Archive | October, 2016

Our Favorite 5 Fundraising Websites

27 Oct

Finding the perfect fundraising idea that fits the theme of your campaign and is within your team’s means can be challenging. This is where having a large breadth of fundraising ideas can really come in handy! The more fundraising ideas you have to play with, the better your chances in finding something that works.

Subscribing to a fundraising blog is a great first step to having a steady feed of fresh campaign ideas, tips on how to manage resources, and an insider look at how other fundraisers met their goals. To help you find your next fundraising idea, here’s a list of our 5 favorite fundraising blogs:

  1. Bloomerang

Bloomerang publishes multiple blogs a week by non-profit and fundraising professionals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Their content ranges a number of crucial topics, from developing a healthy fundraising team to reaching out to previous supporters.

Where Bloomerang excels is in their content on using social media and email to promote fundraising campaigns. Bloomerang publishes studies every quarter on the latest online trends and activities that may come in handy for long-term fundraising campaigns.

  1. Change Fundraising

Simon Scriver is a fundraising guru with over 10-years of experience in working with charities and no-profit organizations reach their goals. Change Fundraising is his blog where he posts at least once a week on topics about fostering good relationships with donors and communication tips.

In sale fundraising, communicating how supporters can help you reach your goals is essential. Whether you’re selling baked treats or tickets to a talent show, each interaction can push your fundraiser forward or hold you back. Reviewing Simon’s blogs are a must to strengthen these skills.

  1. Classy

Of the many fundraising blogs online, Classy is one of the most diverse. Their blogs range in scope from how an article on writing the perfect catch phrase to an infographic that breaks down the Breast Cancer Awareness movement.

They post multiple blogs a week with many contributing authors. Going through and following an author that best relates to your fundraising goals can greatly enrich your campaign.

  1. Arroyo Fundraising Blog

Arroyo Fundraising Blog is run by Kathie Kramer Ryan who specializes in fundraising ideas for schools, churches, and other small non-profit organizations. A key topic that is too often overlooked by other blogs is how to budget and stretch resources.

With smaller fundraising organizations, every investment going into a campaign counts. Kathie does a great job in covering man tips and tricks that will help smaller fundraisers stretch their campaigns over long term goals.

  1. Popcorn Palace Blog

Shameless plug, but we at Popcorn Palace pride ourselves in being experts on fundraising. Many of our blogs span from actionable topics like How to Start a Fundraising Team Fast to self-help tools Fundraising Checklists. We publish a fundraising blog at least once a week with the latest trends and best practices to help our partners succeed with their fundraisers.

Keeping up with a variety of fundraising blogs is a great way to keep ideas and campaigns fresh, as well as gaining an insider perspective on successful fundraising organizations. Much like how fundraising is all about connecting with your community for support, reaching out to the fundraising community can also help you meet your fundraising goals.

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Why Start a Popcorn Fundraiser Today?

20 Oct

Starting a new fundraiser campaign can feel intimidating. You may find yourself working with a campaign that you’re unfamiliar with and some of the challenges may not present themselves until after they’ve become roadblocks. Luckily, hosting a popcorn fundraiser can free your organization from the anxieties that come with a new campaign. Here’s why you should start a popcorn fundraiser today:

#1 The Hard Work Is Already Done

The great thing about partnering with a popcorn fundraiser like Popcorn Palace is most of the hard work is done for you. If you were to start your own fundraiser sale from scratch, you’ll need to take into consideration start-up costs, space, and handling.

By partnering with a popcorn fundraiser, tasks like gathering ingredients, making the popcorn, packaging the popcorn, and shipping them off to the customer is all done behind the scenes. This leaves the best part for you: engaging with potential supporters and creating smiles!

#2 There Is Minimal Risk

One of the most challenging responsibilities in fundraising is managing your return on investment. In other fundraising types like a bake sale, talent show, or raffle, there is a degree of start-up costs that must be factored in before the fundraiser is seen as successful.

When you’re working with perishables like baked goods, fruits, and candies, you’re also working against time to get stock off your shelves as quickly as possible. All of this increases your overall risk of falling short on fundraising goals.

