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7 Ways to Avoid Fundraising Burnout

“With fundraising, especially in the non-profit sector, there’s always more work than there is time. From courting potential donors to hours of grant writing, there are very few times a fundraiser’s job feels done. The amount of responsibilities mixed with our desire to help others and do a great job is a recipe for burnout. It is possible to avoid burnout by following some of these tips.

1) Take Time Off

Take your time off! Nothing helps rejuvenate us like having time away from work. This may almost seem like a foreign concept for the non-profit world, but trust me, it’s possible! The best, and most logical, times to take breaks are after fundraising events. You worked hard to plan that gala, festival, luncheon, etc. You went to every corner of the earth to recruit donors, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, attendees, etc. so reward yourself with a nice break.

While it may be tempting to get right back on the horse – don’t. You are usually provided with vacation time. Use these days. Non-profit fundraisers are notorious for working on their days off. One man I supervise planned on taking his laptop on his honeymoon. Just don’t do that. You may justify it by coming up with excuses like that you are only working for a few minutes, or that the organization really needs your help. Or maybe it’s that if you take time off all the work is just waiting for you when you come back and it will be overwhelming. Stop the excuses. Take your time off. The world and your employer will survive without you for a bit.”

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57 Engaging Fundraising Event Ideas

“Fundraising event ideas have become a staple in many organizations as a way to help with fundraising event planning, entertaining and engaging your donors.

The key to having a successful nonprofit fundraising event is by encouraging engagement while still keeping it fun. If you can’t get your attendees engaged then your event will quickly lose steam. So make your initiatives fun, try new ideas and see what your donors value the most.

One idea to get your nonprofit started is to use text reminders and more traditional promotional channels to boost participation which is the first step in guaranteeing the success of your event.”

Below is a list of over 50 event fundraising ideas that you can easily implement at your organization. Whether you’re a small or large organization, there’s definitely something here that will be sure to fit for your organization.

Fundraising Event Ideas From A to Z

5K Run/Walk
Low-cost with high ROI…easy to promote fundraising event idea…team crowdfunding fun for all ages. A 5K Run/Walk fundraising event can be all these things for your nonprofit organization. Not only can you raise funds for your cause by incorporating crowdfunding for nonprofits into your fundraising event, but through the sharing of your campaign by participants with their network of friends and family, you’ll also organically raise awareness for your org’s mission.

First choose the size and location of an event you can reasonably manage. Then save a date and set some realistic fundraising goals for your nonprofit. Themes add an extra element of fun…survival races and fun runs seem to attract more participants!”

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Tools for Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

“Peer-to-peer fundraising isn’t new. For years, many organizations have engaged supporters to raise funds on their behalf—everyone from staff and volunteers to program participants and current donors. Traditionally, these individual campaigns took the form of walk-a-thons and similar events at which supporters enlist sponsors from their own networks of colleagues, friends, and family. Informally, this kind of distributed fundraising is sometimes called “team,” “a-thon,” or “friend-to-friend” fundraising.

Today, online tools let supporters participate in broad campaigns and reach out to diverse networks. Some facilitate the creation of individual online donation pages, while others provide “widgets” to place on personal web pages that allow fundraisers to speak directly to their own friends and family.

Is this kind of fundraising right for your organization? We asked our nonprofit technology experts for advice on how to decide and recommendations about tools that have worked well for them and their colleagues. We’ve compiled those findings here to help your nonprofit get the most out of its peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.”

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Christmas Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits

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“Christmas is a time for fun, presents and merrymaking. But amongst the hustle and bustle it is also a time when many people try to think of the needs of others, either in their own community or further afield. It’s a great time for some festive Xmas Fundraising Ideas!

Below are some great Festive Fundraisers many of which have been sent in by different non profit groups around the world:

Sell Christmas greenery

If you have access to the raw materials selling Christmas greenery can be a great Christmas Fundraiser.

Mistletoe fundraiser
Remember you should never take or cut from bushes where you do not have permission. If you can find a friendly landowner or farmer however you may be able to find all sorts of bits and pieces that can be sold for Christmas decorations.

These are the commonest items sold but there may be local traditions where you live.

Mistletoe – Its traditional to hang bunches of mistletoe from the ceiling and considered lucky to kiss beneath it.
Holly – A traditional signifier of Christmas. All sorts of different types of holly are available. Needs plenty of berries to make a great decoration.
Ivy – Another easily found Christmas favourite. Long strips make great decorations along banisters or window ledges.
Evergreen Fronds – A very ancient tradition is to take in small branches from evergreens over the holiday period. The idea being the new life of the coming Spring symbolised by the green. Many different evergreens can be used but fir and yew are particularly popular.
You need to sell your greenery quite close to Christmas to keep it fresh. A table at a Christmas Bazaar or in a town centre the week before Christmas is perfect.

