Fundraising volunteer Appreciation


So we’ve wrapped up another year on this blog (that makes 5 in case your counting!). At the beginning of 2014 lets take a moment to give a shout out to those people in your school or community that helped out the past year. The people in the background that bring it all together. Without these people no school trips,  band costumes, playground equipment or help for the needy in your town.

If you can think of anyone that deserves a public shout out drop a comment on this blog and let them know you noticed their efforts. Lets make this post a list of appreciation awesomeness!

In the meantime, feel free to fill out the image and send it off to someone who has earned it.

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Fitness Fundraising

Lori Dempsey from Castle Rock decided that she would do what she could to help those involved in the Waldo Canyon Fire earlier this summer. So she put on her dancing shoes…….and called some friends. Her friends happened to be Zumba instructors and all three ladies put on a 2 hour fundraising salsa session! There was no cost for the class but participants were asked to bring in donations for the victims of the fire.

“Seeing that devastation on television and with us having connections down there, I really felt they are part of our community,” Dempsey said. “We felt a responsibility to do what we can to try and help them.”

By the time the message was sent through the community 75 women showed up to help and participate in some steamy latin grooving.

Zumba is an aerobic dance excercise that teaches different dance steps such as merengue, reggaetone and salsa.  It creates a party like atmosphere that the class dances away to. The whole time burning a pile of calories.

At the end of the fundriasing activity Dempsey was very satisfied with the turnout from Douglas County.

“It’s easy to be part of a community when things are going well,” Dempsey said. “But the ties are tested when the chips are down. You really see your true colors.”

If you would like to help your favourite charity cause or hometown contact us for fundraising ideas.We’re fit, fun and groovy and ready to raise money for important things in your life.

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Student duct tapes teacher to wall for fundraiser

Technically the school year is winding down but there are still manyf fundraisers to take place. If you want great results from your students you have to motivate them. As a fundraising company we look after you to make sure you get the best results possible and that means more than just talking products. It means motivation.

Nothing motivates the students more than getting the teachers involved. We’ve heard of getting the principal to sleep on the roof, teacher dunk tanks and students vs. teacher sports events. Now there’s duct taping!

The duct taping was the incentive in Indian Rock Elementary School’s Parent Teacher annual fundraiser, Race for Education. For every 10 fundraising letters a student sent out, the student earned a piece of duct tape. On Wednesday, those pieces of tape were used to duct tape teachers to the wall, while students also ran their race to raise funds.

More than $22,000 was raised, said Colleen Igo, Race for Education chairwoman. Students sent 3,220 letters this year, about 700 more than they did last year.

That’s school spirit for you. Email us pictures of your teachers and principals getting into the act and we’ll share them with the readers of this blog. What better way to get more exposure for your awesome fundraising victory!

School Principal's involved in fundraising

School Principal's Involved in fundraising

School Principals involved with fundraising

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School Fundraising with Kindness   I’m gonna file this under the good news category. Ok here’s how I figure this fits in to this blog.  Random Acts of Kindness are performed by people who do their part to make this a better world. Pretty much what I think fundraisers do, they pick something that needs a little work and they go out and do it. Whether that means fundraising for school sports, church fundraising or Non Profit it all counts.

 Thus I think this post belongs here.  Are you feelin me?

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a webpage full of ideas from people doing their part. They have stories about random acts of kindness and teacher resources for starting a movement in your school. Check out the teacher lesson plans and kindness stories for teachers.  The news you hear on TV and radio seems to focus on the negative and hardly touches on the positive. I think you’ll feel uplifted to hear such good things coming out of schools.

There are plenty of resources for those not in school so don’t feel like your off the hook either!

            Helping Hand


I saw this on my way out to lunch today and though it was a small thing I was really touched by it. I saw an elderly Asian man carrying two fold-up chairs and a heavy bag struggling to get on and off an esculator. I then saw 5 strangers, two Indian guys, an older white couple, and a younger hipster girl all rush to help him and offer a hand. The old man was so appreciative and couldn’t speak any English (I think) but started bowing to say thanks to them. The smiles on the these strangers faces and their willingness to help made me think that there really are nice and decent people out there. I am recently going through depression and seeing this sort of random act of kindness to people no matter what race or age, really warmed my heart.

Ok so we challenge you to get involved in some way this year. Get up off the couch, put away the DVD season packs and donate a little time and effort to your favourite cause. Contact us for fundraising ideas when your ready. We’re waiting for ya.


Drop a comment and let us know how your Random Act of Kindness went.


Stuff like this never really makes the news. But it should. Click on the share buttons to spread the word.

It’s worth it.

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Nominate your Favourite Fundraiser or Charity



altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.
We’ve spent the past couple of years talking about different fundraising and charity  initiatives out there that are stepping up and getting things done. We thought we’d give you a chance to mention YOUR  favourite.
This is your chance to give a little love to the people or ideas that you feel deserve recognition. Your Nominees can be anybody from local volunteers to huge international organizations or maybe just the ideas themselves. Your mention might motivate further contributions to these organizations so it’s worth your effort.
Drop a comment and let the rest of the readers of this blog know the good works that are still being done out there.
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Another amazing success story from The St. Leonards Knights a chuch based youth Baseball team was able to raise $1,000 in 2 weeks using

“Our team did awesome! We raised over $1000 in just 2 weeks. I can’t believe how easy it was and fun. With this fundraiser the players will be able to have a huge end of the season party, trophies, medals, and t-shirts. “
Tina Martinez St. Leonards Knights

You can do the same, or better! Visit for more information.

Does your organization have a hard time rounding up volunteers? Studies show that people who donate their time to charities are getting harder to come by. It’s probably because of an increasingly uncertain financial outlook that families have to spend even more time trying to look after themselves. Let’s take a look at ways to run a fun fundraising campaign and transform volunteers into a strong fundraising team for years to come.

