So you’ve found something that you are crazy passionate about…or you’re fulfilling your community service requirement. If fundraising is one of the ways you’re giving back, don’t be discouraged by the fact that most teens don’t have the ability to sign a hefty check. Not having immediate access to cash doesn’t means you’re just going to have to be creative when it comes to fundraising. So to help you out, we’ve come up with 10 tips to help you figure out your strategy.
1. Start Early
Raising money is tough and not something you’ll want to deal with last minute. If you’re fundraising for something that has a deadline, start strategizing for your goal early on.
2. Challenge Yourself, But Stay Realistic
Set a goal that challenges you, but not something that’s impossible to achieve. Remember that even small amounts can make a huge difference when it comes to volunteering.
3. Be Creative
Don’t just ask for money, do something creative! Throw a party and ask for donations; hand out piggy banks and ask people to toss in their spare change; or host a yard sale and give away the proceeds. Do something fun and that gets people’s attention! Check out this link for tons of crazy creative ideas.
4. Share Your Story
Tell people why you’re fundraising. Maybe you’re collecting money to donate to a local animal shelter or you might need the funds to attend that amazing summer program you were accepted to. Whatever it is, give the details of why its important to you.
5. The Internet is You Friend
Use the web as a tool. Set up a website or a Facebook page where you can share info. Send informative emails. Blast reminders on your social media. Hint: don’t be afraid to tag people to get their attention! You can also look websites like YouCaring, which allow you to set up your own online fundraiser.
6. Utilize Different Types of Donations
Remember that donations other than cold hard cash can be helpful too. You can ask your family members for old clothes to sell or enlist a friend to help make cookies for a bake sale.
7. Join a Team
Fundraising is easier and more fun with friends! Find a team to join. Depending on the cause there might already be a group perfect for you. Check out DoSomething.org or VolunteenNation to find ways to get involved with friends or other likeminded volunteers.
8. Make it Easy for Others to Share Your Story
You can create graphics and even write Facebook and Instragram posts. Send them to your crew and ask them to post to get the word out faster.
9. Don’t Forget to Say Thank You
Be appreciative of those who have donated! Send thank you notes and let them know how grateful you are of their support.
10. Stay Focused and Keep Asking
Fundraising is no easy task, so this is where perseverance kicks in. Don’t give up!