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Activities Can Make or Break Fundraising Endeavors

Generally speaking, fundraisers that have plenty of creative and innovative fundraising activities raise considerably more money than those which do not. However, if you are new to fundraising, you may simply not have any clue as to what fundraising activites work well or where to get new ideas. Regardless of these facts, though, you should not feel discouraged! All successful fundraisers have been in your boat at one time or another.

Because these aforementioned difficulties are so common, we have included several fundraising ideas in the next few paragraphs. While these should give you a firm foundation on which to build your fundraiser, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Hundreds, maybe thousands of other activities are described in detail on other Internet sites. Keep searching until you find the one that works best for you!

Fundraising Activities for the Beginner and the Experienced

These paragraphs will serve as a list of possible fundraising activities for the beginner and the experienced. First, consider asking you friends and family to donate money through a letter writing campaign. This can be very profitable. In fact, if ten people donate $100 each or twenty people donate $50 each, that is $1000. If possible, include self-addressed, stamped envelopes in each mailing.

Another good fundraising activity is to teach a class about something you are good at, such as knitting or scrapbooking. Charge admission for people to get in. In order for this to be a success, however, make sure the class lasts long enough and that you are actually trying to teach people something rather that just trying to make money.

If you live in an area where gambling is legal have a poker night at your home. Charge $5 for every player to get in the door and request that each plot be split 50/50 with the charitable organization for which you are raising funds. When advertising this event, please make certain that you clearly state your alcohol policy, and always remember that, because it is your home, you have the right to refuse entrance to anyone you feel may cause problems.

Finally, consider selling raffle tickets. This will only work well if you advertise a fairly decent prize for the winner. Be cautious when purchasing this prize, however. If you pick something too expensive, you may end up spending more on the prize than you brought in by selling tickets.

No matter which fundraising activity you try, you are bound to eventually be successful. Please remember, though, that it may take several tries before you find the activity that brings in the most money for your charity or cause. Good luck!

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