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A short note about fund raisers.
If you are looking to raise a couple hundred bucks, DO NOT hold a fund raiser, unless you are also considering the social value of the event. The best solution to raising a couple hundred bucks is simply to pass the hat. I would rather put $50.00 in a hat than spend the considerable amount of time and effort it takes to organize even the simpliest of fundraisers.

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Successful Fundraisers - Fundraising Tips & Ideas

"Elements of a fundraiser - maximize your success!"

There are too many to list each one here, but these are among the most important:

Strong leadership and organizational skills

Itís critical to have strong leadership for your fundraiser. Be sure that your chairperson has the time, energy, and personality to drive your sales efforts to the limit.

Your group also needs to select the best, most appropriate fundraiser and be well organized to execute successfully on each major step. Good communication is essential, particularly the instructions given to your participants.

Practice your sales pitch

Your sales group should rehearse their sales presentations in a role-playing scenario at least twice before making actual sales calls. Every contact is important. Each one should be approached in a professional manner with quality sales support materials that make decision-making a snap for each prospect.

If your primary participants are kids, remember that many children are shy by nature. When they are shy, they mumble, look at the ground, or forget what to say.

Obviously, you donít want them to do that, but have you taken the time to show and tell them how to do it right?

If you havenít, take the time to do so and make it a priority.

Have the right fundraiser

Choose whatís most appropriate for your target market. It will vastly increase your retained earnings. Good value in products (perceived and actual) is a must for successful long-term fundraising. Choose your offerings wisely and match their price range with community demographics.

Be sure to track your achievements each time against previous fundraising benchmarks. Keep good records over time of what works best so that others who assume your role later will benefit from your experience.

Try newer items for fundraisers

Some of the new varieties of fundraising ideas that are becoming popular are compilation (best of) CDís, online shopping rebates, gift certificates to local and national merchants, clothing catalogs, along with DVDís and video movies. These fundraisers offer the ability to tap into enormous pools of discretionary spending. See the Section on Best Fundraising Ideas for more ideas.

Planning and coordination

This is essential for all group activities. Begin assigning roles and responsibilities at least thirty days before your actual campaign begins and be sure to assign firm timelines to every task. Assign team leaders right away and meet regularly with your group or team leaders to ensure complete understanding of all relevant details by the respective leaders.

Be organized

Lack of organization can and usually will cost your group money in extra costs. Mistakes, lapses, oversights, misunderstandings with suppliers, order confusion, and duplication will eat into your hard earned profits, so get organized early to avoid them.

Divide the labor

A good rule of thumb is to allocate no more than fifteen hours of work to any individual. Itís necessary to avoid resentment and burnout by people being saddled with too many tasks. Other volunteer tasks can take much less time, but are just as critical to your success. Be sure to offer these volunteer positions for those who want to help, but donít have as much time to offer.

Follow all laws

Make sure to follow all state, local, and federal tax laws pertaining to non-profit fundraising. Consult the excellent content and constantly updated database at http://www.fundraisetaxlaw.com

Using a consultant

Professional fundraising consultants, also known as sales representatives, can be a big help. If thereís no additional cost to your organization, Iíd recommend using one. Only the largest suppliers have field sales reps and they can provide invaluable assistance, particularly if you lack experience. They can provide a variety of choices, advice on what works elsewhere, help coordinate events, and offer planning assistance.

Consider the competition

Other organizations supporting good causes are directly competing with your organization. Emphasize in your communications to your participants (and possibly in your sales script) what differentiates you from your competition. Never say anything negative about any other group.

As an enthusiastic consumer of Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints rule!), I know that several Girl Scouts will approach me each year to buy cookies. I plan my buying accordingly and buy only a portion of my yearly cookie purchase from each Girl Scout. Donít do a cookie dough fundraiser when the Girl Scouts are actively selling.

Similarly, try not to offer the same thing everyone else is. Otherwise, many potential supporters will have committed to buying their gift wrap, for example, from another organization. This is one of the main reasons why you want an alternate or supplemental offering in your sellerís toolbox.

Other considerations

There are many other considerations involved in fundraising, including the benefits it provides for participants, what size revenue stream to tap, and how selling higher-priced items takes only slightly more effort with much better results.

