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Why Supporters Love Popcorn Fundraising

6 Sep

When leading a fundraising organization, it’s important to consider what types of activities and sales will help generate the most support. There are many creative ideas to choose from. While each fundraiser has their advantages, popcorn fundraising stands out from rest as being a favorite with supporters. Here are a few reasons why supporters love popcorn fundraising:

  1. More Pop for Their Support

Unlike other fundraisers that sell cookies or candy, a popcorn fundraiser gives supporters more treats for their donation. Most popcorn fundraisers sell large bags, jars, tins, and tubs that carry the popcorn. At Popcorn Palace, sizes range from a 1/3-gallon bag to a huge 2-gallon signature tub.

Having a container like a bag or tub also makes it easier to travel with the popcorn. Other fundraisers that sell cakes or cookie dough have storage requirements to keep them fresh and intact. This can be burdensome for students or professionals who must carry their treats around.

  1. A Variety of Flavors

When you ask someone about their favorite flavor, chances are they’ll find it difficult to pick just one. Most popcorn fundraisers allow for multiple flavors and combinations per-container, making it the perfect snack for even the pickiest of foodies.

Popcorn Palace goes through great lengths to find the perfect balance between sweet and savory flavors, for a variety of assortments. From the classic Brown Sugar Caramel to the adventurous Spicy Cheese, Popcorn Palace has a flavor that everyone will love.

  1. Perfect Snack to Share

One of the biggest reasons why supporters love popcorn fundraisings is because popcorn is a snack that keeps giving back. Popcorn tastes much better when enjoyed with a group of friends and family. A large container like Popcorn Palace’s 2-gallon tin is the perfect for birthday parties, get-togethers, and movie nights.

In fact, we believe so strongly that popcorn is the perfect snack for parties and movie nights, we’ve written a blog on our favorite sports movies for families. So grab some friends and enjoy a tub of popcorn!

  1. Helps to Create Joy

When people supports a popcorn fundraiser, they’re supporting a good cause that gives back to the community. A motto that we proudly at Popcorn Palace is, “When people help each other, amazing things happen”. There are many great causes that host popcorn fundraising. From student led organizations to animal shelters, supporting a fundraiser helps them achieve their dreams and accomplish their goals.

Popcorn fundraising is a favorite amongst fundraising organizations and supporters because it allows people to help with a cause while enjoying a tasty treat. The joy of having fresh gourmet popcorn can be shared with friends and family while proceeds go to a bigger cause, leading to smiles all around!

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How to Pick Your Best Fundraiser Idea

31 Aug

Your next best fundraiser is just an idea away. As you brainstorm with your team about potential fundraiser ideas, you’ll want to have a criteria ready to help you determine which ideas to focus on. When you’re limited on time and resources, every meeting counts. To help you find your best fundraiser idea, consider using these four criteria:

A Great Fundraiser Idea Is Feasible

There are only so many hours in a day and the budget is meant to last the entire campaign. You’ll want to pick a fundraiser idea that is achievable within the resources that you have available. A great fundraiser idea with the most likelihood of success will fit within these three parameters:

  • Your Total Budget
  • Time Allowed for Completion
  • Definition of Fundraiser Success

If the fundraiser idea fits within these parameters, then the goal is feasible. If there isn’t enough room within a parameter, then the other parameters will need to be adjusted.  For example, if you’re short on the Time Allowed for Completion, then you’ll to Redefine Success and increase Your Total Budget.

A Great Fundraiser Idea Is Exciting

Motivation is essential in any fundraising campaign. Without motivation, you’ll run the risk of burning out your team and have a harder time winning supporters. You’ll want to pick the fundraising idea that will generate excitement for your team and supporters.

Keep in mind that certain types of fundraisers pair best with specific talents and personalities. For example, an event-based fundraiser works best for teams who can dedicate long hours and manage high-levels of stress. The best way to determine if a fundraiser idea is exciting is to gauge the enthusiasm of your team.

A Great Fundraiser Idea Grows Other Ideas

There are many parts to a successful fundraising campaign. Not only will you need to plan your time and budget well, but you’ll also need to:

  • Create a sales pitch
  • Plan promotions
  • Organize logistics

A great fundraiser idea will inspire these other parts as you review your options with your team. For example, if you’re reviewing an idea for a popcorn fundraiser and your team is raising money for the school theater club, then the overlapping themes could inspire a great sales pitch.

