When the Holidays are over, my oldest boy’s Competition team will still need to earn money. In fact, they need to aggressively earn money to travel to Regional and National Competitions. Let me tell you, it can be extremely difficult to put on a good fundraiser. After all, not everyone is like the Girl Scouts of America. When people see their banners at the grocery store, most people are ready to buy a box of cookies. However, other fundraising efforts may not be as obvious or as easy. Fortunately, the following tips can help you raise money and have a successful fundraiser.
First, make sure that people know about your fundraiser. One of the reasons the Girl Scouts are successful with their cookies is because they have been doing it for years. People look forward to their cookies and are often anxious to purchase a few boxes. Since your fundraiser may not be as well known, you will need to give it the publicity it deserves. You can make a custom sign or vinyl banner to develop interest, create a social media fan page, and produce an email marketing blast. These are great ways to advertise and spread the word about your fundraiser.
Quality Versus Quantity
Next, when it comes to fundraisers, it is better to plan one large one instead of several small ones. This allows you to spend your time making the fundraiser really amazing. Also, when you do too many little things, you often get tired. Most people begin to feel overworked. When this happens, profits from these fundraisers begin to drop.
Get Help From the People You Are Helping
Another important thing to do is get help from the people you are helping. For example, if you are helping raise money for a school, make sure that everyone at the school is involved. The students that go to the school should be given a job. The parents and teachers can help out as well. This will eliminate some of your burden and maximize your success from the fundraiser.
Choose the Right Time
When you plan the fundraiser, make sure to pick a time that fits well for the community. Otherwise, people might not attend. In general, the following events should be avoided:
– High school sports
– School dances
– Vacation weekends
However, if your fundraiser coincides with one of these events, then it makes sense to plan it on that date. For example, some people have a fundraiser at the high school football game to raise money for their team. They might sell baked goods or team paraphernalia. Obviously it makes sense to have this type of fundraiser at the game. On the other hand, a fundraiser to raise money to cure cancer should be held at a different time.
Make it Exciting
Finally, have fun with your fundraiser. Sometimes people assume that fundraisers are boring. This does not have to be the case. They can be filled with entertainment, music, and activities. Consider having raffles, fun contests, and talent shows with prizes. These are a great way to involve people and encourage them to come and donate to the cause you are supporting.
Good luck with your fundraiser. Although fundraisers take a lot of work, they do a lot of good for many people. With these tips, you will be able to plan and host a wonderful fundraiser.