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Help The Earth, Raise Some Funds

Eco Friendly FundraisingAs society moves further towards a green-centered lifestyle, Earth Day has changed from a simple idea to one of the most celebrated and recognized days of the year. Now, you can do your part while helping out your organization with fundraising. Here are some simple but effective Earth Day ideas:

Reusable gift bags: FastTrack Fundraising is proud to offer earth-friendly reusable gift bags. These heavy-duty bags are great for birthday gifts, holiday events, or just plain fun. More importantly, they're reusable and cut down on the unnecessary waste of gift wrap. They're the perfect fundraising tool in a month when we should all be extra aware of our impact on the environment.  Click here to learn more.

Aluminum can drive: Did you know that most states still collect aluminum cans for cash? It's true; even though your weekly recycling truck hauls away your cans and bottles, you can still get money for cashing them in. Now you can use this to fundraise by partnering with local businesses and neighborhoods in a can/bottle drive. Simply contact the HR department of your local businesses and explain what your organization does and that you'd like their employees to drop off their cans and bottles in designated collecting bins and boxes that you provide throughout the company. It's that simple -- employees recycle their cans and bottles and you can cash it in for a great fundraiser. Want an even easier version? Just go door to door and start collecting!

Trash clean-a-thon: Here's a simple thing to do: get sponsors to pledge an amount per bag of trash you pick up. A clean-a-thon such as this can be done anywhere -- neighborhoods, parks, shopping centers, schools, or anywhere else. In fact, you can even enlist the help of the local parks and recreation department in seeing if there are any areas they'd recommend cleaning; not only will they appreciate the help, they'll probably publicize your event too!

Compact fluorescent light bulbs: Energy saving is on everyone's mind these days, and changing traditional light bulbs to compact fluorescents is a simple way to do this. Now, you can tap into this popular trend by offering compact fluorescent light bulbs in a door-to-door fundraiser that's as good for the earth as it is for your organization. First off, you'll need an inventory of bulbs, and chances are if you talk with the manager at your local hardware store, they'd be willing to offer a bulk discount or even a sponsorship in your drive. Second, arm your volunteers with CF bulbs and a list of benefits they can tout to each person they speak to. Third, send them out and about to celebrate Earth Day while raising funds for your organization.

Ready For Mother's Day In May?

Fridge FrameWith the hustle and bustle of everyday life, holidays can sneak up pretty fast. Even though Mother's Day is in May, it's not too early to start promoting a great gift that's also a highly effective fundraiser. FastTrack's Fridge Frames are simple, convenient, and fun -- a multi-picture photo frame that magnetically sticks on to the refrigerator. It's perfect for celebrating and remembering anything: friends and family, favorite relatives, a great vacation, silly pets, or anything else worth cherishing. Best of all, with the Fridge Frame, photos will always be viewable by anyone visiting the home, guaranteeing smiles and memories for years to come.

The Fridge Frame is an easy sell in the weeks leading up to Mother's Day and it gives you up to 50% profit with each frame sold. FastTrack's Fridge Frames come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fulfill the needs of any Mother's Day present. Best of all, FastTrack handles all of the logistics, from shipping to promotional materials, meaning that all you have to do is go out and fundraise.

To get started, request a FREE Fridge Frame Fundraising Kit. But you better hurry -- after all, Mother's Day will be here before you know it!

Did You Know ...

* When the economy gets hit by hard times, expert fundraisers agree on the right thing to do. Some of your big-ticket fundraisers may cut back, so keep hitting up new donors while staying in close contact with existing ones. Sometimes, a little push goes a long way.

* Just a few months ago, the Wall Street Journal had an editorial suggesting a way to attract more big-ticket donors -- make your organization as transparent as possible, and put much information online as possible. Their logic? The more transparency, the more donors will understand how and why their money's being spent -- thus increasing their trust factor and making it easier to open up the pocketbook, even in rough economic times.

* A word from the wise during the month of Earth Day: "Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." --Cree Indian Proverb
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