A Great Fundraiser Idea Is Easy to Communicate

One of the most important qualifiers of a great fundraiser idea is its communicability. An idea that is easy to communicate is easier to lead, because the larger vision and its goals are clear. An idea that is challenging to communicate is a symptom of poor planning and should be red flagged from the other options.

When determining whether or not an idea is easy to communicate, consider creating a mission statement. Using one to two sentences, a mission statement clearly defines the goal through actions.

For example, a mission statement for a school booster club hosting a sales-based fundraiser would say: “The school booster club will raise $500 in 3-months for athletics by selling treats to supporters of our programs.” The mission statement is clear, illustrates the actions needed, and explains the goal in one sentence.

When planning your next fundraiser, chances are you’ll have many ideas on what to do next. Knowing which fundraiser ideas to focus on is essential when time and resources are limited. If you’re going through multiple fundraiser ideas that sound great, then focus on the most exciting one and keep the others in your back pocket. You’ll never know when another great idea will strike next!

What has no start-up costs and can get started today? A popcorn fundraiser with Popcorn Palace! It’s the easy and profitable way to start fundraising and orders are sorted by participant. We can help you turn your fundraising idea into fundraising success.

Also, if you raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace, we’ll take care of your shipping in the contiguous United States for FREE! For more information about popcorn fundraising, fill our form below and an expert popcorn fundraiser will contact you soon!

Student Organization Checklist for a Successful School Fundraiser

23 Aug

The start of every semester is an exciting time to reunite with good friends and student organizations. From the athletic department’s booster club to the math club, student organizations give students chance to take on leadership positions and participate competitions, shows, and events.

Most student organizations start recruiting within the first few days of classes. This makes the first few meetings the perfect time to start planning the semester’s activities and budget. To help student organizations review their activities and budget plans, we’ve created a checklist template with key topics to discuss:

Topic 1: The Organization’s Mission: It’s always a great idea to revisit the mission statement of your organization before you set yearly goals. Doing so will give your organization direction for making decisions during the planning stages.

“Together, our mission is to…”

Topic 2: Hold a Roll Call: Before deciding on activities for the new semester, you’ll want to create a log of members and their roles. Some roles may require an election or additional signed forms.

Write the names of students who have agreed to service a roll. If all prerequisites like permission slips, proof of insurance for field trips, dues, and other forms are submitted, then check off their name. Here’s a list of some of the essentials:

Officer Roles:

  • Teacher Sponsor: _____________________________
  • President: _________________________________
  • Treasurer: _________________________________
  • Communications: ___________________________

Organization Members

  • __________________________________________
  • __________________________________________
  • __________________________________________
  • __________________________________________
  • __________________________________________

Topic 3: Time to Plan Activities: After the organization has chosen its officers and gained members, it’s time to start planning for the semester’s upcoming activities. If the organization held activities last year, then take some time to reflect on activities that were enjoyed the most. The experiences gained from past activities will give your organization a reference for how to improve on activities for the current semester.

It’s also helpful to keep a log for how much each activity cost. This will help you estimate how much funding you’ll need for the current semester’s activities. List at least 3 activities and their costs here:

  1. _________________________________________
  2. _________________________________________
  3. _________________________________________

Total Cost for Previous 3 Activities: $__________________

Now, brainstorm on potential activities and get a cost estimate for the current semester. Keep in that some costs may vary, depending on the activity. For example, if your organization is participating in a national competition, you’ll want to account for competition fees, hotel fees, driving expenses, and other essentials. Use previous experiences to get more details where you need them:

  1. _________________________________________
  2. _________________________________________
  3. _________________________________________
  4. _________________________________________
  5. _________________________________________

Potential Total Cost for Current Semester Activities

$_________________________

Topic 4: Plan Your Fundraiser: Once you’ve found your Potential Total Costs, meet with your team to discuss fundraising. Some of the things that will need to be discussed include:

  • Dates for the activity
  • Dates dedicated to activity setup and preparation
  • Deadlines for funding

With this information, the organization to start planning fundraising events and sales. Our fundraising specialist at Popcorn Palace have created another comprehensive checklist that breaks down the essentials for a successful fundraiser.

The Essential Fundraising Checklist can be accessed here: https://popcornpalaceblog.com/2016/02/16/the-essential-fundraising-checklist/ or search “checklist” at popcornpalaceblog.com.

