Fundraising For All!
Fundraising for all is an ongoing task. Nowadays, hardly a day goes by when we are not asked to
donate some thing to some worthy cause or another, and even though we may support the concept, our funds will
simply not cover everything we would like them to.
However, we can donate time or even items that we no longer use to some of these causes. Quite
often non-profit groups take used items and sell them to places like consignment stores who in turn sell them to
individuals. When this happens everyone benefits. The donor gets rid of things they no longer need, the non-profit
group gets some funds for their organization, the store gets some profit, and the purchaser gets something they
wanted at a good price.
Now that was one way to fundraise, but there are many others too. A
Cookie Dough Fundraiser may be appropriate for many different groups to use, as long as they are not for
School Fundraisers could benefit substantially I would imagine from organizing this kind of a fundraiser, as
all children enjoy cookies, and they could be encouraged to use the dough to bake them for themselves, with adult
supervision of course.
There are many ways to fundraise, which is good because a
College Fundraiser, will probably not be the same as
Church Fundraisers, and I suspect that a
Cheerleading Fundraiser would be different to
Fundraising for Little League!
Did you know that there are even companies who make all their profits from organizing fundraisers?
These companies take the hard work out of fundraising by providing flyers, order forms etc, as well as the goods to
sell, so that you just have to concentrate on the marketing of the products to as many people as possible. The
company makes money, but so do you, as you split the profit. It is worth researching these companies before
deciding which to go with, as they offer different percentages for your share of the profit, and have different
return policies for items not purchased.
However, all fundraising groups may be able to benefit from
Fundraising Software, providing they have someone who is computer literate, and able to take the time to learn
how it operates. Computers can be great time savers.
Nowadays we can email a list of volunteers with the arrangements for an event, rather than having
to phone each one individually. And this makes sure that everyone gets the same information! Letters can be
personalized and printed, then sent to donors informing them of your next event, or thanking them for their
participation in the past and updating them with news of your current successes.
Software can of course deal with the accounts of your organization, to make sure everything stays
on track. It can store various lists for you, the volunteers list, the donors list, potential donors etc., but you
have to make sure that personal information stays personal, so take precautions to safeguard this. And remember not
to request private information like credit card numbers over the internet. This needs to be done either in person,
or by phone.
Fir lots more information, I suggest you take a look at
Practical Fundraising where there is a wealth of information on fundraising for all types of organizations
using all kinds of methods and ideas.
|Al Jackson takes pride in being a complete non-techie who, despite the challenges of
life with her particular husband and daughters, enjoys creating websites intended to inform,
entertain, and help, others. Her website http://www.practical-fundraising.com a compilation of
many useful ideas for novice fundraising, reflecting her own experience as a teacher and parent and
incorporating an entire eBook on the topic.