New Year’s “Game Day” Fundraiser

New Years Game Day Fundraiser

When family and friends get together, there is often a fundraising opportunity that presents itself. Close friends and family are perfect prospects when it comes to raising funds. Everybody likes to help a good cause, especially when they care for the person that is presenting the opportunity. Loved ones are there to support one-another.

New Years is one of those perfect times to present a fundraiser. You may often overlook the men in the family when it comes to fundraising, but this fun way to raise money will have everyone all in — even the men!

The idea is centered around football.

The big game is just as much a part of New Years Day as pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving. Everybody will have fun with this particular game.

The Fundraiser

The idea is that everybody involved picks a team during the game. Whenever the “other” team scores one or more points against “your” team, you put a contribution of a quarter or more (perhaps even a dollar) in your collection jar (details below). Everybody is bound to get into this one, as it makes for friendly competition that contributes to a great cause.

This game not only brings more fun to New Years, but it is easy to perform. The plan-ahead preparation is even easier than most fundraisers. You do not need much to add this to your holiday.

The Set Up

Getting Organized

It is best to start planning and collecting the materials needed as soon as possible. You will need a set of collection jars (or other containers) to hand out and retrieve. Plan your collection method prior to making your announcements. It is best to have everything in order prior to presenting the fundraiser.

Make a list of the participants. Think of as many people as you can. The fundraiser does not need to be limited to your household. Invite neighbors, teachers, friends, family and, if you make it online too, even people you know across the country to participate in this online version that will contribute to your fundraiser.

Set Up Your Donations Method

There are two primary methods used to collect the funds afterward.

Collect the Money in Person

In the past, this has been the most common way to collect the money.  Designate one to two people to collect the funds.  Plan for the collection.  If you are collecting the actual funds, make it as convenient as possible.  Though you could have participants “bring in” the money, you might consider offering to pick the jars up.

Online Collection

With the internet, you literally can make this fundraiser nationwide.  Therefore, you need a way to collect the funds nationwide.  First, you need to set up a donations page.  HelpaFund has been working with all sorts of groups doing just that.  Click here and set up your donations page with them.

Instruct all your participants that once the fundraiser is completed, they should count the money in their donation jar and then use your donations page to send in the money.

HelpaFund keeps a very small percentage, but it’s worth it.  They take the headache out of collecting funds, they allow you to collect funds nationwide, and they provide many other benefits.  Check out our two other articles for more information.

Promoting Your Fundraiser

Promoting the fundraiser will be simple, especially using social media. Create an event on Facebook that has all the details, then get the word out.

  • Schedule one or more Facebook live sessions to present the idea.
  • Tweet a picture about the event with a link to your Facebook event page.
  • Have a group meeting where you present the fundraiser.
  • Present this idea face to face with whomever you think would benefit from that interaction.
  • If you have a place where people frequent (such as a school or church), put up flyers.
  • Send out letters and/or emails. Emails are very good when you are collecting online donations (see above).

Doing Your Fundraiser on New Years Day

If you are Doing the Fundraiser Online

Game watchers who are doing the fundraiser online do not necessarily need  a jar.  As their team is scored against, they can either write IOU’s that they drop in a hat or jar, or they can simply write down their donations on a piece of paper during the game.  At the end of the game, donations are totaled and made online on the donations page.

Build Excitement on Game Day

Use your Facebook event page to get your participants to tell you which games they are watching.  Post the game scores.  Get your participants commenting and posting pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Get people interacting about the games and the amounts donated.

Collect Your Donations

Think of the  best way to collect the donations after the event for your group or organization.  After the fundraiser is done, either the participants bring all the money collected to the collector(s) or the collector(s) visit each participant and get the jars.

For online donations

As discussed above, if you are using online donations, collections are easy and convenient for everyone.  You should have already instructed people how to make the donations.  After the fundraiser, your designated collector simply needs to be available to answer questions in case any donators need help.

 

Fundraising can be enjoyable. This holiday and sports event will greatly benefit your efforts, while providing family fun. Enjoy your New Years!

