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How To Publicize Your Fundraiser

Your nonprofit, club, or group should assign a person to be in charge of publicity for your fundraiser. The publicity duties should begin as soon as the fundraiser is chosen and the dates are set. Most local newspapers have guidelines and deadlines your public relations person will need to follow and may require several weeks of leadtime before publishing a press release.

If you are announcing a specific event (marathon, sale, or other event) be sure that you include the basic information such as … read more

Staying Organized During Fundraisers

Fundraising involves a lot of paperwork, a lot of ideas, and a lot lists. You can easily become overwhelmed and lose track of things if you allow yourself to become disorganized. This is why it is crucial to stay organized.

The system of organization that is best depends on you. Some organizations may have member who knows how to use fundraising software, while others may use paper filing systems. It does not matter which organizing method you choose. What does matter is that you use it … read more

How to Appeal to Donors

There is psychology involved in fundraising that your club or organization should be aware of. Studies have shown that people who are likely to give money to nonprofits generally do so because they feel they get some value from giving.

Some of the reasons people donate to nonprofit organinzations:

To assuage a fear – People may fear that if your organization doesn’t receive their help something bad will happen. While you never want to prey upon peoples fears or exaggerate their fears, knowing that people react … read more

Taxes and Laws in Fundraising

Tax laws for nonprofit organizations vary from state to state. First and foremost, before your group conducts a fundraiser make sure that you have filed paperwork with your state’s department of revenue that has declared you are a nonprofit or 501(c)(3) organization. The treasurer and accountant for your organization will need to make sure meticulous records are keep and laws are followed when conducting a fundraiser.

In addition, some states may require that your organization obtain a special permit for fundraisers such as raffles, … read more

Safety Concerns for Children

Schools, non-profit groups and companies have worked together for decades to make the safety of children involved in fundraising a number one priority. Here are some methods they use to get safety points across.

Verbally review the rules at student assemblies, parent and teacher meetings and daily announcements in the classroom.

Include printed reminders on posters and high-traffic bulletin boards and in sales packet inserts such as parent letters and permission slips.

When giving parent and student volunteers suggestions for safe fundraising, keep it simple and constructive:

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Working With Volunteers

Your fundraising volunteers will be representing your organization. They need to be trained and motivated to do the work they volunteered for. Often, volunteers who have a genuine desire to get job experience or volunteers who have a great interest in a specific cause are those will work the hardest and will do what needs to be done. However, you can make all your volunteers more enthusiastic about helping your fundraising plan if you listen to what your volunteers want or need from … read more

How to Recruit Volunteers

Fundraising is about teamwork. If you want to raise money for your nonprofit organization then, you will have to build a team of volunteers, workers, and other personnel who will help you with your goals. In general, for a non-profit, most of your staff will be volunteers, although you may need to hire some staff as well. Depending on the amount of work involved in your fundraising idea, you may need to recruit extra volunteers or group members just to volunteer.

Why do people volunteer? Volunteers … read more

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