Fundraisers have a proven capability to bring considerable external support to church projects.
My church does multiple fundraisers each year.
We have a large youth ministry and pastors who are also missionaries, so fundraisers are a must.
It takes a very special person or persons to be in charge of a fundraiser. They have to wear many hats and have the patience of a saint.
So my first suggestion is to get as many volunteers as possible involved with organizing fundraisers. Even if you are a small organization...try not to leave all the leadership, organizing, and hard work to just 1 or 2 volunteers.
So with that in mind, my second and most important suggestion is to keep accurate and organized fundraiser records. Keep them in binders (label records by year or type of fundraiser) so the next person can tell at a glance what worked well and what didn’t.
Basically every piece of information relating to the fundraiser should be kept, but the following are some of the most important:
Keep in mind when you are setting up your fundraiser records that they are being set up as reference to help future volunteers build successful fundraising campaigns. Be sure to include as much useful information as possible:
Inadequate planning is one of the most common reasons that fundraising campaigns fail. However, with accurate fundraising records to look back on, new organizers can study what types and methods of fundraising worked well for an area or organization.
Accurate fundraising records are also a must to handle disputes over finances and products.. In conclusion, well organized, accurate fundraising records are an absolute necessity for successful fundraising campaigns.
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