The beginners' guide to fundraising: the do's and the don'ts

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When it comes to fundraising, you want to make sure you do the best possible job. Whether it's getting money for a surgery, raising money for a trip, or even kick-starting a business idea or entertainment entity, you want to ensure that you reach your goal amount.

However, knowing where to start can be tricky and you might waste a lot of time getting things up and running or making rookie mistakes. Here is a beginner's guide to fundraising, with simple do's and don'ts. 

Do's: 

This can make everything so much easier. By having a well-organized structure, you can keep your goals and events in line. Of course, you'll want to make sure you have the best equipment, such as a Lenovo computer, to make sure everything goes smoothly and you can keep communication levels high with your fellow event organizers. It can also help you keep track of your finances without lag too, so organization is a huge must. 

The real spirit in fundraising is not to see it as competition. Everyone is just trying to better their community, and despite what others will say, you are all in the same boat. Giving each other a good level of support and lending a hand can be great for the whole spirit of the event, especially if you are all quite close to goals. The best thing you can do is enjoy yourself and work toward your goals together. 

Don'ts: 

This can kill your fundraiser at its very core. People will give to who they choose to give to, and if you are unhappy with the amount someone has contributed, don't push for more. Sometimes it's better to go elsewhere. Definitely don't push for people who you know can't give or can't donate a lot to the fundraiser, as this can be majorly off-putting and can lead to a lot of damage to relationships. 

Harassing and trying to guilt-trip people who decide not to give money will do nothing but waste your breath. Furthermore, this can actually be quite a dangerous method to take if you are doing this in person, as it might trigger a verbally abusive or even a violent physical reaction. So you want to avoid doing something like this at all costs.

Sometimes it's just better to move onto someone different, as then at least you get the word out. Somebody might then come back and give money through either a different method or return when they have some spare cash on them; you never know.

Final thoughts

When it comes to fundraising, there are very important dos and don'ts. Don't try to pester people who clearly have no intention of giving, and don't aggravate those who you know can't give or you don't feel as though they have given enough. On the other hand, do make sure everything is well organized to reduce stress, and help support your fellow fundraisers and have fun while doing it. 

 

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