8 ways to FUNdraise
Posted: Thu, Jan 16, 2014
Thinking of fundraising for your AQ trip? It can be hard to get the ball rolling with ideas, but here are some tips and tricks to help you reach your goal.Weve seen fundraising happen in all different forms and one thing weve learned is you just have to keep at it!.Here are our top 8 tips on fundraising…
1) Get Organized.
Lists, spreadsheets, vision boards, etc are all great tools to keep your events and your hard earned funds organized. Creating a spreadsheet with all expenses youll need to raise that also counts your funding as it comes in is a good way to see your progress as it happens. Go ahead; give yourself a pat on the back once in awhile. Visualizing the end goal helps keep up your motivation. Cardboard, magazine cuttings, inspirational words and photos are the makings of a beautiful vision board. Hang it in a place youll see it every day and youre done. Yes, another pat on the back.
2) Dont Knock the Good Ole Favorites.
Bake Sales, lemonade stands, car washes and garage sales have all withstood the sands of time and theres a reason. They are fantastic ways to get the community involved. With a little bit of elbow grease, planning, and organization theres potential to create a successful event. Getting the word out there is important and there are many different outlets. Flyers, social media, newspaper, schools, are all places to recruit foot traffic for your event.
3) Speak Out.
Have literature, posters, and photos available of what youre fundraising for. Be ready to talk about your mission. How will this experience change your life? What are you most excited about? Folks want to know why theyre giving money to a fundraiser so be prepared.
4) It Pays to Be Social.
The web has plenty of resources available to take fundraising to the next level. A great example is gofundme.com This site allows you to create a profile, accept donations, and share your mission with anyone. With all the social media sites available it has become very easy to get those out-of-towners involved in your fundraiser, especially if they can donate online.
5) Birthdays are Fun.
Let family and friends know instead of gifts, donations to your fundraiser would be greatly appreciated. This can also work for holidays such as Christmas, Chanukah, Easter, etc. Donations towards the fundraiser are top priority.
6) Creativity is Key.
A simple loose change jar centrally placed in your home can rack up some serious funds. Dont be afraid to be creative with your ideas. Let your personality shine. If you and your friends want to play soccer in super hero costumes for a few bucksdo it! Have a talent (even a weird talent)? Whistle a tune for a $1.
7) Say Thanks.
Once its all said and done be sure to thank those that helped out. Whether you create your own Thank You card or send a post card from your trip it is crucial to send it. Folks will appreciate it and trust me; they are wondering how your fundraiser went. Saying thank you not only benefits the receiver, but it will give you the warm and fuzzies.
8) Have Fun.
Yup, this one is easy. Be you, have fun, be with friends, and smilea lot. A smile and a fun personality makes others happy so spread the happy and maybe even make some more money along with it.
Let the fundraising begin! Of course there are many, many, many other ways to raise money and were interested to see what you come up with. Share your ideas and event photos on Facebook. Good luck!