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August means it’s Back To School fundraiser time

In many areas of the country, the month of August means it's time for school to start again –and time to start planning your organization's back to school fundraiser. Your group can give mom and dad a hand and raffle off gift baskets full of supplies for a back to school fundraiser. Coordinate with your local school districts to determine what specific items will be needed by students in the coming year: many schools maintain a list of commonly needed i

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Experience raffles are worth more than money

When it comes to fundraisers, it's fun to offer something different. If your organization is looking for an unusual drawing, think about experience raffles. At first glance, this drawing looks much like many others: you print out your customized raffle tickets and sell them throughout the community. What makes this type of event unique is that the prizes aren't tangible. Instead, entrants enter to win the chance to do or participate in something the...

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Fundraising opportunities abound at summertime cookouts

Father's Day gatherings With the month of June come Father's Day and the first official days of summer – warm, sunny days that are perfect for cookouts and outdoor fun. Your organization can host a barbecue and serve up delicious food and games for the whole family. Consider how many volunteers will be needed to take care of setup, breakdown, cooking and cleanup. You'll also need a small team of volunteers to arrange advertising for the event. It's a g

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Getting green at a lawn and garden show and sale

With the arrival of spring, gardeners' thoughts and dreams turn to the promise of another growing season. It's time to plan the lush landscapes of vibrant, colorful flowers and the rows of veggies and herbs, whether grown at home from seed or purchased as a young, healthy plant. Your organization can be part of the action by hosting a lawn and garden show and sale that brings together those who love plants and local growers. While the great outdoors wou

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Erin go Bragh – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with colorful festivities

As we turn the calendar to March, winter relaxes its grip and lawns gradually shed their drab yellows and browns in favor of the bright green of early spring. Another type of green becomes prevalent during this month: the green of St. Patrick's Day. This day celebrates Irish culture and traditions and offers a variety of fun, family-friendly fundraising opportunities for your organization. Few things speak more eloquently of a culture than its food, and

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Unique winter holiday fundraising ideas

The holiday season is a time for joyful events full of cheer that bring together the entire community. Your group or organization can take part in the fun with a variety of exciting winter holiday fundraising ideas! Some communities hold open houses of private homes and public spaces decked out in their holiday best. The sight of a lovingly tended Victorian home adorned with lights and sprigs of fragrant evergreen brings a warm, nostalgic feel to ma...

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Warm your heart and clean your yard

Ahhh, autumn. The season of hot cocoa, bright colors on trees, lengthening shadows and the first crisp, frosty mornings. It's a great season to celebrate with a fall fundraiser! With harvest season fast approaching, your organization could team up with a local pumpkin or apple farm (sometimes one and the same) to help you raise money for your cause. Larger farms often hold a festival on their grounds to showcase the bounty of their harvest, with fun rid

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A fundraising plan is your road map to success

A key element to the success of any business in operation today is its business plan – a road map that outlines the route a business plans to take to increase its revenues and grow financially. A similar road map exists for nonprofits and other organizations that raise monies for their continued growth and success.  Called a fundraising plan, this road map helps you to look ahead, establish fundraising goals and then focus your efforts on how to achieve t

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Volunteer perks keep fundraising motivation high

  Running a successful fundraising campaign can be mentally and emotionally tiring for even the most enthusiastic volunteer. After weeks and months of hard work trying to keep the community’s enthusiasm high, workers themselves can be in need of a pick-me-up. Here are some ideas to help prevent the candle from burning at both ends and keep your team’s motivation boosted. (more…)...
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