Fundraising For Little League
So, you need to do some fundraising for little league again this
year? Know where to start? Well, you've made a good start just by coming to this site, so well done! One of the
most important considerations when choosing a fundraiser is to make sure that it is one that will involve as many
volunteers as possible, and will be one that they will all enjoy.
In many ways you cannot beat a car wash. Kids enjoy water sports, and car washing
certainly provides plenty of water. However it is probably going to end up with the adults doing most of the car
washing, as the kids will tire easily and find it a chore. I've participated in many car washes through various
fundraisers, and although my daughters were very enthusiastic to begin with, the standard of work fell during the
day! It is hard work, especially if you have few members, and end up being there the whole day, but it can be very
worthwhile, and does bring your group closer as you work together for a common goal.
Selling products like candles can be very profitable too, but it does not have
the social side to it. It is more up to individuals to try promoting and getting sales, and that task can be
quite daunting for those whose parents do not have as many supportive friends as others. For car washes you
are offering a service to people, not selling a product, and with good signs and notices, and some luck with
the weather, your day of hard work will pay off.
For a little league fundraiser, try to make the actual selling cycle some where
between one and two weeks. If it goes too much longer, people get tired of trying to push products. That's another
advantage of the car wash, the majority of the work is over and done with in just one day. There isn't too much
preparation to be done in advance.
For more information on fundraising that will help you boost your sales, click here.
Now have a look at the following article to see if it gives you any more ideas for
help with your fundraising for little league.
How to Write a Direct Mail Fundraising Letter (Four Tips)
Address your reader as a friend, not as Friend.
When was the last time you received a letter from someone dear to you, addressing you as Dear Friend? Never, right?
The days of the Dear Friend letter are dead. I heard recently of a chairman of the board of a national charity who
has given his charity millions of dollars and hundreds of hours of his time, yet he still receives fundraising
appeals from this charity addressing him as Dear Friend. Ouch.
Arrest attention with an opening that resonates with your
Assume your reader is standing over a trash can with a stack of todays mail, reading the opening sentence of each
letter before deciding its fate. You have only a few seconds to grab the readers interest. So make it a zinger.
Here are two openings for the same non-profit. Which one grabs your attention and makes you want to read on?
I am writing to you to ask if you would like to support a low-income housing building project in your
If I invited you to walk over to your neighbours house with a bundle of roof shingles under your arm as a gift,
what would you do?
|Perhaps for a fundraising for little league car wash, you can write
to some local stores to get car wash supplies donated. If so, remember to follow up with a thank
you letter, letting them know how much your fundraiser made because of their generosity, and of
course you need to thank the owners of the location where it is held. Don't forget to thank all
your volunteerstoo.It is always good to feel you and your hard work are appreciated. ~Site
Put flesh and bones on your need.
One truth in fundraising is that people give to people to help people. So always describe your need in terms of
people, not programs, not ministry, not money.
SAYING . . . We operate three vans.
SAY . . . The three vans that we use for emergency medical relief play a vital role in saving lives throughout the
SAYING . . . Essential medicines in many countries are not affordable.
SAY . . . Phillip Mbago is dying from a treatable disease for no other reason than that he can't afford his
Ask for funds by painting a picture.
Don't just ask for a donation. Show your readers how their donations will make a difference. Instead of saying,
Send a gift today, say, Your gift to Habitat for Humanity today means that another family will soon move into a
simple, decent, affordable home thanks to you.
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alan Sharpe is a direct mail fundraising copywriter who helps nonprofits attract and
retain donors using fundraising letters and newsletters. Learn more about his services and sign up for
free weekly tips like this at www.fundraisingletters.org.
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