a specialized task that most […]

Selecting The Right Fundraiser

Selecting the right fundraiser is the most important decision you’ll make. Among the key factors are the timing of each fundraiser, the quality of the merchandise, selling considerations, delivery considerations, and ultimately, the net profit to your organization.Think of yourself as running a small business building a reputation for innovation and quality products. What are […]

Selecting The Right Fundraiser – Part 5

More tips from our multi-page article about selecting the right fundraiser. Fundraiser Evaluation Criteria – Continued:Expedite charges Get firm pricing upfront on what freight charges the supplier covers and what constitutes an expedite charge payable by your organization. Be sure to get it in writing if it’s not part of the supplier agreement.Payment terms Most […]

Selecting The Right Fundraiser – Part 4

Evaluation Criteria – Continued: Variety or selection means more sales A wider variety and better selection offers a greater likelihood a potential customer will find one or more items that they want to buy. You’ve gone to a lot of effort to put your fundraiser message in front of each prospect. Avoid disappointing them by […]

Selecting The Right Fundraiser – Part 3

More tips from our multi-page article about selecting the right fundraiser. Evaluation Criteria:Let your goals be your guide Your organization’s financial goals are the number one criteria for your fundraiser selection. Be sure to select a fundraiser that will meet or exceed all of your goals. Don’t settle for generating less than what your group […]

Selecting The Right Fundraiser – Part 2

More tips from our multi-page article about selecting the right fundraiser. Don’t overdo it Keep your numbers to two major fundraisers, one in the fall and one in the spring with a possible third one at pre-winter holiday time. Any others should be service or event related like a carnival, a car wash, or an […]

Recruiting Volunteers

More from the multi-part series on fundraiser preparation. This section is about recruiting volunteers and the best ways to handle personnel assignments. Fundraiser Preparation: Recruiting VolunteersStart early As previously discussed, to get enough volunteers you need to start early. The best way to do that is by pre-recruiting them. In other words, go through last […]

Fundraising Benefits

Fundraising Benefits – In fundraising, pay attention to psychological motivation – People always want to know what’s in it for them. Your fundraising benefit must be quickly and clearly explained in terms of “What’s In It For Me”What’s In It For Me?Believe it or not, providing a good answer to the question of “What’s in […]

Fundraising Basics 4

Fundraising Basics – Part 4: Execution – The final part of the fundraising basics series covers the proper execution of your fundraiser. Includes fundraising strategy tips, sales boosters, sales preparation, customer satisfaction and more. Fundraisers do better with proper execution.Now that we’ve covered the basics of being prepared and organized, it’s time to move on […]

Fundraising Basics 3

Fundraising Basics – Part 3: Organization – Successful fundraising requires organization and just one boss. It’s often best to imitate the military hierarchy in staffing your fundraiser.  Article includes recruiting tips, division of labor, and the importance of rewarding your fundraisers.“A prudent person profits from personal experience, the wise one from the experience of others.” […]

Fundraising Basics 2

Fundraising Basics – Part 2: Preparation – Being prepared will make your fundraiser go smoothly. Fundraising preparation means putting everything in writing including your fundraiser goals, staffing plan, sales plan, merchant plan and delivery plan.Put it in writing The more details about your fundraising efforts that are in writing, the fewer instructions you’ll have to […]

Fundraising Basics

Fundraising Basics Part 1 – When you’re doing a fundraiser, you’re actually creating and running a small business on a temporary basis. This section on fundraising basics covers the operational details of running a fundraiser – preparation, organization, and execution. Preparation For FundraisingThe first thing you need to do is to conduct an annual needs assessment […]