 

How to Use Crowdfunding for Your Next Fundraiser

How to Use Crowdfunding for Your Next Fundraiser

Crowdfunding can be a great way to bring together you donor network and surround them around your cause. Today, we’ll show you how to use crowdfunding for your next fundraiser.

Here’s three steps every cause can follow to successfully crowdfund a campaign:

1. Choose The Right Crowdfunding Platform

Before you can launch your campaign, you need a platform to host the fundraiser.

Crowdfunding with Expertise in Fundraising

If you are looking for a platform that has experience in the fundraising industry with both large and small groups, HelpaFund is a great platform.  It was developed by a gentleman with years of working with fundraising groups and individuals.  They provide all sorts of helps to aid you in your crowdfunding fundraiser.

  • Audio tips for your campaign set-up stages
  • Provide music on campaigns if you want it
  • Provide Entertainment discount cards for rewards (see details on their web site)
  • They even let you create your own rewards.
  • They have share tools.  All crowdfunding uses Facebook of course, but not everyone has a Facebook account. You can also share on Instagram (younger people use that over Facebook) and a Text tool that can be done from a smartphone. (About 98% of people read their text messages, so this is an extremely effective tool.)
  • They even help your crowdfunding campaign get found in search engines.

Product Development or Creative Fundraising

If you have a product that you want to get off the ground, then Kickstarter might be right for you.  People can pledge money to your cause through their site. Your project only funds if you meet or exceed your fundraising goal. If your project is successful, Kickstarter takes a 5% fee of the money raised – and there is a 3-5% payment processing fee. Keep in mind, Kickstarter can only be used for “creative projects.” For more information check out the Kickstarter FAQ and their Creator Handbook.

General Crowdfunding Service

If you are just looking for a general crowdfunding service, GoFundMe offers fundraising services for all causes. Set your crowdfunding goal and you get every donation your campaign raises. The type of campaign you run determines the fee GoFundMe.com attaches to your fundraiser.

2. Make Sure to Provide Compelling Information on Your Crowdfunding Page

This is your opportunity to let donors know who you are, how much money you need and what you’ll use it for.  The old saying, “A Picture Paints a Thousand Words,” is true.  Be sure to provide pictures along with compelling information about your fundraiser and how the funds will be used.

If possible, set up a video for your crowdfunding page.  That way, when potential donors visit your crowdfunding page, the first thing they will see and hear is a video about your cause.

If you need to raise a lot of money or explain an in-depth cause, see a professional filmmaker (think local) might donate part or all of their services to make your crowdfunding video. Tell them what you need the video to do and let them actualize your vision. Some crowdfunding campaigns budget their video production into their fundraising expenses.

3. Launch and Monitor An Engaging Campaign

After you’ve created your crowdfunding page and populated it with information, it’s time to launch your campaign!

The first few days are your best chance to gain traction. Get as many eyes on your crowdfunding page as possible. Share your fundraiser across all social media platforms, and get your network to do the same.

Release daily content related to your crowdfunding campaign. This could be photos of the people / project your fundraiser will benefit, or status updates on how much money you’ve raised so far.

Check out how your promotional content is performing. What posts drive the most traffic to your crowdfunding page? What kind of donors are you attracting? Use this information to refine your crowdfunding efforts.

You want to constantly engage your audience with meaningful updates. Keep attracting new donors until your campaign ends!

 

So what you waiting for?  Start your crowdfunding!

Why You Really Need to use Crowdfunding for Your Next Fundraiser

Why You Really Need to use Crowdfunding for Your Next Fundraiser

Fundraisers are crucial when collecting money to support what is important to you. It opens many doors that would otherwise remain closed. There are many ways to raise funds for your need.

The amount of strategies are endless. People often only consider one option: selling items. This category can include bake sales or other craft sales. You may have only considered fundraisers to be events such as these. However, you can truly get creative with ways to raise money.

Have you considered crowdfunding? You may have heard of it, especially with so many people opening up a crowdfunding account to raise significant amounts of money. You may have seen people sharing a funding page on social media. Huge amounts of money have been raised using this method of fundraising.

