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Fundraising Principles

In order to earn the necessary funds to enable Pathfinders to attend the Pacific Union Camporee, fundraising plays a very important role.

CYE has shared with us some ideas for fundraising along with a few principles for fundraising that might be just the spark your Pathfinder Club needs to raise lots of money for the upcoming "ONE WAY - JESUS" Pathfinder Camporee.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

1. The Personal Touch

Most people respond better to face-to-face personal requests for donations than to mass mailings or telephone appeals.

2. Targeted Requests

People seem to prefer giving money to specific projects rather than general operating funds. Be ready to summarize three or four projects you'd like to accomplish - such as the Camporee. Know how much the projects will cost.

3. Planned Giving

You probably will find people more interested in giving on a regular, monthly basis than in giving a single, large donation. Apparently it's easier to say, "I'll give you $50 a month", than "I'll give you $500."

4. Show Appreciation

"Be sure to follow a donation with a thank you letter. Don't create a form letter, write a personal, to the point note expressing your gratitude," (from the ABZs of Adventist Youth Ministry). This is a great resource and is available through AdventSource.

5. Supply Tax Reduction Reciept

Be sure you give receipts for donations so that the donaters can report the donation as tax-deductable (USA).

6. Offer Quality

Always put out the highest quality of work possible. Donors do not like donating when the quality is sloppy!

7. Set Goals

How much do you need to raise? What is your time period? How will you know how much you have earned and how much you have yet to raise? How will you credit Pathfinders who "show up" and "help" all the time, vs. those who aren't involved very much in the fundraising? Once you determine your goals tell EVERYONE about them!

8. Take Care of the Money

Have at least two adults responsible for collecting, counting, and recording the money. That minimizes mistakes and helps make sure the "books" are straight.

9. Start Strong/Finish Well

It's important to start fundraising on a positive note, and just as important to celebrate the victory of finishing. Fundraising can be FUN, but a lot of that is up to the leaders!

10. Develop a Money Making Tradition

People will get used to "annual" fundraisers, such as banquets, and monthly events such as "pizza kits." Keep track of your past customers. They provide a strong basis for your next fundraiser!

11. Make the Fundraiser FUN!

You want your kids and staff to want to "do it again." Need we say more?

12. Choose a Great Leader

When selecting a person to be the director of your fundraiser, look for a cheerleader, someone who's going to be excited about the products and prizes, and one who can get others excited. Remember, this person should also be organized and have enough time to spend doing the fundraiser. Maybe even a couple of parents could "team lead"?

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