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Topic: i have no idea how to organize a fundraiser HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Read 495 times)
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« on: August 02, 2006 10:43:28 PM »

well i was watching TLC and i caught a family that adopts children with mental and physical disabilities. they have adopted 23 children and have 4 biological children. they are on welfare and i would love to organize a fundraiser to not only raise money, but also collect donations of toys and clothes for the children. does anyone have any experience in organizing fundraisers? i would like to have a concert in my town recreation center with some local bands who would play for free. I'm guessing 10 bucks a ticket is good. i can also get dunkin donuts to donate doughnuts, bagels, muffins and coffee (Ive had them do it before...can you say 30 boxes of joe??) and i could sell that there too.

HOW IS THIS RELATED TO CRAFT YOU SAY?
if the fundraiser comes into action, i will gladly accept any donation of anything you guys make...anything! and sell whatever it is at the concert. anything not sold would be returned to the creator.


i really need help! this family has really touched me and their faith in these children is unbelievable.
help!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2006 11:01:48 PM »

Ok, I'm just telling you now that you should either reconsider doing this, or find 3 or 4 other people with fundraising experience to help you. It is VERY hard work to organize events like this. My girlscout troop did for our Gold Award. 9 girls putting on a charity fitness walk. It took a year (8 ish months since we didnt meet in the summer) to plan, put together, get the word out, and execute. I know we're 'just teenagers', but its still an incredible amount of work. Most of the work is getting the word out and securing people to participate.

The first thing I would do (I did, actually....) is make a list. List everything, beginning to end. Supplies you will need, people you will need, costs, actions that need to be taken. Break them down into the smallest steps possible without being rediculous. (example: You list 'press release in local paper'. break it down to- 'talk to writer from paper B for help with press release' 'write press release about fundraiser- where, who, what, when, why', 'visit paper A, paper B, paper C with press release' 'pick appropriate date for press release to give ample time for response', and possibly 'do a followup reminder and publish in same paper as press release'. That of course would be later on)

I'm sure I'm just bursting your bubble here, and maybe you're very good with this sort of thing, but it is alot of work. Lists do help though, and its the best first step to see whether or not your plan is humanly possible.
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