Tips on how to Build Enthusiasm for your Fundraiser

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Attitude and enthusiasm play a big part in my life. I get excited about the things that inspire me. I also believe in laughing and having a good timeDwayne Johnson

Building enthusiasm for your team or organization’s fundraiser is going to be key. Once you’ve got the ball rolling you are going to have to find ways to maintain momentum. However, before all that can happen, you have to make sure that you have a smooth track in place. This means ensuring that you have a Fundraising Plan that:
  • Sets a realistic but inspiring fundraising goal
  • Explains where the funds will be going or why they are needed
  • Rounds up a great group of volunteers to help
  • Establishes a manageable timeline
  • Picks a great fundraising platform with great packages and products

Once those things are established get on your horn and rally the troops.

5 Tips to build enthusiasm and meet your goals

#1. Get together to get motivated

First off, motivational meetings can help your group get excited about a fundraiser. Because, this is an opportunity to introduce the fundraiser, be sure to explain its purpose and help everyone realize the benefits of the fundraiser. Also, make it fun. Try to come up with strategies to spread the word to friends and family members. Think of a cheer or slogan for the fundraiser. Share motivating quotes. A motivational meeting could also be held mid-way through the fundraiser to boost enthusiasm before the fundraiser ends.

Some people skate to the puck. I skate to where the puck is going to be-Wayne Gretzky

#2. Celebrate Progress

We all know that the right incentives can be very motivating to young team members. Consequently, a big part of building enthusiasm will involve giving regular updates on how the fundraiser is doing. Post up a goal thermometer, use a hockey stick or swimming lane as a visual. Chart the progress and cheer each other onto the next level. Think about having a fun activity planned for each target reached. Maybe, once they reach 50% of their goal, the team gets to pick their own drills at the next practice. What about letting the team make the coaches do the drills once they reach 75%. Whatever your organization decides, make sure that it doesn’t pit one member against another, but rewards everyone. Because, they are after all a team and are in it to win it together.

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave-win or lose-Gordie Howe

#3. Keep if Fresh in their Minds and Encourage Participation

Remember, don’t let volunteers, parents, supporters or the team forget about the fundraiser. Be sure to take opportunities to remind and encourage everyone regularly. For instance, let everyone know when you reach each milestone or target. Additionally, let them know how much more you need to reach your goal. It’s possible that just knowing how close they are to success will motivate them to find those last few supporters. Building enthusiasm will result in more participation.

The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit-Ken Doherty

#4. Stay Positive and Avoid Comparison

Above all, maintaining a positive attitude is essential to building enthusiasm during a fundraiser. It is not unlikely that there will be roadblocks along the way. However, keeping focused on how far you and your team have come is essential. Make sure that parents and volunteers concentrate on being supportive and avoid unhealthy competition or comparisons. No one can really know what is happening in other peoples lives. Therefore, channeling positive energy will get you farther than negative comparisons and competition. Keep upbeat about your progress and others will mirror your enthusiasm.

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joyArthur Ashe

#5. Give them Skills and Let them Lead

In order to maintain and build enthusiasm you might need to teach your team some new skills so that they can lead the charge. Consider that many people might be unsure of how to go about selling or pitching your fundraiser. So, be sure to give them some tips and skills to help them on their way. Teaching some basic life skills like how to communicate with others and how to encourage people to buy the packages in your fundraiser will be helpful. These new skills will help your students to succeed both in the fundraiser and in life. Then, once they have a few more tools in their repertoire let them test them out by taking on a more active role in the fundraising process. Seeing how their new skills and personal involvement can help the team reach their goals will be rewarding and motivating.

You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation-Homer Rice

Building motivation and maintaining it during the entire fundraiser doesn’t have to be hard. Now that your have some simple tips in your back pocket get out there and reach those goals.

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