gift basket - free prize for charity auction or raffle

Raffles and auctions can be great fundraisers. They depend almost entirely on what prizes and other items you get to raffle or auction though! First and foremost, the items you raffle off should be free, low cost, or donated so you make a good profit. It also has to align with your mission (or not

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fundraising for tuition - mortarboard and hundred dollar bills

Nearly 57 million students enrolled in school in the United States in 2019, according to the National Center of Education Statistics. Only around 10% of those students were in private school.  Many families cannot afford to send their children to private schools, even if they have special needs. Even higher-income families may decide not to

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fundraising thermometer

Fundraising thermometers are great donation tracking tools that work in real-time at events, on your virtual fundraising page, or internally with your fundraising team. Here is a quick guide on why they work, how and when to use them, and where to find some free sample templates.  Why Fundraising Thermometers Work They are visual.  Social

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how and where to find grants - grants file folder

Nearly every charity, nonprofit or social enterprise is eligible for at least a few grants. Writing and submitting proposals can be incredibly time-consuming! That is why it is very important to make sure you spend time researching and identifying the best opportunities first. How do you find grants, however? Where do you look for those

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sample letter local museum

Following is a sample donation request letter for local museums. Feel free to copy it and modify it for your fundraising needs. For any other use, please contact us. (More fundraising letters and templates…) You may also like: Sample Fundraising Letter – Community Fund for People in Need Sample Donation Request Letter – Storm Victims

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cause awareness days weeks and months 2021 - 2021 sign

Are you ready to plan for your upcoming fundraising year? Check out the list of awareness dates and holidays to make sure you don’t miss any fundraising opportunities! Cause awareness days, weeks, and months are a fantastic way to link your school, nonprofit, or business to the greater good. In 2020, we published a list

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what we learned about fundraising in 2020 - rearview mirror

2020 was a tough year, but it forced us as a nonprofit fundraising community to innovate and renovate in amazing ways that will resonate long into the future. So what exactly did we learn about fundraising in 2020? These are some of the top takeaways. Takeaway 1: People are Generous in a Crisis In November,

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grant writing during pandemic or emergency

Grant Writing is always difficult and competitive. In a pandemic or other emergency situation, it can seem outright impossible! During emergencies, grant writers are tasked to make their proposals stand out and shine within a context of great global urgency and scant resources. That does not mean you cannot still win grants, only that you

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virtual school fundraiser - family dressed up in costumes

Do you need to get parents or kids involved in a fundraiser? Make it fun for them and they’ll love helping!  Most of us can’t meet up in groups and have grown accustomed to virtual events and classes alike. Even if you can meet in person, sometimes it’s just easier (and less expensive) to host

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Following is a sample donation request letter that could be sent from a charitable organization or other group in crisis to their community or the broader public. Feel free to copy it and modify it for your fundraising needs. For any other use, please contact us. (More fundraising letters and templates…)     Dear Friends:

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We may be stuck at home, anxiety-ridden and worried about our new quarantine reality, but that is not a reason to put your nonprofit on hold, however! Nonprofits all over the country are adapting in creative ways. New tools and resources to help you are being developed on a daily basis, including dozens of new

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Following is a sample donation request letter that could be sent from a sports team, school group, or charitable organization to their community and neighboring communities. Feel free to copy it and modify it for your fundraising needs. For any other use, please contact us. >> Sample Donation Request Letter – Storm Victims >> Sample

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