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Innovative Fund Raising Ideas

Dear Sugar
I'm running in the Avon 3-day 60-mile breast cancer walk and I'm supposed to raise at least $2,500. My personal goal however, is 5K. I've had a bake sale, e-mailed, called and stalked all my family members and yet I still only have a few hundred dollars. Do you have any inventive ideas? Doing Good Garren

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Dear Doing Good Garren
Fund raising is really somewhat of a finessed art in the business world. You don't want to step on people's toes and outright ask for unwarranted money, but in your personal life it's called networking. This is the time to call and/or send a letter to everyone and anyone. You haven't even tapped into your circle of friends yet. Get on it girl!

People don't have to give a lot as long as they give something. Send an e-mail around to your entire company asking them for $5. You would be surprised who shows up at your office or cube with a donation. People like to help people they know. And think about it...if everyone that you work with donates $5 that could very quickly turn into thousands depending on the size of your company.

Next, throw a party at a bar for all of your friends and neighbors (and anyone else that you haven't already hit up at work). Charge a $10 cover at the door. All of the proceeds will go toward your goal.

This is the time to reach out. People like giving to charities, but they don't always like to be strangely solicited because they don't have confidence about where their money will wind up. If they know you, I am sure they would be more inclined to donate.

Good luck raising money. This is a great cause. More people should follow your lead.

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ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
unfortunately, i'm a student and my "co-workers" are poor students
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
my step dad was a shriner*
angelbaby angelbaby 10 years
if you know anyone who belongs to a civic club like the masons or rotary-try to contact them-they will usually let you speak at one of their meetings about your cause and sometimes they will donate money-for one of my old jobs i had to belong to the rotary for the hospital that i worked for and my friend was going to ireland for the leukemia society marathon and she spoke at one of our lunch meetings and they donated money to her. good luck
yayita yayita 10 years
LOL EP, that would be me hahahahaa A girl in my office in NYC did the same walk and raised 3K just by sending an email to the entire company. People logged on to her donation site and donated with their CC's The best way is to get co-workers involved, people who you know already make money and like to donate :)
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
what if you don't know anyone in bars or clubs because you're a recluse who doesn't drink and spends "social time" on popsugar?
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
love the party ideal. go for it!
sjpwannabe sjpwannabe 10 years
it also helps if you can make it more personal. do you know someone who has or had breast cancer who might be interested in partnering with you to use their name, picture and story for your fundraising materials? maybe you could visit a hospice or hospital and then tell someone's story in a letter you send soliciting for donations. there are also restauants that are willing to host fundraisers where part of the cost of the meal will be donated to your charity. restaurants in our area include baja fresh and sweet tomatoes.
addy addy 10 years
recently, my friend needed an emergency life saving surgery and needed money raised very quickly. we threw a party at a bar (like dearsugar suggested) however, we didn't charge a fee at the door which often scares people off. we instead worked a deal out with the bar to sell $5 pitchers of cheap beer and a $5 special mixed drink. $3 to $4 of each drink sold went to the fundraiser. the few dollars that went to the bar of course didn't cover the cost of their supplies, but in turn they considered their financial hit as their own contribution. this might only work depending on your connections with people who work in clubs/bars OR your comfort level asking them for help to support your cause, but it raised quite a bit of money. people were already going to buy drinks at the bar so it isn't asking them to spend on something they don't normally. besides, a ton of people at the bar weren't even people we had invited, instead they were 'regulars' or just people stopping by but as soon as they heard our cause, they bought a few extra drinks. hope this helps and good luck!
Toronado Toronado 10 years
For a fundraiser, the main thing is to attract a high number of people to the event and cover charges are a deterrant. That'll scare a lot of people off almost immediately (except those who wear their hearts on their sleeve). And you have to think of something that'll appeal to all age groups, not just a specific one. When asking for donations keep your options open and don't get greedy or beg for money, you'll come off looking desperate. Let people know that your set amount is $5 but that they can give any amount they wish.
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 10 years
good advice dear. and especially don't push people, it makes it seem like you are desperate for money and like you are getting a cut of the profit or something. the party idea seems really great, and might make people feel more comfortable than just opening up their wallet :)
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