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How To Pick The Right Fundraising Product

Event Fundraising Ideas

Getting Your Fundraiser Noticed

Ways To Motivate Your Group

How To Reach Your Financial Goals

Direct Sale Products vs. Order Taker Fundraisers

How To Choose A Fundraising Company

Top Ten Tips For Fundraising Success

The Scoop on Cookie Dough Fundraisers

Tony Poderis
Starting A Fundraising Campaign

Funding Sources and Prospects:

Tapping The Philanthropic Well

In Search Of The Elusive Major Giver

Rating And Evaluating Prospects: Whom Do You Ask For How Much?

Annual Fund Giving & 'Getting' Guidelines

Organizing a Campaign:

How To Recruit Your Volunteer Fund-Raising Team

12 Things You Should Know About Setting A Capital Campaign Goal

For Want Of A Campaign Solicitation Kit A Campaign Was Lost

Managing a Campaign:

Designing A Communications Plan To Enhance Your Fundraising Campaign

The Name Is The Game: Memberships And Named Gifts

Asking for the Money: If You Don't Ask You Won't Get

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Fundraising Tips:

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First Time Fundraising Tips

These quick and simple tips for first time fundraisers will get you on track and on your way to the first of many successful fundraisers.

  1. Decide how Much Money Your Group Needs To Raise

    This will help you evaluate products and programs that will be ideal for your group.

  2. Watch For Hidden Costs

    Don't let your group's profits disappear because of hidden costs (ex. shipping, prizes).

  3. Give Yourself And Your Group Lots Of Time To Prepare

    Select your fundraising program early. This will give you lots of time to plan. Include your fundraiser on the school or community calendars and newsletters.

  4. Timing

    Make sure to stagger the various fundraisers to avoid flooding your potential consumers and to avoid competing with other fundraisers.

  5. Set Up Specific Dates And Stick To Them

    If you avoid setting clear target dates the campaign tends to drag on and often without direction.

  6. Try To Conduct Fewer And More Effective Programs

    This will help maintain motivation and avoid "fundraising fatigue".

  7. Rely On Your Fundraising Company's Expertise

    Ask lots of questions and use your fundraising company's suggestions and advice.

  8. Stay Motivated Throughout The Program

    Some organizers tend to lose interest once the program is underway. Put a 10-12 day time limit on order taking. It's easier to stay motivated with clear goals and deadlines.

  9. Communicate Clearly Before, During And After The Program Is Put In Place

    Keep energy levels high by reminding parents, teachers and other volunteers of the fundraising goals and deadlines.

  10. Avoid Shipping And Ordering Problems

    Work closely with your volunteers and assure their order forms are legible and filled out completely.

  11. Keep Copies Of The Order Forms

    Always keep copies of the order forms before you send them to your fundraising company.

  12. Recruit Adult Volunteers Ahead Of Time

    This will make the distribution of the products to the volunteers more efficient.

  13. Double Check Products Received Against Your Order Forms

    This needs to be done before the products are given to the volunteers to ensure that nothing is damaged or missing.

  14. Keep Absent Volunteers Informed

    Don't forget to communicate the program's kick off and other important meetings to absent volunteers.

  15. Have Fun!

    A good attitude = better success.

Great Ideas

Small Town Poker Tour

Pulver Enterprises Gambles on a Charity Poker Tournament

Grants Pass' Great American Duck Race & Bearfest 2003

Turbo Charging Your Next Fundraiser with Mini Turtles

Bling Bling in Boston for Kids with Diabetes

Ridgefield Playhouse's Benefit Auction And Concert


Mission Fish: Sell Donated Items At Auction

ISOLDit: Charity Auctions Made Easy


Selling Products For The Cause

BJ's Wholesale Club: Earn $5 For Each Membership Sold

Lunch Box Comics: A Healthy Fundraising Alternative

The Dancing Gourmet

Dandy Don's Homemade Ice Cream


InsiderPages: Raise Money By Reviewing Local Businesses

Volunteer Match: Connect Volunteers With The Cause Ideas For Forming A Non-Profit

TechSoup: Make Technology Work For Your Cause

Lennon Legacy Lives On With a Little Help From Many Friends


Cause Marketing: Partner Your Cause With Business

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