Sales incentives: your best fundraiser
This is a win-win situation for the organization and the volunteers who help you raise funds. Give a token prize to the best fundraiser, the person who sells the most amount of chocolate bars or brings in the largest total during the fundraising campaign.

Keep it fun
This one is simple and cheap thing to do. During the fundraising campaign, you can post pictures of your fundraisers on the street or doing different activities. Post some of the photos in the sales room. Buy some donuts for the phone workers. Another way to set a fun tone for the fundraising campaign is to keep things light while discussing the campaign. Just because you’re keeping things humorous doesn’t mean you’re not taking the campaign seriously, your just keeping the intensity down.

Provide Feedback to Your Fundraising Team
Volunteers work as long as it changes a thing! Let them know their results. Use a Free Fundraiser Thermometer on your web site. It’s a great way to provide feedback to your fundraising team and donors on the success of your fundraising campaign. It’ll motivate all of them to keep raising funds until the goal is reached!

Listen to your fundraisers
You might want to even get feedback from your volunteers in regards to what they liked about the fundraising strategy and what could be changed. There’s nothing like feedback from the front-line troops to keep your fundraising sharp. This also lets your fundraisers know that you’re listening to them and that their feedback is important to the success of the fundraising effort.

Make it about personal development
Research psychologists such as Daniel Yankelovich have documented the fact that in the job market “job incentives are so unappealing that employees are no longer motivated to work hard. As a result, they withdraw themselves emotionally.” Researchers Patricia Penwick and Kedward Lawler took a survey from 28,008 readers of Psychology Today and found that money and status were not motivational, but the top motivational factors were personal growth, a sense they are worthwhile and a feeling of accomplishment.

Show Appreciation
After the campaign is over, spend some time and a little money if it’s in the budget to send out thank you cards to each member of your fundraising team. Another alternative is to send out the cards through email. It’s not about extravagance but letting someone know that their effort was much appreciated and contributed to the success of the fundraising campaign. has helped over 29,000 groups raise a combined $57 million, so far.
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Fundraising Burnout Raising money for Charitites, Schools, Sports teams and Churches can be challenging work. Fundraising professionals and volunteers are being asked to do more miracle work with fewer resources. This pressure over a prolonged time can lead to burnout and stress.

Here are a few symptoms and tips to recognize and prevent fundraising burnout in your vounteers or you.

If your approaching your next fundraiser and you:
- Lack of motivation
– Irritability
– Problems sleeping / changes in appetite
– Reduction in work

Take these steps:
-Take care of yourself which means getting plenty of rest and eating healthy food.

– Delegate tasks. Have a team of people around you that can run a portion of the campaign.

– Re-examine your goals. Are you shooting for the stars? You might have to consider lenghting the campaign or realistically altering the financial goal.

Preventing Volunteer Burnout

Actively seek ways to develop new leaders, pick someone and tell them they have shown the potential to do this job. Communitcate clearly with them what the position needs and check up with them frequently. This creates new blood in your organization plus gives the volunteers of your group, who are the pillars, a breather.

Keep a watchfull eye on your MegaVolunteers. Those people who volunteer for everything. They are the people who have the potential to show signs of fatigue. If you have to pull them off a team just explain diplomatically that you are keeping them in reserve and you would like to see other people step up and participate.

Thank your volunteers repeatedly for their service. Since they are there to help free of charge and you probably don’t have the funds to pay them, show the benefits of their effort. Let them know the improvements they have brought on throught their work.

Send Thank You notes or make a quick phone call to thank those people who have given of their time. If your able to maintain solid relations with your workers the chances are good they will return for more when they are asked.

Tell us how you’ve overcome your Fundraising Burnout in your and your organization.

You can put these fundraising tips to use for any sports, youth, church or school fundraising campaign you can think of.

Budget for Your Fundraiser

Most fundraisers are going to have to start with purchasing a product. Whether it’s chocolate, cookie dough, tickets or car wash supplies you have to find out what you can spend. Contact your fundraising advisor to ask them about the different rate of return products can give you.

Other items to buy are prizes for a high seller (you have to motivate your sales team ya know ) and possibly little thank you gifts for the volunteers.

Create a competition between groups with the winners getting rewards.

Gather Your Volunteers

Your team is going to be comprised of your players, teachers, students, PTA or anybody else willing to help you with your fundraising. Send letters  home or post updates on your website asking for participants during the timeframe.

Ask the volunteers in what area they would like to help. Hopefully you will have enough returning volunteers you can put an experienced person in a leadership position in each area.


There are outlets in your community you can use for free advertising. Local college papers, radio and tv stations have outlets for fundraisers that are free of charge. If your school / organization uses social media you can start talking about your event about two weeks before it happens.

If your fundraising event uses bands or other performers ask them to mention your event on their site and newsletter.

With everything in place all you have to do is follow through with your plans. If you have any questions contact your fundraising advisor for what has worked in your areas or for similar groups.

You could also contact us…we do fundraising you know!
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A couple of weeks ago a friend sent a link to me about new thoughts on creativity in education. The talk was fantastic (because the speaker agreed with everything I’ve said about our eductional system. He was THAT smart!!) and this was my first exposure to TED ideas worth spreading.

You can find great talks that motivate, inspire and give hope for your future. This is also where I came across William.

I had first come across William’s story in a newsletter. William and his family were going through a severe drought in Malawi. He came across a book about generating power through windmills and at the tender age of 14 years old built his first. Transforming his life and those of his family.

Apparently he’s got more plans up his sleeve, but I’ll let William tell the story.

Here’s to ya William. Chaulk one up for the good guys.