Fundraisers can be extremely stressful, even though fun is included in their name. Many schools and organizations rely on successful fundraisers to pay for programs, supplies, and events that budget funds can’t pay for. Without fundraising, many schools would suffer a great deal! How can you ensure that your school or business fundraiser is successful? Here are some quick tips to get you started.
Why Are You Fundraising?
Just like with many projects, you can’t start planning a successful fundraiser until you know why you are doing the fundraising. What is the purpose of your event? Is the goal of your school’s annual carnival to raise publicity or reward students for their good behavior over the past year? Many times, organizations waste their time conducting fundraisers that aren’t really meant to be fundraisers at all. By figuring out the true goal of the event you are going to be holding, you can determine the best ways to fundraise at it.
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
After you have decided what the purpose of the event is going to be, you need to set fundraising goals for the event. How much money do you need to raise at the event? Are you hoping to raise one set amount during the course of a day or hoping to secure pledges that will last you throughout the year? The amount of money that you want to fundraise should always be the amount you hope to have after any and all event expenses are subtracted.
Every successful fundraiser has not just one strong leader at the top, but also many strong leaders at every level of the planning. Whether a person is on the host committee or simply a chair of a lower committee, everyone involved should be highly motivated, skilled, and determined to reach the fundraising goal. Everyone involved should also be prepared to lead by example and donate a certain amount themselves. Host committees can be comprised of almost anyone, including established donors, local business owners, community leaders, or celebrities. Host committees should be focused on one thing—meeting your fundraising goal.
Challenge 4 Kids Can Help Your Kids Achieve Fundraising Success!
Challenge 4 Kids is a dynamic program aiming to support the schools that provide the educational foundation every child needs today and shape young people into the leaders and movers-and-shakers of tomorrow. We utilize L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Effective Communications, Attitude, and Development of People Skills) principles to help your kids grow as individuals and fundraise for your school. To learn more about how we can help your school and your child achieve fundraising success, contact us online or give us a call at (443) 429-4356. To get more fun ideas for your family and fundraising, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest!
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