|Minford Jr. High Baseball Fundraised $4,250.00Thompson Highschool Warriors $2,300.00 St. Paul Ame Church Fundraised $576.00Kappa Alpha Order Fundraised $8,962.40Grace Fellowship Church Fundraised $1,550.00
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|Innovative Fundraising Events
| Car washes, candy, pizza parties -- those tried-and-true methods are great fundraisers, but other creative alternatives exist. In fact, with the right planning, you'll find that a creative fundraising venture might be the most successful event your organization has put on. Try these innovative ideas and see if they can help you out:|
Celebrity Charity Game: Be it a round of hoops or a softball extravaganza, local celebrities -- from TV personalities to athletes to musicians -- are usually willing to help out an organization in need with a round of friendly competition. Funds can be raised through a number of means: ticket sales, merchandise sales, even a post-game autograph booth. Some celebrities may request a cut of proceeds for an appearance fee, but others will be happy to show up to do the right thing. And where there's celebrities, there's publicity -- and that means more money for your organization.
Newspaper Ads: Newspapers have agents soliciting for advertising sales every day. Why not do some of the work for them -- and raise some money for your organization? From big-name metropolitan newspapers to the smaller local dailies and weeklies, any region should have a number of newspapers to pick from. Simply contact their sales and advertising department and suggest finding a way where your organization and their newspaper could mutually benefit. From commission sales to splitting the profits, there's a number of ways to get the job done -- so go see what's available!
Concerts: You may not have the resources available to put together a rock concert on the scale of Live Aid, but there are still plenty of ways to put together an effective and fun benefit concert. What do you need to make this happen? Three things -- a venue, bands, and ticket buyers. For the venue, local bars and clubs are often ready and willing to support a good cause while sharing in some of the benefits. Contact booking agents and/or managers at each venue; you'll probably be surprised at how much positive response you get. For bands, U2 and Sting probably aren't available, but countless local bands will love the exposure and a chance to do something for the community. Do your research and find bands that play regularly in the area and have enough loyal fans to pack in a place. As for people, you can promote on multiple levels: the people who care about your organization, fans of the bands and music buffs, and local media.
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| Did You Know ...
|· The Association of Fundraising Professionals has established ethical guidelines as well as an E-Donors Bill of Rights. This information can be viewed on the AFP website: www.afpnet.org|
· According to the Quarterly Index of National Fundraising Performance, cumulative donations have been dropping steadily since 2005. However, some factors contributing to this trend include a spike in donations surrounding Hurricane Katrina and the 2006 mid-term elections.
· Donations from millionaires show a marked age gap. Generation X donors (age 27-41) were the most likely of any wealthy income bracket to donate, eclipsing donations from either baby boomers or senior citizens.
· A thought on philanthropy and donating from Ted Turner: "As I started getting rich, I started thinking, 'what the hell am I going to do with all this money?'... You have to learn to give."
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