Friday, September 23, 2011

Nonprofit Fundraising Tips

Ever hear of Squidoo?  It's a site that allows you to create pages on a given subject.  The NonProfit Times has just created a Squidoo page that covers the all-important topic of nonprofit fundraising.  The intention of this page is to give nonprofit managers and employees another venue to get free tips to help their organization succeed with all of their fundraising activities.  We already have three articles on there, including one on how to find volunteers for fundraising events.  Let's take a look at an excerpt from that piece:

Nonprofits can raise funds through a variety of different methods. While a large amount of these funds come from direct donations, fundraising events play a large part as well. These events can be concerts, galas, special speaking events, or other large gatherings. These can take a great deal of effort, but that effort is repaid well if it's done properly.

The backbone of a great fundraising event lies in the strength of its volunteers. You are going to want to find individuals who are totally committed to the cause for which the event is raising money. If a volunteer is not enthusiastic about it, they will likely not put as much effort into making sure things go smoothly. That's why it's important to have a solid screening process when picking volunteers. One great suggestion is to create a questionnaire for potential candidates that might include questions like: "How many people are you comfortable working with?" or "What skills are you proficient in?"

Head on over to our Squidoo page (linked at the top of this post) to check out the full article.  You should also check out our other Squidoo Lens that covers nonprofit jobs.

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