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May 2007 Fundraising Newsletter
This Issue: Finding the Right Fundraiser Location
& FastTrack's Fundraising
Discount Cards
In This Issue
Finding the Right Fundraiser Location
Announcing FastTrack's Discount Cards
Did You Know ...
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Recent Fundraisers
People to People  Fundraised $1,981.20
Minford Jr. High Baseball Fundraised $4,250.00
Mims Elementary Fundraised $9,303.60
Alpha Tau Omega Fundraised $4,250.00
Grace Fellowship Church Fundraised $1,550.00


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Issue: #12 May/2007
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Finding the Right Fundraiser Location
Map Hosting a fundraising event is just like promoting a business - location matters! It doesn't matter whether you have the most dedicated volunteers around or the coolest idea of the year; without an accessible and inviting location, you won't optimize your fundraiser's success. An event's location isn't just about the address and cross-street; other factors come into play when determining where to have your fundraiser. Check out the following tips on picking a great place for your next fundraiser:

1. Is the location appropriate?
Depending on your organization, one location may seem more appropriate than another. Community-minded might be perfect for library or family restaurant while a kids sports team may find help out during Sunday morning football days at the local sports grill. Think about what your best demographic is, then choose an appropriate venue.

2. Will they work with your budget?
Most family-oriented restaurants are reasonable when it comes to hosting a fundraiser; you pay a nominal site fee, they get business through food and drinks and you get a percentage of proceeds, along with donation money. However, if you're on a tight budget, schools, libraries, and other public venues might be the best way to go. Figure out how much you can pay up front, then work out a deal with the venue's manager. You'll probably find that most managers support their community and are more than happy to offer a reasonable rate.

3. Will people find it?
An out-of-the-way park or a small restaurant tucked into a strip mall may not get the best amount of foot traffic. If you need the general public to find your fundraiser, then that could be a big problem! Consider how you want to draw people in (invitations? open to the public?), then find something that matches your needs.

4. Will everyone fit in there?
How many people are you expecting? If you're doing an assembly-line operation, such as a car wash, you'll need space to crank people through but you won't be servicing more than a few customers at a time. However, if you've got a fundraising dinner and you're expecting a large amount of people, you need a venue that's willing to offer up that space. Create an estimated headcount, then look at your venue options.
 
By addressing these four simple points, you've already done most of the legwork - you'll know what you need, including size, budget, general location, and type. Once you've got that narrowed down, it's easy to find appropriate candidates to host your fundraiser.

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Announcing FastTrack's Discount Cards
Discount CardGot a favorite pizza place to watch the game? Know where to get the best sandwiches in town? If the answer is yes, then you're already halfway to your next fundraiser.

Announcing FastTrack's new Fundraising Discount Cards - cards specifically designed to give the community great discounts while helping out your organization! Each discount card program is easy to participate in and easy to use. Just bring the appropriate form to the manager and explain what's involved: customized discount cards that advertise their business, give great incentives for people to come in, and are completely free for the businesses to participate in. FastTrack offers four discount cards:

Pizza Fundraising Card:
The Pizza Discount Card offers a special pizza deal that's perfect for family get-togethers and a good night out with a group of friends. Find Out More ...

Sandwich Fundraising Card:
The Sandwich Fundraising Card offers a special sandwich meal deal, perfect for a filling lunch. Find Out More ...

Custom Discount Card:
Get the best group of local merchants on your side with a Custom Discount Card. Simply talk with your local shops - diners, donut shops, hair salons, video stores, or whatever else you'd like - and have them sign up with us. Within 15 days, you'll get discount cards with up to 20 business participants available. Find Out More ...

Local Favorites Card:
The Local Favorites Card is a unique way to get several businesses to participate in your fundraising. Each Card features a limited number of discounts for a certain store type: yogurt shops, smoothies, coffees, etc. Up to five local stores can participate. Find Out More ...

FastTrack's Discount Cards allows your organization to raise up to $9 per card sold. That's a maximum profit of 90% - a great return on investment, no matter how you look at it. Find out more by visiting FastTrack Fundraising's product web page.
Did You Know ...
    Google is giving back to the community by offering free advertising to non-profits through their AdWords program.
    According to the National Association of Elementary School Principals, book fairs are the most popular form of fundraising with an 88% participation rate among the schools surveyed.
    According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 78% of parents and 74% of non-parents agree: "Product fundraising sales are an important financial resource for America's schools and youth programs."
FastTrack Fundraising is committed to helping school groups, sport teams, churches, and nonprofit organizations reach their fundraising goals with fast, easy fundraising solutions.

If there are any topics you would like us to cover in future newsletters, let us know!  We welcome all feedback and suggestions.
 
Sincerely,
 
The FastTrack Fundraising Team
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