Events That Work Well for Fundraising
Fundraising events have been around as long as fundraising has been popular. Regardless of this, however, you may not know how to begin organizing a fundraising event if you are new to the fundraising world. You may even be so exasperated that you are regretting the decision to chair a fundraising committee.
If any of this sounds familiar, relax! You have come to the right place to find the answers to all your pressing questions! In the next few paragraphs, you will learn about three of the most popular fundraising events today, as well as how to begin organizing each one. Keep reading!
Three Popular Fundraising Events
Three popular fundraising events are are follows: bake sales, letter campaigns, and car washes. If you are interested in organizing a bake sale, you should begin by asking friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others to help by making a baked good for the sale. Most will be willing to help in this way since baking is easy, quick, and relatively inexpensive. Then, decide the location for the sale. If you are using the parking lot of a business, make sure you get the manager's permission first! Finally, get a few people to run the bake sale and make a sign advertising what your bake sale is supporting, and you'll be ready to go!
Letter writing campaigns are also a great way to begin your fundraiser. Start by writing a short (one page or less) letter detailing the cause for which you are fundraising and how much money you are hoping to raise. Then, distribute the letters around your neighborhood and close subdivisions. If possible, hand-deliver the letters to mailboxes rather than spending money on postage. Follow up in a few weeks with thank-you notes to those who have given and postcard reminders to those who have not yet responded. Never send more than one reminder, however; you do not want to harass an individual just because they do not wish or cannot afford to give.
Finally, if you are interested in a car wash, find several people who are willing to devote an afternoon to doing this type of manual labor for free. Teenagers and younger adults are generally more suited for such work than older individuals. Purchase cheap buckets, sponges, and soap and make sure you have access to a waterhose and water source. Then, pick a location and receive permission from the applicable individuals. Advertise as well as you can considering your budget and start washing! Make sure to get the cars clean, however; if you wash the first few cars poorly, those people are likely to dissuade their friends and family members from coming to your charity event.
Good luck as you choose and organize your fundraising event!
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