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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

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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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How To Choose A Fundraising Company

Whether you're a first time fundraiser or a veteran fundraiser, you'll be faced with the same decisions. One of them will be how to choose a fundraising company. It's difficult enough to plan a fundraiser, so make sure the company you choose works with you and isn't just in it for a quick sale. Below are some things to think about during your search and decision process.

Good Fundraising Companies Ask Questions

Good fundraising companies will need to know about your group to help you the best. This is what they should ask you:

  1. Your Group's Financial Goal

  2. Your Fundraising Timeline

  3. The Number Of Potential Participants And Their Ages

  4. Any Historical Info You Can Provide

    (e.g. past fundraisers, participation levels, successes and failures)

If they don't ask these questions, then they are not interested in your needs. It's in a good company's best interest to care and help make your fundraiser a success. They are looking to build customer loyalty and they want to generate repeat business.

Important Things To Know About A Fundraising Company

  1. How long has the company been in business?

  2. How many years of experience does the company representative have in fundraising?

  3. Do they listen to your needs and are easy to work with? If so, then they will help you later if problems arise?

  4. Are their products of high quality? If so, then your fundraiser will raise more with less hassle?

  5. What is the percentage profit of sales? Although the percentage profit is important, there are many other factors that need to be considered (product quality, shipping included, time saving help).

  6. What services are available to save you and your volunteers time and energy? Does the company provide checklists, collection envelopes, tally sheets and pre-sorting?

  7. Are products paid for in advance or upon delivery? Will they work with you on a fair payment option?

  8. Is there an incentive or prize program? If so, who pays for it?

  9. How are products shipped and when? Who pays the freight?

  10. What is the policy regarding damaged or unsold product? What about back orders?

  11. Can the company provide references?

Once you find a fundraising company that matches up to the points above, you'll ensure better success on your next fundraiser and many fundraisers to come.

Great Ideas

Small Town Poker Tour

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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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