How do you differentiate your worthy cause, with so many events and fundraisers out there? You may have difficulty meeting your goals for funds. If you are in need of raising money ideas for your school or organization, you are not alone. Here are 5 tips from Mixed Bag Designs to greatly increase your chances for success:
- Stop Asking for Money
It is not easy asking others to dig into their pockets and make donations. In fact, you may feel a bit uneasy about this and it may seem too much like begging. This is why you should consider selling products which people can use. It is so much easier to utilize catalogs of handy products that consumers can use around the home. When donors receive something of value in return for a donation, they are more likely to make a purchase. With fundraising products, your raising money ideas are solved!
- Pick a Special Day or Holiday
Are you looking for a particular theme for your event or promotion? Consider Valentine’s Day, Easter or St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect theme when you plan to sell eco-friendly (also known as “green”) products. You can offer a wide range of eco-friendly fundraising products like reusable bags and storage bins made of partially-recycled plastic. No matter what color they are, they all fit into the St. Patrick’s Day theme.
- Start Your Campaign Early
Get ahead of your project and start brainstorming raising money ideas early! Don’t wait until the last minute to start wracking your brain for ideas. One of the biggest mistakes people make with fundraisers is limiting their time. Starting early is essential if you want to ensure success. Even one extra week can make a huge difference – recruit volunteers, make a timeline and send email blasts to let your community know about your fundraiser.
- Take Advantage of Social Media
If your fundraiser doesn’t have a Twitter or Facebook account now is the time to sign up and get started. Making regular updates through social media helps keep everyone focused, aware and excited to support your fundraiser. If you share pictures and updates, your network will share it with THEIR friends, meaning you have double the audience! The more people that hear about your fundraiser, the more successful it will be!
- Thank Everyone Involved, Including Customers
As soon as the event is over, make sure everyone has received a “thank you” for their participation. You don’t have to send out special thank you cards, just ask everyone to supply an email address. This will serve several purposes:
- People are more likely to participate in the next promotion.
- You have a “contact list” and a starting place for the next event.