As we near the end of the year, it’s time to say goodbye to another Fall fundraiser season. As you input the last fundraiser catalog order and send out one final email reminding parents to shop online and support your cause, it’s also important to keep in mind a few tasks to do after the fundraiser is over. These tips for the end of the fundraiser will hopefully keep your community happy and ready to support you next time.
Thank Your Volunteers
Who knows where we would be without our teams of volunteers helping to call parents, send out reminders, organize catalog distribution or helping to collect orders. Take the time to send out an email or newsletter expressing your gratitude to all those who helped make the fundraiser possible. When people feel appreciated, they will be more likely to help you again in the future. Plus it just feels good to be good to others.
Even the most successful fundraisers can find ways to improve and now’s the best time to ask for feedback and plan out ways to make the next fundraising campaign better. When volunteers are helping to take down the posters or displays, just ask them what they thought of the fundraiser or how things could have been done better. Don’t want to put people on the spot? Create a free survey using SurveyMonkey or any online tool – remind people that responses are anonymous and send an email reminder to volunteers and parents about the survey. In the case of anonymous surveys, you may be surprised at the candid responses but take note – these critiques or suggestions may be key components in improving your fundraiser‘s success next year!