15 Fundraising Mistakes

Fundraising is both an art and a science. If your fundraising 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 problems […]

Fundraising Management Strategies

Fundraising Management – In the nonprofit world, when it comes to “memberships,” we seem to be of two minds. On the one hand are memberships that convey benefits in exchange for a fee, and on the other, those that recognize donors for gifts made.Fund Raising with Fee-Based MembershipsIn fee-based memberships, a patron of The Metropolis […]

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 […]

For Your School Fundraising

Looking for an easy idea for your school fundraising? Look no further, this one is effortless and lasts for the entire school year. It works great for schools that have school uniforms, but can also work for any school. If your school has uniforms, each student can pay whatever amount you specify ($2 or so […]

The ABCs of Fundraising

There are many little details that go into making sure your fundraising event is a successful event. The key is to have all your fundraising details laid out in front of you before you even start.Below are some tips to help you get started on the right foot for your fundraiser:What is the purpose of […]

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 […]

How to Host a Successful Fundraiser

How to Host a Successful Fundraiser – Tips and Tricks of the TradeHosting a successful fundraiser is no accident. It requires planning, commitment, and more than a little bit of salesmanship. If this sounds like a lot of work, make no mistake about it, it is.But it’s rewarding work, it’s meaningful work, and done the […]

School Fundraising Tips

Want your next school fundraiser to run more smoothly? Here are ten school fundraising tips to help you create a successful marketing plan.School Fundraiser Tips For Your Next FundraiserPut your project plan in writing – Run your fundraiser like a business. A written project plan that spells out all roles and responsibilities is your blueprint […]

School Fundraising Incentives

School fundraising incentives are meant to drive additional participation and generate more sales. The best incentives are those that have value in the eyes of the participants and will motivate them to give their best effort.School fundraiser reward programs should offer quality items within a fairly structured setup that doesn’t cause unwanted behaviors such as […]

Fundraiser Preparation

No matter what your resources, the key to fundraising success is to compose and follow a plan of action. Your plan must be your own design. It must detail how you will meet your specific needs and achieve your goals.Your plan should identify and combat your weaknesses while leveraging your strengths. It should contain specific […]

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 […]

Advance Planning 2

This article is part of a lengthy series called Fundraiser Preparation and is Part II of the Advance Planning section. The series is an excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success.Fundraiser Preparation describes how to do planning and preparation in advance for your fundraisers, including how to block out fundraising timelines and recruit more volunteers for […]

Advance Planning

This article is part of a lengthy series called Fundraiser Preparation and is Part I of the Advance Planning section. The series is an excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success.How to prepare for fundraising success by planning ahead: Put together your fundraising goals and objectives, then block out an annual schedule for your fundraisers to […]

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 […]