2009 Recap: New Challenges, New Ways To Raise Funds

As we’re wrapping up this year, we’d like to thank you, our readers, for your continued interest in FundraisingIP.com! We appreciate your comments and suggestions and will continue to provide useful fundraising information and new fundraising ideas.

2009 has been tough for many groups and organizations, but has also inspired some to try unusual approaches to fundraising. Some were successful, some weren’t, but it looks like all the most creative new approaches to fundraising included social media in some way; with Twitter and Facebook being the most popular social media sites this year.

(Read about @blamedrewscancer, #BeatCancer, Ben Stiller’s LiveStrong inspired effort to raise funds for a school in Haiti (with a bit of Zoolander thrown in), and the latest campaign to raise awareness and funds for the global clean water crisis, a climb up the Kilimanjaro on January 7th.)

What will 2010 bring? No one can say for sure of course, but we’re expecting to see many more fundraising efforts that use the web in new, unusual and creative ways – we’ll keep you posted! Also, more school groups will be looking for candy-free fundraisers because of new nutritional standards (due to the Healthy Kids Act) that have been implemented in several states and disallow the sale of junk food at school related events.

This is great news for our kids’ health, but bad news for candy based fundraising campaigns that have seen reduced income by up to 50%. What can these fundraisers be replaced with? What can be sold in place of candy and soda that will bring in the same amount of money? Can it be replaced at all, or do school groups have to come up with completely new ways to raise funds now? If you volunteer for a school group and have come up with new ways of raising funds at rallies, sporting events or other school related activities we’d love to hear about it! Please contact us, or leave a comment below.

Finally, if your fundraising efforts have fallen short of your expectations this year, you may still be able to make up for at least some of it. According to Network For Good, their two most popular days of the year for donations are December 30 and 31! This means, that lots of people are waiting till the last possible minute to make their donations and that it’s not too late to send out a donation request. If you decide to give this a try (by mail and/or e-mail), we wish you great success with this last fundraiser of the year!

We thank all of you for your continued interest, support and input during this past year and we wish you peaceful holidays and a great new year 2010!!

Your FundraisingIP.com Editorial Team


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