School Group Fundraising and Using Social Media (Web) To Achieve Success

Now is the time of year so many school groups begun to plan their fundraising activities. School leaders are now planning on how to tap into a large donor base as possible to raise funds for their school groups. Through the power of social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, schools now have another tool to meet their fundraising goals.

Social Media For School Group Fundraising

 

Social Networking is a must have tool in any school groups fundraising activities. The use of Social Media is the quickest and inexpensive method to reach as many people as possible. With a click of a button you can reach thousands of people who are possible donors to your school group’s cause. It gives the ability to tap into your current student’s body community, and reach previous alumni of the school. Both are great sources for money with your current fundraising activities.

 

It is now time for school groups to jump into the interactive world and embrace the 2.0 Web. If they don’t their fundraising activities will be left behind and never truly reach their full potential. Those school groups that have utilized Social Networking, Blogs, Forums, Video, and RSS Feeds have seen a tremendous increase in online web traffic, increased level of communication, greater reach of their target market. Retain and recruit new volunteers, and increase the overall dollars raised.

 

It has never been easier for school groups to launch and manage fundraising campaigns at an affordable price. The web and social networks allow school groups to easily reach and update members, increase collaboration within the group, take away physical barriers, and have a deeper level of communication. Having strong Social Networks and web presence allows your donors to reach you in a very convenient way. Your website and Social Networks operate 24 hours a day.

 

%66 of Americans use Social Media use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn. These internet users say that connections with family members and friends (both new and old) are a primary consideration in their adoption of social media tools. People use Social Media to reach family, current friends, and old friends. These facts are in a report by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. This makes Social Media the ideal tool for school groups to improve their overall fundraising efforts.

 

The Internet should play a key role in any school groups fundraising activities. Your website can keep your group and donors up=to-date. Having a Donate Now Button can increase the amount raised. Social Networks allow you to share information quickly and interact with your group, donors, and alumni. YouTube allows you to produce and share Videos to share a message with donors, and provide update video coverage of the progress of the fundraiser. Social Media is a cost effective method to get your message out there. It is vital that you update and produce quality content you’re Social Networks on a consistent basis. It is important to interact and engage with your followers. The same rules that make a business successful on Social Networks apply to School groups that want to fundraise. It is important to integrate all of your web activies like Website, Email, Social Networks, Blog, and Video. It takes a committment, time, and teamwork to make your Social Media Fundraising a success.

 

It is now time for school groups who do fundraising to embrace Social Media like business has the last four years. It will be much easier for PTA and PTOs to communicate and make sure the school groups are raising the most money they can.For more information on using Social Media and increasing the money your school group fundraiser can raise contact Scholar Discount Card. We make school group fundraising easier and more profitable.

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School Group Fundraising Made Easy

Top Ten Fundraising Tips For School Groups

We know how important fundraising is for school groups.From elementary school fundraising ideas up too high school fundraising ideas, these school group fundraising tips are good for all ages and will help prepare you to make your next school group fundraiser a great success.

We have years of experience in school group fundraising and have compiled a list of tips to make any sports group fundraising a great success. Our Top Ten Fundraising Tips For School Groups will help make your next university, elementary or high school fund raiser program a success!For more on school group fundraising ideas visit www.scholarsdiscountcard.com

School Group Fundraising Made Easy

Your Next School Group Fundraiser

 

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Have a Clear Plan and Strong Leadership with a Strategy to Accomplish it :

The success of your fundraiser will hinge on a strong chairperson with a clear message and an ability to remain on focus. The organization needs someone with time, energy and the drive to ensure your fundraiser is going to be a great success. Any successful fundraiser needs to have a plan and sound organizational structure. Tap into the strengths of your community and make sure each fund raising task is assigned to the right person. Avoid overburdening people with to too much work, as burn out can be devastating to not only the current fundraiser but also to future efforts. Clearly define who is responsible for each task and what is the timeline? Make sure leader has a complete understanding of all relevant details and meet regularly to discuss issues and goals. Lack of organization will doom your fundraising from the outset with extra costs and goals not being meet.

Choose The Right Fundraising Project:

Ask yourself thee simple questions: “Who is the fundraiser for?” “Who is going to be doing the fundraising?” Fundraisers succeed when they match age appropriate groups with attainable goals. In other words, you do not want to make so difficult the kids get frustrated nor do you want to make it to easy so they get bored. It is also important to be creative in the fundraising task you embark upon, everyone cannot sell wrapping paper.

Incentive Prizes are effective – but only if you chose the right ones

It has been clearly established that incentive prizes are a great motivator for group fundraising. However, this method is only effective if the prizes are truly a motivation. A great suggestion is meeting with some, or all, of the group to determine what they consider “prizes.”

 

Teaching not only “the Pitch” but sales skills

In addition to being a fundraising opportunity, these campaigns can also be a confidence builder for young people. Young people can learn the “pitch” they are offering to prospective donors, as well as simple social skills such as introducing themselves and public speaking. Young volunteers should be encouraged to learn how to describe their group, its goals, and its projected outcomes. Ultimately, it is important that they are able to convey the outcome of the donation and its effect on the recipients. It is essential that they learn to be polite – smiling and saying “thank you” even when someone does not donate. There is no telling who may be a donor in the future.

