Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I have a hunch that every single one of my readers is a good person. More than 600 of you (small in comparison to other ezines, I know).

But as good people, I have an even stronger hunch that you support some really good causes and are involved on a personal level with church and community activities. Probably on a volunteer basis.

And *that* means, if your experience has been anything like ours, that you are involved with organizations that at one time or another need to raise funds.

If you're looking for some fresh ideas in this area, try Fundraiser Insight. On the surface it appears that they have a lot of the traditional fundraisers that most of us are familiar with ... but it also looks like they will cover most every aspect of fundraising out there. I don't know if I've seen a more thorough treatment of a subject.



On family vacations, you find yourself putting together "mystery bags" for auction filled with trinkets from the shops you visit.

You cut out the box top label on the cereal before you open the bag.

You had to purchase a separate stand-alone freezer for all the cookie dough you sell.

Your family has to play "Guess What Soup Is In This Can" because you couldn't wait to remove the labels.

You volunteer to take a shift at the bake sale ... in the NEXT TOWN OVER.

Other parents walking toward you suddenly change directions when they see the clipboard in your hand.

You have the state's raffle license office on speed dial.

Your kids come down to open their gifts on Christmas, only to find a bid sheet attached to each one.

[Jim Berigan on Top School Fundraisers.com]


WORDS for YOUR WEEK: "When we recognize that a better word for fundraising is 'friend raising,' we open limitless doors to creativity in support of our causes." (Sue Vineyard)


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