The start of a new semester is a fresh opportunity to plan fun activities for your student organization. Use this template as a guide to help your student organization build momentum and have a great first day!

Looking for a fundraiser with a simple setup no start-up costs to you? Then start a school fundraiser with Popcorn Palace! All of our popcorn is made with all-natural ingredients for the tastiest crunch in every bite. Also, if you raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace, we’ll take care of your shipping in the contiguous United States for FREE!

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7 Simple Tips on Motivating Your Fundraising Team

18 Aug

Motivating your team can be one of the most challenging things in organizing a fundraiser. It’s not enough to have a noble cause. Without motivation your team risks falling short on its goals. Here are 7 simple tips to ensure that your fundraising team reaches success:

  1. Encourage Fundraising Ideas

A great idea can strike like a bolt of lightning. It can come from anywhere and when it lands it brings with it a bolt of energy for your team. Help your team land great ideas by keeping an open door policy for all members. When teams encourage ideas, they are also help their members feel heard, valued, and motived.

  1. Recognize Accomplishments

All accomplishments, no matter how small, is an incremental step in the right direction. When a team member meets their personal best or has completed a challenging task, give them praise for their hard work and dedication. When you give credit to the progress of a fundraising team, they feel more invested in its success.

  1. Assign Responsibilities to Strengths

It’s essential to pair the strengths of your team members to their responsibilities. When team members are enabled to perform the tasks they do well, they’ll feel greater motivation to complete the task.

For example, if your team has a member who loves crunching numbers, then giving them the responsibility of treasurer is something they’ll enjoy. Assigning responsibilities to strengths ensures that members are set for success.

  1. Give Frequent Updates

The fundraising team should consistently receive updates on the progress of their goals. When the fundraiser is moving forward, the team will enjoy knowing that their hard work is leading to real results. When progress has slowed down, leaders should invest in the team look for solutions that will keep them moving forward.

  1. Take Team-Building Breaks

Teams that don’t take the time to recharge after long periods of hard work run the risk of burning themselves out. This is especially true for fundraisers that are working with sensitive subjects where the emotional toll is high.

Take your fundraising team on a retreat or ask your members to take part on a game night. Recreational activities like these enable relationship building and conversations that unify a team.

  1. Hold Regular Meetings

There’s power in holding regular meetings. For starters, it allows team members to better schedule their plans and help the fundraiser. Secondly, being consistent with meetings builds a sense of direction. When the team holds regular meetings, members can build the expectation that at a certain time and day, the team will come together and accomplish and its goals.

  1. Focus On Setting Goals

The team leaders should always have a goal in mind for their team. When leaders have a goal, they set the baseline for what is expected and how the team will get there.

Goals don’t necessarily have to be a dollar amount. A goal can be as simple as filling out a sponsorship form or securing enough chairs for a fundraising event. It’s crucial to always have a goal for the team to accomplish, motivating them to move forward.

When a fundraising team is motivated, they’re better engaged with the cause and develop a sense of goal ownership. Fundraising teams that don’t take the time to motivate their members run the risk of burnout. With these 7 motivational tips, teams can secure the momentum needed to accomplish their goals.

Need a fundraiser with no start-up costs to you or your student organization? Then learn how Popcorn Palace can help your fundraising team! All popcorn is made with all-natural flavors like Brown Sugar Caramel and Cheddarific, giving you the most satisfying crunch in every bite. Also, if your raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace we’ll take care of your shipping in the contiguous United States for FREE!

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How to Hold Big Fundraisers for Small Groups

12 Aug

Working with a fundraising team towards a great cause, no matter how small, is always something to be proud of. Sometimes, the smaller team has the advantage when it comes to reviewing ideas, putting plans into action, and holding members accountable.

The key to big fundraising results for a small team is in knowing how to best leverage your time and resources. With a smaller team, roles are focused and everyone is essential. Here are 5 tips to fundraise big with a small team:

  1. Put The Word Out Online

One of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to promote your fundraiser is by starting a social media campaign. Ideally, you’d want to have a mix of social profiles that allow you to spread information as quickly, and to as many people as you can. Some popular networks and their uses include:

  • Facebook allows fundraisers to organize, promote causes, and engage supporters by creating a page.
  • Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest are perfect for sharing images and video to a large active user-base.
  • WordPress, Tumblr, and Weebly are popular blogging sites with easy to format tools.
  • Twitter’s use of hashtags and micro-blogging format allow fundraisers to publish links and information quickly.
  1. Recycle Equipment

When working with a small team, organizing equipment like tables, chairs, sound equipment, and other items can be challenging. If the fundraiser isn’t sponsored, investing in equipment can be expensive. To save on your budget, consider asking members in your team if they can lend equipment until after the fundraiser is done.

