It’s one thing to be involved with a group or a fundraising team, where everyone can rely on each other for support and help, and the responsibility is spread out across the entire team. There’s also the emotional support that team fundraising provides.
But if you’re embarking on an individual fundraising effort, that’s an entirely different ball game. When you’re on your own, you’re on your own. Sure, people will be encouraging you along the way and helping out however they can, but at the end of the day, the responsibility for coming up with good individual fundraiser ideas is up to you, and it’s also up to you to make sure that everything goes right.
It can be enough to make you second guess whether this was a good idea or not, but if you can just manage to keep your motivation high, the rest will fall into place with a bit of strategic help. First, you need to realize that you are not alone when you sit down to come up with fundraiser ideas.
Not only will you very likely be getting plenty of solicited or even unsolicited help from people who have been in the same boat as you before, but there’s also your fundraising consultant, who is there to help you through just these kinds of tricky situations.
Individual fundraising ideas can be some of the hardest to come up with, as you have to tailor them to a very specific situation, but also you have the freedom to do whatever you want, which is a distinct advantage over fundraising teams who all have to agree on the same thing. Choosing individual fundraisers can be a lot easier if you know what to look for.
Aim for high-profit ideas like scratch cards, or stick to products that have low or no shipping charges. The easier you make things for yourself, the more likely you are to stay motivated, and in turn, the more likely your individual fundraiser ideas are to be a success.