When it comes to practical fundraising and fund raisers, it is typically the
same people who volunteer time after time, people like you, and perhaps at this stage it would be a good time
to thank you for all your hard work in the past, and hopefully for all your hard work in the future! Without
your dedication, many groups, whether it's children's groups or churches, little league teams or charities,
would not have all the funds available that they currently do. So keep up the good work, and we'll try to
Fundraising is an ongoing activity for many groups, and this means that it is
especially important to choose fundraisers that are fun for people, and may be a little different, so that
you can all get some enjoyment out of the process of fundraising while making much needed funds for the group
of your choice. Volunteers can soon become discouraged, and this will result in a less successful fundraising
So you need to use everyone's time wisely, and this means you have to make sure
you are well organized in advance, and that you use your time wisely too. This site will help you to do that,
so take a thorough look at Practical Fundraising, its advice and its suggestions, and then put all this
information to use as you plan your next fundraisers. Good luck to you all!
It's My Turn--Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Successful Fund Raising.
Oh, no! Yep, this year it's your turn to conceive, organize, recruit volunteers, and
administer your organization's biggest fund raiser. Every year fund raising ideas help thousands of
communities across America raise millions of dollars for schools, sports teams, fraternal organizations,
Scouting programs, charitable organizations and churches. Fund raising projects span a wide range, from
selling lollipops and candy bars to donkey basketball and kissing the pig contests. Coming up with profitable
fund raisers can be a tough process.
Do not lose sight of the two primary goals of fund raisers: to make money for your
organization and to have FUN. Many people, both young and old, grow weary of fund raising projects and simply
give up. Do not consider this option! Find a fund raiser that will not only make a profit, but will also
excite and stimulate the volunteers or participants. Build in fun goals, offer fun incentives, take and
display oodles of pictures (everybody likes to see their picture), and plan fun wrap-up activities--a
barbecue, touch football game, Frisbee golf, swimming party, etc.
Fund raising projects can essentially be broken down into two broad categories: brochure fund
raisers, and direct sale fund raisers. Brochure fund raisers are relatively profitable, fairly simple to
organize, and almost risk-free since you do not have to purchase any products for resale. You can offer a
vast array of products (from Christmas wrap and tulip bulbs, to magazine subscriptions and CDs) via color
brochures to your family, friends, neighbors and business associates. It's also recommended that fund raisers
offer their brochures in the general business community.
Direct sale fund raising involves selling products like candy bars, cookie dough or pizza
kits. We are all familiar with thin mint chocolate cookies and Boy Scout popcorn. There are hundreds, if not
thousands, of distributors and vendors pushing a huge selection of products and programs to groups who are
looking to raise money for a specific cause. And they are easy to find using the Internet.
Practical Fundraising covers some of the options that are available to you on its
other pages, so have a browse through this site and see if you can find something that suits you
and your volunteers. Then have fun while you put these ideas into practice. Happy
fundraising! ~Site Editor
The BIG question: how do you decide? That's entirely up to you and your group. There is no
single answer, no "one size fits all" solution to that fund raising question. Do you expect active
involvement from all the members of your organization (like a car wash), or will a few volunteers be expected
to do a lion's share of the work? Fund raising events vary in cost, complexity and the final results are
based on a host of factors that may be difficult to control--for example, there is no ice on the lake for
your planned ice fishing derby or it pours rain on your car wash.
The most important tip--keep the FUN in your fund raising! Show appreciation to all portions
of your organization and support base. Blend in food and fun--use a cake walk to sell a portion of your
donated goods at a bake sale, for example. And you can't say thank you often enough to your supporters and
Whether you are selling Krispy Kremes for your church group or running a "dunk tank" at the
local fair to support the volunteer fire department--best wishes for big profits!
Larry Denton is a retired history teacher having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson,
Montana. He is currently Vice President of Elfin Enterprises, Inc., an Internet business providing
information and valuable resources on a variety of timely topics. For a carnival booth full of
resources, tips, and suggestions about fund raising, visit http://www.FundRaisingFolks.com
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