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 […]

Tried and True Fundraisers

When someone is put in charge of fundraising for the team, their first instinct is to look for something new and different. While change is great, sometimes the tried and true fundraisers work best. That’s why they are tried and true, right?Whichever fundraiser you choose for your group, consider the amount of time and resources […]

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 […]

Fundraiser Quiz

Fundraising Advice QuizReceive specific fundraiser ideas & extra profit tipsTaking this quick quiz provides you with specific fundraising suggestions for your next fundraiser. It only takes a minute and you’ll receive your answers instantly.  1)What is your group?ChurchNon-profitSchoolSchool clubSportsOther 2)What is your group size? 1 to 1011 to 3031 to 5051 to 100101 to 200200+ 3)What is your fundraising goal?500 […]

Fundraising FAQ

In fundraising, many of the same questions come up over and over, so I wrote this fundraising FAQ to help. Here are some questions that should give you some good ideas for your fundraisers.Answers To Your Questions About Fundraising1- How do I choose the right fundraising idea for my group?There are several considerations when trying […]

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 […]

Developing A Fundraising Merchant Plan

How to use a fundraising merchant plan to increase your profits. Use a win-win approach to maximize your fundraising success and increase fundraiser donations, get more silent auction items, door prizes, and participant rewards for your fundraisers.What is a fundraising merchant plan? A merchant plan is a step-by-step outline covering the development of a mutually […]

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 […]

Fundraiser Ratings

Covers fundraiser financial ratings and allows you to compare potential fundraisers for profitability, ease of success, effort involved, and more. The ratings allow you to compare different fundraisers for your group.Fundraiser ratings with an emphasis on comparing which are the most profitable, the easiest to do, the effort involved, etc. Compare different fundraiser ideas for […]

Fundraiser Ratings Explained

This Fundraiser Ratings Section contains an impartial yet subjective ratings system for all the main fundraising categories.  I’ve used a common methodology to provide an overview of what’s involved and created a ranking system that assigns a point value to the major components of each type of fundraiser.Ratings guide to various fundraisersMore than 170 types […]

Sample Fundraiser Ratings

Fundraiser ratings with an emphasis on comparing which are the most profitable, the easiest to do, the effort involved, etc. Compare different fundraising ideas for your non-profit, church, school or youth group.This Section contains an impartial yet subjective ratings system for all the main fundraising categories.  I’ve used a common methodology to provide an overview […]

Fundraiser Ratings – Sample Descriptions

Fundraiser Ratings – (Sample Version)This Section contains an impartial yet subjective ratings system for all the main fundraising categories.  I’ve used a common methodology to provide an overview of what’s involved and created a ranking system that assigns a point value to the major components of each type of fundraiser.Guide to various fundraisers More than […]

Fundraiser Ratings – Index Page 5

Financial success ratings for all the main fundraiser categories. Impartial yet subjective ratings system for fundraisers from Religious through Wreaths. Allows you to compare different fundraiser ideas for your non-profit, church, school or youth group.This fundraiser material is excerpted from my book, Fundraising Success, as is all the material on this website. You can enjoy […]

Fundraiser Ratings – Index Page 4

Financial success ratings for all the main fundraiser categories. Impartial yet subjective ratings system for fundraisers from Magazines through Recycling. Allows you to compare different fundraiser ideas for your non-profit, church, school or youth group.This material is excerpted from my book, Fundraising Success, as is all the material on this website. You can enjoy unlimited […]

Fundraiser Ratings – Index Page 3

Financial success ratings for all the main fundraiser categories. Impartial yet subjective ratings system for fundraisers from Doughnuts through Lollipops. Allows you to compare different fundraiser ideas for your non-profit, church, school or youth group.This fundraiser material is excerpted from my book, Fundraising Success, as is all the fundraising material on this website. You can […]

Fundraiser Ratings – Index Page 2

Financial success ratings for all the main fundraiser categories. Impartial yet subjective ratings system for fundraisers from Cheesecake through Donors. Allows you to compare different fundraiser ideas for your non-profit, church, school or youth group. This fundraiser material is excerpted from my book, Fundraising Success, as is all the fundraising material on this website. You […]