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7 Ways To Raise Funds In A Fun Way

7 Ways To Raise Funds In A Fun Way

Unfortunately, many fundraisers face a problem: They’re uninteresting. Nobody these days likes to be bored. Here are a few helpful tips you can use to make your own fundraiser actually fun!

1. Know Your Market

Above all, there’s no point having a fundraiser if what you’re selling isn’t sellable. No matter what your cause is, if what you have to sell at the fundraiser isn’t something people want to buy… Your fundraiser will fall flat on its face.

So get to know your market. Know the community of the town you’re setting up shop in. The key here is communication: let people know how much you want each person to donate, what your cause/product is, etc. Turn on your marketing cap and build incentives for people to show up for a day of fun.

2. Bake Sale

Yes yes, bake sales are tried and true. For $10 you can buy a whole cake. For $1 you can buy a cupcake. You know the drill. So, put a new spin on this traditional fundraising device by hosting a bake race!

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Just like those “chef off” shows you see on TV, where cooks make a meal within allotted time, you can have your bake sale bakers make their treats right in front of everyone! In good racing fashion, whoever makes their cakes, cupcakes, etc. the fastest…

You pick the prize reward. It’s your show! I’d personally suggest that the “winner” gets to dump a bucket of ice water on the “losers.” (For an added twist, get blindfolds for everyone. It’ll be disastrous and hilarious.)

3. Take your volunteers and helpers out for a bite or drink

Nobody likes doing stuff for free – even if it is for a good cause. Taking out your volunteers and helpers out for a meal or an after-hours drink is good friendship. Aren’t you happy when someone treats you to a meal?

This consideration builds good morale and increases the likelihood the group will work with you again. My spouse has a friend who has no qualms being our ride to the grocery store (since we don’t have a car). He knows we’ll treat him to Burger King or buy a bottle of wine for his help and patience. (It’s no fun sitting in a car, waiting on other people.)

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4. Use fun incentives

Have you ever watched the blockbuster DeCaprio flick Wolf Of Wall Street? In it, Jordan Belfort launches a billion-dollar stockbroker firm. In order to raise even more money, he holds a kooky fundraiser: if the company can raise $10,000, one of his assistants will shave off her luscious blonde locks.

Extremes like this fuel our human need for new experiences. You don’t need to go to this extreme, but using it as a selling incentive makes your fundraiser a lot more fun. Get crazy with it: Dye organisers’ heads purple if everyone raises $5,000. Raise $200 in order to see volunteers get pied in the face.

There’s no limit to the amount of exciting things you can do with this. Let your imagination run! (Imagine how you can use a street carnival for raising funds!) You can even rent a theatre screen and host a movie night in the park.

5. Create fun completion activities for your staff

Similar to the last tip, this one involves everyone (without “humiliating” them). It’s simple: raise X amount of dollars in however much time. If the goal is met, everyone gets to play sports in a water balloon fight. Or, to increase selling incentives, the group (or person) who sells the most gets tickets to go rollerblading, kayaking, or some other fun activity that gets the juices flowing.

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An even crazier idea: You’re riding a bike. Every single dollar buys you another minute of ride time. You can ride up a hill or up a mountain to make it really fun for people. Think of fun activities everyone might like to participate in when the fundraiser is over.

6. Be Memorable

The key to a successful fundraiser is to be unexpected. Dazzle. Amaze. Inspire laughter and feel-good emotions. This day an age, most people lead dormant, dull lives. One way to change that? Set a costumed theme and pick a sport. Dress donators and workers up in Halloween costumes and have everyone play a short game of softball.

Or dress everyone up as Captain Jack Sparrow (or another trendy character) and have a sack race. Whatever you decide to do, remember: each sport has an entry fee. People who donated $20, for example, can dress up as Captain Jack Sparrow and race. People who donated $30 can dress in their favourite Halloween character and play softball.

It will be goofy. It will be hard to play like that for long. And it will be so, so funny to see. Making your fundraiser memorable and more likely to pick up word-of-mouth sponsorship. (I’d personally like to see people who donated $50 to dress up as Sumo wrestlers and play volleyball. Or, just have a Sumo wrestling contest! There’s almost nothing you can’t do.)

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Even as something a small as coordinating your event/party around a Holiday helps a lot.

7. Gaming

Legendary YouTube entertainer Markiplier regularly hosts fundraisers (he’s raised over $482k to date). He’s raised $81,000+ for depression and bipolar disorder, and raised $70,000+ for a children’s research hospital. How? By hitting up Livestream and doing what he does best: making people laugh and love as he games.

Run along the same lines as him and set up gaming “booths” for people who donate $10-50 (or however much you decide). Everybody I know lives and breathes games (me included). When we aren’t working? We’re on the PS3.

Last Thought

If you want your fundraiser to stick out among the many, many fundraisers out there… Just remember to think out of the box. Don’t be afraid to be exciting and make a fundraiser to remember.

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How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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