- Establish your goal and budget right at the get-go
- Make a list of your to-dos and align it with a timeline
- Recruit volunteers to help with that list and timeline
- Spread the word with attention-getting signs
With so many details and moving parts, planning a fundraiser for the first time is a challenge any way you spin it. We wish we could give you a magic “Advance to Go” Monopoly card that would skip right to the end (we’ve submitted the idea to our product team).
In the meantime, we have four tips to simplify the process and–spoiler alert–some suggestions for signs that will help spread the word.
4 Simple Tips for Fundraiser Success
Every fundraiser is different but these tried and true strategies will apply whether your money-maker is a car wash or black-tie gala.
Tip #1 You Gotta Spend It To Make It
In the words of one of the greats from the ‘80s, Ms. Cyndi Lauper, “money changes everything.” When it comes to planning a successful fundraiser, the budget is king (or queen ?). Make sure the budget is one of the first things you do.
The truth is, you have to invest some budget into an event to make it a success, and you have to establish how much you are working with as soon as possible so that you can determine where that budget will get you the best value. Knowing how much you have to work with will help later when you have to figure out how to spend it.
Tip #2 Make A List, Check It Twice
We know staying organized can be challenging. But lists can make or break a fundraiser. Try starting simply. Without over thinking it, jot down all the things that need to be done. For now, don’t worry about who, what, when, or how, just write it all down in no particular order.
If you have a committee (and you should) plan a quick meeting and let the rest of the crew throw out ideas. Hooray for delegating.
The next thing to do is make a timeline. The timeline helps to keep tasks on track and lets you know when something important is coming up. If you aren’t sure what to put on your timeline, start with the date of the event and work your way backward as you get more information.
Tip #3 Divide and Conquer
We could all use a little help from our friends! Your life will be a lot less chaotic if you enlist a group of volunteers to delegate tasks to. Consider establishing teams for set-up and break down, collecting donations, among other things. Your committee members should expect to volunteer and depending on the size and type of your fundraiser, you may need to recruit more.
Tip #4 Spreading The Word
Now you need to think about how you are going to get the word out so likeminded people who support your cause will attend your event. Social media posts, flyers, signs, and word of mouth tend to be very effective.
And it just so happens, we can help you with your signs!
Custom-designed signs add credibility to your event and make it easier to draw an audience. For fundraisers that occur yearly or more such as book and bake sales, car washes, and community sales, it’s worth it to invest a small amount into well-designed and produced signs. Signs can be strategically placed, potentially drawing in people from all around the neighborhood.
We even have templates for every occasion so that you don’t have to be a professional designer to make your sign look awesome.
Ready. Set. Plan!
Hopefully, these tips will help you plan a successful fundraiser. Be organized, establish a budget, have a plan, organize a team, spread the word, and you too can be the master of an awesome, money-making fundraiser.
We can’t wait to hear how it goes! Be sure to follow up with our customer service team after your order and let us know about your successful event!