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May 26, 2016

There Once Was a Kid... Who Had a Dream

There once was a kid...

Who had a dream. That dream was to be a filmmaker. So he applied to Film School, got in, but couldn't afford it.

He didn't want to give up on his dream, so he started Fundraising...

His first Fundraiser was a little crazy. He decided to ride 300 miles in 36 hours, and get people to sponsor his challenge!!!!

And phewwww! It was one hell of a challenge.

Yes, you may have guessed it, that kid was me...

And thankfully it only took me 26 hours to finish it, 'cause I would not have lasted any longer in the saddle. It was honestly the most tiring and challenging experience I have ever had.

But wow, I felt such an incredible sense of accomplishment when I reached that finish line!

Although the fundraiser, and the consequent fundraisers, were to a degree, a success; I was unfortunately unable to raise enough to get me to film school.


The whole process has proved invaluable to me: I learnt so much, gained a huge amount of experience; and was able to refine my fundraising knowledge to which I have put to use on this website.

(And just so you know, I am still pursuing my dream! But that's a story for another time.)

I do however...

...wish I had done that fundraiser with the knowledge I have now!

I would have raised 10x more!

And only with a couple of changes:

One, I would have done it within a PROPERLY SET UP Crowdfunding Campaign.

And Two, I would have put together a proper promotions strategy that focused on the people I knew first, instead of just doing "hope marketing", and "sharing" my fundraiser, without focus.

So if you ever want to do a fundraiser like this PROPERLY:

Make sure you read my article on it here.

AND then take your time to plan and setup...

1. Your challenge,2. Your donation page,3. And your marketing strategy.

If you have any comments, questions, or further suggestions... Then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of that page!

May 21, 2016

Sample Letters Asking For Donations

Ready for two great sample letters asking for donations to help with the writing of your fundraising letters! Use these samples to inspire your writing, give you a guideline, and to get you started...

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Apr 28, 2016

How To Start Your Monthly Giving Program

The other week I showed you the great story from Harvey McKinnon of how paying for a cup of coffee turned into over $18,000 in monthly donations.

A pretty good story right with some great lessons!

And it's the type of story that you could be telling in a few years time. All you need to do is get started! And get started correctly!

So to take your Monthly Giving training further here's an On Demand, Step-by-Step guide by Erica Waasdorp on:

How to Start Your Monthly Giving Program

These are some of the things you'll learn:

  • How to develop a name for your program
  • How to select the best donors to ask to become monthly donors
  • How to write a simple insert to include in your thank you letter
  • How to turn complaining donors into monthly givers
  • How to include monthly giving on your web site
  • How to write an enticing email to motivate donors to join online
  • How to write a thank you letter and develop other thank you materials
  • How to present the results so your management will love the long term impact monthly donors have


PS. If you missed the link to How to Start Your Monthly Giving Program - A Step-by-Step Guide here it is again.

Apr 19, 2016

101 Fundraising Ideas - That Are AWESOME & Profitable

Here are 101 Fundraising Ideas that are simply brilliant. Ideas that will get your creative juices flowing to make your next fundraising drive super successful...

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Apr 14, 2016

$18,000 in Monthly Giving

So I was going through some past Nonprofit Movie Monday training videos...

A great fundraising resource by the way - that's free!

Anyway, I came across one that I just had to share:

a Cup of Coffee, a Marmot, and $18,000 in Monthly Giving

Harvey McKinnon tells a great story of how paying for a cup of coffee turned into over $18,000 in monthly donations.

He then goes on to tell exactly what a monthly giving program will do for you. He also tells how to start getting donors into your giving program.

And yes, you can have donations coming in every single month, continuously, and automatically. It's all a matter of starting your Monthly Giving Program and then running it effectively.

Watch it here.

And Enjoy!!!

Apr 12, 2016

Slight Edge Fundraising: Success Through Daily Habits

Want success with your fundraising? Then learn how to apply the Slight Edge to your fundraising...

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Apr 08, 2016

Nonprofit Movie Mondays: Free Fundraising Training

These FREE weekly fundraising videos from Nonprofit Movie Mondays are one of the best sources of fundraising info, advice, and training on the web...

