How to Inspire More Donations at Your Next Event

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Of course, nonprofit fundraising events can also help you raise more money for your cause. Here are four strategies for opening the door to more donations at your next event: Auctions & Raffles: Auctions, games and raffles are a popular way to raise even more money at your fundraising event. The best raffles and auctions feature items that tie back to your cause or reflect your community’s unique interests. Fundraising Events Inspiration Events

10 Charity Fundraising Events to Raise Large Amounts of Money

Fundraiser Ideas

When your charitable cause needs large amounts of money, charity fundraising events can be your best option. The following are 10 charity fundraising events that, if implemented correctly, are sure to raise large amounts of money for your organization: Charity walk. Big name charities, like the American Cancer Society, use charity walks as one of their primary charity fundraising events. Instead of gathering donations, runners pay an entry fee to compete in this charity run.

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10 Good Fundraising Ideas for the Novice Fundraiser

Fundraiser Ideas

You don’t have to be a professional to be successful at fundraising. In fact, some of the best fundraisers are so easy anyone can organize them! The following are 10 good fundraising ideas for the novice fundraiser. 50/50 Raffle – This is number one on our list of 10 good fundraising ideas for novice fundraisers for several reasons, but chief among them is its ease; the only material you really need to get this fundraiser going is a roll of raffle tickets.

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10 Exciting Fundraising Ideas for Sports Teams

Fundraiser Ideas

Whatever the reason your team needs to raise money, here are 10 exciting fundraising ideas for sports teams: Fast Pitch Fundraiser – This is a great fundraiser for baseball teams. Organize your fundraiser at a time when lots of other teams will be in attendance, such as during a tournament. Whoever is the fastest in each age group wins a prize donated by local merchants. Again, a participation fee is the best way to make money with this fundraiser.

Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops {Book Review}

J Campbell Social Marketing

I had no formal fundraising training when I took my first job as a director of development – and I really wish that this book had been around to guide me! Many fundraising books spend a lot of time on the importance of fundraising.

11 Ways Nonprofits Can Reach Donors on #GivingTuesday

J Campbell Social Marketing

Determine your fundraising goal and announce your project. Determine a fundraising goal and have a big announcement explaining your participation in #GivingTuesday. Do you already have fundraising or awareness events scheduled for the last quarter of the year?

Planning a fundraising event? Read this.

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

If you’re in the midst of hosting an event this spring, or are thinking of planning one for later this year, we’ve just released an updated edition of our fundraising events guide. Don’t have a mobile-friendly donation solution? It’s event season!

10 Ways to Creatively Ask Friends and Family for Money

Fundraiser Ideas

“Oh no, here she comes with another solicitation for money for a fundraiser.”. I always felt like my friends and family felt obligated to give me money when I was doing a fundraiser. In the beginning of my fundraising days though, it just didn’t work out that way. It made me want to bow my head in shame whenever I wanted to ask them for a donation. Creative Way #1: Replace a Gift with a Donation. Creative Way #4: Sacrifice for a Donation.

Don’t Let Your Fundraising Be One-and-Done

Ann Green

I’m also not a fan of one-and-done in fundraising, but it seems to happen a lot. According to The Fundraising Effectiveness Report, the retention rate for first-time donors was 23% in 2014. 2014 Fundraising Effectiveness Project Survey Report .

10 Ideas for Fundraising You Cannot Afford to Miss

Fundraiser Ideas

One of the best ways to boost the visibility and financial stability of your nonprofit or charitable organization is by designing and implementing exciting, original ideas for fundraising activities. These ideas can range from simple fundraising letters to elaborate gala events and numerous other activities that fall somewhere in between. Here are 10 ideas for fundraising your organization cannot afford to overlook. Related posts: The Top 10 Free Fundraising Ideas.

10 Simple Fundraiser Ideas for Small Groups

Fundraiser Ideas

When people think of fundraising, they often think of a large organization hosting a huge event. Following are 10 simple fundraiser ideas for small groups. Bake Sale – A bake sale is one of the easiest fundraiser ideas for small groups to pull off. 50/50 Raffle – You only need one person to sell tickets to make a 50/50 raffle a success. Of course, having a few people working the crowd to sell tickets will make your raffle even more successful.

Size Matters – When to Write Long, or Short

Getting Attention

The sharp folks at Marketing Experiments have shared this crystal-clear matrix to help you determine how long your fundraising or marketing copy should be for greatest impact. Shorter copy is the way to go for asks like these: Supporting a friend for $25 or less in a fundraising run or walk.

Does Amazon's new "Smile" mean a windfall for your nonprofit's year-end fundraising?

Fundraising Coach

I''m not a fan of "fundraising sales" like cookie dough, pizza kits, wrapping paper, raffle tickets, or popcorn. I think they do have a place in the realm of fundraising. c) The Fundraising Coach, LLC. Twitter for Nonprofits and Fundraising.

