Soliciting sponsors for a school fundraiser can be time consuming and challenging, but gathering a creative fundraising team and brainstorming ideas can be a great place to start. From sending out a fundraising letter to knocking on the doors of local businesses, there are countless ways to solicit sponsors for fundraising. Before launching your campaign, make sure that you do your research and have a clear monetary goal in mind. Here are three effective ideas for soliciting sponsors for a school fundraiser:
1. Have multiple plans. This may seem obvious, but if your initial fundraising efforts don’t pan out, it’s important to have a back-up plan, and then possibly a third back-up plan. Get creative with your fundraising buddies and come up with a dozen or so fundraising ideas and start with the first one. If that doesn’t work out, you can always take the second road.
2. Small businesses are key. Many small businesses love to get involved with the local community. They like the exposure and it often brings them customers. Be sure to reach out to your local businesses and ask to partner with them on a fundraising event. Just be sure to offer them something specific and beneficial in return such as free advertising or media exposure.
3. Utilize personal relationships. This also may seem obvious, but asking your friends and family may be the most effective way to launch a school fundraiser. Your friends or family members may know someone influential that can help sponsor a fundraiser, or someone with a common interest that may be willing to donate money to your school cause. Whatever the case, taking advantage of the people you know in your inner circle can be a great place to start when it comes to raising money for a charity.