Going the Distance with Your Fundraiser

Without Sleepless Nights

Do you dream of stress-free success from start to finish? Check out these tips and tools to avoid sleepless nights — and reach and exceed all of your fundraising goals!

Post Date: Sep 27 2019

It’s the fondest wish of everyone who undertakes a fundraising project: stress-free success from start to finish. But it doesn't generally happen without a good plan and some guidelines in place. For all your wishes to come true, you’ll need a roadmap and a reliable team to help you through.

Plan First for Your Fundraiser

Plan First!

From experience, we know that successful fundraising campaigns start with a comprehensive plan. No matter how large or small your group is, a complete fundraising strategy is the first thing you want to have in your briefcase (or backpack) when you start this journey. Having a step-by-step guide will help you lay out your whole fundraising calendar, and enroll your team to knock out all those to-do's.

As you put your plan together, you may want to read “Ten Tips to Fundraising Success.” This guide gathers tried and true best practices for successful fundraising, which you can use to develop your plan.

Don't take on the whole project yourself

One problem we see often, is project leaders who end up trying to do everything themselves. As the leader of a fundraiser, it’s easy to feel like it's all riding on your shoulders. But trying to take on every suggestion and check-off every item yourself is a fast-path to exhaustion and missed details. The key to avoid this problem, is using your plan to delegate and share the work.

It takes a team to get extraordinary results! Go the distance by delegating.

Reach out to your group and build a core team of reliable support. Ideally, you’ll find several team members that you can rely on — trustworthy people with a can-do attitude. Spread the fundraising leadership work around appropriately, so the burden doesn’t fall on just one (or two) of you.

Fundraising TIP: Share the leadership effort so the burden doesn’t fall on just you.

Another important step in this process is establishing rules for teamwork.

Your group may have some general protocols for communication and decision making — use these rules or establish your own for this fundraising campaign. You need your people to be on the same page, to buy into the plan, to know how they're expected to communicate, and know the difference between team decisions, and decisions individuals are empowered to make in their specific roles. That sounds like a lot — but put it in your plan and everything will move much more smoothly!

To make sure you delegate authority as well as work, you may want to assign coordinators for different areas of the fundraising campaign.

For example, you could have:

  • a social media person
  • a fundraising product sales partner liaison (for example, to work with a Terri Lynn Fundraising Specialist)
  • and a volunteer coordinator

Keep up a steady stream of support and encouragement.

Give all your volunteers, as well as the people you’ve chosen to delegate to, the recognition they deserve. Praise their efforts and keep up a steady stream of THANK YOUs!

Fundraising TIP: Praise your volunteers' efforts and keep up a steady stream of THANK YOUs!

We know that running a fundraising campaign is a challenge, and even with all of your volunteers in place, there’s still so much to do...The good news is: we have an easy-to-use solution for that!

Take Advantage of Easy-to-Use Online Tools

Today, managing big workloads means putting the internet to work as much as possible. And that's why online tools are so important to many fundraisers today. Good online tools can help you expand your supporter network and amplify your message. And the best part is: they work around the clock — which means you don’t have to.

Terri Lynn Fundraising has your back here — we have the team, tools and templates you need to make fundraising easy. As your fundraising partner, we offer three easy fundraising programs that work for any size of any type of group:

  1. Quick Start Program
  2. Order Taking Program
  3. Webstore Program

You can read about each of these Programs using the links above or by calling our dedicated fundraising experts at 1.800.323.0775. For today's topic, we want to zero in on all the great benefits the Webstore option can offer you.

Terri Lynn Fundraising Free Webstore Program

Webstore Benefits

Our Webstore is a favorite online tool for many organizations— it’s practically “hands-off,” saving you a lot of stress. We set up a personalized online webstore personalized just for your group. And it is so easy: all you do is upload your logo, choose your profit margin, and send us a W-9 to open your store. Terri Lynn customers love this online program!

Here are four big reasons why the Webstore is the ultimate fundraising partner:

  1. No Sellers Required

    You don’t need an army of volunteers pounding the pavement or manning the phones. Simply share your fundraiser webstore address! Put it in your group’s newsletters, email, and social media to get the word out — and watch the sales come in.

  2. No Cost To Your Organization

    Profit checks will be mailed to you monthly, without any cost to your group for products or expenses to run the web store.

  3. No Order Taking Or Product To Distribute

    Supporters choose what they want to buy and are billed through the online webstore. Then their orders are shipped directly to them — your group does not have to be the middle man. No money to handle and no food products to deliver.

  4. Stays Open All Year, 24/7

    A Terri Lynn Webstore for your group can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day, by those wishing to support your group. It suits everyone’s schedule! Convenient for your group and for your supporters.

Bonus Benefit — Use a Webstore along with our Quick Start and Order Taking Programs

The Webstore Program also works extremely well in tandem with the Quick Start and Order Taking programs. Terri Lynn Fundraising also provides everything your group needs (selling forms, catalogues, money collection envelopes) — free of charge.

Use Social Media Tools to Help You Spread The Word

Another part of your online fundraising strategy will be to leverage social media. You can use your fundraiser’s social media presence as a funnel: to engage with your supporters and send them to your group website — or send them directly to your Terri Lynn Fundraising Online Webstore.

There are many online tools to help you deal with your online social platforms. These tools are called “social media management systems” and they’re designed to organize all of your promotions and posts and tweets — they create one dashboard for your group to manage multiple networks related to your fundraising campaign and web store. Imagine

Check out Hootsuite, Buffer, SocialBee, and other similar tools, to see if something like that could come in handy, to keep your group on track with your plan.

Ready to go the distance with your fundraiser?

Terri Lynn Fundraising is ready to help. Email us, OR call us at 847-741-1900. A Fundraising Group Specialist can answer your questions and help get you started.

Having a plan, a great team, and the right tools will make the difference between barely making it across the finish line — and really knocking it out of the park for your group and your cause! Let us know how we can help you raise money raise funds fast and reach & exceed all of your fundraising goals!

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