Motivate The Team

You need to get your group,crew,class,or team motivated. A great way to motivate the kids is to get them to work in teams. A great way to foster team spirit. You can divide groups into a two or three person teams. You can have daily,or weekly prizes that rewards the top sellers or teams. As a incentive have some great group prizes like a bowling party, a class day trip,or get feedback from the group on prizes they would like to see.

Set Clear Goals and Deadlines

The key to fundraising success is to set clear and concise goals. It is just as vital to set clear and concise deadlines. We to identify what we need,how are going to get what we need,who is going to participate to help us reach our goals, and what is the dollar amount we need to raise and in what timeframe.

How much money do we need to raise and how time to we have to achieve this goal?

 

Reward The Most Motivated Team

Set achievable goals right away. What ever Team or individual hits $500 in sales in the first week. What ever Team or individual hits $100 in daily sales. Reward those teams that are motivated and hit early sales goals with some great prizes.Ex. Give them a $20 Gift certificate to I-Tunes or Applebees.

Do Fewer Fundraisers but do them well:

It is better to concentrate your efforts on fewer fundraisers and do them very well to achieve your fundraising goals. Sometimes less can be more. Focus on the quality of the fundraiser you choose to do. It is good practice to be aware of what other schools,sports leagues, and churches are doing with their Fundraising activities.

Be Creative and Do Not Duplicate Fundraising Efforts:

There are so many fundraising activities going on in your local area with schools,sports,churches,and other groups. If you can not coordinate your fundraising activities with these other groups be aware of what fundraising ideas they are doing. It is important to give your group six months to a year in advance to prepare and coordinate your Fundraiser. You do not to duplicate other groups fundraisers. It dilutes the situation,saturates the area with Fundraising, and is detrimental to your Fundraising success.

Where To Fundraise?

We understand we are going to are fundraising efforts are going to focus on Friends,Neighbors,Relatives and Co-workers. Picking spots that are high traffic areas to improve your chances of hitting your fundraising goals. It is important to find people out with cash or checkbooks in hand. You want to focus on high people traffic areas so you can raise more money in less time. Some great areas to set up and start fundraising are:

Convenience Stores

Grocery Stores

Traffic Lights with a ton of traffic.

Sporting Events

Drugstores

Home Improvement stores

Shopping Malls

Walmarts

Town Events like Jazz Fest,Parades,Music In The Park, etc.

Be sure to get approval ahead of time so you can set up in the best possible location. Location is key because you want to be where the most traffic is.

A great location delivers hundreds of potential customers right to you .So maximize your fundraising efforts by finding the best location,location,location!!

Bonus Tip:

Tap Into Your Social Networks

Utilize your Social Networks like Facebook,Twitter,and Pinterest. We all know the statistics of Social Media. Go where the people are and people are on Social Networks.Facebook by far is the most popular platform to raise money on for fundraisers, but do not overlook other Social Networks.Social Sharing yields positive results so Social Media should be a part of every Fundraising Plan.

Online Fundraising

Online fundraising is a critical component of any group fundraising strategy. Online fundraising is growing very rapidly. When people hear about your fundraising, they want to learn more, or seek updates on your group. People will visit your website so have a donate now button in a prominent spot.

After, reading our Top Ten Fundraising Tips For School Groups you will be in a better position to choose the right fundraiser for your group and make it a successful fundraiser.We have worked with a great deal of school groups throughout the United States to help with School Group Fundraising.Visit www.scholarsdiscountcard.com

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Youth Sports Fundraising Solutions

Top Ten Fundraising Tips For Sports Groups

We know how important fundraising is for sports groups like Cheerleading, Soccer, Baseball, Football, etc.
Sport fundraising can be a real challenge to raise the funds you need for the team, Raising money for uniforms, equipment, tournaments, travel expense, and other expenses can feel overwhelming at times.
We have years of experience in sports fundraising and have compiled a list of tips to make any sports fundraising a great success. For more sports fundraising ideas visit www.scholars-discount-card.com

Youth Sports Fundraising Solutions

Have a Clear Plan and Strong Leadership with a Strategy to Accomplish it :
The success of your fundraiser will hinge on a strong chairperson with a clear message and an ability to remain on focus. The organization needs someone with time, energy and the drive to ensure your fundraiser is going to be a great success.  Any successful fundraiser needs to have a plan and sound organizational structure. Tap into the strengths of your community and make sure each fund raising task is assigned to the right person. Avoid overburdening people with to too much work, as burn out can be devastating to not only the current fundraiser but also to future efforts.  Clearly define who is responsible for each task and what is the timeline? Make sure leader has a complete understanding of all relevant details and meet regularly to discuss issues and goals. Lack of organization will doom your fundraising from the outset with extra costs and goals not being meet.