With a popcorn fundraiser, the risks involved in producing and handling goods are off your shoulders. This allows your organization to fundraise at virtually no start-up costs. If your organization is working with a budget, then that budget can go into other ventures like promotions.

#3 It Is Easy to Promote

Popcorn is a treat that people can enjoy throughout the year. From cozy movie nights with the family to a tasty picnic treat on a weekend, there are countless ways to market and promote popcorn for your fundraiser.

In addition to being a popular snack year-round, the fall and winter holidays have themes that lend themselves easily to a popcorn fundraiser. Treats like popcorn balls and witch’s hands are favorite during Halloween. Sweet flavors like milk chocolate and savory flavors like spicy cheese pair perfectly with a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Popcorn tubs make great stocking stuffers during Christmas. The marketing possibilities are endless.

#4 There Are Many Flavors to Choose From

Who doesn’t enjoy a large tub of popcorn? They’re a crispy snack that pair well with a variety of flavors for the pickiest of foodies. At Popcorn Palace, the popcorn flavors range from the timeless Kettle Corn to the colorful fruit rainbow. Supporters can order a single bag of their favorite flavor or go for the adventurous 6-Flavor Gift Set. The set comes with 6 snack bags, one each of:

  • Brown Sugar Caramel
  • Nutty Caramel
  • Cheddarific
  • White Cheddar
  • Kettle Corn
  • Spicy Cheese

The best thing about hosting a popcorn fundraiser with Popcorn Palace is the flexibility to start and stop your campaign whenever you want. With your organization at the helm, you’re free to rally support and pursue your fundraising goals.

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Halloween Event Fundraising Ideas

13 Oct

There are many reasons why the Halloween season is the perfect time for fundraising events. The weather is cooler, people are more festive, and the holiday lends itself well to fun themes and decorations. Halloween is also a holiday where families are more likely to celebrate with friends, making it an excellent opportunity for tournaments and competitions. Here are some ideas to consider for the Halloween season.

  1. Halloween Dance Party

There’s nothing like a Halloween Dance Party to get everyone into the Halloween spirit. Especially when the dance floor is filled with friends and family in their Halloween costumes. You can charge for admission into the dance party, hold concession stands, or ask for a donation throughout the event.

A few things you’ll need to get started is a location for the dance, Halloween decorations, Halloween-themed music, and dance lights. Luckily, an event this large is a great opportunity to collaborate resources with local business and other fundraising organizations. For example, working with your school’s basketball team and art club can land you the school gym and decorations.

  1. Pumpkin Painting Contest

Hosting a pumpkin painting contest is an easy event that can be done in a few, quick steps. The fundraiser can charge for admission into the competition or ask for a donation at the end of the event. To get started, you’ll need are tables and chairs for the competitors, disposable table cloth, and paints. You can ask competitors to bring their own pumpkins or have pumpkins ready for sale, giving you more opportunities to fundraise.

Depending on the size of the competition, you can make the contest more fun by creating categories. You can have separate judging panels for categories for the best traditional jack o’ lantern, best stencil-free design, and most creative design.

  1. Halloween Costume Contest

As the days get closer to Halloween, the more likely that people will have their Halloween costumes. This makes a perfect opportunity to host a Halloween Costume Contest event where the fundraising team can charge for admission to watch. In this event, you’ll want as many people as possible to compete, so refraining from charging to compete ensures that anyone who wants to enter can.

Like the Halloween Dance Party, you’ll need a location, decorations, music, and lighting. Partnering with a Halloween costume store or school gym is a great way to secure a location, so work on your fundraising pitch and start networking!

  1. Spooky Scavenger Hunt

Take advantage of the crisp fall air with a Spooky Scavenger Hunt! This event is perfect for families at the park or after school, as they hunt for treats. Kids can have celebrating Halloween by wearing their Halloween costumes and using their Halloween baskets in the scavenger hunt. Fundraising groups can charge for admission into the competition to raise funding or ask for donations after the event.