10 Christmas Fundraising Ideas Guaranteed to Spread Holiday Cheer

Fundraiser Ideas

The following Christmas fundraising ideas are designed to not only help your organization raise much-needed funds but also spread holiday cheer in the process. There’s no need to wait for the holidays to start the second of our Christmas fundraising ideas. Turkey, ham and all the trimmings are involved in our tastiest of Christmas fundraising ideas. Add Christmas-themed raffle items for more holiday fundraising. The Top 22 Art Fundraising Ideas.

#FUNDRAISING: Maximizing Your Organization’s Return on Fundraising Events

Non Profit Marketing 360

For her previous posts on institutional fundraising, please click here. My prediction: your fundraising results will surprise you. We’ve all worked with fundraising committees to make what seems like that 1,000th call for that 100 th silent auction item. Fundraisers non gratis.

Credit Card Processing for a Fundraising Campaign

A Small Change

If your nonprofit is doing any kind of fundraising, there’s a good chance you may be considering processing donations and payments with credit and debit cards. You can even get setup to take recurring donations on a monthly basis from your core supporters.


Taming the Special Event Monster

Fundraising Coach

Not really; we all know that producing fundraisers is stressful. My clients tell me they find the sheer volume of work involved in creating a fundraiser intimidating. Base these goals on your organization’s past fundraising history and current untapped assets.

Haiti one year on – the view from an online donor’s doormat

Giving in a Digital World

A year ago this month, along with millions of others world-wide, I donated online in response to the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti. Email Online Campaigning Online fundraising Bryan Miller Email fundraising Online advocacy Online Emergency Fundraising

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10 Simple Fundraising Ideas for Clubs

Fundraiser Ideas

Fundraising is a very important function for clubs. However, your fundraisers don’t have to be complex to be successful. Following are 10 simple fundraising ideas for clubs. Flower Bulb Fundraiser – Lots of people love flowers! A flower bulb fundraiser involves taking orders for flower bulbs from your family, friends, and neighbors for their gardens. Candy Bar Fundraiser – Your club can make a lot of money selling candy bars. Easy Fundraising Other

10 Engaging Office Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Following are 10 engaging office fundraising ideas the entire company can enjoy. Day off raffle. Items can be purchased by the employees in the department and/or find local vendors to donate goods and services. To add a little competition to this office fundraising idea, have a judging panel select the best basket and offer a prize to the winning department. This is one of the easiest and most ecologically-friendly fundraisers. Buy-your-boss raffle.

#PHILANTHROPY: What Might Inspire People To Give To Your Charity?

Non Profit Marketing 360

The year’s fundraising drives are laid out before you and your colleagues. Here is an audio podcast of their ideas about fundraising from NPR’s Marketplace : What Makes a Donor Donate? Takeaways: first-and-foremost, offer a raffle!

The Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

As school budgets tighten across the country, school fundraising becomes an increasingly critical pursuit. Whether funds are needed to build a new playground or maintain an arts program, effective fundraising can dramatically impact the quality of a child’s education. What follows are our top 10 school fundraising ideas: Corporate sponsorship. Donate a brick. There is a brick fundraising company listed in our fundraising company directory.

10 Cheap Fundraising Ideas for When Money is Tight

Fundraiser Ideas

Luckily, fundraising doesn’t necessarily have to involve high amounts of upfront capital. The following are 10 cheap fundraising ideas for when money is tight: 50/50 raffle – This is one of the best cheap fundraising ideas, because the only cost to the organization is a roll of raffle tickets. Sell raffle tickets to donors and split the money evenly with the winner. In this cheap fundraising idea, the only cost involved is your time.

Science of Giving 4: Do donation pledges ease the pain of parting with our money?

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

As noted in previous posts, the book is packed with interesting findings for fundraisers and nonprofit marketing folks, but the content is in the form of academic research papers. So they ask: can you reduce this pain - and increase donations - by having people precommit to giving? The authors take up this question, and point out that there’s a difference between donating money we have right now and pledging money we theoretically will have in the future.

Fundraising Tips for Twestival Local 2011 Organizers

Fundraising Coach

I’m pleased to be providing fundraising coaching for Twestival organizers around the world. Fundraising Tips for Local Twestivals. 9 Fundraising Tips for Twestival Organizers. Team up with others, fundraising is more fun in groups! 5 Fundraising Basics.

[Guest Post] Special events: Make them worth the effort

Fundraising Coach

Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to Clover Frederick , a fundraising and marketing expert from Lincoln, Nebraska. I love her idea of fundraising events being a “22-hour piñata”! by Clover Frederick: Fundraiser & Marketer on a Mission.

