So you want to raise oodles of cash for the Kennedy’s Disease Association. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Create an online fund-raising page. Create a web page, send the link to your family, friends, co-workers, parishioners, team mates, etc. and collect donations via credit cards online. It's easy and simple, and eliminates spending a lot of time sending letters, calling people, and organizing big events. Check out http://www.razoo.com/organization/Kennedys-Disease-Association.
- Ask for money. Write a letter explaining your cause, why you are involved, who is to benefit, etc. It's a good idea to request a specific amount or set different levels. ($20 = Silver, $100 = Gold, $500 = Platinum, etc.) Send your letter to everyone, friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, dentist, teacher, and anyone else you interact with.
- Hold a small event. Write down the people you know nearby. Do you know any musicians or celebrities who would play a benefit show? Ask a club you frequent if they would be willing to set aside a special night where a percentage of the door/drinks goes towards your cause if you get people in the door.
- Have an auction. Silent auctions are the easiest to organize and often bring the greatest returns. Ask local retailers if they would like to donate goods or services. They get a nice tax write off, advertising and good PR. Have stuff for as many price ranges as you can find. Spa treatments, hotel weekends and gift certificates are big sellers.
- Hold a 50/50 raffle. Charge $2.00 dollars a ticket to enter. The winner gets half the money collected. For example: You get 100 people to buy a ticket at $2.00 each. That is $200. The winner gets $100 & your charity gets $100. You can also tack on any other prizes you can get donated, like gift certificates, to make the raffle more appealing. The more prizes available, the more likely a person will win something!
- A good way to easily raise money for your chosen charity is to get a local shop to sponsor something, such as the leftover cakes in the bakery. You can then sell them the next day.
- Be creative in your fundraising ideas. Consider including an online component to your fundraising efforts. Create a web page, send the link to your family, friends, co-workers, parishioners, teammates, etc. and collect donations via credit cards online. See http://www.razoo.com/organization/Kennedys-Disease-Association.
- Most importantly, remember to be creative and to have fun while fundraising!
- Be creative. People are "hit up" for money from every angle. Stand out.
- Be honest. If you are raffling off a $10 gift certificate to Denny's, don't advertise a glamorous evening out for two.
- Say thank you. If people donate anything, thank them as if they gave a million. If they don't donate, thank them for their time. They may donate next time.
- Inspire donors. People will not donate money unless they believe in the cause. In any fundraising activity, clearly state your vision and why people should join you in this cause.
- Don't take a "no" personally. Some people can't give, some don't want to. Either way, it is not a personal attack on you or your organization.
- When asking for help you might get many rejections before you get a "yes".