There are several reasons to use crowdfunding for your next fundraiser…

Crowdfunding

Extends Your Reach for Funds

Crowdfunding has brought fundraising to the internet. Never before has it been this easy reach sources for fundraising. You will literally be reaching a crowd, as crowdfunding is a form of crowdsourcing.

Crowdfunding allows your fundraising abilities to reach further heights. You can share your crowdfunding account over social media. People who care about you and your cause can also share it with their friends and followers. This creates a nearly limitless reach for funds.

Size Doesn’t Matter

Larger groups have the power of numbers, but small groups and individuals often face a much harder battle of trying to raise money.  If you or someone that you know has ever been faced with the burden of raising a large amount of money, you know how overwhelming it can feel.

You may have heard of people raising large amounts of money for trips through this type of funding. There are also many tragic situations that people feel compelled to support through crowdfunding. It is truly an easy and effective way to raise funds for your cause.

With crowdfunding, any person or group can use social media to amplify themselves.  Your online friends suddenly are an opportunity to turn yourself or your small group into a large one as they help you get the word out.

Every Cause Matters

Crowdfunding can be used for any and every cause. The range is limitless, so do not count your fundraiser out. Crowdfunding is used for a variety of needs. People have fully funded travel using the method. Entrepreneurs have been successful with funding their business ventures. Artists have also benefited from crowdfunding.

It’s Easy!

Set up a donations page and then use social media to get the word out.  HelpaFund has been working with all sorts of groups and individuals to do just that.  Click here and set up your donations page with them.

There’s No Up-Front Cost

There’s no cost to set up an account, and you don’t have any fees unless people actually make donations.  As for fees, HelpaFund keeps a very small percentage, but it’s worth it.  They take the headache out of collecting funds, they allow you to collect funds nationwide, and they provide many other benefits.

 

There is no reason that you should not incorporate crowdfunding into your fundraising strategies. You will be shocked at the reach your fundraiser has through crowdfunding. If you have a steep goal, then you should definitely consider crowdfunding. The amount of money you could raise is limitless. Do not underestimate people’s willingness to contribute to your cause. Reach the power of human kindness by using this crowdfunding resource today!

Origin of Christmas Wreaths

Merry Christmas wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraising
Merry Christmas wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraising
Merry Christmas wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraising

In our series about Christmas Wreath fundraising, Christmas Forest has been fantastic. They provided us with an overview of their program, tips for choosing the right Christmas wreath (your customers will need these tips), their history, and also about how their method actually helps sustain and improve the growth of the trees that they use.  We thought it only fitting that we share the origin of Christmas Wreaths as provided by Christmas Forest.

Origin of Christmas Wreaths

The Christmas gifts sit under the tree all aglow – tucked in neatly with ribbons and bows. There are Christmas decorations placed about, and Christmas wreaths adorn the door. It’s that wonderful time of year again when mysteries are unveiled. So, why do we give Christmas gifts during this holiday season? Have you ever stopped to wonder about the history of gift giving? When did Christmas gifts become the highlight of the season and why? The idea of giving gifts most likely originated when the Three Kings brought offerings to baby Jesus upon his birth. Throughout history, there is documentation of gifts being exchanged during Three Kings’ Day as well as on Christmas Eve.

However, gift-giving as we know it today began in the early 19th century when some of the first few ads were posted in newspapers by store owners. By the late 19th century, giving gifts at Christmastime was in full swing as large retailers such as Macy’s began leaving their doors open late on Christmas Eve. Today, Christmas Day wouldn’t be the same without gifts under the tree. Another item you won’t want to leave off of your list when it comes to Christmas is one that’s as popular as gift giving itself – a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath.

The Christmas wreath is another tradition that has been around for a long time and was initially created from fresh evergreens. Since evergreens are green year-round, they were the obvious choice during the winter months. The word ‘wreath’ is derived from an English word meaning to twist, such as in a circle. Some believe that initially wreaths were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory.

