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Below are links to some great articles that can help you in your fundraising quest. They appear in downloadable PDF files for your convenience.

Getting Over the Fear of Asking

“Few people like to ask people for money; in fact most people are afraid to do it. If you are afraid to ask for money, that’s normal. If you are not afraid, that’s great. Stop reading this article and go ask somebody for a donation! People are afraid to ask for money for a wide variety of reasons. However, it is important to understand that everything we think and feel about money is learned. Children have no trouble asking for anything. They ask over and over, and don’t even seem to hear the word no until it has been said several times. But by the time most of us have reached the age of ten, our ability to ask for what we want has been trained out of us.”

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How to Raise $2,500 in 10 Days

“One of the common reasons (or excuses?) given by board members and other volunteers as to why they can’t participate in fundraising is that they don’t know how. Explaining that fundraising is not so complicated, but based on basic common sense and a willingness to interact with people isn’t always enough to encourage them to try it. Here’s a tool to help your potential fundraising team understand that they already have skills and experience that can be applied to fundraising. We created this assessment form to help board members, volunteers and other prospective fundraisers identify their areas of interest and talent for different types of fundraising strategies.”

READ MORE: How to Raise $2,500 in 10 Days (PDF)

READ MORE: Finding Your Inner Fundraiser: A Self-Assessment Tool (PDF)

The Importance of Follow-Up

“I maintain a neat desk and I am a well-organized person. But I do have this pile of stuff next to my desk that sometimes gets out of hand. In that pile go articles I should read (meaning I need to wait until they are out of date before I feel OK about throwing them away), and invitations to events, lectures, and conferences I should go to (I wait until these are over before deciding and then I can say, ‘Whoops, how did the time pass so fast?’). She has all the materials we need, including stamps to use for our letters or thank-you notes. She probably thinks we are worthless volunteers. I haven’t called her to apologize because I am too wrought with guilt. What will I say? The truth: ‘I totally forgot. What will she say? Oh, that’s OK. I only spent a week or two on those binders.'”

READ MORE: The Importance of Follow-up (PDF)

53 Ways to Raise $1000

“All good fundraising plans have one thing in common: they show a diverse number of sources for their income.The board of directors plays a crucial role in selecting, implementing, and evaluating fundraising strategies. In addition to other ways that board members may participate in fundraising, they individually commit to raising and giving a certain amount of money, or commit to working by themselves on specific strategies with no financial goal attached. All of these methods have been used by different volunteers in a wide variety of organizations.”

READ MORE: 53 Ways to Raise $1000 (PDF)

Putting on a House Party

“One of the easiest special events, and sometimes one of the most lucrative, is the common house party. In some ways, it seems silly to describe how to throw a house party since anyone who has ever organized a birthday party, school picnic, or anniversary celebration already knows most of what there is to know about putting on a house party. However, there are some not so obvious details that can turn the basic house party into a successful fundraising event.”

READ MORE: Putting on a House Party (PDF)

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