While we often want our children to be involved in activities they love, these activities can be expensive and time consuming—especially fundraising efforts. Leveraging a fundraising event website can help make it easier.
Online event pages lets donors or sponsors contribute digitally and in advance.
Recently, a family friend was fundraising for Girl Guides. I usually stock up – my family loves their cookies, however, by the time I was able to get to her house she only had one box left. I would have loved the option to pre-order online! That way I would have known they were coming and I could have put my order in—think of all the extra boxes she could have sold online!
Boost your results with advance online promotion.
Campaigning online can increase the reach of your fundraising promotions. Consider a car wash. Go beyond posting signs around town and promote the car wash with local community members, along with the reason for fundraising and the event details in an email or social notification.
You can directly invite individuals via email, Facebook or Twitter extending your promotional reach even farther. Ask your friends and family to share your post and reach an audience you otherwise would not have.
People can purchase their carwash or other fundraising items ahead of time and you can simply scan the barcode off their smartphone using your phone to redeem the ticket. Tip: Remember to factor in processing fees to the price.
Fundraising while out-of-town is an option.
I was lucky enough to play in a hockey tournament in Alberta last year. We used our event page to keep donors informed about how our team was doing in the tournament. We kept the donation option open so that as we progressed through the tournament we could continue to accept donations, from people near and far.
An advantage of having a fundraising event page is that your kids can play a huge role in managing it. Let them get creative by making video messages and marketing their fundraiser. Provided they are old enough, your kids can be in charge of marketing, without being responsible for holding onto the cash.
Cashing out the online funds can be to a parent or an organizer.
Your event page can give kids the freedom to be as creative and successful as they want. It can teach them a valuable lesson; the more you put in to something the more you get out of it.
Having an event page also removes the risk and inconvenience associated with door-to-door fundraising.
Handling fundraising online not only makes it easier, it can make it more successful. It takes only a few minutes to set up an account —try it for your next fundraising event! If you want to pass the reins to the kids simply create an account, set up the financial requirements (the Donation name and your Goal Amount under Gift Donations/Fundraise) and provide them the login so they can get started adding the details.