In Christianity, the Christmas wreath was used to symbolize Christ. The circular shape, with no beginning or end, represents eternity or life never ending. The wreaths were typically decorated with four candles, three on the exterior and one in the middle. The middle candle was lit on Christmas Eve to symbolize the arrival of the Light of the World – Jesus Christ. A tradition began in the early 19th century to lay evergreens shaped into wreaths or crosses on graves to honor the dead. Family members would bring them home to use as part of their Christmas decorations during the holiday season.

At Christmastime, it only makes sense to combine two of the most symbolic icons together, giving wreaths as gifts. Who wouldn’t love to display the beautiful colors of the holiday season upon their door during this festive time? Christmas wreaths come in many styles and designs. There are traditional wreaths with velvet red bows adorning noble fir branches speckled with berries to the more regal choice such as gold satin bows atop pine boughs embellished with juniper berries.

So why doesn’t everyone have a Christmas wreath hanging on the door as part of their Christmas decorations? Many people simply don’t realize how much a Christmas wreath can illuminate an entranceway and provide festivity and cheer to visitors both old and new. As well, it can be hard to find the time to do the extra things that make the holiday season so special. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to share such a rich holiday tradition with your friends and relatives when selecting their Christmas gifts this year? And while you’re deciding which Christmas Forest wreath to send their way, shorten your holiday to-do list by purchasing one for your door too.

Share this story with your supporters when you do your wreath fundraiser this holiday season.

Christmas Forest has a great fundraising program that works for both large and small groups (or even motivated individuals). Click here to read our review of their program.  If you think you might want to even consider doing a wreath fundraiser, please get the information now.  Don’t wait. Your fundraiser needs to be set up in early fall and it’s already October! And after you do your fundraiser, let us know what you think of Christmas Forest.

Go Green by Fundraising with Christmas Forest

Christmas Wreath Fundraising from Christmas Forest
Rustic Wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraisers
Rustic Wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraisers

“Going Green” is a buzzword any more, but it is a great thing. The better care we take of our world, the longer it will last and the better condition for our lives. That’s why those who are environmentally conscious like to “buy green” whenever possible.  That means doing your best to purchase products that use renewable resources. As we reviewed Christmas Forest fundraising, The Fundraising Network learned that it is a fundraising company that is concerned about protecting the environment. Here’s why.

Real Evergreen Wreaths, not petroleum-based plastic

When it comes to deciding between a fresh Christmas wreath and an artificial wreath, more people than ever are choosing real evergreen wreaths. You probably know that artificial wreaths are made from plastics and other petroleum based products, and you also know that petroleum is not a renewable resource. The artificial wreaths most likely will end up in a landfill, and they are not biodegradable. In addition, most artificial wreaths are made overseas; therefore, even more petroleum is used to ship the artificial wreaths.

Real Wreaths can be recycled

There are many more ‘green’ reasons to buy a fresh evergreen wreath. They can be recycled by removing the fir from the wreath rings for a potpourri. There are also many free recycling programs where the greens will be chipped and used for mulch, another plus for the environment. Of course, a fresh evergreen wreath is just so beautiful too and everyone loves the forest fresh smell!

No Tree Harvesting, Christmas Forest helps tree growth

Our fresh wreaths are a renewable resource. Christmas Forest does not cut down any trees to make our Christmas wreaths. In the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Christmas Forest harvests the tips of the branches, and this promotes the growth of the trees. Trimming the branches of the noble fir tree is actually beneficial to the trees and thus great for the environment.

More oxygen for us all!

The aromatic noble fir trees from Washington state are the longest lasting evergreens. These majestic trees are nature’s way of fighting against global warming. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and release oxygen. The process of producing plastic to make artificial wreaths burns fossil fuels while adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

So consider going green with your fundraiser this year.

Knowing that fresh Christmas wreaths are recyclable, renewable and less of a contributor to global warming, those who are concerned about our Earth are choosing a fresh Christmas Forest wreath. Go green…buy a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath this year.

