The event or activity that you put on will depend on how much time you have to organize, whether you have a budget, how much help you can enlist, and frankly, the things that you like and feel comfortable doing.
Learn to Raise Money
Is there a cause that inspires you? Whatever you are passionate about, there are bound to be a number of organizations that could use your help.
Raising money for the non-profit or charity of your choice can be a challenge, especially if you do not have the time or the budget to throw a large fundraising event.
Not everyone will be able to give much of their own money, but there are still many ways that you can raise funds by using different fundraising strategies.
Read on to find out more.
Before You Start
Before you get down to planning your fundraising, there are some things that you should do first. First, reach out to the non-profit or charity you want to fundraise for.
This isn’t to say that you can’t fundraise without contacting them, but it is better to get in touch first, as some non-profits have specific fundraising guidelines and rules that need to be followed.
It will also help you to ensure that you are fundraising for the correct non-profit as some have many different factions and chapters, which all have a unique tax number.
When you are in the planning stages, reach out to your friends and family and ask them if they would like to participate or help more than just simply donating.
Many of them may be happy to donate their time too. This can empower and inspire them to reach out on your behalf to others and raise awareness of your efforts which could lead to more donations too.
You could host an auction either in person or online.
There are a number of different sites that you can utilize.
They can bring in huge amounts of money; that being said, they also require a lot of planning, such as where you will hold it and what you are going to auction off.
A bake sale is a tried-and-true fundraising method.
Often if you get more people involved, they will donate the cakes and cookies for you to sell. However, they do not always bring that much money in unless you can organize a bigger event.
You can also commit to a personal challenge and ask for sponsorships.
The challenge you pick is up to you. For example, some people opt to walk marathon-length distances or cycle across states or shave their heads. You can choose something that would pose a challenge to you personally and ask for donations upon completion.
If you are fundraising for a cause that is near and dear to the local community, you may find that you have a lot more people who are willing to get involved.
Quizzes are a great way to engage the community and make money.
You can host it online or in person if a bar is willing to donate space or allow you to host it there. By charging an entrance fee, you can raise money and also have enough to pay for a few prizes for the winners.
Almost anything can be turned into a virtual fundraiser. For example, you can set up a zoom meeting or stream a video and ask for donations. You can also promote your fundraiser easily online to reach more people and bring in more money.
You may also want to set up an online donation page to go alongside your fundraiser to make it easier for people to donate.
There are a number of different pages that you can use, including Givebutter; they have a huge number of tools and resources that you can use to help make your fundraiser a success, including this guide to starting a fundraiser if you need more help planning and launching your fundraiser.
Tips for Hosting Your Fundraiser
Deciding what you are going to do is arguably the hard part. However, once that’s out of the way, it does get easier.
To avoid unnecessary stress, remember that you can ask for help when you need it.
Find others who share your passion and enlist their help in planning and pulling off your event. Some events may cost money upfront, but budgeting is possible.
Promote your event as widely as you can and share links to your online fundraising pages; you may find that people far and wide are touched by your efforts and the cause and want to help.
From quizzes to bake sales, there’s absolutely no shortage of fundraising ideas – you can turn most events into an opportunity to raise money for a great cause.
However, some cases may require a little more ingenuity to pull off.
By doing these events, you can really cement your relationships and ties within your local community.
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