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This course is about stimulating your creativity and imagination in service of the non-profit with which you are associated.
Board members are charged with fundraising. Often, they get stuck. The old ways of fundraising aren't working any longer. They don't know what else to do.
First things first are contained in the first part. Your organization's foundation must be well-structured and sound before thinking fundraising.
The second part gives you loads of ideas - some old - some new. Whatever idea you have make sure it fits your group. You can combine some of these ideas to make your fundraiser even more spectacular.
The third part contains some ideas which may stretch your ideas about fundraising or you may say - "It's so obvious. Why didn't we think of it?"
There are a million and one fundraising ideas out there - this course is simply a stimulus for your group to put your brainstorming caps on and decide upon something. You can watch it over and over and over again - use it annually - and share your successes. I can add them to the course and help other groups.
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|Section 1: What is this course about really? It's about stimulating your imagination|
Fundraising is what you make it. It can be really difficult or it can be really fun. If you can see the advantages, then your experience will be exciting.
Benefits - to whom? For what? What can benefits do for your fundraising efforts - a whole lot. Yet, benefits are often not considered.
What should fundraising be about besides raising much needed money?\
What is the mistake that most people make about fundraising ideas?
The foundations of your organization must be sound before even thinking about fundraising. People wonder why their efforts don't pay off. Often the underlying support structure simply doesn't have the strength to support fundraising. Fundraising is a team affair and the team must be well structured before it can hope to win.
|Section 2: Let's begin with the ideas - lots of ideas - one or more will certainly be right|
There are as many ideas as there are people but . . . what fits?
The list is endless for events - think about some of these. I've separated them into different sections and this lecture contains the first set. Fundraising events can be massive or teeny, tiny - people love to get together and do something.
Oldies but goodies - the whole family, friends and even an entire community - how can you make them more fun?
Add "zip" to your auctions and see the alternatives to this one idea.
We all know them - but do we really? Besides a marathon, would could there be?
|Section 3: Something Different - organizers may not think about these but they are viable|
Business can support a business. See how one of these ideas might fit.
Here are some ideas which may serve your group year round rather than just one project. You can use some of these ideas to fundraise all the time - this way, the group members never get "out of practice".
|Section 4: Wrapping it up - some thoughts - some connections|
Share and connect - see how -
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I have presented workshops for small business, non-profits and business groups on a variety of topics using the knowledge I've acquired during my eclectic career in management at senior levels in corporations, non-profits and governments. The range of enterprises has included: coaching, personal development, mining, manufacturing, import and export, real estate, recreation, performing arts, visual arts, advanced education, health, e-commerce, and small business.
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