How to Get Donations for a Fundraiser

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Fundraiser donations may include supplies, staffing, prizes and related elements to help the event operate efficiently. Donations can reduce your fundraising expenses and help local businesses expand their community outreach efforts. Learn how to get donations for a fundraiser by using the collective efforts of your organization and local resources.

Meet with other members of your organization and compare fundraiser options using newspapers and charity websites as references. Product sales, social gatherings, marathons and auctions are a few methods of fundraising initiatives. Choose a course of action that will help meet your fundraising goals when comparing events and activities. The fundraiser that is chosen will determine the type of donations you will solicit.

Create lists of supplies and services that will be needed to produce your chosen fundraiser. Basic supply items needed for many fundraising activities are decorations, paper forms, T-shirt labels, buttons, file folders and tableware. Professionals that can donate services to help make your fundraiser a success include disc jockeys, caterers, party hosts and security guards. Assign basic duties, such as ticket-handling, cleanup and event promotion, to your organization's fundraising committee.

Find businesses and professionals that can help to promote your cause using a local telephone book. List 10 possible donation sources for each item or service needed to run the fundraiser. Organize these sources based on the size of their business, community influence and previous charitable acts. Ask committee members to help you contact each source from the list to request donations. Secure donations for the most expensive products and services first, if your fundraising resources are limited. Assign specific items or services to one member to reduce the likelihood that a donation source is contacted twice.

Offer incentives to businesses in exchange for their donations. Examine all aspects of your organization that can be leveraged to secure donations for a fundraiser. A group website, media relationships and common interests may increase your chances of receiving donations from some companies. Business owners may be likely to support your cause if they receive incentives that help to attract customers or publicity, such as website advertisements, free admission and distribution of their marketing materials. Members of your organization can also wear T-shirts with a company logo that identifies the largest sponsor of the fundraising effort.

Pick-up all supply donations to eliminate any shipping costs that your supporters may incur. Attach their business card to donations that will be used as prizes at your event. Send a thank-you letter to every sponsor after all fundraising efforts are completed. Provide instructions on how sponsors can offer further support for your organization in a separate letter.