36 Gift Basket Ideas for Fundraisers Who doesn’t enjoy getting a themed gift basket full of goodies? That’s why any time of year you are planning a fundraiser, gift baskets are an ideal option. They also make for unique fundraising ideas, whether it is for a silent auction at a live fundraising event or in online charity auctions. The creative options for themes, items, and presentations are endless…Use our list of 36 gift basket ideas to help get you started! Cooking Idea Description The Baker’s Basket A wicker basket of [...]

Mobile Bidding at Live Event to Increase Revenue

Use Mobile Bidding at Your Live Event to Increase Auction Revenue Looking for ways to liven up that annual gala? I have two words for you…MOBILE BIDDING. Not sure what that means? Read on. This post will tell you what you need to know to about mobile bidding and how it can benefit your fundraiser. Are you ready? Lets go. ___ ___ First things first…What is Mobile Bidding at a Live Event? Mobile bidding is bidding for items on your mobile phone. It’s that simple. It’s putting your auction in [...]

3 Emails to Turn Auction Bidders into Monthly Donors

3 Emails to Turn Auction Bidders into Monthly Donors Picture this: you’ve just pulled off a successful charity auction and have a whole new group of bidders just waiting to become nonprofit donors. Of course, you could solicit them right away to make a donation. Or you could play the (only slightly!) longer game of cultivating monthly donors! The past few years have seen a huge uptick in the growth of monthly nonprofit donors. In fact, in 2015, revenue from monthly giving increased by 24-percent, while revenue from one-time giving [...]

2016-07-29T14:31:42+00:00July 29th, 2016|Donations, Non-Profits, Online marketing, Schools, Volunteers|

Asking for Donations: 9 Best Practices

Best Asking for Donation Practices We get it: asking for donations is no walk in the park, especially if you’re a smaller nonprofit with staff that has to wear lots of different hats. Your organization has a million and one things to accomplish during the day, and fundraising can seem like a daunting priority. Abby Jarvis, of Qgiv shares her 9 best practices when asking for donations. It doesn’t have to be that way, though!   Asking for donations of any kind can be easy if you have a game plan [...]

2016-05-20T15:45:30+00:00May 13th, 2016|Donations, Non-Profits, Organizing Fundraisers, Schools|

Free Fundraiser Flyer

Printable Free Fundraiser Flyer Template If you're planning a fundraising event, you'll want a nice free fundraiser flyer to help spread the word. Not crafty? Don't worry, you don't have to make a fundraiser flyer yourself! We found some great, free printable fundraiser flyers for schools and nonprofits. Just choose, click, and print the best flyer for your next event! If you are feeling creative, create your own flyer online with sites like Canva, Picmokey, or VistaPrint.     Free Event Flyer Templates: Lunch Fundraiser Flyers Free Invitation Flyers Free Bake Sale [...]

Fundraising Sites for Schools

What are the Best Fundraising Sites for Schools? Remember when the school fundraiser meant cheese and sausage or a variety of candles? The old stand bys still work, but aren't always allowed. The once popular fall carnival, spaghetti night, or door to sales of classic junk you can find at a dollar store, are fading fast. No one wants to send the kids door to door. Sure, the scouts still set up outside of stores, but it isn't as easy for regular kids. Those incentives for winning aren't so coveted anymore. [...]

How to Get Students Involved: Fundraisers

If you are planning a highschool or college fundraiser, you've already discovered how difficult it is to get teens and college students involved. They are often busy with other extra-curricular activities, non-interested, or apathetic. What can you do to get students invovled with your fundraising event? We've got some tips that will keep you hip, in the know, and organizing a strong group of student volunteers. So, how do you get students involved in fundraisers?                               [...]

2016-03-11T21:53:39+00:00March 10th, 2016|Motivational Quotes, Organizing Fundraisers, Schools|

Fundraising Auction Sources

If you are looking for donations for a school fundraiser or other charity auction, you know it can be difficult. You'll need to make lots of phone calls, drive around town, and search endless websites. Well, today is your lucky day. We've done all the searching for you. Here is a great list of Fundraising Auction Sources. Whether you want items for a silent auction, an in-house raffle, or you just want to find a website where you can organize and set up an online auction for free, we've got [...]

Volunteer Fundraising Management

Managing Fundraising Volunteers You may have more VOLUNTEERS than you know what to do with or you may have trouble finding volunteers. Either way, you will need to get organized and find a way to manage volunteers. Managing volunteers is challenging. It is a full-time job with benefits! Often, every volunteer signs up of the same job. They are only volunteering because the job looks fun or will look good on a resume. Your job is to find a way to entice them into other positions that aren't so fun, [...]

2016-02-21T19:48:21+00:00February 21st, 2016|Fundraising Ideas, Non-Profits, Organizing Fundraisers, Schools|

Accounting for School Fundraisers

Budgets are an Important Tool in Accounting for Fundraisers Who does the accounting for school fundraisers? Is there a treasurer? Is it the leader of the PTO? Every school fundraiser should have an accountant. But who can afford it? Many fundraisers don't do any accounting besides collecting money, putting it in the bank account, and spending it on supplies. Every school fundraiser needs a plan. You must set and stick to a budget. Budgets, they are just as important in the accounting for school fundraisers as they are for for-profit [...]

2016-01-31T07:22:57+00:00December 16th, 2015|Organizing Fundraisers, Schools|