The Vault November 2012
Fall Into Fundraising
School is well underway, and that can only mean one thing–it’s fundraiser time! Whether it’s for your school, a club you belong to, or a favorite cause, BizKid$ gives you tips and tricks for keeping the funds flowing.
Think you’ve got it tough coming up with a winning fundraiser? Watch our hapless band of zombies try to come up with ways to raise money from a panicked public. Then, check out a fundraiser and charity event that combines inline hockey with a blood drive for a children’s hospital: “Give Blood, Play Hockey.”
Planning Your Fundraiser in 3 Easy Steps
1. Identify your cause: What are you raising money for? This is important for a couple of reasons. First, it can help you identify your target audience–the people who care about your cause. For a school, it will be fellow students and their parents. For a charity, it might be people who have a special tie to the cause. Second, some organizations have rules about what kinds of fundraisers are allowed. For example, at some schools, bake sales are no longer allowed for health reasons. Talk to someone at the organization to make sure you get all the info you need.
2. Choose an event: Your fundraiser should match your cause if possible. “Give Blood Play Hockey” is a great example. So is St. Baldrick’s, where participants shave their heads to support kids with cancer and get sponsors to support their new ‘dos. Put the “fun” in “fundraiser” and the money will come rolling in. The most important thing is to make sure you don’t spend more than you make. Get as much stuff donated as you can manage.
3. Get organized: You can’t do it all by yourself, so get organized! Gather the group, assign responsibilities, and hold meetings weekly or more often to get your plans in order. Let people use their natural talents–art, organizing, whatever–to contribute to your cause.
Tell Us Your Story!
Did your fundraiser blow the doors off? Did you find a way to get stuff donated or on the cheap? Tell us about it on our Facebook page so all your fellow BizKid$ can learn from your experience. See you there!
Build Your Social Biz and Win!
We’re searching the country for the best social business ideas from kids just like you. If you want to start or build a biz that will help your community but need funding, now’s your chance. You could win up to $3000 to put towards your new social biz, and be paired with a mentor from Ernst & Young LLP to kick things off! The contest is open to new and existing businesses, and the deadline is December 31. Visit the contest website to enter and good luck!
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