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How to I begin to request funds?

Before You Apply

To write a competitive grant, the first step is often overlooked; know the reason you are writing the grant. If you don't know this, you will simply be chasing money, rather than actually advancing the mission of your institution.

   

Vegas Baby Casino Night

Let's be honest, everyone loves to have a good time. When the funds need to be raised, create a casino night themed party. Set a minimum donation amount at the door and allow everyone in with the same amount of chips to play with.

   
Our budget is small, we still need to advertise.

Freebies

Advertisers and graphic designers will sometimes donate their time and work for simply “Name Recognition.” Find someone local to work with, it is great for networking within your community.

   
What is a fundraiser?

Primary Responsibility

The primary responsibility of a fundraiser is to make money. The key is to be creative and most of all, make it pleasurable to all involved. If your event does not offer something in return chances are you'll loose money on the event.

   

Vegas Baby Casino Night

Let's be honest, everyone loves to have a good time. When the funds need to be raised, create a casino night themed party. Set a minimum donation amount at the door and allow everyone in with the same amount of chips to play with.

   
Our budget is small, we still need to advertise.

Freebies

Advertisers and graphic designers will sometimes donate their time and work for simply “Name Recognition.” Find someone local to work with, it is great for networking within your community.

   
What is a fundraiser?

Primary Responsibility

The primary responsibility of a fundraiser is to make money. The key is to be creative and most of all, make it pleasurable to all involved. If your event does not offer something in return chances are you'll loose money on the event.

   

Sports Auction

Let's face it people donate(give) more money if there is a chance and getting something in return; just look at the lottery would you spend 10 to 50 dollars a week if there was not a muti- million dollar pot? What most people don't know is every sports organization has a dept that is responsible for donating, signed balls, photos, hats, banners you name it's here what I know the list of contact names and direct lines to call. Every year this dept...

   

Dinner for Two

Dinner for Two
Eat, drink and be merry with the year round "Dinner Basket". Gather all your helpers (college students needing to fill there service credits are great) create a menu plan, roll up your sleeves and get ready to make a gourmet meal from your kitchen...

   

Vegas Baby Casino Night

Let's be honest everyone loves to have a good time. When the funds need to be raised, create a casino night themed party. The big guys with the big bucks to the little guy on a budget all can participate, and feels equal. Set a min. donation amount at the door, everyone gets the same amount chips to play with (that's where no high rollers take over)...

   
We have ran out of ideas for raising money, need more ideas!

No Label Option

Depending on the cause your organization is promoting, utilize what in a home coincides with the cause. For instance you are promoting for the rights of individuals to have a home; you can purchase home fragrance “candles” from certain distributors w/out having the brand name on it. Request a “no label option”, the organization puts their name on it you simply place your label on it instead. It is a great way to generate extra funds that remind individuals about the cause. If candles don't light your fire, you can use the same “no label” option for a variety of items; soaps, t-shirts, wrist bands, bath products, even shoes. Remember keeping it creative and original will ensure that one comes back to you again and again.

   
Our budget is small, we still need to advertise.

Freebies

Freebies! After your board or organization has endlessly brainstormed, debated over & over,thus finally agreeing on the venue and theme. Now you've got to get the word out! Advertisers along with graphic designers will sometimes donate their time and work for simply “Name Recognition” Find someone local to work with, it is great for networking within your community.

   
What is a fundraiser?

Primary Responsibility

The primary responsibility of a fundraiser is to make MONEY, PROFIT and lots of it. The key is to be creative and most of all make it pleasurable to all involved from your volunteers (which will become your best friend) to the ones buying the tickets, making the donations (the ones with the deep pockets). If your event does not offer something in return chances are you'll loose money on the event. Most non-profits consist of wealthy individuals who sit on the board and create a limited budget for you to work within. Here's where you make it fun not stressful. We've all heard the term Champaign taste on a beer budget, utilized your assets, gather your buddies (dust off the phone book), and evaluate your talents, pre-plan 6 months ahead to ensure a successful event.

   

Sports Auction

Let's face it people donate(give) more money if there is a chance and getting something in return; just look at the lottery would you spend 10 to 50 dollars a week if there was not a muti- million dollar pot? What most people don't know is every sports organization has a dept that is responsible for donating, signed balls, photos, hats, banners you name it's here what I know the list of contact names and direct lines to call. Every year this dept...

   

Dinner for Two

Dinner for Two
Eat, drink and be merry with the year round "Dinner Basket". Gather all your helpers (college students needing to fill there service credits are great) create a menu plan, roll up your sleeves and get ready to make a gourmet meal from your kitchen...

   

Vegas Baby Casino Night

Let's be honest everyone loves to have a good time. When the funds need to be raised, create a casino night themed party. The big guys with the big bucks to the little guy on a budget all can participate, and feels equal. Set a min. donation amount at the door, everyone gets the same amount chips to play with (that's where no high rollers take over)...

   
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