#Interview: Marc Pitman, Owner of the “Fundraising Coach” Blog, Author, and Fundraising Consultant

Non Profit Marketing 360

Pitman writes the Fundraising Coach blog , in addition to writing books, giving seminars, engaging in social media and consulting with clients. Is fear that real for that many fundraisers? I think some fundraisers do experience that. With fundraising there’s nowhere to hide.

Why You Need a Fundraising Thermometer and Five Places You Can Get One for Free

Fundraiser Ideas

Just Google “fundraising ideas” and you’ll begin to understand that there are an ever-increasing number of fundraisers out there today. From traditional magazine sales and candy bars to basket raffles and office perks auctions, there are numerous fundraising ideas out there that are sure to meet your organization’s unique fundraising needs. This graphic depiction offers benefits to all of the stakeholders in the fundraising campaign.

Free Business Cards for Your Organization and Fundraising Events

Fundraiser Ideas

This is not a fundraising idea , but it is likely that it will be useful to many individuals and organizations that actively fundraise. In addition to serving as a source of contact information, business cards (especially when free ), can serve as a promotional tool for your fundraising events. Any group interested in fundraising is naturally interested in saving money as well (or should be). Free Business Cards as a Promotional Tool for Fundraising Events.

10 Fundraising Ideas for Schools You Can’t Afford to Miss

Fundraiser Ideas

With budget cuts being more and more frequent for schools nationwide, fundraising for extracurricular programs has become increasingly important. Active fundraising is a perfect way for schools to raise money for new uniforms, trips or new equipment. The following are 10 fundraising ideas for schools you can’t afford to miss: Discount Cards – Discount cards are a popular fundraising idea for schools. Related posts: 10 Raffle Ideas You Can’t Afford to Miss.

6 Simple Tips for Outstanding Charity Events

Fundraiser Ideas

Planning engaging and crowd-pleasing charity events is a must if you are going to increase donations to your cause and generate meaningful financial support to your organization. Whether the occasion is a spaghetti dinner fundraiser or a formal gala event, your charity or nonprofit can achieve better results with well-planned and well-organized events. If your organization is planning a tailgate party or barbecue, you should plan on numerous smaller donations.


Grow your email list without spending money


A great (yet time-consuming) way to promote email signup is to create a fun contest, quiz, or raffle. Also add an email address line to mailed donation response forms, with opt-in language setting the expectation that person will receive email from your organization.

Do Your Donors Trust You?

The Agitator

SOFII, a terrific resource for fundraisers, recently published an analysis of the following letter sent to Oxfam Ireland by one of its donors. The analysis was written by Damian O’Broin, director of Ask Direct, a fundraising and direct marketing agency in Dublin. Please find enclosed a cheque… to pay for raffle tickets… Oxfam is my primary charity. Don't Miss these Posts accountability charities donor retention fundraising loyalty nonprofit management nonprofits

Cool Ideas for Class Items for a School Auction

The Biddery Blog

If your school has a fundraising event with an auction, you may already ask classes to provide something to be auctioned. You can more easily ask a local business to donate when you have a theme that caters to them.

Your Nonprofit Needs Money During This Economic Pinch? Read On.

Seeking Grant Money Today

Individual donors (note anyone who donates to your organization including their name(s), address, phone number, email address, their donations, etc.). Major donors (the donor to your organization who has amassed wealth who should be developed to give larger regular donations to your group). golf tournaments, balls, galas, raffles, auctions, etc.) Employers' matching donations 7. Donation envelopes in newsletters 9.

Tips for a Running a Silent and Live Charity Auction

The Biddery Blog

Focus on local businesses that can donate tangible items. A tangible gift is much more likely to bring in a value that exceeds its real value. * The Biddery Can Help with Donation Procurement and suggests requesting advertising materials from businesses to display with the bidsheet. Know the laws regarding silent and live auctions and stay out of trouble Fundraising events create tax consequences for the guest and the organization hosting the event.

Cause Marketing With Other Nonprofits

Cause Related Marketing

They’ll do this by hitting up bar association members and their law firms for donations of food and money. State units of the American Pulpwood Association, now called the Forest Resources Association, especially in the Southern United States, would hold fundraisers on behalf children’s hospitals. We’ve seen many times that not all cause marketing takes between a company and a cause.

How Much of Your "Gift" is Tax Deductible?

Fundraising Breakthroughs

The equation would be Ticket Price minus Value (whatever is fair for the market) equals Donation. For this performance, the dancers and tech folks had donated their time and local vendors had donated all the food and wine. Anyone doing fundraising has to know this basic principle. Oh, and raffle tickets?

Staff giving requirements

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

One conversation currently raging on that list is whether or not nonprofit staff should be (or can be) required to donate back to their organization. I have involved staff at lower pay levels in development through other types of fundraising activities. An example would be the selling of raffle or event tickets. Tags: nonprofit , fundraising , staff , giving , employees , fundraiser , culture of philanthropy