The first step to coming up with a successful fundraiser is brainstorming ideas. Consider how many people you have participating, what resources you have available, how much the fundraiser will cost to organize etc. Make sure to include as many chapter members as you can in this discussion to optimize the idea you come up with.
Once you have decided on the type of fundraiser you want to do (Coin jar, car wash, etc.), it is time to make a detailed plan. This plan will help you ensure that everything is thought out before you make any purchases or commitments.
With a detailed plan in hand, you now need to pitch the idea. This means taking the plan to both your chapter advisor and principal to get approval. Remember: you can’t go ahead with a fundraiser if it is not approved by your school.
Next, you need to take care of the last few details before starting your fundraiser. Ensure you have a set date and time, you have all the resources you need, and you have people running each part of the fundraiser.
Now you have to get the word out. Don’t limit yourself by only allowing chapter members to participate. Put up flyers around school. Encourage members to post about it on social media. More people hearing about the fundraiser = more people participating. And more participation means more money raised.
Finally, get out there and raise some money. Whether it's for the American Cancer Society or helping your chapter pay conference fees, the final step is to commit and follow through with your fundraiser.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Remember to follow TNTSA on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.(@tennesseeTSA)
This blog was written by TNTSA President Tori Hart. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.