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Sponsors and donors are KEY to the success of your fundraising efforts.
And thanking them for their generosity in supporting your organization is - of course - essential.
But HOW you thank your supporters is important too.
Do you just send them a simple email expressing your appreciation?
Just put yourself in your donors'/sponsors' shoes for a moment...
Which is going to have the most impact on you?
An email... one of many in your inbox, which you know took mere moments to create and send... and which will be deleted and forgotten even MORE quickly?
A handwritten thank you note, which clearly cost the sender a little more time and effort... and which will likely stick in your memory chiefly because it's so RARE for anyone to bother communicating in writing these days?
It's a simple tip. But - when competing for sponsorships and donations from businesses who may be inundated with such requests - it's one WELL worth putting into practice!
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To all those of you who celebrate it...
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from All-Unique-Fundraising-Ideas.com
See you in 2016
It's the end of a (hopefully) productive fundraising year and this is the season to be jolly... which tends to mean donors are even MORE willing than usual to contribute to your organization.
Here are 5 easy ways your non profit organization can make the most of all the goodwill that comes at this time of year!
1. Make sure your website (if you have one) is ready to receive all those lovely donations!
At around Christmas time, a great deal of the visitors to your site will be there purely to GIVE to your orgnaization, so make it easy for them! Ensure that the top section of your home page (known as the area 'above the fold') gives clear instructions on how to donate to your organization.
2. Make full use of ALL channels you use to raise funds.
As people are so receptive to giving at this time of year, make sure you have actually ASKED in the first place! So write letters, send emails, hold a meeting, pick up the phone... use EVERY method at your disposal to contact potential donors.
3. Ask devoted members of your team to request that friends/relatives make donations in their name instead of giving them Christmas presents.
A simple but effective idea!
4. Create a fun video for your organization.
Perhaps have everyone in your group/team sing a Christmas song and add text to the video, summarizing what your non-profit organization (and their donations) have achieved over the last 12 months and what you hope to achieve next year. Embed a link to your website within the video, encouraging viewers to 'click to donate' or 'click to read more about us'.
5. Be visible at Christmas events in your area.
Find out who's holding Christmas fairs, bazaars etc and ask if you can have a booth or table. Bring leaflets, brochures etc all about your group or create posters to display. Ensure your donation box is front and center!
And don't forget to check out these Christmas fundraising ideas.
Here's an easy-to-organize, low cost, fun fundraising idea that's ideal for groups (office co-workers, church groups, sports teams etc).
Simply set a date for an evening of karaoke. You don't even need a proper karaoke machine for this - there are plenty of karaoke versions of popular songs available on YouTube.
But if you want a more 'professional' event - with a mic and all! - there are some great karaoke machines on the market. You may even be able to borrow one from a local venue - just explain it's for a good cause and ensure the venue gets a BIG mention at your event.
Invite members of your group to make donations for OTHER members to sing.
In order to avoid having to perform, the nominated member must DOUBLE the donation.
That member then chooses ANOTHER member of the group to whom they may pass the challenge.
Whoever refuses to pay the required amount must sing!
Because most people are only too happy to pay in order to avoid singing in front of a crowd (hence the element of extortion!).
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As a non profit organization, it's always good to have access to new fundraising tips and techniques and there are plenty of excellent free or reasonably priced resources out there that supply them!
1. Do you have questions about setting up your non profit organization?
If you have questions about establishing a non profit, tax issues, relevant forms etc, then head over to Joanne Fritz at About.com. You can submit questions here or see answers to previously asked questions here.
2. Need some help accessing technology?
Sign up with techsoup.org and - once your non profit is approved - you can have access to technological products and services donated by partners such as Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec. You'll also be able to access learning resources to help you make informed technology-related decisions.
3. Looking for fundraising software?
DoJiggy offers easy-to-use, affordable online fundraising software, with customizable websites for collecting online donations and managing all aspects of your fundraising events. Unlike many other non profit service providers, DoJiggy does not charge transaction fees based on your sales, donations or registrations and offers a straightforward, flat fee service instead.