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Apr 07, 2016

$16,871 & $17,029 Raised So Far - They At It Again!

Two of the causes I highlighted on the Walkathon Fundraiser How-To article are running their annual Walkathon/Fun-Run Fundraisers at the moment!

And yet again - they're raising great funds!

  • The LBA Walkathon which takes place on the 6th May has raised $16,871 so far (17% of their goal).
  • And the ICS Eagles Fun Run has raised $17,029 so far (34% of their goal). Their event is on May 20th.

Boom! How's that for a powerful fundraiser!!!

My question to you is - Have you ever held a Walkathon before?

If yes, how did you find it? Was it successful?

And if no, why not? What's stopping you?

Let us know by commenting at the bottom of the Walkathon Fundraiser How-To article.

Apr 04, 2016

The Pizza Fundraiser - Find Out How To Make It Profitable

Like all food fundraisers, a Pizza fundraiser can be really rewarding and profitable! After all it is food, and people love food. But how do you make it profitable for you cause or organization...

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Dec 10, 2015

They Raised $3250 in 48 hours

I just wanted to tell you about a simple, yet great little fundraising idea.

It helped one family raise $3250 in 48 hours...

And another family raise $3500 first time, and over $7000 for their second fundraiser...

All in aid of adoption fees.

Now it may be a perfect fundraiser for Adoption Fundraising, but it is not the only cause that you can use it with. With a bit of creativity it could be used for many types of fundraisers.


Take a look and let me know what you think through a comment at the bottom of the page.

All the best with your Fundraising,



PS. This fundraiser may not be a perfect fit for your cause, so because I always want to make sure you get great benefit...

Here's a free and "raved about" 1 hour webinar full of Silent Auction Tips from Sherry Truhlar.


Dec 09, 2015

Tag The Bag Fundraiser | Perfect for Adoption Fundraising

A brilliantly creative fundraising idea: The Tag the Bag Fundraiser. Find out how much people are raising & how to do one successfully yourself...

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Dec 03, 2015

Raise 3 Times More

So it's finally the end of November and I can shave my Movember off! Yessss!!!

Retro-look done; Money donated to the Cancer Society; but I'm still scratching my head at how people like having a moustache. It was so irritating and scratchy that I almost lost my mind :-)

Anyway I'm all back to normal now and ready to move on to this week's news item. My friends over at Fundrazr have got a great post for your fundraising...

How to Pitch your Fundraising Story to the Media - & Why you Should!

The why is easy...

"Statistics suggest that campaigns that receive news coverage (either online or offline) raise 2 to 3 times more than campaigns that don't. Furthermore, campaigns with news coverage also receive more anonymous donations."

To find out the how, then read the article.

All the best with your fundraising! And remember to leave them your thoughts and ideas on the article in their comment section at the bottom.


Dec 01, 2015

The Best T Shirt Fundraiser - & How To

An Online T Shirt Fundraiser is one of the most popular & successful fundraisers at the moment. It's simple to setup, cost-free, & hassle-free. Take a look...

Continue reading "The Best T Shirt Fundraiser - & How To"

Nov 26, 2015

Raise More From Your Events

Want to raise more from your events? Yes! Of course you do.

Well there are many ways to raise more funds at an event!

But there's one method that is really simple, and will guarantee more income to your fundraising. And yes, you've definitely heard about it before, and probably used it before.

But... I'm going further with it. I'm giving you 12 different and creative ways of doing this fundraiser, that will help you raise a lot more from your events this coming year.

Take a look...

Go here to find out what these 12 ideas are.

All the best with your fundraising.


PS. If you want some training on how to raise loads more from your events, then take a look at this Event Fundraising series from the Event Fundraising guru, Shanon Doolittle.

It includes Event Fundraising, Getting Sponsorships, and Engaging Board Members in your Event Fundraising.

Be sure to check it out.

Nov 24, 2015

Setup a FREE Fundraising Website

Want to fundraise online? Or need to take registrations for your event? Then create a FREE Fundraising Website with MyEvent...

Continue reading "Setup a FREE Fundraising Website"

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