Effective Fundraising Tips – Do’s and Dont’s

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DO take advantage of the free resources available to you on the Web.

In most cases, fundraisers have little to no budget. This definitely makes your job harder, but it doesn’t make it impossible. With the advent of the Internet, we now have unlimited access to a wide variety of effective information and resources.  With blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and email, you can easily launch an effective fundraising campaign with little or no capital.

DO put one foot in front of the other.

Commitment is crucial for effective fundraising, but you have to make sure to not get ahead of yourself. An effective fundraiser requires completing a mountain of tasks.  If you try to tackle everything all at once, you’re very likely to get overwhelmed and give up.

Instead of approaching everything at one time, take a step back, set realistic goals, and outline a plan for achieving those goals.  Take your fundraiser one step at a time, and you’ll reach your goals before you know it.

DO give your donors a variety of options for giving.

We often focus on collecting donations online, but it’s important to remember that this is  just one piece of the puzzle. Many people still prefer to mail you their contribution, or even pay in person.

Getting people interested in donating is the most difficult task, so don’t let your hard work go to waste by making it difficult for interested donors to contribute. Be sure to offer a variety of options for giving to maximize the amount of donations you receive.

DO focus on micro before macro

In many cases, the old fashion way still has its place.  Even if you plan on launching a global campaign, the best place to start is often your own community.

Knocking on the doors of local businesses is a great way to gauge responsiveness, test your pitch, and refine your approach. There is a lot to be learned from the immediate feedback of grassroots face-to-face promotion, and local businesses thrive from PR opportunities like supporting your cause.

Succeeding on the local level provides a solid foundation for expanding your campaign.

DO be passionate

Passion attracts passion like a magnet. If people see you’re devoting your time and energy to a cause, they’re naturally more likely to feel compelled to do the same.

There’s no better way to convince others to help than absolutely radiating passion and commitment. You need to live, breathe, and drink your cause, and be ready and willing to discuss it with anyone.

People have a natural ability to see through artificiality.  As a result, they tend to recognize and appreciate genuine passion.  If you’re not passionate about your work, you might want to consider channeling your effort to a different cause.

Our precious tips on crowdfunding will serve as a starting point to creating your own page for your own cause. After this you will be able to crowd fund by following the tips on our donation website.

Looking for additional fundraising tips check out these other links: How to Hit Your Goals Faster with Email TipsHow to Hit Your Goals Faster with Email Tips part 2How to Write Emails for FundraisingHow to Receive Online Donations with 5 Email TipsHow to Fundraise Successfully with DonationTo

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