If the members in your team can’t lend the needed equipment, consider asking other fundraisers and organizations if they will lend you theirs. Public spaces like recreational centers, parks, and, libraries, and gymnasiums can also make for great venues and in some instances it’s at no cost for non-profits. Just be sure to check with your local representatives about using public spaces before you start.

  1. Rotate Headquarters

Having regular meetings is an essential part of fundraising as it allows members to review their progress, discuss ideas, and plan upcoming events. With a smaller team, it’s critical that all members attend meetings as each member takes on more responsibilities.

A major advantage of working with a small team is having the flexibility to hold meetings whenever it’s most convenient. Consider rotating meeting location and times. This way, schedules are more flexible and all members can attend.

  1. Focus on Small Scale Events

Hosting an event is a popular method of fundraising. From a fun run to silent auctions, there are many creative ideas that will grab attention and help raise support. However, hosting an event requires a lot of time, resources, and a reasonably large team to plan and operate the event. Although it’s not impossible for a smaller team to host a fundraising event, a smaller team will need to take a different approach.

A smaller team should focus on simple fundraising events that can be done within a relatively short amount of time and with few resources. Some fundraising events that are work well for smaller teams are:

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Movie Night
  • Bake Sale
  • Tie-Dye Party

These events require minimal resources and the majority of the work is done outside of the event.

  1. Host a Sales Fundraiser

Another method of fundraising that is also time and resource-effective is to host a sale. Unlike an event, hosting a sale doesn’t require a venue, a plan for activities, or an extensive preparation phase. Selling goods like candy and gourmet popcorn have a quick turnaround period and have minimal risk.

Larger fundraising events require an equally large investment of time and resources with most of the fundraising taking place during the event. A sale allows the fundraiser to better manage their risky because fundraising occurs in increments.

A sales fundraiser is also more flexible to opportunities than hosting an event. Small teams can partner with local events, participate in holidays, work with a sponsor and other fundraising teams to expand their reach.

All fundraisers, no matter how big or small can serve their communities and accomplish a greater good. The key is to be creative and leverage your available resources to meet big goals!

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How to Start Fundraising on Facebook Today

2 Aug

A fundraising campaign wouldn’t be complete without an active Facebook account. Whether you’re a growing organization that hosts multiple fundraisers or a single cause with a tight deadline, having a Facebook allows fundraisers to engage with supporters.

Fundraisers who are new to managing pages, groups, events and social media campaigns may feel that starting a Facebook account is a large commitment. While it’s crucial to keep active, getting into a productive routine is much easier than you’d think. To get you started using Facebook today, we’ve outlined the essentials of an effective campaign.

Using a Facebook Page vs. Facebook Group

The status updates we see on our newsfeeds from companies, other non-profits, government organizations and celebrities all come from either a page or a group, as they offer unique settings to better manage communication.

To help you decide whether to start a page or group, we’ve organized a list of major differences and preferences:

Facebook Pages

Posts and information found on pages are made public and generally available to all users. Pages can gain followers through page likes and statuses will show in their feed.

The advantage of administrating a page is access to analytical tools and timed posts that will help your organization curate its content. These analytical tools can be used to boost engagement and attract more followers.

Facebook Groups

The major difference between a page and a group is the depth of the privacy settings. Groups can remain closed and secretive, which may be preferred for fundraisers who are dealing with sensitive topics or under-aged audiences.

Groups can also send notifications to group members by default, helping members stay updates on shared posts. Group members can also participate in chats, upload their photos into the group’s albums, and collaborate on shared documents.

For closed communities and audiences, a Facebook group may be the preferred method of communication. Larger fundraising organizations who are running multiple campaigns at a large-scale may find pages more inviting than asking supporters to join a group.

Organizing Content That Works

Similar to a personal profile, pages and groups can post status updates, events, milestones and notes for their followers to see. After you’ve decided on running a page or group, you’ll want to start planning out your social media campaigns.

Start by organizing a content calendar that follows the journey of your fundraising organization. If your organization is running multiple campaigns, each with their own fundraising events, promotions, partnerships and deadlines, you’ll want to make sure that your Facebook account is giving coverage.

