July 8, 2016 Time’s a Wastin’!
Today, July 8th, is the 189th day of the year with 176 days remaining in the year. It’s hard to believe the year is already more than halfway over. That makes Thanksgiving only 138 days away. And Christmas, well, it’s 169 days away.
There are two big fundraising “seasons” each year. Spring, which has already come and gone for 2016, and fall.
In the south, the fall season can be a bit challenging due to SEC football. Because of this, I recommend you avoid scheduling Saturday night events during the autumn months. Thursdays are “the new Saturday” and work as well as a Saturday event. Just be cautious about the end-time of your event. Most folks don’t want to be up too late past their bedtime on a weeknight when they have to go to work the next morning.
So now that you know the year is half over, my question to you is if your nonprofit is on target in your fundraising. If not, no need to fret just yet. You still have time to adjust.
There are so many different ways to raise money. Here are some of my favorites:
Sit-Down Gala Auction – This is a themed event with a seated dinner, live and silent auctions and a Fund-A-Need. This type of event is labor intensive but can raise a lot of money.
Raffles – There are all sorts of raffles with the capacity to raise big bucks for your nonprofit. One of my favorites is the Three Trip Raffle. This raffle provides an opportunity for your supporters to make a $100 donation and receive a chance to win one of three fabulous trips. These trips can be found at the Mitch Stuart website, a nationwide consignment company I love to work with. To facilitate the raffle, you print information about all three trips on the raffle tickets and as they are sold the buyer indicates which trip they want to purchase if they are the lucky winner. You collect the buyer’s information on the perforated side of the ticket. At a stated date and time, you’ll draw a winner. *NOTE: Be sure to check your state gambling laws before implementing this activity!
Fund-A-Need Only –All nonprofits host events to raise money. But not everyone who supports those nonprofits will choose to participate in the walk-a-thons or golf tournaments, etc. There is, however, commonly a moment when all the guests at that event are in one place at the same time. This is the perfect time to conduct a Fund-A-Need where you simply ask for donations for a specific cause. It’s that easy. Don’t let those who want to support your mission walk out the door without the opportunity to do just that.
There are numerous ways to raise funds for your nonprofit’s mission. But start the planning process now. The year is already more than halfway over!
Make every minute a revenue generating minute!
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