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, […]

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 […]

Fundraising Sales Incentives

Fundraising sales incentives are meant to drive additional participation in your school fundraiser 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.Therefore, your reward program should offer quality items within a fairly structured setup that doesn’t cause […]

Fundraising Reward Programs

For improved fundraising results, take a little time and put together the right reward programs, one that provides an appropriate level of reward for all participants. A little reward can produce a lot of motivation.Be sure to set the initial reward level low enough so that at least 50% of your sales force gets a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]