Fundraising Job

Thinking about looking for a fundraising job, but held back by the thought of “I can’t ask for money.”How many times have I heard that? With those simple words, thousands of people each day take themselves out of a career that could easily be one of the most rewarding, interesting, and passionate experiences of their […]

Planning Successful Fundraisers

There are so many tips for successful fundraisers I could give, but it’s impossible to list each one here. These ten are among the most important:Leadership & organizationRehearse the sales pitchChoose the right fundraiserTry new ideasPlanning & coordinationOrganize & divide tasksFollow tax lawsUse a consultantStudy the competitionParticipant benefitsStrong leadership and organizational skillsIt’s critical to have […]

Preventing Fundraising Burnout

How To Prevent Fundraising Burnout – Since many schools and other organizations today find themselves suffering from a chronic state of under-funding, they are increasingly forced to hold multiple fundraisers through the course of the year. Unfortunately, this can lead to a complete fundraiser burnout for many customers as well as for fundraising salespeople.How To […]

Fundraising Followup

It’s important to follow-up after your fundraiser. This article covers what needs to be done, fundraisers who need to be rewarded, information that needs to be recorded, and fundraiser results to be posted.“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you […]

School Fundraising Mistakes

Fundraising is both an art and a science. If your fund raising revenues are static or declining, your organization is probably making one or more of these common fundraising mistakes:Lack of planningRepeating the same old fundraiserNot recruiting enough helpLow quality merchandiseInadequate sales preparationPoor support materialsNo sales scriptsWeak internal communicationLack of publicityContinuous fundraisingBad timingNo rewardsPoor rewardsLetting […]

Getting Started With Your School Fundraiser – Part 1

Summary: Fundraising tips on how to get started with your fundraiser.  Part 1 covers who will do all the work. Recruiting volunteers is essential to your fundraising success, so read these tips on building your organization.Fundraising is both an art and a science. The first step is always the hardest. Before we begin, let’s back […]

Written Documentation

More from the multi-part series on fundraiser preparation. This section is about the importance of written documentation of all your processes to improve communications and efficiency.Importance I can’t stress enough how important it is to have written documentation for all your major organizational activities. Besides the annual plans and specific timelines mentioned above, detailed plans […]

Fundraising Overview

Let’s start with the big fundraising picture overview, or as I like to call it, the 30,000-foot view. Nationally, fundraisers by schools and other non-profit organizations were responsible for more than $5 billion in revenue in 2004, not including capital campaigns. Overall, charitable giving topped $125 billion.While that seems like a lot, retail sales exceeded […]

Organize School Fundraiser

Fundraisers are a lot more fun if everything is organized and planned ahead of time. Otherwise, it’s chaotic and you miss out on a lot of things that could have contributed to your bottom line. In addition, it’s a lot harder to recruit volunteers for your next fundraiser when this one didn’t go very smoothly. […]

Organize School Fundraiser 2

Hopefully, you’ve already read Part One of these tips for for when you have to organize a school fundraiser. Here are some other considerations for when you’re doing fundraising for your school:Using a consultant Consider using a fundraising consultant to assist your organization with larger fundraisers, first-time events, or mission critical efforts. Among the benefits […]

Fundraising Objectives

What are your fundraising objectives? To be successful, you need to have a clear understanding of what your overall objectives are and how you are going to achieve them. It is very important to be realistic in your objectives, yet not settle for less than the best results possible.Your fundraising approach should closely match the […]

The Importance Of Communication In Fundraising

More from the multi-part series on Fundraiser Preparation. This section is about how to communicate both your fundraiser need and your fundraiser offering.Promote your cause A good communication strategy is all about the promotion of your organization’s cause within the community and within the organization. Your plan needs to clearly define how information will flow.Spread […]

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 […]

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

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 […]