Planning your fundraising ideas and running your fundraising plans!

Assistance with planning your fundraising ideas and running your fundraising plans!

Have you heard of the saying: You can have a million $ idea but unless you implement it successfully it is worthless.

Planning is essential for a successful fundraiser
If you're new to the role of fundraising coordinator, life will be much simpler when you adequately plan your fundraising events and programs through the various stages of setting them up, running and completing them. If you're an old hand at fundraising, I can assure you there's always something new you will find that will help you!

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What Australian Fundraising can do for you?
Australian Fundraising is a ONE STOP SHOP for fundraising coordinators. Over the last 15 years we have established our own collection of successful fundraising programs.

But just as importantly, we have developed and supply a range of knowledge, materials and services that substantially supports fundraising coordinators in their quest to run successful and profitable fundraisers in an easy and efficient manner. When you're successful, we're successful!

We can help you develop a strategy for various fundraising programs and events throughout the year or season. We take into account your budget, location, the size and type of your group and past successes and failures.

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Elements to Planning
You can easily download two free Fundraising Planning Guides at the Free Tools section on our website (see below). Without going into too much detail here, I set out some commentary on each of the planning elements. But there is nothing better than a bit of a chin wag with our team of friendly and helpful consultants. We're ready to talk to you on 1300 133 022.

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Setting goals for your budget
- What is your budget?
- What improvements do your group want to accomplish from the monies raised?
Selecting your fundraising products, services and events
- Do you have to pay up front?
- Do they take back unsold stock?
- What profit do you make? For instance, with Fun Run/Athon suppliers which company provides the highest % profit AND the most benefits? Do your research, don't take things on face value.
- Do they supply printed order forms?
- Do they provide incentive prizes?
- Do they supply an accounting, record keeping and order system?
- Do they supply promotional posters?
Planning the timing of your fundraising programs and events throughout the year
- Develop a calendar in conjunction with events at the school
- Some products work better in warmer months vs colder months
- Plan around your "staple" fundraisers such as Mother's and Father's Day stalls
- Don't run two fundraisers together and too close to each other
- Don't run too many fundraisers as your families will cease supporting you
- Don't run over the school holidays
Securing helpers to assist your fundraising co-ordinator
- Your coordinator can't do it all
- Secure helpers on the basis that they will assist for a particular fundraiser not all fundraisers unless they're prepared to do so
Setting up your fundraiser
- Work out your start date and where and when monies and orders are to be returned
- Don't give your parents too much time. They'll just sit on it!
- Plan quantities required based on your number of families
- Organise for the receipt of order/sponsorship brochures at least two weeks before you want to hand them out
- Print off your accompanying parent's letters two weeks hand out
Promoting the fundraiser to your families and supporters
- About a week before the start, send home a letter and enewsletter about the forthcoming fundraiser
- Attach an information letter with the order/sponsorship brochures advising the reason for the fundraiser, the products and program on offer, date and location of monies, prize incentive details
- Organise a kick-off session at a school parade
- Put up promotional posters throughout the school or club
- The information letters, enewsletters and parade must include a safety message
Maintaining excitement for the duration of the fundraiser
- Send home reminder letters and enewsletters during the fundraiser
- Remind students at subsequent parades
- Consider little prizes handed out on parade each week for various achievements
Implement sound accounting and money record keeping systems
- Have a second person assist in the collection of monies
- Ensure money is banked daily
- Use an easy to use tally program that records monies and orders received and which automatically produces your order for the supplier
- Because of privacy reasons, ensure the tally program you are provided with doesn't allow the retention of student's names by the supplier or third party. That's why at Australian Fundraising we don't put our Tally System up on our website for use by groups but instead provide groups with a System they place on their own computer
Thank your helpers and supporters
- Send home a letter and enewsletter thanking your families for supporting your fundraiser
- Shout your helpers to a luncheon as a thank you for their support and assistance. Or give them a bunch of flowers.

I trust the above is of some assistance. We are here to support you so please don't hesitate to contact us on 1300 133 022.

Download planning guides:
Fundraising Planning Guide. Click here
The Ultimate Australian Fundraising Planning Guide. Click here

You can view our products and services at our website. Click here
Our products include:
Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough. Click here
School Walk or Run For Fun Sponsorship Program. Click here
School Spell-a-thon Sponsorship Program. Click here
Six great raffles (Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Bali, Fiji, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, New Zealand). Click here
Crest Chocolates

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