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Fundraiser Buzz! Issue #018 - Success? It's Not The Fundraiser...
April 05, 2012

The Latest Fundraising Ideas, Tips and Techniques

Welcome Again...


The Fundraiser Buzz! is dedicated to providing you with quality fundraising ideas, informative tips and techniques, the latest additions to Rewarding Fundraising Ideas, and much more!


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Fundraiser Buzz - Issue #018 - Success? It's Not The Fundraiser...


Table Of Contents:

1. Important Announcements:


1.1. Rob's Report - Thanks for the Comments
1.2. "Charity How To" Webinars & Videos


2. Idea in the Spotlight:


Dueling Pianos Fundraiser


3. Tips & Techniques:


Success? It’s Not The Fundraiser


4. Featured Addition To Rewarding-Fundraising-Ideas.com:


No Additions This Past Month.


5. New Additions to Rewarding-Fundraising-Ideas.com:


No Additions This Past Month.


6. Visitor Contributions:


No contributions this month.


7. Interesting External Articles:


7.1. How Do I find new Donors With Socila Media
7.2. 50 Non-Profit Professionals You Should Be Following




1. Important Announcements:

1.1. Rob's Report


I'd like to quickly thank you all for the amazing comments I have received over the past few months. It's really inspiring to see how my ideas and advice have been helping people fundraise.


Please keep those comments coming in.


You can leave a comment by replying to this email, or by commenting in specific pages through the Facebook comment block at the bottom of the page.


1.2. "Charity How To" Webinars & Videos


CharityHowTo.com provides premium webinars and supporting supplemental videos to help nonprofits leverage the power of the Internet!


You can attend one of their upcoming webinars to learn what you need to know when you need to know it about social media, technology and all things Internet for nonprofits.


Their upcoming webinars are presented by well known and highly regarded experts who have been helping nonprofits leverage technology for many years. In addition, many of their webinars include supporting materials and often step-by- step video guides and other supplemental materials.


See more about their upcoming webinars and what others have to say here at CharityHowTo.com.


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2. Idea in the Spotlight:

Dueling Pianos Fundraiser


This is such a fun event and it will create a really enjoyable evening out for your supporters!


It's fitting for almost every type of organization and will ultimately raise great funds (if run effectively; see the next article!).


It's a dinner fundraiser where the entertainment will be two pianists who duel it out to see who can play the best, the most creative, the fastest, or the weirdest etc.


You then raise funds through ticket sales, sponsorships, raffles and auctions, drink sales, fundraising product sales like Apparel, and simple on-table donations!


Be organized, sell the event out, and promote your additional fundraisers effectively, and you'll have a killer fundraising evening!


Find out more about the Dueling Pianos Fundraiser here...


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3. Tips & Techniques:

Success? It's Not The Fundraiser...


You may be scratching your head by what I mean with that statement. But simply put...


It's not necessarily what type of fundraiser you do that will make your fundraising effort successful, but rather how you do that fundraiser.


For example let's take the simple, overused, and rather boring Car Wash Fundraiser. A fundraiser that is often used to raise a couple hundred dollars over the weekend... Successful? Well, arguably! For me, with the amount of effort and time it would take to organize and run that car wash, NO, not really successful!


But what if you had to run it a bit differently, a bit better, a bit more effective? What if you added or changed a few small things to the fundraiser?


You could make it so more effective!


Like for example what if instead of just sending out a fundraising letter to your supporters telling them about your Car Wash this weekend, why don't you sell car wash vouchers through a small team of volunteers before the actual day. That way you will have a guarantee of funds raised come the day whether the supporters rock up to get their cars washed or not!


Then what about offering refreshments and other fundraising items for sale while people get their cars washed. Cool drinks and sweets like lollipops and chocolates, or even your Organization's Apparel.


So now, instead of just raising funds from the car wash sales of the few people who rock up to get their cars washed on the day, you will have already raised funds from your pre-wash sales (whether they arrive to have their car washed or not). Plus you will increase you bottom line of funds raised from sales of refreshments and other products. Already your funds raised would be far more than through an ordinarily run car wash.


Then you could also ask people to fill out a survey while they wait and gather some useful information that will help with fundraising efforts later on.


Now the success at your simple Car Wash Fundraiser is taking on a whole level!


So that is a really simple and basic example. The point is though that whatever fundraiser you do, will be successful, not necessarily because of the type of fundraiser, but rather by how you run that fundraiser.


So be creative with your fundraising. Make sure you use your fundraisers effectively and get the most you can from them (not only in monetary terms; information is as important for future campaigns).


So think out of the box and go make those fundraisers successful!


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4. Featured Addition To Rewarding-Fundraising-Ideas.com:

No Additions This Past Month.


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5. New Additions to Rewarding-Fundraising-Ideas.com:

No Additions This Past Month.


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6. Visitor Contributions:

No contributions this month.


If you have a fundraising idea, fundraising tip, success story, or fundraising flop that you would like to share, please go to the "your ideas page" to share your story.


Any contributions are welcomed and appreciated.


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7. Interesting External Articles:

Finding new donors is always a priority for charities and this is an interesting article by Goeff Livingston on How He Finds New Donors Via Social Media.


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And that's it for this month...


I really hope you have enjoyed reading the Fundraiser Buzz! And I look forward to producing the next addition.


So do you have any...


Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Reply to this e-zine and let me know what you think. Thanks!


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See you next month!


Rob Hampson


www.rewarding-fundraising-ideas.com


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