4 Fundraising Reality Checks You Should Do

4 Fundraising Reality Checks You Should Do

This is the season for giving and those who are planning to embark on a fundraising plan must perform a reality check to find out if everyone in the organisation is ready for taking the big step. People get fascinated by the idea of raising money without looking at some factors that will contribute to the success or failure of fundraising. Answer these questions for you to find out if you are indeed ready to take a huge step to ensure fundraising success. 

1. Do I have a support group?

You cannot sustain your organisation if you do not have enough support from donors and members. There are many ways you can gain support from your donors such as establishing a good relationship so you can retain them and also attract new ones. Analyse your strategies and if something does not work, you can always move to plan B. You can set regular meeting so you will be able to find out about the concerns of your members and donors. Give them updates and let them know about the progress of your organisation. 

2. What are my goals?

You should also know what your fundraising goals are so you can devise a plan that will be able to work. It might be challenging to raise money if you do not know the direction you are going to take. Do you want to help your community? Do you want to instill good values to children through school fundraising? Knowing what you want will enable you to get the result you are looking for. You should also keep in mind that in order for you to succeed in fundraising, you should also keep your donors and members involved.  

3. Do I set realistic expectations?

Once you have set your goals, you should also ask yourself if your goals are realistic. If you only have a week to raise money to build additional schools, do you think you can raise enough money? Know your limitations and find out how you can effectively address them. It is also important to note that your team's contributions also matter. They too need to know how you are going to execute their plans and how they can help. 

4. Have I chosen the right people?

Another thing you need to keep in mind are the people you have chosen to help you materialise your plans. Are they competent enough to deliver tasks and take your organisation to the right direction? Do they have creative minds that can help you formulate long term plans? You need to check your member's qualifications and ensure that they are committed to helping you achieve the goals you have set. You may encounter some bumps, having qualified and competent members can give you some ideas how to resolve them. 

Melissa Anderson

Written by : Melissa Anderson

Melissa first started fundraising when her daughters' pre-school needed some sun shades. Since then, she's gone on to become somewhat of  fundraising ideas expert, as well as a super-Mum. Melissa loves sharing ideas about how to raise funds, and welcomes your questions on this blog.

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