Fundraising Ideas and Tips from CampusFundraiser
We've been running sucessful fundraisers for student groups for years.
During that time, we've seen all of the challenges that group leaders have in running successful fundraisers. We've heard the stories about group members picking corn to make money, selling body parts, you name it.
We want to save you the pain of learning all of those lessons. That's why we have put together this collection of fundraising ideas, tips and suggestions. Use them if you want, it's your choice. We won't force you. And we won't even say "I told you so" if you don't bother to listen to us.
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Start with a specific dollar goal in mind. Working towards a goal of earning "as much as possible" is tough because you never know when you get there. Evaluate the goal by adding up the costs that you are fundraising for, or select an amount based on other factors. For example, if you are fundraising for a formal, price out all of the items that you will need to pay for, and then set the goal. Or pick a dollar amount that you would like to donate for a philanthropy. Whatever you do, make sure that you keep it realistic: goals over $5,000 often mean multiple fundraising events.
Group members will often make fundraising the last priority on their list. This is a particular challenge for group leaders, who are often themselves busy with school work, home work, other group activities, and of course, their social life. It's important to start out with a specific list of group members that will participate in the fundraiser: A list allows group leaders to keep their sanity, and reach their fundraising goals, by making sure that everyone in the group pulls their own weight.
Keep your fundraiser short. Too many group leaders think that more time is better, but that is often not the case. Keeping a fundraiser quick forces group members to participate because they can't put it off, while also making your job as the group leader much easier.
Offer a prize or incentive to the person that brings in the most money, or who works the hardest. The prize doesn't necessarily have to be big, either. Of course, a prize like $50 off a formal, a free uniform, or a free trip, but often something like getting out of a practice or meeting is enough "bragging rights" to motivate your group members.