7 Steps to a Successful Fundraiser

Fundraisers are a great way to raise money for charity or cause. Though they are beneficial, some fundraisers fail at attempts to raise money. Majority of these fundraisers can contribute their failure to being unorganized. Increase chances of fundraiser success by following these seven steps.

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1. Know Your Participants

Get an idea about how each volunteer can contribute to the fundraiser. Everyone has different talents and gifts. Take the time to know how the fundraiser participant can contribute to the event. Some individuals are good sellers, talkers, or even event coordinators. Knowing what each volunteer is good at will allow them to be appointed in area that they can handle and succeed. Also knowing the volunteers for the fundraiser group can help to filter out what fundraiser is chosen. If volunteers consist of teenagers, a great fundraiser to choose would be a car wash or candy sale.

2. Pinpoint The Target Area

Fundraisers are not able to please everyone, so it is important to choose an event that is focused on a certain group for people. Does the fundraiser want to attract parents, environmentalists, or car drivers? Decide what the intended audience will be. This will also assist is choosing which fundraiser event to have.

3. Create A Budget

The budget should start with two amounts; the cost that can be afforded and the amount of money to be raised. Knowing these two amounts can aid in the creation of a budget. A budget can delegate the amount of money that can be spent on supplies, the location of the event, and advertisement of the event. A budget helps to keep track of expenses and prevent over spending.  .

4. Choose An Event

The event should not exceed the budget and should be able to raise a certain amount of money. The event should also reach the selected target area. Having an event that coincides with target area can help with the success of the fundraiser because it will attract the intended audience along with their donations.

5. Choose A Location.

Choose a location that is appropriate to the fundraiser. This particular location should not exceed the allotted money set aside in the budget. If a location goes over budget, the fundraiser can be seen as a failure because the cost of the location can deduct monies from the amount raised. Deducting from the amount raised can result in fundraiser not reaching its goal. The location should also reflect the type of fundraiser event. Make sure ample amount of space is provided for the event and that an inside event is not held outside or vice versa.

6. Obtain Supplies

Before the fundraiser event begins make sure that all supplies have been obtained. This will help the fundraiser to go smoothly in order to raise as much money as possible. Supplies can be obtained through a couple of avenues. The fundraiser can have a sponsor to purchase supplies needed. This can help reduce monies needed by the fundraiser. The second option would be to make the purchase with money allotted in the budget. However the fundraiser decides to purchase the supplies it is important to make sure the fundraiser is equipped and prepared to be a success.

7. Advertise The Event

Increase the chances of the fundraiser being a success by spreading the word. More people knowing about the event will increase the possibility of them coming out to make donations. Advertising can be done in numerous ways. The event could be broadcast on the internet via social media or email announcements. This type of advertisement can be done at minimum cost as no additional supplies need to be purchased to complete this task. Fundraiser volunteers can use the computer they have at home or internet services at a local library. Another inexpensive way to advertise is word of mouth. This is a very effective approach that can get all participants involved in helping. The third option will require the purchase of certain supplies. Printed flyers are a great way to promote a fundraiser. Flyers can give the specific type of event, location, and time on one sheet of paper.


Don’t let your fundraiser be a failure and waste of time. Organize a successful fundraiser with these seven suggestions. These suggestions can decrease frustration that some experience while putting together a fundraiser and increase the amount of donations.

 7 Steps to a Successful Fundraiser