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Managing a Fundraiser
"Can You Spare a Dollar" Fundraiser
by Deane Brengle
Have you sighed at the thought of another product fundraiser? Or rolled your eyes when someone mentioned another fundraising event?
Tickets to sell. Orders to take. Products to deliver. Volunteers to coordinate.
I'll admit it - I've grumbled behind the back of someone suggesting a new fundraiser. More than once. And I know I'm not alone. Am I?
But this fundraiser has me thinking. This one's got potential. It's got a lot going for it:
Can You Spare a Dollar
The premise is simple - have each member of your group ask 25 people for a dollar. Collect the money. Turn it in. That's it.
The twist that makes it easy is the cute sayings on the form that your members use to solicit the dollars. Who could resist:
That's just a sample of the great sayings that are used to motivate friends, relatives, neighbors, and acquaintances to helping raise money for a good cause.
This fundraiser is great for all sorts of fundraising situations. It's perfect for a fast fundraiser to start school. Or a quick fundraiser for an emergency. Great for a small group or a large one. Any nonprofit group can use this fundraiser.
A school band, cheerleading squad, choir, computer club, youth group, soccer team, scout group, Awana, 4-H, Spanish club, Junior Achievement, elementary school, and many more.
After you have decided to go ahead with a "Spare a Dollar" fundraiser there are just a few steps you will need to take to insure a successful outcome.
Download the Sample Form
I've compiled a sample form for you to use or modify for your own use. Be creative and have your members suggest sayings that are appropriate for your group and have relevance. It will give them ownership in the fundraiser and help improve participation ... and your bottom line.
The file is in RTF format, a file format viewable by multiple operating systems and word processing software. Download the Can You Spare a Dollar Fundraiser Form RTF. (You may need to right click and choose "save as").
About the Author:
Deane Brengle writes for several free online publications that cover fundraising for small nonprofit groups. You can visit these publications and read more about fundraising in articles by him and other experts in the field at The Fund$Raiser Cyberzine, The Fundraising for Small Groups Newsletter, and Fundraising Booklets.
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