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Planning Your Fundraising Program

Planning and organizing a fund raising program can be a very challenging task for many organizations that need financial help. Because there are so many ideas that can be used as a fundraising program, picking just one for your event can be overwhelming.

You may be considering a fund raising program that was successful for another organization, but since you likely have a different kind of organization or institution, you'll need to assess your particular needs. You'll need to fully understand the entire workings of your organization and determine several factors related to your group before actually organizing a particular event.

Before you begin to plan your event there are a few things you should take in to consideration to assess whether or not you are ready.

The first step is to clarify your goals and determine the amount of money you need to raise with your fund raising program. Determine the reason why you need to raise the money.

Next, you have to set a date when you plan to launch the campaign. Of course that will be somewhat determined by when you need the funds.

Establishing the budget that you will have to work within will be one of the more important aspects of planning your fund raising campaign. You have to calculate the money you can invest to buy materials, pay for advertising and the like. You will need to evaluate every aspect of your event, as the idea is to raise money while spending as little of it as possible. Be sure to include costs of printing, decorations, invitations and so forth. Beware when cutting corners not to sacrifice the quality of your work as that will ultimately defeat the purpose of your project.

Once you have all these things figured out, you can now look for other people who are willing to be involved with your fund raising program. You might consult with another local organization that has successfully organized a fundraising program to help keep you on track.

Finding sources to support your fund raising campaign can sometimes be a problem. If you don't have the money to put together your fund raising program, you will want to brain storm with a few others and come up with a list of people or businesses you feel would be willing to assist you. You could then ask for donations through a letter writing campaign using those businesses as sponsors. With a well-written letter requesting donations, employees of the business, your family, friends and anyone participating in the event can be your network to spread the word.

Advertising is an important part of your fund raising campaign too. Try to get the word around your office and start people talking. Word of mouth is often the most successful form of advertising and won't cost you anything. Make sure you get as much exposure for your cause as you can. This will ensure that when the time arises you will have a successful start to your fund raising campaign.

Once you've collected enough money to get your fund raising program started, plan and organize a low-key event, such as a cookie drive, bake sale or car wash. This way, you could collect sufficient funds for a larger scale event. A major event can be a charity run, food auction or other programs that demand more time, planning, money and effort, which could provide greater financial returns.

Seek out volunteers that can help you implement the fund raising program and decide what each person's function will be. They will need to be enthusiastic and their approach needs to be in sync with that of your organization. You'll probably want to create committees and carefully assign tasks as these people are going to be a reflection on your organization too. Schedule regular meetings to ensure that each committee is completing the planned tasks and not getting bogged down.

When organizing both your minor and major event, make sure you calculate the cost of each program and estimate the return on your investment. Once the actual event is over, you can determine if you hosted a successful fund raising program and if the estimated profit and calculated costs are in balance. Once you've done this, you can more easily prepare for another event when the time comes.

Vic Bilson writes about a variety of subjects including fund raising ideas and publishes several sites to aid non profit groups in their fund raising efforts.

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