You may also be able to sell to bars, shops and clubs.”

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Christmas Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits

christmas fundraising

Christmas is a time for fun, presents and merrymaking. But amongst the hustle and bustle it is also a time when many people try to think of the needs of others, either in their own community or further afield. Its a great time for some festive Xmas Fundraising Ideas!

Below are some great Festive Fundraisers many of which have been sent in by different non profit groups around the world:

1. Sell Christmas greenery.
If you have access to the raw materials selling Christmas greenery can be a great Christmas Fundraiser. Remember you should never take or cut from bushes where you do not have permission. If you can find a friendly landowner or farmer however you may be able to find all sorts of bits and pieces that can be sold for Christmas decorations.

These are the most common items sold but there may be local traditions where you live.

Mistletoe – Its traditional to hang bunches of mistletoe from the ceiling and considered lucky to kiss beneath it.

Holly – A traditional signifier of Christmas. All sorts of different types of holly are available. Needs plenty of berries to make a great decoration.

Ivy – Another easily found Christmas favourite. Long strips make great decorations along banisters or window ledges.

Evergreen Fronds – A very ancient tradition is to take in small branches from evergreens over the holiday period. The idea being the new life of the coming Spring symbolized by the green. Many different evergreens can be used but fir and yew are particularly popular.

You need to sell your greenery quite close to Christmas to keep it fresh. A table at a Christmas Bazaar or in a town centre the week before Christmas is perfect. You may also be able to sell to bars, shops and clubs.

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25 Quick Fundraiser Ideas for Beginners

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Why Quick Fundraising Ideas?

Oftentimes, individuals and organizations alike need some quick fundraising ideas to get the ball rolling on a longer-term campaign, get through a mid-campaign hump, or for an emergency situation. The ideas also need to be engaging enough to get people involved, and quickly. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 25 quick fundraising ideas that are sure to rally people to raise money for charity, and have fun while doing it!

1. Channel Your Inner Master Chef
A nod to cooking reality TV, try rounding up supporters and foodies around a friendly culinary competition. Contestants create their best dishes with a specific ingredient, or other criteria, and people pay to taste and cast their votes.

2. Nearly New Sale
Collect your team’s gently worn, barely used clothes or artifacts and host a weekend sale or auction. Take pictures of the items beforehand, post them on social networks and generate buzz around your event.

3. Breakfast in Bed
Solicit local businesses to donate breakfast foods, have supporters and their networks place orders, and deliver the goods!

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How URstore can help you earn residual income.

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Written by Daniel Stevens

Residual income or passive income is income that continues to be generated after the initial effort has been expended. This is compared to what most people focus on: linear income, which is essentially a salary job with active income.

Many financial people have written about residual or passive income as the sure way to retire early. Here we will explain how URstore can help.

The main distinguishing factor between active and passive income is simply that: action. Passive income involves none to very little action involved past the natural set up phase. Gaining passive income with URstore involves very little action on your part. All you have to do is follow the simple steps in setting up your online store. So all you have to do is come up with a concept. If you own your own company or business or you have a secondary passion in your life that hasn’t turned into a wealth generator at this point put it on a shirt.URstore-Logo-slogan-2013-New-e1395337429437

URstore sets up your very own online apparel store fast. After it’s set up all you have to do is share. Share your own personal online clothing store with your network. URstore sends you a commission cheque of 10% on every sale made on your site. There’s your residual income.

You can do this for as many stores as you like. A good way to earn even more is by setting up opposing stores: Mountain Dew marketed their soft drinks against each other and received an enormous response from their community who sided with the different camps.

The easiest way to get to sleep at night is knowing you’re safe. Residual income is nothing if not a great sleep aid: you know you’ll be more financially secure by the time you wake up the following morning. So go to www.urstore.ca and set up your own store online and make money in your sleep. Just another helpful tip supporting our community. Best of luck from our team at URstore to yours!

URstore for Hockey

It’s arguably the best game on earth, no less the most exciting sport to watch. We don’t all get the luxury of catching the Canucks game 3 rows back from the bench, but even a Sunday afternoon at your nephews Pee Wee game can be pretty fun to soak in. Or getting together with your friends in Langley for the Friday night league game can be a blast and a half.

If you want to support your team or even start your own team get your gear through URstore.ca. They make it the easiest for you. All you do is upload your teams logo and you’ve created your very own online store with all the apparel you need. Send the link out to your team email list. Tell them to get hoodies and track pants all with your team logo on it. That way you all look sharp when you come to the rink.

It also works great for fundraising. Team sports are not cheap and fundraising is always tricky. Once you have the URL for your online store send it out! Tell your friends to get your gear from your store and URstore sends you a 10% kickback on any purchase made through the store. Take that money and put it back into your team. Whether that’s for new gear next year or the end of the season bbq.

Get the most out of your hockey season with URstore.