Since I started working for Bloom, I have been part of fundraisers for various events, teams, groups, and programs. At Bloom, we help everyone from kid sports teams to 4-H Clubs. I've learned a lot about what makes a fundraiser succeed and what makes it fail. After reflecting on my time in the fundraising business, I can tell you that I strongly feel the most important part of fundraising is: fundraising for the right reasons.
We are so fortunate to live in a world where we can ask our community for help in times of need! All it takes is a clear, personal message and the internet, right? Not exactly...
Fundraising is hard work and asking others for help is never easy. It's important to maintain a strong relationship with your community. That way, when it is time to fundraise and ask for help, it takes much less convincing. People want to help you.
In my experience, the more you want it, the closer you are to getting it. If more funding for your program isn't something you really need, but is something you would've mind having, you will never reach your fundraising goals. YOU HAVE TO REALLY WANT IT! So badly, that you'll work as hard as you have to, to make it happen!
You have to need funding enough to involve you team and the kids in your program too. Involve them in the process as much as you can. Teach them how to ask for help, work hard, and want something so badly that you'll fight for it. Show them how valuable they are and how providing more opportunities for them is important to you.
Fundraise for the right reasons.
Don't fundraise just because having more money is always nice, which it is. We get it. But, leaving a legacy for kids and impacting them is more valuable than cash.
You can do this. We can help.
Let's fundraise together and change the world.