06 Mar How to Enlist Help for a Fundraising Event
Putting on a successful fundraiser takes a lot of work, so if you are planning on throwing an event, you are going to need to get yourself a little help. Help can be quite easy to come by if you go about it the right way, and putting on a successful fundraiser with a group of other people can be an extremely gratifying experience. The following are all good places to enlist help for your fundraiser, so don’t be shy; bring in every bit of help that you can get.
As always, the best people to go to for support are your friends but don’t make them feel like they have to help. Let your friends know what you are doing and make it clear to them all the ways they can get involved or support, and you are sure to have someone jump in and help out.
Approach local businesses for their support of your fundraiser, as often they will give a product donation if they can’t afford to give cash, and you can then raffle off the donated items at an event. Writing up a professional looking letter explaining who you are, what you are doing and what you want can make it far easier to get support. The clearer you are and the less pressure you put on people, the more likely they are to support whatever it is that you are doing.
Whether you are close with your neighbours or not, talk to them about your fundraising effort and see if they would be willing to help out somehow. Make sure you make it as easy as possible for people to help so they can choose to help out in whatever way they feel comfortable.
Put an advertisement in the local community newsletter, or even have a short piece play on the local radio calling for help for your fundraising effort. A lot of people are looking for a good cause to volunteer for, so make sure all the locals know you’d be happy to have their help if they can spare it.
Political figures are constantly looking for ways to try and look good, so if your fundraiser is related to any sort of humanitarian, local, social justice, environmental, child-friendly or multicultural issue, be sure to hit up the politicians, as it might be in their best interest to support.
There is no harm in asking, so why not send off a politely worded letter to a local celebrity asking for support. Even just having them endorse your event may make it far easier to sell tickets, so send off a few letters and you never know what kind of support you may get. If you are handing out any sort of recognition awards or sports trophies at the event, having a local celebrity come to present them can be a fabulous boost for your event.
You’ll be amazed at the amount of help you can get for something if you ask the right way, with the key to getting heaps of support being to make sure everyone knows exactly what is going on and what you want from them, and of course, that you ask them nicely. Don’t be shy, but at the same time don’t pressure anyone, and you’ll find you’ll have more help for your fundraiser than you could have dreamt was possible.