Crowdfunding vs. Traditional Fundraising: A Quick Guide

Many nonprofits, schools, and other mission-based organizations rely on fundraising strategies to support their programming and day-to-day operations. As a fundraising professional at one of these types of organizations, you likely have a network of dedicated donors to help fund your mission.  Yet hosting the same old fundraising activities time and time again can lead

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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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virtual fundraising events - watching movies

There are many circumstances when getting people together to host a fundraising event simply isn’t feasible, whether it be social distancing during a pandemic or just simply geographic distance. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can bring people together in unique ways to generate excitement for your fundraising efforts! In this article, we will

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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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public school fundraisers - mask fundraiser, online auction, shoes, walkathon, discount cards

If you’ve ever been a student, teacher, or parent at one, you know that public schools are notoriously underfunded. That’s why these individuals tend to spend a lot of time on school fundraisers to supplement their limited finances.  And if you fall into one of these groups, you’re likely looking for new and exciting ways

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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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athletic shoe fundraiser

Nonprofits often need to be creative with their approaches to fundraising, which means finding new but proven revenue-generating strategies. Believe it or not, athletic shoes may be just the right unique twist your organization needs! Fundraising is vital for all organizations, so take a creative approach to generate any and all revenue possibilities. Ready to

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virtual marathon fundraisers

Virtual marathons and races are the latest rage in online fundraising. While many models exist, the basic principle is to encourage grassroots, peer-to-peer fundraising in a flexible way. Like a traditional marathon or race/walk fundraiser, groups set a date (or a timeframe) for participants to race. Participants either pay a registration fee to help the

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international womens day flowers

In March, countries and communities celebrate women all over the world. March is Women’s History Month in the United States. And millions celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) specifically toward a goal of promoting gender parity and celebrating the accomplishments and roles of women in our global society. Here are 7 questions answered about IWD, and

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nonprofit fundraising calendar dates in 2019

Aligning fundraising and awareness events with broader “cause awareness” days and months can boost your nonprofit exposure. The first step is reviewing which days and months exist and when they fall on the calendar this year. Then you can pick those that align with your nonprofit mission and programs this year. The following are just

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Mother's Day Breakfast - table with food

Mother’s Day has become one of the most commercial holidays in America. The National Retail Federation reports that the average American spends $172 – totaling an astounding $21.4 billion.  An amazing 84 percent of the population celebrates the holiday. What does this mean for your Mother’s Day fundraiser? Though retail sales boom for Mother’s Day,

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fundraising ideas trees

Tree hugger or not, there is no denying the amazing benefits of planting trees, under any circumstances, anywhere in the world. They fight climate change. They clean our air and water. They keep soil from eroding. They create homes for crawly critters and birds. And they are beautiful, improving nearly any landscape. That’s why, no

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