Fundraising door to door can seem a bit daunting and cheesy, but it’s actually quite effective, especially if you’re doing something like a candle fundraiser or a candy fundraiser. It’s especially great for kids as people tend to cave when they see a cute little child asking for help for a good cause like a school group. If you or your child has been charged with door to door fundraising, here are some tips that will help you be more effective:
• Practice makes perfect. Take some child to help rehearse what you are going to say when someone answers the door. If you’re got your spiel ready to go, you will sound confident and impress any onlookers who might be more compelled to give.
• Try knocking at a reasonable time. After school time but before dinner and sleep times are the most appropriate. You need to be wary of not interrupting people at an inappropriate time as they might be annoyed and decide not to give.
• Take an adult with you. For safety reasons, children who are doing door to door fundraising should always be accompanied by an adult.
• Understand the rules. You need to make sure that you are clear about the rules for your charity fundraiser. For example, you need to know if you can accept cash, checks, or credit cards for payment because people will ask. Also, you need to be able to tell people how long it will take for their products to arrive once they place an order. It’s best to anticipate any questions and rehearse the answers before you start.
• Go in neighborhoods that you know. Fundraising in your own neighborhood is a great place to start as your family might be familiar to others. It doesn’t hurt to scope out other affluent neighborhoods and family-friendly neighborhoods as well.
• Be friendly. Some people love to chat and will be curious about your school and school projects. Be friendly and open to making new friends!