The History of Christmas Forest

Jazz A Tazz Wreath from Christmas Forest
Jazz A Tazz Wreath from Christmas Forest
Jazz A Tazz Wreath from Christmas Forest

The title sounds like a short story, but Christmas Forest is actually a company with a very profitable fundraiser for both groups and individuals.  (For more information, see the review we did.) We at The Fundraising Network have seen all sorts of fundraising companies come and go, some of them more quickly than others.  Environmentally friendly bug spray was a fundraiser that didn’t seem to last long. What we like to see are fundraising companies that have history, have weathered the years and are still going strong, so that we can recommend them.  Christmas Forest is one of those companies.

Rick & Ramona Holt started Christmas Forest in 1976 when they sold wreaths at Pike Place Farmer’s Market in Seattle, WA.  There, they learned what gift buyers are looking for in a Christmas wreath and what is important to them.  Some of the customers that walked by their booth in Seattle would ask Rick & Ramona to send wreaths to their family, friends and clients across the country.  Little by little, they built up that list and earned thousands of loyal customers.  One of those customers asked if her national sorority could sell wreaths as a fundraising project and that is how the fundraising program began.  Now, Christmas Forest employees about 50 crafts people during the months leading up to Christmas and sends out about 30,000 Christmas wreaths all over the world.

To see wreaths offered by Christmas Forest, you can check visit them at christmasforest.com, read the review we did about their fundraiser, or visit our Holiday Pinterest page.

Christmas Wreath Fundraising: Tips for Choosing a Christmas Wreath

Highlander Wreath from Christmas Forest
Highlander Wreath from Christmas Forest
Highlander Wreath from Christmas Forest

Have you considered a Christmas Wreath fundraiser? You might think, “Why should I consider this now? Christmas is three months away.” Well, you need to think about it, because Christmas Forest (who provided the information below) gets their groups ready for fundraising in the early fall.  It takes time to create the materials you will need and to be prepared for sending out so many wreaths to the groups use their wreaths for fundraising year after year. And making all those wreaths is not quick either. Christmas Forest employs about 50 crafts people during the months leading up to Christmas and sends out about 30,000 Christmas wreaths all over the world.

If you are or are thinking about doing a Christmas Wreath Fundraiser this year, here are some tips to help you maximize your results and profits.

Tips for Choosing a Christmas Wreath

The holidays are a time of year when Christmas starts to occupy the thoughts of many as they decide not only how to decorate their own home but what gifts they will give to their family, friends, clients or colleagues. Here are some tips for making meaningful choices your gift recipients will love:

Christmas Classic Wreath from Christmas Forest
Christmas Classic Wreath from Christmas Forest

1. Take into consideration the color scheme the recipient is currently using. If your friend has a green door, you may not want to send them a wreath with a big blue bow. A fresh wreath topped off with a gold bow would be a perfect choice because not only does it complement the green door, but it also brings more of the colors of Christmas to the exterior.

2. When making your choice, think about the preference of the recipient and not necessarily what appeals to your taste. You may fall in love with the designer look of the Holiday Swags, but perhaps your great aunt would much rather have the traditional circular wreath with a great big red velvet bow.

Art Deco Wreath from Christmas Forest
Art Deco Wreath from Christmas Forest

3. We have some great ‘fancy’ wreaths loaded with ornaments, lights and colorful bows. You could choose the Mardi Gras colors of the Gala Glitz wreath or the fun geometric designs of the Art Deco wreath for your friend that marches to his/her own drummer.

4. When deciding on which Christmas wreaths would be best to send out to your client list, we recommend something a little more conservative such as the gorgeous Christmas Classic wreath or the beautiful Highlander wreath with the tartan plaid bow.

Cross Wreath
Cross Wreath

5. At this wonderful time of the season, it’s important not to forget those who share their faith with you. Consider sending clergy people, choir members or special friends from your congregation special Christmas Crosses – wreaths in the shape of a cross. This is sure to bring them great joy.

6. Lastly, when giving wreaths as gifts, it’s important to consider whether or not your recipient has something they can use to hang it on the door. If you’ve never seen them display a Christmas wreath, chances are you should probably include a wreath hanger with your gift. This way, you’ll be certain they can use it right away.

Fresh Christmas wreaths make perfect Christmas decorations and great Christmas gifts for those you care about. With these tips for choosing just the right style from our large assortment, you’re sure to bring pleasure to your recipient with a Christmas gift as unique and special as they are.

