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  • Two New Sources for Fundraising Information

    Need Fundraising Tips and Advice?
    You've Come To The Right Place!

    We now have two new valuable resources for Booster Clubs and Football Teams looking for Fundraising Information and Fundraising Tips. The 2011 Booster Club Fundraising Guide is an excellent tool for Booster Clubs and fundraisers alike, it contains fundraising tips, suggestions and incentives to getting your fundraiser off on the right track.

    The 2011 Football Fundraising Guide is a great tool for football coaches, support staff, players and more. It contains product suggestions and tips from our expert fundraising support staff.

    Fill out a simple form to download your guide today!

    Booster Club Fundraising Guide

    Football Fundraising Guide

  • New Basketball Fundraising Webinar

    Our latest fundraising webinar has now been posted online. Geared towards Baskeball coaches and fundraisers, this webinar can be usefull to all sport teams looking for easy fundraising solutions. Take a look.

  • Laws for Non Profit Organizations and Donors

    Laws in the United States cover both charities and donors. These laws are in place to protect the integrity of the system. They try and weed out the non-legitimate charity and protect the donors.
     
    Charities and Organizations Have to be Registered
     
    Many states have adopted a charitable solicitation law. This law is designed to protect donors and charities from fraud. The law states that the charity needs to declare their intentions, financial activities, and pay a fee that covers the administration for monitoring charities.
     
    The only small print comes in regard to the Internet. The law says that active solicitation like door-to-door fundraising or telephone campaigns are different from passively collecting funds through the Internet. Non-profit groups should check with their legal advisors to see what their states dictate regarding Internet fundraising.
     
    Basic Rules for the Exchange
     
    The underlying rule of fundraising is the donors actually have to give away their money. They actually cannot receive goods and services in return for their gifts. They cannot invest in something or show a profit. I know what you are thinking. If that is the case why are volunteers always selling chocolate bars in exchange for your contribution to the cause? Well Donors actually receive gifts for their appreciation. It is a fine line but sidesteps the law and continues to motivate donors to give.
     
    Solicitation Has to be Legal
     
    Even if a charitable organization is registered it is very difficult for donors to make sure their gifts and actually reaching those intended and being used for the cause. In some cases the cost of the fundraising campaign is as high, or even greater than the money collected. The State cannot dictate what percentage of collected monies goes to the cause.
     
    The only time that solicitation is deemed illegal is when the donor is told that the money collected will benefit a certain organization and then the money is given to another group or pocketed. Donors can and should ask careful questions or a charity knowing the organization has an ethical duty to answer those questions honestly.
     
    Government Organizations Watching Charities
     
    There are several ways you can follow up and watch for fraud. The Federal Trade Commission has a law enforcement group and public education campaign called Operation Phoney Philanthropy. The FTC is working with state government to keep track of charitable organizations. The Better Business Bureau has the Wise Giving Alliance, which helps track the legitimacy of charities.

  • Keeping Good Relationships Between PTO's and Principals

    PTO leaders and their organizations help schools by fundraising. These fundraising activities are largely geared to certain items or groups. Principals on the other hand are responsible for the entire school. Their point of view may differ from PTO organizations because principals may distribute the money towards the greater good and not necessarily toward individual groups.
     
    PTO’s and School Principals Forger Important Relationships.
     
    The leader of the parent teacher organization and the school principal is important and affects the kids and their goals and also the parents and their wants. It is very important that this relationship function smoothly for the good of all.
     
    The principal can act like supporter of your cause and make suggestions to help PTO’s. If there is friction in the relationship then a principal can turn teachers and staff against you and prove to be a pivotal roadblock.
     
    Built in Parent Involvement
     
    On paper both sides are working toward bettering the school and what it can offer the children. The problems can be decisive and end up pitting the teams against each other. The problems come when the priorities of principals and parents do not match.
     
    Good Communication with School Principals
     
    Principals and parent group members need to be working together. Good relationships begin with good communication and help to derail any bad issues or misunderstanding before they can grow.
     
    If you are the head of the PTO then start a relationship with the school principal early in the year. Be forthcoming with your goals and plans early and check in regularly with each other. Since plans are outlined between the two parties any disagreement can be dealt with early.
     
    Invite you school principal to your meetings. Have them speak to the PTO organization and made to feel that they are listened to. This does not mean that you have to agree with everything but a sign of respect that the principals’ point of view will be weighed.
     
    PTO’s Have the Right to the Money
     
    If the plan was put into action and the school principal aware or the fundraising campaign then the PTO’s have the right to distribute the money collected. In fact all monies collected by PTO’s can be given as they see fit. The point is that the views and ideas of the principal also have to be weighed. In order for the relationship to be strong it is a good idea to include the goals of the school principal.

  • Why Should You Volunteer For a Charitable Organization?

    Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to get involved with a charity? Do you intellectually know it would be good to volunteer your time but still can’t tear yourself away from the TV? Lets take a look at some of the qualities and things you receive from volunteering and see if these can motivate you.
     
    Why Do People Volunteer?
     
    The general conception is that people volunteer to charities for truly altruistic reasons. These are noble reasons but you can also benefit personally by doing philanthropy. Time spent working for charities comes back in multiple ways.
     
    Some people come from the notion that a volunteer should not get anything for their service. It is almost like saying that the act of charity should be done while feeling terrible. Not sure where they pick this notion up, because here are some reasons why volunteering benefits the giver as well as the receiver.

    • Career Reasons– you get experience in different areas. This experience can be gained rapidly compared to opportunities at work. You get to develop new skills and make new career contacts unwatched by the boss and having to study new manuals during the weekend!
    • Social Reasons – to do your part improving the community. Maybe you get to spend time with seniors, or feeding the poor, improvements to community come in small steps.
    • Health Reasons - Volunteering opens your eyes to how good you have it. Sometimes the ability to shift your mental focus off of your problems helps break the cycle your thoughts were in trying to figure a way out of the problem. The sheer distraction from that downward spiral is one of the best reasons I can think of to volunteer.
    • Helper High – Many people report that when they have finished helping others or working for the greater good there is a general uplifting feeling they experience. The feeling is referred to as a “helpers high.”
    • Esteem – To feel like one is making a difference. There’s nothing wrong with feeling like your effort is needed and you are making a contribution.
    • Spiritual Reasons - Consider that most people find themselves in need in one point in their lives. You can think of it as Karma/Gratitude/Restitution for gifts given but for some volunteering is being spiritually thankful.

    All of these things happen for you. You receive all these hidden gifts plus the fact that your work is concentrated on other needy people. Maybe the reason that Christmas is the most peaceful time of the year is because we become focused on other people more?
     
    In the second part of this volunteering series we’ll look at volunteering statistics. What country, gender, and age group contributes the most?

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