Fundraising Ideas

Carmel, Indiana (PressExposure) September 09, 2009 -- 1000 dollars may not look like a lot of money to some nonprofits, but to small organizations, it can be a large sum of money. It's a proven fact that when times are tough, donations fall - often dramatically. And in today's tough economic climate, every organization is feeling the pinch. The problem is that consumers can't afford to spend money buying a scented candle or a tin of caramel pop-corn. Here are 3 great steps to quickly raise $1,000.

Step 1 – Sign up. This may seem a little obvious, but your first step is to register your fundraiser. There are a couple of things you can do during the registration process that will make a big difference later. First, think about whether you want your fundraiser to be “public” or “private”. If you want to gather your supporters only by personally inviting family and friends, private may be for you. Examples of fundraisers who prefer this option might be “Johnny’s college fund” or “The Smith Family Vacation Drive.” A private fundraiser isn’t viewable by the general public and members may only support it through a personal “invitation link” emailed by the organizer. For instance, mom and dad may want to invite the grandparents, aunts, uncles and godparents to support “Johnny’s college fund” even though the fundraiser isn’t viewable by anyone else.

On the other hand, the “Johnson County Cancer Society” may be more suited for the “public” option. Not only can this organization personally invite members to support them through a personal invitation, but others from the general public may choose to support them as well. Anyone can sign up on, look through the list of public fundraisers, and choose the one he wishes to support. This brings us to the fund drive description. Having a powerful, well-worded description may be the thing that brings your public fundraiser support from people you didn’t even know. A good description shares your purpose and helps create a sense of “doing good” among your members.

Step 2 – Spread the Word. As mentioned earlier, provides each online fundraiser with its own personalized invitation link. One of the best things you can do right away is send an email inviting members, friends and family to support you. And to help you out, also provides sample emails. You can simply use one of the samples, or write something yourself. But always remember to include the custom invitation link so that your members will automatically be assigned to support your cause. You can even place the invitation link on your facebook page or twitter tweet.

Another great way to spread the word is to place the “support badge” on your organizations website. The support badge works just like the link. When your members click on it and sign up for their free membership, they will automatically be signed up to support your cause!

Step 3 – Remind and encourage. Lastly, you want to make sure to periodically remind your supporters to start each online shopping experience at, because each and every purchase means more money toward your cause.

Online shopping is on the rise, and people are always looking for a great deal. With, that doesn’t change – same great shopping, same great deals. Why not help a great cause at the same time? With a great online fundraiser through, you can! For more information - []

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