 


Special thanks to Christmas Forest for the information for this article. Groups of any size can easily use Christmas Forest for their fundraiser. Click here to read our review of Christmas Forest, or you can visit them at http://christmasforest.com.

 

Christmas Forest: A Perfect Holiday Fundraiser, but Contact Them Now

Christmas Forest Deluxe Wreath
Christmas Classic Wreath from Christmas Forest
Christmas Classic Wreath from Christmas Forest

Wow! Doesn’t that sound harsh and foreboding? As a writer here at The Fundraising Network, I try to stay positive, but sometimes I find a time-sensitive piece of information like this one. Christmas Forest sets up their fundraisers with groups in the early fall, and that means there is very little time to get the samples and information that Christmas Forest provides. So you need to contact them now.  Here’s why.

I was tasked with finding holiday fundraisers to write about so I spoke with Ramona over at Christmas Forest.  After receiving just some of her information, I have to tell you that this is a fundraiser that you NEED to check out!  I’ve seen many fundraisers that have some good points, but Christmas Forest gets fundraising, and it shows in the way they work with groups.

Christmas Forest has two great plans that will fit any group from the smallest to the largest.

Easy Plan – You don’t touch a product, and it fits any group.

You tell your members and their friends and family how they can order fresh Christmas wreaths online, by mail, FAX or telephone and mention your club code at checkout.  Your group will receive 10% of the sale.  That’s an average of $4 per item!  Christmas Forest sends the wreaths directly to the customer or their gift recipient.  They even create and send graphics to your members so they can pass those along to their friends and family.  It’s easy.

Bulk Plan – More Work, but More Profit

Your group purchases fresh Christmas wreaths at wholesale prices, and Christmas Forest sends them to your group in cases.  Your group distributes and makes $10 or more for each wreath.

No Hidden Costs and Personal Help

For both plans, the shipping is free, and there are no hidden costs.  Christmas Forest also provides you with a personal fundraising rep who will answer any questions, make sure you receive free brochures, order forms, order taking envelopes, etc.

You NEED to See Their Product, so Ask for a Sample

Here at The Fundraising Network, we’ve known about fundraising with wreaths and Christmas type items, but I was amazed at what I saw when I visited christmasforest.com. I had never seen so many different types of wreaths, some with subtle differences, to fit just about any home. When you get to the homepage, there are a few wreaths, but click on the ‘More Wreaths’ page! You’ll find multiple designs, various shapes  — I certainly didn’t expect so many!

Through the web sites on The Fundraising Network, we hear from various fundraising groups throughout the year.  We know that groups like samples, but I never thought of wreath samples.  This is something you may not expect, but Christmas Forest provides samples and there’s a reason why. Ramona told me, “We find that once the fundraising group actually sees one of our beautiful noble fir wreaths, they are sold and can’t wait to start selling the wreaths to their potential customers.  That’s why we offer a free sample wreath to the group so they can smell the wonderful aroma and see the superb quality of our evergreens.”  So be sure to ask for your sample!

What Kind of Groups Do Best with Christmas Forest

Christmas Forest is glad to work with just about any group, but they work most with many schools, churches, sororities and fraternities as well as civic groups and scouting groups.  There’s lots of groups that are so pleased, they come back.  “Our repeat customers tells us that they not only love our gorgeous wreaths, they also really appreciate our outstanding customer service.  This has made for hundreds of loyal fundraising groups that insist that selling Christmas Forest wreaths is the fastest and easiest way for their group to earn money,” Ramona said.

To Sum It Up

I found that Christmas Forest provides a great product that can help any group of any size.  They also provide two plans that allow your group to work more and get better profits or work a whole lot less and still make profit.  The way I see it, that’s a win-win.

But there’s a catch!

Christmas Forest sets up their fundraisers with groups in the early fall.  That means you need to check this out now. Don’t wait or it might be too late for you to get in on this year’s profit Christmas Wreath fundraiser. You can contact them at (888) 235-2142 or click here to request information from them.