Content Calendar

Collaborate with your promotions team to organize the type of content that will go on Facebook. For example, if the organization is coordinating a talent show in upcoming weeks, you’ll want to have an event write-up, photos and videos taken on-site, and event invites.

Consider using relevant trending topics, holidays and major events to promote your fundraising campaigns. For example, if your school’s athletic booster club is using Facebook to promote its fundraising events, you may want to have content ready for the annual Super Bowl, The World Series, NBA Finals and other large sporting events.

Create Content for Engagement

For some fundraisers, the goal of social media is to foster a community around their cause. On Facebook, this can come in the form of follower engagement – likes, shares and comments – with posts. Publishing content that invites follower engagement will help grow your followers and strengthen support for your cause.

Here are some content ideas that invite follower engagement:

  • Thanking supporters and giving shout outs to sponsors.
  • Videos and pictures that show progress on the cause.
  • Asking followers for volunteer work, ideas and support.
  • Commentating on relevant topics, articles, pictures and videos.

Use the Facebook analytics to keep track of your follower engagement. Facebook analytics will also detail gains and losses in followers, giving your organization insight on the type of content to publish.

Managing a Facebook account for your fundraiser can be fun and worthwhile for your cause. The key to a successful Facebook fundraising campaign is to be personable. Like meeting with supporters in person, a welcoming and confident voice will help followers invest in your fundraiser.

Fundraising doesn’t have to feel like a lengthy process. Start fundraising today with a popcorn fundraiser! All of the ingredients in our popcorn are made from all-natural flavors like Better Salt ‘n Pepper and Brown Sugar Caramel for a yummy crunch in every bite. Also, if your raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace we’ll take care of your shipping in the contiguous United States for FREE!

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The SMARTer Way to Fundraising Goals

26 Jul

The start of every great cause is a vision that inspires people to act. Yet, a vision can only take you or your organization so far. You’ll need well-developed goals that help manage your progress and offer guidance through challenges to be successful.

To better develop goals, many fundraising organizations employ the S.M.A.R.T. criteria to improve their performance. The S.M.A.R.T. criteria challenges a goal until clear objectives and trajectory are found. Here’s what each letter in S.M.A.R.T. stands for with insight on how to develop better fundraising goals:

S – Specific

The first step to establishing SMART goals is to be specific with what your objectives. When objectives are too vague, the goal runs the risk of losing momentum and failing when it is challenged.

A fundraising organization can specify their goals by answering the Five Ws of information-gathering:

  • Who must be involved to achieve the goal?
  • What is the desired result? What objectives must be met to accomplish the main goal?
  • When must the objectives and goal be met?
  • Where is the desired location or event?
  • Why work towards this goal?

M – Measurable

After you’ve defined the specifics of your goal and its objectives, the next step is to ensure its measurability. When your goal and objectives are measurable, accessing success or failure becomes objective. For goals that long timelines, keeping measure of your fundraiser’s progress can help illustrate how much more needs to be done before the organization is successful.

In fundraising, a fundamental metric used is the amount of money being made. However, some fundraisers have other numbers to keep into account, like costs, deadlines, specifications, and manpower. To make your goal and its objectives measurable, ask “how” questions like:

  • How much have we raised so far? How much more do I need to raise?
  • How much time and money do I need to invest?
  • How many volunteers do I need?

A – Attainable

One of the most challenging questions to ask when creating SMART goals is, “are my goals and objectives attainable with our time and resources?” Keep in mind that challenging goals will require greater performance to succeed. It’s easy to get sidetracked in the excitement and commit to something that is out of reach.

If your organization has history, consider using previous experiences to evaluate the attainability of your goal. Organizations that are new or have a short history may want to consider breaking challenging goals into smaller objectives for better measurability.

R – Relevant

The relevancy of a goal focuses on how it contributes to the greater cause of an organization. For example, if your fundraiser’s cause is to help your local school’s extracurricular program, then the fundraising goal must serve the needs of the program.

To ensure that your goal is relevant to your cause, create a sales pitch that you would give to a supporter or potential sponsor. The sales pitch should be simple and connects how the goal will lead to the cause.

T – Time-Bound

All goals should have a deadline. It’s what helps motivate the organization to act and maintain a high level of performance. If the fundraiser has an open deadline, then create a target deadline that is feasible with your dedicated resources.

