We’re a small group of fundraising professionals and volunteers who like to help where we can: at schools, animal shelters, food banks and other local groups, fundraisers for individuals, charity runs, you name it! FundraisingIP.com gives us the opportunity and a place to share with you all that we’ve learned.
Even though many of our articles mention the word “nonprofit,” you can apply the same tips and strategies for your school fundraisers, team fundraisers etc. as well.
Our mission is to 1) help you save time and 2) help you increase the amount of funds you raise!
Because we know that whether you are raising funds for a school or team, or a nonprofit or other charitable group, your time is very valuable. Many of you are parents and caretakers like we are and have many other responsibilities. But despite being very busy every day, you still find time to help out! And we hope that through our site we can help you do that.
If you’d like to share any fundraising tips with us, or a fantastic new fundraising product or service, or anything related to non-profits and fundraising, please contact us, we’d like to hear from you!
1. Save time:
- Visit our fundraising checklists. Keep track of your current and past fundraisers, volunteers and more.
- Download our e-book with over 30 sample fundraising letters for many different occasions! These letters are perfect when you have to get an appeal out ‘yesterday’… You’ll get lots of ideas and samples for wording and content which will help you put together your fundraising letter in no time.
- Search our site for “sample letters” (which are free to copy) here:
Each of these steps will save you lots of time now and in the future! And don’t forget to start a swipe file where you can save your group’s information about past fundraisers, slogans, logos, wording, vendors etc. No need to reinvent the wheel each time.
2. Increase the amount of funds you raise:
Most resources on our site will help you with your fundraising efforts which will in turn help you increase the amount of money you raise. But to keep things simple, start with
- creating a Facebook page. Make sure you also have a website ready.
- Clearly define and/or improve your group’s brand image.
- Make sure that your immediate neighbors know that you exist by making your group known locally.
- If you have a specific project you need to raise funds for, sign up with one of the popular online fundraising services.
- Agree on a fundraising event that everyone is excited about! Your collective enthusiasm will automatically help increase the amount of money you raise. Browse through 100+ fundraising ideas to find the perfect event.
- Spread the word about your cause by ramping up your marketing efforts. Read 5 Marketing Trends your Nonprofit should not Ignore.
- Maximize your donors’ potential through donor segmentation, building a donor cultivation strategy, and very importantly, learn how to raise funds with confidence and without fear.
- Get ideas on who to ask for donations.
- Marketing in general will always help you raise more funds. Browse through our marketing category.
- Or get started with the Basics of Fundraising.
And if you’re thinking about volunteering, but aren’t sure if you have the time or you have other doubts, know that “Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” If you have a heart for your cause, don’t worry and get started. You’ll be able to make a difference and make it worth your time!
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We’re proud to be able to provide you with unbiased fundraising information, because unlike many other fundraising sites, we don’t sell any fundraising products or services. That means we get to write about any fundraising ideas and companies and products we like!
Not selling any products also means that our site is mainly supported through advertising. We know that that can be annoying at times – but we feel that advertising can also be useful, because it shows all the newest fundraising companies, services and products that are available. There are so many, that it’s practically impossible to keep track of all of them! (Note: We do not endorse any company we write about, or whose ad or link we display.) Having said that, please let us know, if you feel our advertising is too intrusive, or inappropriate.
Because the internet has become a crucial part for any charitable group’s fundraising efforts, we’ve started a site a couple of years ago where we collect free website and internet resources. Click over to RankRaiser.com for web design, marketing, SEO and optimization tools and other useful information for your website.
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions for us, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Finally, we wish you great success with your upcoming fundraiser!
Your Friends at FundraisingIP.com
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Note: Raising funds may be as simple as selling chocolates door to door, or as complex as raising large sums of money over the internet. In either case there will be legal issues to consider. We recommend to consult your legal adviser before starting any kind of fundraising activity.
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Our current contributors are:
Marita is the creator of FundraisingIP.com and occasionally contributes tech related and other articles. She created her first fundraising related website in 2001 which raised several thousand dollars for schools and individuals. She is currently working on a scholarship program for FundraisingIP.com’s sister site SchoolMoney.org. Read her articles here.
Devon has helped more than 40 non-profits, community groups, and government agencies throughout the US and abroad design and fund sustainable programs for economic and social development. With an MA in Environment and Development, she focuses on helping innovative environmental programs and is currently consulting on two environmental non profit projects in the US and designing an ecology education initaitive for local schools in Paraguay. Read here articles here.
Cari Mostert is a UCLA alumnus and non-profit volunteer. She is active in supporting wildlife and ecological causes and profiles endangered southern African species on her website Wildmoz.com. Read her articles here.