9 Reasons Your Group Should Be Fundraising Online

By Ayana Forward

1. Increased Reach

Email makes it possible to contact supporters, family, and friends from different geographic locations as well as those only within close proximity. Fundraising campaigns can now reach potential supporters from coast to coast and not just those at arms length.

2. Increased Safety

Since there is no door-to-door selling involved in an online fundraising campaign, there is no need to approach strangers when asking for money. The added safety of using the internet to fundraise brings a sense of relief to parents as well as team members.

3. Reduced Risk

A burden faced with many traditional fundraisers is the potential cost associated with left-over inventory. A referral or affiliate program is an example of an online fundraiser where there is no need to purchase or carry inventory. Your group is paid for referring products regardless of the quantity you sell. There is no longer a need to purchase large quantities of inventory that you may never be able to sell.

4. Add Variety, Customization & Creativity

Unique web based services give teams the opportunity to create customized goods from T-shirts, to team posters and calendars. Traditional fundraising products are outdated and carry little benefit or value to your supporters. The internet brings with it so much more choice in terms of items you can sell in order to fundraise. You can now fundraise with books, travel, magazines, sheet music, board games, movie passes and much, much more.

5. Reduced Costs

Running an online fundraising campaign can be very inexpensive. Email accounts are free and many companies offer free website hosting packages. With referral programs the merchant is responsible for carrying the inventory, shipping the products and any costs associated with the online transaction including credit card processing.

6. Speed of Success

Most web based fundraising programs provide you with instantaneous real-time tracking of sales and lead conversions. Additionally, it is so quick and easy to email a promotion your supporters.

7. Ease of Coordination of Effort

A traditional fundraiser usually involves purchasing inventory, handing out inventory, counting and managing stock, delivering goods sold, organizing volunteers, and booking rental space. An online fundraiser can all be done in front of a computer using email and your website as a communications tool.

8. Results

Because most online programs are free to set up and join having only one sale will usually result in a profit, or will more than likely cover all of the costs associated with your campaign. With some online fundraising campaigns there is no break-even point to worry about and normally no minimum number of sales is required to insure a profit.

9. Fun

Surfing and shopping online is not only fun for your group but your supporters as well. They will take pride in supporting your group and have the opportunity to conveniently purchase items they can actually use and benefit from.


About The Author:

Ayana Forward is the author of Raise Money…Without Selling: Effective Web-Based Fundraising. Click here to learn more.

Online Fundraising – More Profits with Less Effort!

Many organizations are now looking to the Internet to produce online fundraising results. If you consider all the environmental factors invloved in fundraising today, it definitely seems like the safest and simplest way to go. For one thing, you don’t have to worry about going door-to-door and you can raise funds from the comfort of your own home, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Also, online fundraising can be done on its own, or can be combined with any other fundraising program or product. However you choose to combine it, one thing is sure: you will make more profits for your group with less effort. The key component to making your online fundraising a success is to build a base of supporters. By increasing the number of names in your email address file, you are increasing the amount of profits you will make.

What should you look for when choosing an online fundraising program? You must ensure that:

Funds are easy to track.

Emails sent are frequent, targeted and personalized.

A “thank-you” acknowledgment is sent.

Sending emails to show how the contribution will be used and to give immediate thanks to the donor gives immediate satisfaction and enhances the chances that donors will renew their subscriptions again with your group. Other important factors to help influence your decision when choosing a fundraising program are that the response rate is higher than that of traditional fundraising and the fundraising costs are much lower.

Now you can see why more and more people are turning to online fundraising every day.

The formula is simple: Online Fundraising = More Profit + Less Efforts!

About the Author

eFundraising offers proven fundraising programs at up to 90% profit. Available programs include World’s Finest Chocolate, Online Magazine Fundraisers, Scratchcards, Brochures and more. eFundraising / QSP Reader’s Digest has helped groups raise almost $3 billion since 1964.

To help you discover the best fundraiser for your group, call 1-800-561-8388 for your FREE info kit and gift and an experienced fundraising consultant will be more than happy to help you. Visit www.efundraising.com.