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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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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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