4. Like to learn more about available grants?
GrantGopher offers a searchable database of grants available for non profits, with new grant announcements being added all the time. Don't miss out on the chance to gain additional funding for YOUR organization!
5. Need help writing letters?
Do you find it difficult to come up with the right words when composing letters requesting donations, letters thanking donors, etc? Then check out all the free samples at LoveToKnow - Charity for inspiration and a framework to follow.
Fast fundraising ideas, for those occasions when your organization needs a boost of funds but there's no time to organize a fully-fledged event.
Need an incredibly simple fundraising idea?
Then aim to collect "1 million pennies".
There's something so captivating about the entire concept of collecting 1 million pennies! It's an easy-to-implement idea that captures the imagination.
It sounds "do-able". Everyone - even the youngest child - can take part and contribute. It's very visual - you can see those pennies piling up, especially if you arrange to collect them all in one centralized location, using something like large, empty fish tanks to display them.
(Want to know what 1 million pennies LOOKS like? This will give you an idea!)
And no one minds repeatedly handing over their pennies - a handful of pennies doesn't feel like a lot to give. But those handfuls - given repeatedly over a period of time by lots of donors - can really add up.
And 1 million pennies equals an amazing $10,000 - a significant boost to your fundraising efforts!
Great graphics are incredibly important, particularly if your non-profit organization has any type of online presence. Not only do they draw attention to your articles, they can be used to present information clearly (think info-graphics), or they can increase traffic to your website if someone chooses to 'pin' your image to a site like Pinterest.
There are two sites I use all the time for creating my own graphics and I recommend them because they are EASY to use and FREE (although both offer upgraded services at additional cost).
It provides the options to edit, touch up and design images, and also offers the option to create collages with multiple images.
Available basic edits include the ability to crop, resize and rotate images, plus adjust things like exposure, the colors in your image etc.
Then you get to the fun stuff, such as the ability to add cool effects, touch up photos, add frames and overlays, or incorporate a theme.
Within each editing category there are several free options and lots more available with an upgrade (which Picmonkey calls 'Royale'). Royale level is available for $4.99 per month or $33 a year, billed annually.
Canva provides you with a range of templates, backgrounds and design tools to help you create some incredible graphics.
Like Picmonkey, it gives you the ability to add text to your designs, with a wide variety of fonts to choose from.
There are some backgrounds and images that are totally free to use in your designs and others that are available on a "pay as you go" basis (in other words, no subscription is required).
One of the best things about Canva is its amazing FREE design tutorials. They're easy to follow and show you how to do all sorts of cool things, like using layering techniques or transparency to create eye-catching designs.
What's YOUR favorite photo/graphic editing website? Please contact me and let me know!
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Do you know someone who is?
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Fundraising t-shirts are a wonderful, wearable way to get word of your organization out there. Plus they bring in LOTS of extra revenue.
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Free online fundraising idea to help your nonprofit raise funds every time you search the internet or make an online purchase.
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If you don't already have an Easter fundraising strategy all lined up, here's one I recommend that's very simple AND very profitable.
First, look at your own schedule of events for the year… do you have anything at all planned around Easter? If so, rent yourself a good quality Easter Bunny costume (it pays to reserve this ahead of time, as Easter bunny outfits will obviously be very much in demand at the time). Alternatively, buy your costume and make this a yearly event (or rent out your costume in future... another way to bring in funds!).
Then, either you or one of your team attend the event in costume, and offer attendees a photo with the Easter Bunny. Similar photos offered at the mall can be expensive, so ensure your prices are lower, whilst still giving your organization a quick and easy profit.
No events planned for Easter?
Then find someone who HAS and ask if the Easter Bunny can attend THEIR event. Either offer a share of the proceeds, or explain what your organization does and hope that their goodwill will allow you to appear at the event at no cost.
And just for fun… here are some NOT so successful Easter Bunny photos to enjoy.
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A creative fundraising idea to lift your spirits and get the donations and more ideas rolling in.