If you, your children, or someone you know has ever been part of an organization or club, chances are you have participated in some type of fundraiser. Whether you have bought or sold candy, cookies, magazine subscriptions, or some other item to help raise money for that group, odds are you have thought about finding a better way to get some cash into the groups accounts. While selling just about anything or using a professional fundraising group can yield some success, the volunteers who do all the legwork are often left with a small percentage of the profits. Associations that take a greater degree of control over their fund raising efforts receive a greater return on their investment. That being said, finding new ways to raise money can lead to a greater amount of free cash flow for any group or club. Here are a few ideas for consideration:
Start a Blog
Blogging may seem old hat as far as Internet standards are concerned. However, for groups, classes, and clubs a blog can be an extremely powerful fund raising tool. The nature of the group means visitors and traffic are already built into the equation, which means the chances of earning money are greatly increased. But by updating the blog with pictures and videos and great general information about the organization or purpose of the association, natural search engine traffic can yield thousands of extra dollars.
If the club is a business entity or has some skilled members, having a monthly or annual Ebay sale can lead to some serious cash. Taking a few days a month to scour yard sales for merchandise or even as members to donate a few items to get started are fantastic methods to get the fund raising ball rolling. The trick in this type of fundraiser is transferring passwords between officers to keep track of purchases and account balances. However, once the kinks have been worked out this can be a powerful money-raising tool.
Leverage The Skills Of The Membership
Many clubs and organizations have a membership base with different knowledge and expertise. Turning a woodworking clubs wares into regular craft show revenue is a relatively simple process. Also having the high school band decorate holiday merchandise can be turned into a revenue center as well. Taking stock of all the different skills that are present in a given group can provide all sorts of different possibilities. Putting that knowledge to work as an asset sometimes takes a little prodding but can pay huge dividends in terms of keeping the clubs accounts in the black.