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Tips for fund raising success

From The Association of Fund Raisers and Direct Sellers:

  • Establish a clear financial goal before evaluating products, programs, etc. -- knowing how much money you need to raise will help make these decisions easier.
  • Don't let your organization's profits be eaten away by "hidden" costs (e.g. for freight, prizes, overruns) -- ask questions ahead of time and make the necessary adjustments.
  • Select your fundraising program early to assure ample time for planning. If the school or community has a planning calendar, be sure your event is included. Stagger fundraising activities to avoid competing with other groups.
  • Set a specific beginning and ending date for your fundraiser and stick to it -- without a clear target date the campaign will drag on, often without direction.
  • Avoid "fundraising fatigue" among parents and volunteers by conducting fewer programs that are more effective individually.
  • Rely on your product fundraising company professional for suggestions and advice.
  • Don't let your program fizzle -- some organizers will lose interest once a program begins; stay motivated until the end to assure success. Put a time limit on order-taking. Usually 10-14 days is more than enough.
  • Keep energy levels high by communicating before, during and after the program -- remind parents, teachers and other volunteers of the fundraiser's goals and deadlines, provide frequent status reports and updates.
  • Avoid shipping and ordering problems by working closely with volunteers to assure that all order forms are legible and filled out completely.
  • Keep copies of all forms turned in by volunteers before sending them to the fundraising company.
  • Assure efficient handling of products by recruiting adult volunteers ahead of time to help distribute the products to volunteers.
  • Don't forget to communicate with absentees who miss the program's kick-off or other important meetings.
  • Have fun! With the right approach, fundraising can be educational and enjoyable for everyone