We are currently shooting our previews for our Fall fundraiser catalog and having an absolute blast! Here’s a look behind the scenes at some outtakes and fun takes with our fabulous team. We are excited for all that’s coming for our fundraisers and we hope you like it too!
Want to know an easy way to pretty much guarantee that your fundraiser customers and supporters will keep coming back year after year? No, it’s not just having a quality product and well thought-out fundraising plan (though that certainly helps!), it’s a simple task that should be the final step in any fundraiser plan: sending a thank you.
Just as thank you notes are a long-accepted part of any event or when you receive a gift, fundraising thank yous are a fantastic way to acknowledge your donors and recognize their support. Thank yous are not exclusive to those who donated or purchased goods at your fundraiser, you should also send thank yous for your volunteers and your fundraiser team.
We often talk about fundraiser tips and how the planning before the fundraiser even starts is a key aspect to a successful fundraiser. However what happens when you’re a fundraising newbie and you’ve been asked to spearhead your child’s school fundraiser event? It’s a daunting task with a ton of to-dos but we are here to help you stay organized and on top of it. Here are 15 tips from experienced fundraiser 15 Tips for Running a Successful Fundraiserorganizers that will help even the least experienced fundraiser leader have a truly successful fundraiser.
15 Tips for Running a Successful Fundraiser
1. Invite people to join your fundraising team. You want to make sure you have a team of volunteers who are eager to help and want to be involved. You can create a task list and set up some preliminary meetings with your team to brainstorm and review what you want to accomplish in the fundraiser.
2. Set a fundraiser goal with your team. Brainstorm potential uses for the funds raised and try to nail down a final figure that you can use as the ultimate goal in your advertising and marketing.
3. Research potential fundraiser companies and events your group or school would like to do. Do they offer products or services that will reach your goal? Are they in line with your target audience? Will the product sell?
4. Review your community calendar. Are other schools or organizations running fundraisers at certain times? What events are they doing? You’ll want to make sure you don’t over-saturate the market and select a fundraiser event that is not scheduled for the same time as another school and also does not sell the same product or service. If you are selling something, you may want to check with the school and township to ask about any special regulations or requirements.
If you’re in charge of your school fundraiser or your nonprofit’s campaigns, you may not have time to stay on top of social media trends and changes. Learning the media’s best practices for tools like Facebook and Twitter take time but sometimes your nonprofit needs to get the word out now. If you don’t have time to research all of the ways you can use social media to help promote your nonprofit and your fundraising campaign, not to worry. We’ve rounded up these easy tips to help you use social media effectively (and in nearly no time at all!).
Read below for 5 easy social media tips for nonprofits.
This past Fall, we asked our fundraiser chairpeople what worked (and what didn’t) in their school fundraiser. In an effort to help all upcoming fundraisers, we thought we’d share one idea that is easy to do with some planning ahead. Successful fundraisers research the market to avoid doing the same fundraiser as another school or group in the community.
When a community is saturated with the same fundraiser, sales will go down for all groups affected. When planning your next fundraiser, ask around the community to see what other groups and schools are planning for the year. Be sure to ask about the annual plan – you may want to run your fundraiser in Spring but that may change if another school is doing the same fundraiser only a couple months earlier.
Try to plan your fundraiser campaigns in advance so you have plenty of time to switch dates or swap out ideas for a later time if it may be affected by another group. The last thing you want to do is over saturate the market and diminish both your hard work and others’ work as well.
Today children and their parents are fundraising for their schools in addition to raising money for other groups. So it’s important to know what, where, when and how others are doing in fundraising. The last thing you want to do is duplicate the efforts of others and over saturate the community. You are only hurting each other. Some groups plan at least one year in advance so that they can coordinate fundraising efforts with neighboring teams, schools and other groups (church, scouts, etc.) who may be selling in the community at the same time.
Schools across the country have made strides to support and promote healthy habits for their students. However fundraising is often left out of proposals or guidelines, no doubt in part because parents and parent organizations are often the ones planning the fundraiser. It is important to present healthy alternatives to your Parent Teacher Association or Organization (PTA/PTO) and here are some tips to making a persuasive argument to switch to healthier fundraiser options.
First off, be prepared to make a case. Change is hard and many parent volunteers may not want to switch from their current fundraiser campaign. Parents can be concerned about lost profits, working with a new fundraising consultant or learning a new strategy. It’s up to you to present a solid, convincing argument and here are some ideas to help you out!
There are all types of fundraisers and some fare better than others. However when we polled our most successful fundraisers, we found that there were certain similarities found in the most successful fundraisers. Here are some helpful (and simple!) tips to make your fundraiser a success.