Fundraising Tip – Kickstarting new ideas

Fundraising Tip of the Week – Kickstarting new ideas

Following on from last week’s tip (engaging new volunteers), this week’s tip is about collecting new fundraising ideas in preparation for setting your fundraising calendar for the year.

Send out a note via:
– your Facebook page if you have one
– email list if you have one
– paper if you don’t have access to either of the above.
Let your community know that you are preparing to discuss your plans for the year, and welcome everybody’s fundraising ideas in the brainstorming process.

Let them know that all ideas are welcome, including events and suitable product fundraisers.

Be prepared: you will no doubt be approached by those who run a business and want to sell through your group. Accept their information and take it through the proper decision-making processes but don’t feel bad if you say no. Often if you say yes to one, it causes issues with others wanting the same opportunity. (Note: a twilight market can be the answer to this).

There will be some great ideas as well as the not-so-great ones. Remember, you won’t discover the gold unless you open yourself up to all the sand to sift through. Welcome all of it.

You can then turn up to your first meeting armed with some ideas for discussion that can be turned into a shortlist.

You never know – you might end up with a new volunteer to run with the idea they put forward! Do you have any kickstarter fundraising tips? Let us know on our facebook page or contact us via email

Happy Fundraising!
Mandy Weidmann

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Originally published 7 February, 2014

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