Design Marathon Fundraiser In Charlottesville, VA

To keep you up-to-date on creative and innovative fundraising ideas, we will occasionally inform you about how others raise funds for their groups and how you can apply their fundraising strategies to your own fundraiser:

Are some of your fundraising profits spent on things like designing or printing marketing materials like flyers and posters? With the current economic slow-down you might already experience a reduction in donations to your group and feel that every dollar earned needs to go directly to the actual program or cause you’re raising funds for. But not having marketing materials will only cause a further decline in donations. So what are you supposed to do?

Instead of using hard earned fundraising dollars to pay for a service, “fundraise” for the actual design or marketing service instead.

That’s exactly what happened when a Design Marathon was held to benefit local non-profits in Charlottesville, Va:

Thirty professionals and students from Charlottesville’s thriving design community donated an estimated $30,000 worth of time to complete 10 projects in just 10 hours.

Projects ranged from creating a poster ad campaign for the Rivanna Conservation Society to designing a low-cost playground for Children, Youth and Family Services (CYFS).

How can you apply this information to benefit your cause?

Regardless of what service you’re in need of, local businesses, high school or college students might be able and willing to help you. Businesses will get exposure and free promo, students will be able to put the experience on their resume and get their work published.

There is power in numbers and partnering with other groups in need to organize an actual event like the one mentioned here might be just what’s needed to be successful!

For more information about this fundraiser, click over to their blog.

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  1. Posted by petralynn 16th October, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    We organized an event like this to get our elementary school painted. It was a lot of fun, the painting got done and we also made money selling refreshments to passerby.



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