Choose The Right Fundraising Project:
Ask yourself thee simple questions: “Who is the fundraiser for?” “Who is going to be doing the fundraising?” Fundraisers succeed when they match age appropriate groups with attainable goals.  In other words, you do not want to make so difficult the kids get frustrated nor do you want to make it to easy so they get bored. It is also important to be creative in the fundraising task you embark upon, everyone cannot sell wrapping paper.

Incentive Prizes are effective – but only if you chose the right ones

It has been clearly established that incentive prizes are a great motivator for group fundraising.  However, this method is only effective if the prizes are truly a motivation.  A great suggestion is meeting with some, or all, of the group to determine what they consider “prizes.”

Teaching not only “the Pitch” but sales skills
In addition to being a fundraising opportunity, these campaigns can also be a confidence builder for young people.  Young people can learn the “pitch” they are offering to prospective donors, as well as simple social skills such as introducing themselves and public speaking.  Young volunteers should be encouraged to learn how to describe their group, its goals, and its projected outcomes.  Ultimately, it is important that they are able to convey the outcome of the donation and its effect on the recipients.   It is essential that they learn to be polite – smiling and saying “thank you” even when someone does not donate. There is no telling who may be a donor in the future.

Motivate The Team
You need to get your group, crew, class, or team motivated. A great way to motivate the kids is to get them to work in teams. A great way to foster team spirit. You can divide groups into a two or three person teams. You can have daily or weekly prizes that reward the top sellers or teams. As an incentive have some great group prizes like a bowling party, a class day trip, or get feedback from the group on prizes they would like to see.

Set Clear Goals and Deadlines
The key to fundraising success is to set clear and concise goals. It is just as vital to set clear and concise deadlines. We to identify what we need, how are going to get what we need, who is going to participate to help us reach our goals, and what is the dollar amount we need to raise and in what timeframe.
How much money do we need to raise and how time to we have to achieve this goal?

Reward The Most Motivated Team
Set achievable goals right away. Whatever Team or individual hits $500 in sales in the first week. Whatever Team or individual hits $100 in daily sales. Reward those teams that are motivated and hit early sales goals with some great prizes.Ex. Give them a $20 Gift certificate to I-Tunes or Applebee’s.

Do Fewer Fundraisers but do them well:
It is better to concentrate your efforts on fewer fundraisers and do them very well to achieve your fundraising goals. Sometimes less can be more. Focus on the quality of the fundraiser you choose to do. It is good practice to be aware of what other schools, sports leagues, and churches are doing with their Fundraising activities.

Be Creative and Do Not Duplicate Fundraising Efforts:
There are so many fundraising activities going on in your local areawith schools, sports, churches, and other groups. If you cannot coordinate your fundraising activities with these other groups are aware of what fundraising ideas they are doing. It is important to give your group six months to a year in advance to prepare and coordinate your Fundraiser. You do not to duplicate other group’s fundraisers. It dilutes the situation, saturates the area with Fundraising, and is detrimental to your Fundraising success.

Where To Fundraise?
We understand your fundraising efforts  are going to focus on Friends, Neighbors, Relatives and Co-workers. Picking spots that are high traffic areas to improve your chances of hitting your fundraising goals. It is important to find people out with cash or checkbooks in hand. You want to focus on high people traffic areas so you can raise more money in less time. Some great areas to set up and start fundraising are:
Convenience Stores
Grocery Stores
Traffic Lights with a ton of traffic.
Sporting Events
Drugstores
Home Improvement stores
Shopping Malls
Wal-Mart’s
Town Events like Jazz Fest, Parades, Music In The Park, etc.

Be sure to get approval ahead of time so you can set up in the best possible location. Location is key because you want to be where the most traffic is.
A great location delivers hundreds of potential customers right to you .So maximize your fundraising efforts by finding the best location, location, location!!

Bonus Tip:
Tap Into Your Social Networks
Utilize your Social Networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. We all know the statistics of Social Media. Go where the people are and people are on Social Networks. Facebook by far is the most popular platform to raise money on for fundraisers, but do not overlook other Social Networks. Social Sharing yields positive results so Social Media should be a part of every Fundraising Plan.
Online Fundraising
Online fundraising is a critical component of any group fundraising strategy. Online fundraising is growing very rapidly. When people hear about your fundraising, they want to learn more, or seek updates on your group. People will visit your website so have a donate now button in a prominent spot.

After, reading our Top Ten Fundraising Tips for Sport Groups you will be in a better position to choose the right fundraiser for your group and make it a successful fundraiser. We have worked with a great deal of sports groups throughout the United States to help with Sports Fundraising.Visit http://www.scholars-discount-card.com

 

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Cheerleading Fundraising Ideas

Cheerleading Fundraising Resource

We have years of experience helping Cheerleading squads raise money through fundraising.It is our goal to provide you with the knowledge and tools to make your next fundraiser a success. We started this Blog so it can be a resource for you and your team. We will be providing up to date tips,ideas,and news for those teams looking to get ahead with the next fundraising challenge.We look forward to your input and feel free to leave comments. One of our Fundraising specialists are here to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

 

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