The S.M.A.R.T. criteria are a smarter method of developing goals that will keep your fundraising organization on track to meeting its cause. With the S.M.A.R.T., your organization will have more clarity on how to evaluate success or failure for smarter decisions on your fundraising journey.

 

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Added Benefits of Fundraising for Students

13 Jul

When it comes to teamwork and organizing goals, participating in a fundraiser offers many fun opportunities for students to learn real-world skills. Students who fundraise are engaged in their communities and work hard for a good cause, all while making friends along the way. Here are some of the benefits that students gain from fundraising:

  1. Support Extracurricular Activities

With looming budget cuts and a tightening of resources, some extracurricular school programs are left to continue their activities with less funding. Activities like field trips, guest speakers, festivals and talent shows rely on the help of parents and students every-year.

To help support these extracurricular programs, students and parents can host fundraisers. In fact, organizations like the Girl Scouts of the United States of America began selling cookies in 1933 as a way to raise funding for their Girl Scout council.[1] Fundraising helps students develop a sense of ownership over their extracurricular programs, showing that hard work and dedication can overcome challenges.

  1. Learn Real-World Skills

Students and organizations can learn many valuable real-world skills when they participate in a fundraiser. Depending on the size of the goal and objectives, a fundraiser will need leaders, treasurers, event coordinators and staff members, community managers, promoters, and many other important roles to succeed.

Hosting a fundraiser will allow students to apply these real-world skills as they organize events, manage sales and inventory, balance budgets, and practice organizational communication skills.

  1. Practice Creativity

Fundraising can also be a fun opportunity for students to overcome challenges with creative events, promotions, and goals. From a large scale talent shows to Popcorn Fundraisers, students must get creative on how to best utilize their time and resources available to raise the most support.

  1. Make Friends Through Teamwork

Students who participate in fundraisers will have the opportunity to work closely with their peers to achieve a common goal, enabling students to make friends who are also passionate about helping their community. Another major benefit of fundraising for students is learning how to make decisions as a team. Fundraising for a sensitive cause like hunger relief and animal cruelty sanctuaries can help students explore these topics and organize their efforts through teamwork.

  1. Connect with The Local Community

Fundraising is rarely a solo venture. Many fundraising initiatives work with the local community to promote, host, and offer support to a common cause. Students who participate in fundraisers are better connected to their local communities by investing their time and efforts to improve their surroundings.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of fundraising is learning to be selfless while serving the community. Through fundraising, students are given the opportunity to organize and pursue a cause that they believe in. Students will learn how to prepare goals, manage their resources, and closely monitor their progress to help raise as much support as they can.

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[1] “Girl Scout Cookie History”. Girl Scouts. https://www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/all-about-cookies/Cookie-History.html

7 Tips for Fundraising Organizations on Twitter

5 Jul

Knowing the ins-and-outs of social media platforms can make a big difference in promoting your fundraiser. Twitter, for example, has features unique to the platform that are essential for fundraising organizations to quickly get the word out and engage with supporters. In fact, a recent Nonprofit Communication Trends Report, 76% of nonprofits are on the micro-blogging platform Twitter.[1]

Maintaining a Twitter account isn’t too complicated. However, to use Twitter to its full-potential, there are a few nuances about the platform to keep in mind. To get started on using Twitter like a pro, here are 10 tips to help you with fundraising on Twitter:

  1. Post Often

Tweets fly by fast. According to Twitter’s website, 500 million tweets are sent every day.[2] With a 140-character limit, Twitter encourages users to tweet and retweet multiple times a day. If you have planned daily content, spread your tweets for coverage throughout the day. This will improve your visibility and opportunities for engagement with followers.

  1. Take Advantage of Hashtags and Mentions

Twitter is where hashtags take off. There are plenty of active hashtags available to get your fundraiser plugged into the conversation. Conduct a Twitter search for hashtags that are relevant to your organization and fundraiser. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to use broad hashtags that are no longer than two words. Hashtags that are too long or specific will tend offer lower rates of engagement.

If you’re referencing a partner, person or place, be sure to use their mentions to tag them in the tweet. This will make the tweet visible to both of your followers for more reach.

  1. Use Twitter to Keep Supporters Updated

Use Twitter to publically thank supporters for helping your fundraiser. If a user is thanked, they are likely to retweet it and expand the reach of your campaign. If you’re working with a partner, volunteers or are receiving ongoing support, send them updates through Twitter. Their public contribution to your fundraiser is also likely to get a retweet.

