Just because you have good intentions and would like to be part of a fundraiser, this does not mean that everything will go perfectly. There are mistakes that can be made—mistakes that you should avoid if you are able to.
Not Doing Research
Fundraising requires quite a bit of research before you get started. You need to clarify:
- What you’re supporting
- Where you want to have the fundraiser
- When you want to have the fundraiser
- What sort of theme are you having
- How long will the fundraiser go on
- Who will sponsor it
- Who will head it
…and the list goes on! There are so many different things that you will need to research in order to provide a better chance for your cause to have the fundraiser that it needs.
Being All About the Money
A fundraiser isn’t just to put money together—despite it being the overall purpose. A fundraiser is a great opportunity to get to know the local businesses and the community in the area. If you are a charity or non-profit organization that aims to call that area your home, you will need to avoid making your fundraisers all about the money.
You can provide a progress report at the end of the charity but while everyone is there, you need to make sure that everyone is comfortable and having a good time.
Not Clarifying the End Goal
Just because you are hosting a fundraiser does not mean you should expect everyone to know what the end goal is. Before you fundraiser gets off the ground, you need to clarify the end goal. Are you putting this together to get funds for someone’s procedure? Are you doing this for the local church? If you clarify it the better the crowd that you’ll draw in as they know what their money, time, and effort will be going toward.
Of course, the best way to avoid mistakes is to know about them! We hope that these thee items that we’ve discussed can help you better avoid mistakes for your future fundraisers!