Posts Tagged 'Fundraising'

Phoneraiser Partners in the News #2

The second entry in our Phoneraiser Partners in the News.

Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=234416&src=3

Phoneraiser Partners in the News

A lot of our fundraising partners do a wonderful job of getting the word out. Some even do such a great job that they attract media attention. This is the first post of hopefully many highlighting phoneraiser groups that have had the good fortune to be featured in local or national news.

Our first “Phoneraiser Partner in the News” is the Big Spring All Creatures Sanctuary and Rescue.

An animal rescue group from Big Spring is asking that you donate your old cell phones so they can help animals.

http://www.cbs7kosa.com/news/details.asp?ID=8341

Fundraising Q & A

We recently received this question in the form of a comment on our about page:

I am looking to start a non profit org. for alternative fuels. My goal is to travel cross country, in my dodge diesel towing a travel trailer, using only vegi oil from restaurants. I also want to educate and continue research in hydrogen fuel along the way. I am good with business and technical issues however, I am new to the fundraising/donation avenue and am looking for advice and where to start. I don’t have alot of money so I cannot affor to pay a fundrairser to do it for me.
Any help would be useful,
Thanks in advance,
Nick

It’s a great question and the cause definitely fits into what we do here. I started typing a response in the form of another comment, but decided it would fit even better as a post. Read on for the response…

Nick,

While we are a fundraising company, we don’t specialize in the large scale corporate fundraising you are discussing. Some of the same things that we see work for our fundraising partners would probably translate to your project.

Getting the word out about what you are doing is the most important step. And speaking to people face to face about what you are doing, while not as fast as other methods, is the most effective way of doing that. Often you will find that if something is on your mind, it will naturally come up in your day to day conversations. Don’t discount emails and letters, though. They can also pique interest in your cause.

Coincidentally, a co-worker of ours is involved with a run across the U.S. called “Running America.” He became involved with the project through a chance encounter, decided he wanted to be involved, and worked towards that goal. He will be traveling with them across America and handing out our prepaid “one million cell phones” return envelopes.

That brings me to another technique; align yourself with a similar cause or event. There is power in numbers! Just like when our partners collect cell phones at football games, or even the example above, you could coordinate with a similar event or events across the U.S.  I would even encourage you to contact Running America to see if there is a way that you could get involved. They are also interested in being environmentally friendly with their cross-country trip.

Thanks for your question Nick!

Promotions

Thank you to everyone that followed the link from our weekly email! We at Phoneraiser want to provide you with the best service possible. We think that part of this includes holding promotions and competitions that interest you and improve your fundraising. We are looking for ideas from you, our fundraising community, for new kinds of promotions. Ideally, these promotions would interest you and spur you to act. We want to provide promotions that motivate our partners to collect and send in more phones. This will have two effects. 1. Help you to raise more money. 2. Keep more potentially toxic cell phones out of our landfills. 

Some of the ideas that we have kicked around are:

  • A monthly award of a $100 visa gift card to the organization that sends in the most phones.
  • Providing coupons (either for an extra percentage or a dollar amount added to their next check) to the organizations that can answer quiz questions provided in our email
  • Phoneraiser poster competitions for elementary age students. The best design wins a pizza party for that students class.

If you have an idea for a promotion or you like (or dislike) any of the ideas above, please leave us a comment by clicking on the comment link above.

Network for Good – Using Technology for Fundraising

Thought I would drop this little tidbit in here for all of our nonprofits. Network for Good provides non-profits with technology tools for fundraising. The even offer online training seminars on nonprofit marketing and online fundraising.

It looks to be a good option for expanding your fundraising beyond traditional methods.