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December 2007 Fundraising Newsletter
This Issue: Ho-Ho-Holiday Fundraisers!
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Ho-Ho-Holiday Fundraisers!
FastTrack's December Fundraisers
Did You Know ...
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Saginers Steelers Youth Football Fundraised $2,000.00
Northeast Elementary PTO Fundraised $10,000.00
St. Paul Ame Church Fundraised $576.00
Kappa Alpha Order Fundraised $8,962.40
Grace Fellowship Church Fundraised $1,550.00

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Issue: #19 December/2007
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Ho-Ho-Holiday Fundraisers!

It's December, and that means the holidays are right around the corner. What else does that mean? Shopping, friends, and family -- and generous donations to fundraisers. In fact, studies show that people tend to donate the most during the holiday season. There are many reasons, ranging from the spirit of giving to holiday gifts in people's names to year-end tax write-offs. Whatever the case, it's easy for your organization to take advantage with some unique and fun fundraising ideas. Here are a few popular suggestions.

Photos with Santa: It's a pretty simple holiday event -- publicize that you'll have Santa photos and that the funds go to an important cause and people will show up, guaranteed. There are unique ways to add other elements to this; you can involve anything from pets to funny costumes to computer-enhanced backgrounds (if you have the right equipment). All you need is a place to stage the event, someone to play Santa, and a photographer (ask local professional photographers for an added bonus; you never know who'll be willing to help out).

Holiday party: Who doesn't love a little eggnog and holiday cheer? A fundraising holiday party can take place at a number of places: restaurant banquet rooms, hotel ballrooms, even a Chamber of Commerce facility. Partner with some local businesses for some food, refreshments, and entertainment, then get the word out to local newspapers and media, and you've got all the ingredients for a grand event!

Holiday decoration services: Got a little elbow grease to spare? You can offer your time and energy to raise funds. Let the neighborhood know that your team of volunteers and staff are available to put up holiday decorations and lights for a price with all proceeds going to your organization. It saves them time and it earns you funds -- the best of both worlds!

Gift donations: Many people give out donations as gifts, complete with a card that states where the donation was made. While large, national organizations usually receive most of these funds, there's no reason why it won't work on a local level too. Come up with an outreach strategy, including a good brochure or flyer that explains what your organization does, and hit the pavement to see what you can get.

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FastTrack's December Fundraisers

FastTrack Fundraising has three unique ways for your organization to join in the spirit of the holidays:

Cards That Care Donation Fundraiser

Cards That Care Program: If you dig around in your drawers and closet, you're bound to find a gift card that you just never used. Want to donate it to a good cause? That's the basic premise behind the Cards That Care program, and best of all, you don't have to sell anything -- just gather the cards, mail them in, and receive 60% of the cumulative card value in cash. Organizations can participate in the Cards That Care program by visiting the program page on FastTrack's website; just print out the forms and get out in the community. Click Here for More Info.

Christmas Holiday Stocking StuffersFastTrack Stocking Stuffers:  What's in your stocking? How about candy, snacks, or hip wristbands? FastTrack Fundraising offers a number of items that can easily be sold as stocking stuffers: lollipops, silicone wristbands, beef jerky, magnetic jewelry, and much more. Visit the Fundraising Ideas page to see what you can offer the community.  Click Here for More Info.

Holiday Gift Bags

Gift Bag Fundraisers:  This time of year, convenience means everything -- why work with the hassle of cutting and taping wrapping paper when you can use a beautiful, holiday-themed gift bag? Tulsack Fundraising Gift Bags measure 8" x 10.25" and are decorated with festive holiday imagery and colors. Sturdy, roomy, and high quality, these Gift Bags are an easy sell during the gift-giving season.  Click Here for More Info.

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Did You Know ...
For this month's Did You Know..., we're going with -- you guessed it -- a holiday theme!

    "Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity.To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."  - Oren Arnold

    "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." - Calvin Coolidge

    Approximately11,000 Christmas trees are donated to US troops and their families by tree growers this year.

    Nearly 84% of malls will hold charity events during the holiday season, with Toys for Tots and Giving Trees as the most popular charity events in malls.

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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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