The advantage of a scavenger hunt is they don’t require a lot of materials and are relatively easy to host. Most scavenger hunts will need treats and prizes to hide, baggies for candy, and a map of all of the hiding spots.

Depending on the size of the event, you can make the scavenger hunt a competition for larger prizes at the end. Keep in mind that you’ll want a great participant-to-candy ratio. If you sell tickets to the event beforehand, you can better gauge how much candy you’ll need for the hunt.

  1. Witch’s Broom Hockey (Ball)

Witch’s Broom Ball is the perfect fundraising event for a large number of participants and a gym.  This event does take a lot more planning, but a great game can help contribute to the fundraiser.

Either in tournament style for larger competitions or team vs. team for a smaller event, two teams of witches play hockey using brooms and a football for a set amount of time. The object of the game is to score the most points by shooting the football past the goalie, into the goal net.

There are many rules available for standard broom hockey (ball). For the purposes of a fundraising event, rules should change, depending on the size of your fundraiser and playing space. Some things to consider are the sizes of the teams and penalties for physical contact with the broom.

Halloween is a fun holiday that lends itself easily to fundraising event ideas. Many of the resources needed to host these fundraisers can be gained by collaborating with businesses and other fundraising organizations. Take the time to plan your event and have a spooky time!

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How to Start a Fundraiser Team Fast

4 Oct

Fundraising to meet a cause is rarely done alone. Many fundraisers have teams that work together and motivate each other to reach their goals. While starting a team can make all the difference, talking to new people and organizing people can feel overwhelming. Especially when you’re pressed for time and need to start fundraising soon.

To help you find the best members for your team, we’ve created 4 groups of potential candidates to get you fundraising fast:

  1. Bring the Team Back Together

Bringing a fundraiser back for another season? Then consider reuniting your old team. When it comes to organizing a fundraiser, there are few things more valuable than experience. Your old team will have the easiest time settling into their responsibilities and will be more familiar with the challenges ahead.

If you’re starting a new fundraising organization or haven’t worked with a team before, then be sure to keep log of your potential team’s contact information. After the fundraiser is over, take note of your experience with each member and stay in contact during the off-season. This will help accelerate the team building process for your fundraising efforts.

  1. Start with Friends and Family

When building a team, it is essential that you seek out members who are dedicated to the cause and share the same vision. For this reason, a great place to start is with friends and family. As personal connections are more likely to be invested in your fundraiser’s success.

Another advantage of recruiting friends and family is a quicker settling time than if you didn’t have personal connection. A great fundraising team takes time to reach a comfortable stage where everyone understands the team’s communication style and work rhythm. This is easier to accomplish, faster when working with friends and family.

  1. Reach Out to Stakeholders

If the fundraising team has open spots available, consider reaching out to stakeholders. This is anyone who has a stake in the success of your cause. For example, if you’re fundraising for your school’s athletic program, consider recruiting members of the athletic team, coaches, the cheerleading squad and color guard. Their direct investment in your cause will help the fundraising team stay motivated in meeting its goals.

When recruiting stakeholders, plan to communicate the fundraiser’s cause and how it will meet its goals on their first day. Since they’re directly invested, they’ll be more interested in what your plans are. This will set the groundwork for stakeholders to take action in your fundraiser.

  1. Promote to Volunteers

After reaching out to stakeholders for your fundraising team, it’s time to promote to non-affiliated volunteers. These are people who don’t directly share a stake in your cause and you’ve yet to build a personal relationship with. Although they’re in the bottom of this list, they’re far from the least valuable. Volunteers and new people can have the most creative ideas and deep connections, expanding the reach of your fundraising team.

A volunteer is offering the team their time and resources to help the fundraiser. Take the time to make them feel part of the team by hosting icebreakers and communicate team identity. This will help them feel like they belong within the team. We’ve written a previous blog on the 4 C’s of Building a Fundraising Team with tips on how to strengthen interpersonal relationship to successfully reach goals.

The key to a great fundraising team is commitment. The more committed members are to the cause, the more likely they are to give it their best and overcome challenges. Find potential team members who you are interested in your cause or you’ve already established a personal connection with and start your fundraiser today!

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