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Fundraiser Buzz!, 5 Ways Of Finding Volunteers
November 08, 2011
The Latest Fundraising Ideas, Tips and Techniques
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!
I am continuously coming up with new fundraising ideas, finding better ways of running different fundraisers, and looking for ways for you to improve your organization... So don't miss out!
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Fundraiser Buzz! - 5 Ways Of Finding Volunteers & Online Apparel Fundraising
Table Of Contents:
1.1. Rob's Report
Gift Basket Fundraiser
5 Ways Of Finding Volunteers
Online Apparel Fundraising - Highly Recommended
6.1. A Success Story: Grant Writing Appeals For Schools - From A School Council Secretary
7.1. The Wisdom Of Crowdfunding
1. Important Announcements:
1.1. Rob's Report
The great news this month is that I'm getting back loads of reports of people successfully fundraising with the "Online Donations Fundraiser". And it's quite easy to see the fundraisers who have followed all the advice on both Online Donation Pages...
And guess what? Those are the fundraisers who are successfully raising funds!
So please make sure you read both pages and actually apply the advice given there. It really will help make your Crowdfunding fundraiser more successful!
1.2. Instant Event Fundraising System eBook
Before you run any event I would highly recommend you read this eBook. It will help you set up an easy to manage system of running your events and making them successful!
1.3. THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA SITE NO LONGER EXISTS: "Raising Funds or Capitol for a Business" Discussion On IgniteSA
For all South African entrepreneurs looking to fund their businesses come join in the discussion at IgniteSA.
Share ideas, discuss best practices, and help and be helped!
Join the discussion here on the RFI IgniteSA Group.
1.4. Do You Have An Internet Fundraising Idea - Then Share It!
So do you have any Internet Fundraising Ideas? Or any tips for Fundraisers Online?
Then share them and "Pay It Forward" on the Internet Fundraising Ideas page!
2. Idea in the Spotlight:
A Gift Basket Fundraiser can be run in a few different ways. How you run it will depend on your cause, organization, and unique circumstances.
It is a fundraising idea that will work well for groups like schools, churches, booster clubs and sports clubs. It could also work for the right charities!
Here are the three different ways to run a Gift Basket Fundraiser...
1. A Gift Basket Raffle Or Auction - Perfect for Schools and Churches!
2. A Gift Basket Service - Essentially a Social Enterprise that will bring in continuous funds all year round, but will be harder to run.
3. Affiliate Fundraising through promotions of an Online Gift Basket Service.
To find out how to run each of these methods effectively read the Gift Basket Fundraiser here...
3. Tips & Techniques:
5 Ways Of Finding Volunteers
Finding volunteers is often a daunting and difficult task to do. But volunteers are often essential to run a fundraiser effectively!
So here are 5 Ways Of Finding Volunteers for your fundraisers...
1. Members of Your Organization or Group - This is the first and most obvious place to look. As members they will have a common interest in seeing your fundraisers succeed and will therefore be most likely to volunteer.
Contact or speak to them directly.
2. Off Donor Lists - Your donors have already shown a willingness to help out and will therefore have potential to be volunteers.
So got through your donor list and find suitable candidates to contact. Then contact them directly either by phone (preferably) or via email or snail mail (just make sure your mail is written and addressed to them personally).
3. At Events - Events are great places to find volunteers. Set up a table with brochures and volunteer sign up forms.
Catch people's attention with a big poster, by announcing over the intercom, and by being interactive with people walking past. Don't wait for them to come to the table, bring them to the table!
4. Press Releases - Write up a press release about your need for volunteers and send it off to all your local media (newspapers, radio stations etc.).
But make sure you follow the right Press Release Format Guidelines. The five W's, (W)ho, (W)hat, (W)hen, (W)here, and (W)hy. If you don't, your press release will not be published!
5. Through Your Online Media - And finally through your online media.
Advertise your need for volunteers on your website, your newsletters, your Facebook page, on Twitter, and on any other Social Media platform you may use.
4. Featured Addition To Rewarding-Fundraising-Ideas.com:
Apparel fundraising, which is the sale of your organization's Apparel like shirts, scarves, caps, bags, and stadium seats, is a MUST HAVE for all groups like schools, churches, and sports clubs!
But often it can be costly to set up. And that's what makes an Online Apparel Fundraising campaign so brilliant...
It's FREE to set up. And it's FREE to run. You don't have to deal with orders, take payments, or organize the shipping or delivery of the Apparel.
All you need to do is set your Online Store up, customize the Apparel with your logos and/or mottos, and then drive your supporters and potential customers to your store.
You then receive 20% of every item sold through your store, which is an excellent profit percentage for Apparel Fundraising.
Read here to find out more about running effective Online Apparel Fundraising...
5. New Additions to Rewarding-Fundraising-Ideas.com:
"A Crowdfunding fundraiser is where a crowd of different people donate funds to your cause that add up to something significant! It's popular, extremely effective, and I'd highly recommend it..."
5.2. PTO Fundraising
"A PTO fundraising campaign is a great way of fundraising for your school and the different causes associated with it! And there are many ways of fundraising for your PTO..."
"A basketball tournament fundraiser will work well for many different groups. As long as basketball is a sport that is enjoyed by people in your area! The bottom line though is that people love sport."
5.4. Micro Giving
"Micro Giving is an excellent internet fundraising and donations platform. They are a resource that I highly recommend for a type of fundraising that I highly recommend as well..."
"A booster club fundraiser is a fundraiser that is run by the booster club of a school , club, sports team, or university. Learn how to run successful fundraisers for your booster club..."
5.6. Baseball Fundraising
"There are many different Baseball fundraising ideas to use! Some are obvious. Some are not so obvious. But if run properly, most of them will be rewarding for your Baseball or Softball team..."
5.7. Pizza Fundraiser
"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..."
"Here are some more funny fundraiser ideas. Sometimes you’ll find your fundraising campaign going a bit stale. I’d suggest you spice it up then with some of these funny fundraisers..."
5.9. Coffee Fundraiser
"A Coffee Fundraiser a popular product which makes fundraising with it so much easier. It's also an anyway product; people will buy coffee ANYWAY whether you fundraise with or not. Perfect..."
5.10. Free Fundraising Kits
"Getting the different free fundraising kits below is a brilliant way to do research for your fundraising campaign. You can find fundraising ideas and evaluate which fundraisers would work best..."
"T shirt fundraisers are a brilliant way of fundraising while building a brand or creating awareness for your cause or organization..."
"Here you'll find some excellent fundraising ideas for kids that should give you a great set of options to choose from..."
5.13. Bowling Fundraiser
"Like all other sporting event fundraisers, the Bowling Fundraiser will raise funds through a few different fundraising streams... Make it a fun, exciting event & you'll raise some great funds..."
6. Visitor Contributions:
6.1. A Success Story: Grant Writing Appeals For Schools - From A School Council Secretary (Article is no longer available.)
"Hi there, Our school is located in Ontario, Canada and we raised $58K last year through writing grants. We got a comprehensive list from..."
If you have a fundraising idea, 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.
7. Interesting External Articles:
Crowdfunding is a great way of fundraising for any cause, including businesses. This article is very interesting in regards to that aspect.
Press releases are often a great way to promote your fundraisers or to use for other tasks like recruiting volunteers. Here are the format guidelines you need to use when releasing a Press Release.
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.
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See you next month!
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