Fundraising provides benefits for participants:

  • Often first introduction to volunteer work
  • Sense of belonging to a greater group
  • Achieving goals through teamwork
  • Learn community service and other life lessons
  • Personal growth via helping others
  • Becoming a good citizen and making good choices
  • Reinforces positive behaviors such as selflessness
  • Active involvement lowers propensity for alcohol/drug use

So, pay attention to these elements of a successful fundraiser, but don't forget about the benefits of participation!

Maximize Your Fundraising Results

To maximize your fundraising results, you need t have a plan and work that plan. Spend some time with your leadership group strategizing about how various offerings will be received by your potential supporters. Design a sales effort that leverages your group's strengths and expands your reach deeper into the community.

Here are some important points to consider:

  • Tap bigger revenue streams
  • Sell higher-priced items
  • Make it timely
  • Avoid doing too many fundraisers

Tap bigger revenue streams

Your potential supporters spend money on both necessities and non-luxury goods. Consider selling gift certificates for restaurants, groceries, gas, entertainment, clothing, hardware, etc. The profit percentage is less, but if you structure it right, everyone can be a supporter through their regular expenditures. You can also offer these through your web site year round.

Sell higher-priced items

Theyíll net you more funds than lower priced items. Example: Youíd have to sell ten $1 candy bars to net the same amount as one $10 item such as a CD. Ask yourself how many people will buy ten candy bars versus how many will buy one or more CDís. Donít forget that almost all of your participants will be selling to ten prospects or less.

Donít waste your sales effort; focus on maximizing your results!

Points to remember:

  • Sell whatís easy to sell
  • Make it easy to buy
  • Make product offerings easy to choose
  • Plan in detail to maximize revenues from each fundraising drive and each sales opportunity within it.
  • Place a strong focus on looking at everything with an eye toward maximizing your net profit.
  • Something new and different catches the attention better than SOSDY (same old stuff, different year).
  • Consider offering items with broad appeal (multi-unit sales) such as those that can be given as gifts.
  • Catalog sales offer the biggest variety and the best chance for larger overall dollar volume.
Make it timely

Selling gift-wrap in November is more effective than selling it in the spring. Likewise, donít sell cookie dough against Girl Scout Cookies. Chocolate in the summertime is problematic. Donít settle for less than the right mix of high quality goods at the right prices (cost and retail), along with something new.
Always remember: Quality + variety + something new = better bottom line

Avoid doing too many fundraisers

Doing three major fundraisers along with some combination of service or special event programs works well. Consider supplementing your major campaigns with a new product catalog, even if youíre already planning a catalog sale anyway. A second catalog offers additional purchase options and supplemental revenue from each sales opportunity. Compiled from www.fundraiserhelp.com

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Car Wash 

    Discovery (3-5)  Adventure (6-8)  Expedition (9-12) 
  Physical - 5 Fun Rating - 2 Safety Rating - 4 Overall - 1
Location:Near any water source.
Equipment:Buckets, towels, soap, signs, rags, vacuum.

There are several different ways to hold a car wash. If you are offering it as a service to your church members on a wednesday or sunday night, have them place a paper on their winshield and leave the keys in their car. This identifies the car and allows you to move it to the wash area during church so when they come back out the car is clean. Of course gas stations some times will allow you to hold a car wash in their side lot.   

Price Chopper Coupon Books 

  RangerKids (K-2)  Discovery (3-5)  Adventure (6-8)  Expedition (9-12) 
  Physical - 2 Fun Rating - 2 Safety Rating - 3 Overall - 5
Location:Neighborhood Houses

Our local grocery store offers coupons books that we purchase for $1.00 each. We sell them for $5.00. We make 4 dollars on each book we sell. Some boys have sold over 400 books!!! I usually require that each boy sell 20 books. I do this in one of several ways. I either have the parrent buy the books, then they in turn have their sons sell them to get their money back. Or get a firm commitment from the boy and the parent that the books will be sold. I also offer prizes for the most books sold in each age group. Always tell the boys to travel in pairs. Never sell alone!!   

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