Okay so, as you probably know, over the years I’ve been involved in an unbelievable number of community activities and fundraisers. It probably started in high-school as Class President, as we always needed more funds for student activities. As I grew my company, I noted the incredible synergies which enabled me to help more using my business’ resources to participate at a much higher level. No not without a long learning curve and some mistakes along the way, but that’s how it all started I suppose
Over the years, I’ve probably helped raise millions of dollars in very small fundraising events for kid’s sports teams, youth groups, and service clubs. Most of our efforts, through my company, have been in doing car wash fundraisers, having hosted or assisted in at least 500 personally, and yes, like I said often it turned out to be a soggy proposition. Perhaps, like you, I’ve also worked on food drives, bake sales, rummage sales, car shows, bike-a-thons, and numerous other events too. I think we all have at one time or another – haven’t we,
Now then, I’d like to share this wealth of knowledge with you and give you some of my experiences and observations. As you read this article I really want to get your mind thinking, organized, and ready to start planning your next fundraiser to make it a huge success. This article is for you, the volunteer, coordinator, committee member, and now in charge of the whole fundraiser. This article is a quick overview on local small fundraising events and will give you the confidence and knowledge you need.
Proper Planning Prevents Problems
Planning for any fundraiser is essential, but never expect everything to go as planned. You must be able to change and adapt on the fly, because you never know what crazy circumstance is going to throw you off balance.
Don’t Get Too Stressed and Keep Angry Personalities at Bay
Raising money for a cause is a stressful endeavor, you don’t need to add to that stress by setting the wrong tone. If you see others ready to explode, talk with them, and bring them back to reality. Fundraisers should create lasting friendships, not destroy once long-standing ones.
Be Smart with the Money
Make things transparent and accountable, it will prevent name-calling, blame-gaming, and hurt feelings or paranoia within the group if everything doesn’t go as planned, or you don’t quite make all the money you’d hoped for. Don’t over estimate the success until the money is firmly accounted for.
Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.