Plan Your Fundraising Strategies

The problem with many fundraising efforts is that there are no pre-planned strategies in place before the event starts. We find that organizations achieving success in their fundraising efforts made fundraising strategies their first priority.

A Solid Plan Helps Produce Great Fundraising Results

Good fundraising means you raise the resources your group needs. Great fundraising comes when you build a campaign that is based on a solid plan. The bottom line is to build a fundraising strategy that is realistic. Successful fundraising ideas include the management of staff and volunteers, takes advantage of proven programs, utilizes mail and email when applicable, and is meaningful to your fundraising community. Whether your fundraising organization is national or you are working with a small local group, the key ingredients are having the right content, people, volunteers that all work together to make your fundraising strategy become a feasible plan.

“The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success”

Mal Warwick in “The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success” writes about an entirely new and revolutionary approach to fundraising strategy and planning. He shows nonprofit organizations how to set fundraising goals based on the mission and how to select, implement, and stay with the right strategies to meet those goals.

Fundraising strategies are important to service organizations that rely on donors giving their hard-earned money to a fundraising effort. Quite often it is best to take the same approach as other organizations and their fundraising ideas. It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. If a similar organization has had success with one strategy it makes sense to explore that same strategy for your organization. For example, if a local pregnancy center has found raising money with silent auctions meets its financial needs, you may want to consider holding a silent auction for your fundraising project.

Nonprofit fundraising is important and you will find many corporate sponsors willing to help your cause. It is always a good approach to present corporate sponsors with general background information about your goals and ways you intend on using the fundraising proceeds. It is important to successful fundraisers that their donors gain a comfort level with the organization and the fundraising needs. Of course, they will want to know that you will be good stewards of the financial resources they choose to share with your group.

Powerful Funding Strategy

Grant Station has some wonderful information on fundraising strategies. They believe if you want to develop a powerful funding strategy for your organization or a specific project, you must first become familiar with giving patterns, Fundraising Trends, funding sources, and fundraising methods. Knowing and understanding each of these is essential to creating a fundraising strategy.

Notification of Funding Accomplishments and Future Plans

An active fundraising board will keep in close contact with the community and its leaders, getting them directly involved with your mission. Remember, the success of your fundraiser is based on keeping the community desirous of supporting your organization. Make sure your strategy includes the preparation and distribution of newsletters and new releases that notifies donors about your recent accomplishments and future plans. Most local newspapers will gladly print stories of local nonprofit organizations and the ways in which they are helping in the community. After all, there are only so many fundraising resources available. Use the strategy of keeping your organization and its impact on the community in the news as much as possible. Be the organization that people want to support.

Be clear in your advertisements and newsletters to map out your group’s mission. Make it easy to follow and describe it as directly as possible. Follow these simple rules:

  • Let people know who you are.
  • What you have done in the past.
  • What you plan is for the future.
  • What you need them to do to help. Ask for their donations, and or time or any other needed resources. Be sure to tell them exactly what your needs are and how they can help you.
Merry Lollipops Image

You will increase your lollipop sales during the holiday season with these great Christmas Lollipops. They are packaged in cases of 640 fundraising lollipops. Inside the case are 8 packages with each package containing 80 lollipops. You will make 50% profit selling just one case. And shipping is free

What You Should Know

Christmas Lollipops and all of our lollipop fundraisers offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. In other words, you will double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $175.00 45%
Yummy Lix Round Lollipops Fundraising

Yummy Lix Round Lollipops are our #1 selling lollipop. They come in an assortment of all your favorite flavors. Yummy Lix Round Lollipops are packaged in cases of 640 pops. Inside the case are 8 packages. Each package contains  80 lollipops. You will make 45% profit selling just one case. Shipping is free!

What You Should Know

Yummy Lix Round  Lollipops offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. Sell the lollipops for two times the cost. Meaning, you double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

  • In hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $175.00 45%
Sub Sandwich Fundraising Cards

No matter what you call them, these sandwiches are a staple in the American lunch. And sometimes, dinner. That’s why sub sandwich discount cards make a highly effective fundraiser. These fundraising cards are the same as having 20 sub shop coupons. Simply download the merchant agreement and have your local sandwich shop manager complete it. We will print your custom fundraising cards with the store name and logo along with your group info.

What You Should Know

Sub Sandwich Fundraising Cards is a very profitable fundraising program. Your group will make between 50% and 90% profit on every card. Depending on the number of cards you purchase you will make at least $5 per card. It is possible to make up to $9.00 profit on each card sold. Take a look at the profit chart below for more details:

Profit and Cost

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# of Cards Cost Per Card FREE Cards Profit
75 min $3 0 $525
100 $3 20 $900
200 $3 50 $1,900
300 $3 75 $2,850
400 $3 100 $3,800
1000 $3 300 $10,000
Snackin' in the USA Fundraiser

The Snackin’ in the USA fundraiser gives you 20 mouth-watering treats to choose from. All products are made from premium quality nuts and candies. It costs absolutely nothing to get started. Simply let us know how many participants you have and we’ll send 1 order-taker for each of them, at no charge.

What You Should Know

Snackin’ in the USA is a fantastic fundraising program. Easy Fundraising Ideas give you a 50% profit on each and every snack you sell. The only additional charge is a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 snacks.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Hockey scratch cards

The expenses associated with being on a hockey team can make you feel like you are up against the boards. One one the fastest way to get out of that tight financial spot is with hockey scratch cards.  If you are looking for hockey fundraising ideas, scratch cards are a find!

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

 

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  • Free shipping
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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
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One of the most exciting money-making ideas is a Battle of the Bands Fundraiser. Live music is a huge draw for most people, giving you a broad audience, which translates to money for your cause. Once you have a venue and date, the most important part of a Battle of the Bands fundraiser is – Read More »

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