We are surrounded by causes all the time, each one just as valuable to our time and efforts as the next.
Maybe you need to make money for your organization, for a club to function, or for a charity to give away. There are a lot of ways we can do our part for the causes closest to us, and having a fundraiser is one of those ways.
Explore this Guide:
1. Pick a Cause
First you’ll want to decide on a cause and define a clear purpose for the fundraiser. You can’t save the world all at once but you can put forth a concentrated effort on one topic and really make a change. Then you can find an organization that aligns with your purpose. You can find organizations worthy of your help in your local community or nationally.
To find some national charity organizations you can visit GuideStar.org. You can sometimes contact national or local charity groups in order to get their help, affiliation, or expertise on how to run a fundraiser for a certain cause. It’s also a good idea to find a reputable organization to give the proceeds of your fundraiser, as they may have better resources for how to use it effectively.
2. Pick an Event
Nothing makes people want to spend money more like making an event out of it. But you’ll want to determine the best type of event to make people aware of your cause while getting donations at the same time. Some events may be more appropriate for a cause than others. Either way, you’ll want to make sure the event is fun and engaging for the participants.
- Car wash
- Host a party and sell tickets
- Sell something:
- seasonal buys, like chocolates and flowers for valentine’s day
- tickets to a party, concert, talent show, movie night, or other event
- raffle tickets for prizes
- sport, tournament, competition
- yard sale
- Carnival or fair with games and contests
- Put on an event for kids, like a scavenger hunt
- Offer lessons, like a cooking class
3. Set Goals and Plan Logistics
Your fundraiser is going to need a detailed plan with goals. You’ll need a budget for how much money you can afford to spend on the fundraiser event or endeavors. You want as much of the proceeds as possible to go to the charity, and not toward the event. One way to help pay for your fundraiser is to get companies and stores to make donations. For instance, if you are having a talent show for your fundraiser, you could speak with the owner of the venue to see if they’ll let you use the space for free as their donation toward your cause.
If you need funding to put on your fundraising event, then you can also visit Check City for a personal loan to help get your charity event rolling.
You’ll also need to plan your event, decide the date and time, book the venue, set things up, get any licenses you may need, decide how you’ll receive donations, and make any other decisions and plans necessary. You’ll need to get the necessary supplies together as well. For instance, if you’re having a marathon you’ll need to mark the path, bring water, cups, and snacks.
How to Organize Fundraiser Money
- Open a bank account
- Create a GoFundMe account
Above all else, make sure that everyone at the event knows how to make their donations. Make an announcement explaining how to donate at the beginning and end of the event, and place the information to donate in a visible place.
Before your fundraiser takes place you’ll want to advertise for it. First, figure out who your audience is. Who is also concerned about this issue and will want to take part in your fundraiser? If you are selling items or hosting a certain kind of event, what demographic and age groups are going to be most interested? Target these kinds of people in your advertising.
How to Advertise a Fundraiser
- Social media
- Online website/events
- Fliers to pass out
- Ask ppl to announce the event
- Start an event on Facebook
How to Start a Fundraiser on Facebook
First, you’ll want to visit Facebook’s Fundraiser Page.
Second, you can either choose:
- raise money for a nonprofit
- or a personal cause, like raising money for a friend’s surgery.
Finally, you’ll set your fundraising goals and start sharing and posting about your fundraiser to start getting donations!
You can also explore the Fundraiser page what all is going on in the Facebook fundraising world and see what other people are doing.
How to Start a Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook
- log into Facebook
- on the left-side toolbar, under Explore, click on Fundraisers
- from here you’ll choose a charity
- set your goals and time limit
- invite people to participate in your fundraiser
- post about your fundraiser, mention that this is what you decided to do for your birthday, and if you want, briefly outline why this fundraiser is important to you
- make sure you thank everyone who donated
5. Give a Formal Thanks
It’s important you thank everyone involved in the fundraiser. It’s a good idea to take a moment during the activities to thank everyone, as well as send out a gesture of thanks after the activity is over. You can send out thank you notes, post a thank you announcement on your website or Facebook event, or you can send out a trinket, or small gift of some kind to show your gratitude for their help in your fundraiser.
Make sure you don’t forget to thank:
- everyone involved in making the event possible
- the organization involved in the charity you chose
- everyone who participated and donated
Supporting a worthy cause is a beautiful thing, and anyone can make one happen! All you have to do is know how to put on a fundraiser and contact the right people for help.
Some people have even found that after putting on their first fundraiser it turns into an annual event that their community looks forward to every year! So not only can a good fundraiser do a lot of good in your community and in the world around us, but it can also bring your community closer together.
Learn some more tips about “How to Set up a Fundraising Event.”
Read about the benefits of charities by reading, “Charity Gives Back More Than It Takes.”
written by Kimber Severance, Check City Copywriter