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How to Plan Your Charity Fundraiser Effectively - Raise Funds and Raise Awareness!
A successful charity fundraiser for your special cause is one that allows you to reach your profit goal AND spread awareness of your cause in your neighborhood. Consider the fundraising tips and ideas below, to help you accomplish your fundraising milestones:
Decide on the Ideal Fundraiser!
- Are you fundraising alone or as a group? If you’re fundraising all by yourself, you need to inquire about the smallest order size for some of the products. You don’t want to wind up with left-over inventory, because it will eat away at your profits. JustFundraising.com has numerous fundraising products that have a minimum order of just 1 case for about a $100 cost - from lollipops, to beef jerky, Hershey’s candy and much more. Along with this, there’s never any shipping and handling fee! If you’re a group, you can take advantage of some volume savings, so you’ll profit much more.
- Are you providing products they really would like? If you’re raising income for a women’s special cause, maybe re-usable shopping bags, flower bulbs or flavorful cookie dough would be appealing? If you’re raising profit for a men’s nonprofit, try beef sticks, or various spicy, salty and sweet nuts and snack food items!
- Bad pricing equals bad sales! Choosing the right product includes choosing one with the right price. We’ve realized that $10 gourmet cookie dough, in some areas, sells 2 to 3 times more in comparison with the $14-$15 larger format cookie dough. However in other areas, we`ve found the sales to be unaffected by the price point. Sometimes, in more prosperous cities, $20 products sell well, though in others, $20 items just don`t sell. Be certain that you’ve worked out the optimal price level for your community.
- Does your fundraiser product help to generate exposure of your non-profit? If creating more understanding and awareness for your special cause is significant to you, give thought to a build-your-own or personalized fundraiser product like custom discount cards, donation cards, personalized t-shirts, water bottles or pens, or similar products which can bear your logo and slogan. Generally, buying customizable products suggests that you need to buy a sizable amount, therefore if there are just one or two of you fundraising, stay away from customizable goods.
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- Establish clearly the reason why you're special cause is raising funds - this needs to be announced throughout your campaign, by using every one of your channels available to ensure that the sellers and supporters know what they’re putting their hard work and hard-earned dollars toward.
- Decide on how much money you realistically require to raise. If it’s a lot, think about breaking it down over a number fundraising campaigns or events.
- Identify who your volunteers and sellers will be, and the quantity each needs to sell, in order for you to realize your objective.
- Manage your helpers and sellers well - work with people who seem to be sentimentally connected to your charity, be precise with regards to their tasks and objectives, and don’t neglect to thank them and validate their efforts regularly.
- Establish all the key dates -kick-off day, collection dates, final date to submit all money raised, etc.
- Consider incentives for your volunteers and sellers - in many instances you won’t need to have any given that they’re assisting you because they believe in the cause and the whole purpose is to raise funds. Usually, recognition, a personal thank-you and the experience of reaching their target is more than sufficient.
Instruct Your Fundraising Members HOW and WHERE to Sell!
- Make certain your sellers have a copy of the ideal sales pitch and have them practice it several times on the day of your kick-off launch. Remind them that people’s generosity arises from being conscious of WHY you are fundraising!
- Consider having teens and adults sell door-to-door in your community, but be certain they are doing this in 2’s and 3’s.
- Remind them to ask office workers to help your non-profit.
- Tell them to speak with buddies via Facebook and other social sites and ask them to assist your fundraising project.
- Have your more outgoing volunteers set-up booths in super busy areas such as departmental stores, supermarkets, sports arenas - make sure to get approval first.
Generate Awareness for Your Special Cause Fundraiser!
- Get free advertising: Try to get donated advertising space in your local newspaper, on your community web site, and on any city controlled digital display.
- Use social media: If your charity has a web-site or Facebook page, take the opportunity to advise your volunteers, sellers, fans, followers and other likely supporters about your cause and HOW their financial support will have an impact!
- Your sellers: Make sure they detail your charity quickly but effectively, listing the top 1-3 key facts that you’d like your community to recall about your charity. Whether a person supports your fundraiser or not, give out them a simple flier explaining your charity - “3 things you should know about our cause” - it’s a terrific way to educate them and improve awareness!
- Customized fundraising products: Sell a fundraising product that has your brand and slogan on it. Scratch cards, custom savings cards, personalized pens, awareness bracelets and other customized merchandise are a great way to repeatedly remind your supporters of your non-profit.
- Identify the BEST spots to sell: You want to sell where your target market hangs out in large numbers - for instance, if you’re raising dollars for a kidney transplant consider setting up a booth at your most popular local shopping center, local sports stadiums and key family destinations.
Fundraising Safety Tips:
- Kids shouldn't fundraise house-to-house alone. They should always be accompanied by a parent.
- Teenagers and adults should fundraise in two’s or three’s and be sure they never enter someone’s house for any reason. It’s also good to keep one individual at the end of the driveway if perhaps they need to call for help.
- Don’t keep loads of money on you. Store it away now and again, prior to heading back out to raise funds for your special cause.
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