Autumn is officially here! As I look outside, I see the leaves slowly starting to change; turning that warm red and deep gold that signals Autumn has arrived.
Fall is for layering and cozying up. The same “fall rules” apply to your organization…it’s time to cozy up to donors and layer in some easy-to-organize FUNdraising activities to engage your supporters and/or raise funds to fuel your mission. From tailgaters to Oktoberfest and Halloween parties, and everything in between, for many nonprofits fall is brimming with fundraising events. It’s also an ideal time to prep for your year-end appeal. Here’s some fall-focused tips to keep in mind:
Show Donors Some Love This Fall
Making donors feel loved and helping them understand the important part they play in your mission is a key ingredient for successful fundraising. That’s why you need to nurture donor relationships throughout the year, not just when asking for money. Fall is the perfect time to “hunker down” and connect with donors to thank them for all they do to help your mission thrive, without asking for money. Why not host a tailgater at your next football or soccer game? Or, invite donors to a coffee where you share stories of the impact they are making. These easy-to-implement activities will go a long way in showing your gratitude.
Are you ready for some fun?
FUNdraising doesn’t have to be a chore (or a bore), it can – and should – be fun. Fall is the perfect time to bring donors together – after being away for the summer – and there’s no better way to do that than planning a fun Fall Fest! Put your fun cap on and dream up activities that will draw donors to your event. Remember the golden rule, you need to at least double your expenses to make any event worthwhile.
Grab Them On The Go
One of the great things about fall is the weather and that means outdoor fundraisers. GiveCentral Go is great for fundraising activities because you can accept payments on the spot, regardless of location. The GiveCentral Go mobile app and card reader process payments on smartphones and tablets with the simple swipe of a credit or debit card. Funds are deposited directly into the online GiveCentral account. Try GiveCentral Go at your fall fundraising events.
Avoid End-of-Year Pitfalls
October is the beginning of the year-end homestretch. Set aside time in October to properly plan for your end-of-year appeal. Create your fundraising plan and make sure you have the tools and team in place to make it your most successful year yet!
A brand new season is on the horizon. Are you ready to take it on?