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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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Fundraising Tips:

Six Ways To Motivate Your Fundraising Group

A little motivation can go a long way. Motivate your group with prizes, prizes and more prizes without it costing a lot!

  1. Intangible Rewards

    Rewards with no cash value are proven motivators and provide great entertainment. A few examples include:

      Pie Throwing: allow the participants to throw cream pies at the organizers' faces if the goal is reached! (you might not like this one but it usually gets the money raised)

      Camp Out: have the principal camp out on the roof of the school or the group leader(s) camp out somewhere awkward if the goal is achieved. Set an even bigger goal to extend the number of days they must camp out there.

      Activity of Choice: let your group have an activity of their choice that replaces their normal schedule (for example: a free afternoon of sports activities in the school yard instead of class)


  2. Raffles And Prize Draws

    For each small goal attained (ex. for every 10 units sold or $100 in sales reached) the participant gets their name put in the raffle for various merchandise. The more they sell, the more times they can have their name put in the raffle and the more chances they have to win.

  3. Grand Prize For Your Top Seller

    Reward your top seller with a Grand Prize. It may be a computer, a bike, movie tickets, cash or anything else that inspires your group members. Don't get carried away and offer something your group can't afford.

  4. Rewards For Top Class or Team

    This is a great way to motivate team work in your group. If you're a small group, you can create teams by putting your members in groups of twos, threes or fours. If you're a school you can do it by class and if you're a league simply do it by team. You can offer the best selling group a free pizza party, a field trip outing to the place of their choice... ask them what they'd like. Try an ice cream social, everybody likes ice cream! Read about an ice cream social here.

  5. Completion Prizes For Individuals

    Offering individual completion prizes is very because they motivate and reward everyone in your organization. Offer a completion gift once your member raises a certain amount. For example: Receive $10 cash for every $100 of product sold. Other completion prizes may be a gift certificate to a music, video, book, or sports store.

  6. Reward Your Early Birds

    To help move your fundraiser along, you can offer early bird prizes to the first, second and third person who reaches a specific objective by a certain deadline. For example: if you launch the fundraiser on Monday, you can say the first three people that generate $100 in sales or more by Friday will receive a $15 gift certificate.

Also Remember:

    Ask Sponsors for Prizes: You can get many prizes for free by simply asking your local restaurants, sports, book and music stores, as well as other local retailers. Tell them what it's for and offer to mention their name in the parent letter and at the campaign launch.

    Choose the Right Rewards: What could be worse than no incentives and rewards? Investing in rewards which simply don't motivate your members! Make sure the rewards you choose are relevant to your member's age group and interests. Ask them what they'd like to receive as incentives given a certain budget.






Great Ideas
Events

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

Auctions

Mission Fish: Sell Donated Items At Auction

ISOLDit: Charity Auctions Made Easy

Products

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

Resources

InsiderPages: Raise Money By Reviewing Local Businesses

Volunteer Match: Connect Volunteers With The Cause

Grassroots.org: Ideas For Forming A Non-Profit

TechSoup: Make Technology Work For Your Cause

Lennon Legacy Lives On With a Little Help From Many Friends

Marketing

Cause Marketing: Partner Your Cause With Business


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