  1. Focus on Engagement

The key to an effective Twitter campaign is follower engagement. Twitter has recently made its algorithmic timeline the default setting for all users. This allows users large followers and engagement to show higher in the timeline than other accounts.

One method of increasing your engagement is to regularly favorite and retweet articles, links, videos and images that are relevant to your fundraiser. By sharing content from other accounts, you are opening yourself for discussion while at the same time offering your followers something to see.

  1. Use a Link Shortener

A key feature that make Twitter unique is the 140-character limit, including links and attachments. Take advantage of link shortening sites like bit.ly to give your tweets more room to work with. Also, monitor of your engagement rate by tracking activities like replies and retweets around your links. This will give you greater insight on the type of content that you followers enjoy.

  1. Follow and Retweet Relevant Tweets

Twitter is great for branching out and maintaining connections with organizations and influencers. For example, if you’re using Twitter for your school’s athletic department, it may be in your interest to follow College and Professional sports personalities and official accounts. This will allow you to pitch your organization and join conversations about relevant topics.

  1. Maintain an Editorial Calendar

Spend some time every month to plan out some of your tweets. Although the format of Twitter is more conducive for news updates and interactions with followers, maintaining an editorial calendar will ensure that you’ll always have content to publish for the month. Planning the pieces of your editorial calendar will also help you better align your tweets to other promotional strategies.

The attraction of social media is it allows people to have conversations about things that are important to them. Engage with your supporters frequently and develop content that they will enjoy. Keep our 7 tips in mind and you’ll soon see spikes in your Twitter activity.

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[1] John H. “2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends”. John Haydon. http://www.johnhaydon.com/2016-nonprofit-communications-trends-infographic/

[2] Alexei O. “Tweets Per Day”. Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-tweets-per-day-appears-to-have-stalled-2015-6

5 Reasons to Love Fundraising During Summer

28 Jun

There are many reasons to love the summer months. The grass is greener the sun shines brighter and people have larger smiles. The combination of joy and sunshine are perfect for fundraising during the summer months. Below are some of the reasons why we love fundraising during the summer.

  1. The Warm Weather

People are always happier when the sun is bright, the grass is green and the birds are singing! Communities are more likely to help support a fundraiser when they’re in a happy mood. Use warm colors and summery imagery in your promotions to better connect with your supporters.

  1. Students are Out of School

Most students have vacation from school during the summer months. Taking a break from homework, studying and test may seem like fun at first. But after a few weeks away from friends and teachers, students can grow bored.

Fundraising gives students something fun to do with their friends and peers, all while working for a great cause. Students can ask their after-school clubs or athletic departments if there are fundraisers held during the summer months. Some athletic departments to use the summer months to raise money for transportation, equipment and competition fees for the school year.

  1. Celebrate Summer Holidays

The summer holidays, particularly Father’s Day and the 4th of July, are overlooked by fundraisers. Having fewer fundraisers targeting these holidays can give your fundraiser the field advantage as you organize supporters.

Take a few weeks before Father’s Day and the 4th of July to plan your fundraising campaign. Causes that can relate to these holidays, such as raising money for veterans or those affected by natural disasters, may find it ideal to host larger fundraising campaigns.

  1. Community Festivals and Live Music Events

Some communities host festivals and live music events in the summer months, drawing large numbers for fun and excitement. Use the fun and excitement of the festivals and live music events for inspiration to create great fundraising campaigns that will help spread joy.

Tourists and festival goers can workup an appetite going from event to event. Fundraisers that sell food and tasty snacks like gourmet popcorn can especially benefit from the festive atmosphere.

  1. More Event Fundraising Opportunities

Most people spend time outdoors during the summer months to enjoy the great weather. Between the pool parties and days at the park, fundraisers should use the warm weather to host outdoor fundraising events. Here are some examples:

  • Walk-a-thons
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Treasure Hunts
  • Golf Fundraisers

Some fundraisers may find it easier to combine efforts with other organizations to host these events. Ask your city or local business about partnering with a local park, donating equipment and helping with promotion to give your fundraiser more attention.

The summer months are a great time to fundraise and create joy in your community. Most cities and communities experience a boost of activity during these months. Planning ahead and working around other local events is a great way to launch your cause forward through the summer.

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