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5 Fundraising Ideas Your Business Can Do for Charity

Fundraising Ideas

The existence of a charitable organization is dependent on having a constant stream of donations. Unfortunately, such acts of benevolence are not given without some effort on the part of the organization itself. Fundraisers must be held to bring awareness to the cause and encourage people donate for them. Thus these fundraising ideas.

Without such financial assistance, many charities have been forced to close, significantly damaging the community and aggrieved parties who depend on them for support.

Many people associate such fundraisers with bake sales and telethons. However, charities might be better served by thinking outside of the box, and looking for help from the private sector. In particular, having corporate sponsored events can provide financial support, the creativity of a business marketing team, and cast the business itself in a good light.

If you own a business, fundraising for a charity is an excellent way to give to a good cause while simultaneously providing positive exposure for your business.

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1. Coupon Books or Scratch Cards

Depending on the type of business, these books can be comprised solely of various items you sell, or partnered along with neighboring businesses in your area. With most coupon books, the charity must purchase the books in advance and hope to sell enough to turn a profit. This can result in a loss if the books are not sold in a large enough quantity.

A way to circumvent such an occurrence is to do careful research and planning on the amount of books likely to be sold, or simply have the charity receive a portion of each book sold rather than purchase the books outright.

2. Bake Sale

Sometimes, the simplest answer is the best. Bake sales are tremendously popular for a reason. They provide a home cooked meal that is not only a gift to charity, but actually contains a more desirable product than the preservative filled items that fill the supermarket aisles. As with any product sale, the most important aspect is pre-sale promotion.

This is where having the involvement of your business can really market the event, as well as recruit potential volunteers to setup, clean, bake, and handle payments. You can even pay employees to work the bake sale if you wish. Another vital component is variety. Muffins, brownies, cookies, cakes, and pie are mainstays, but also consider some more exotic baked goods from other cultures to give it more flavor.

3. Subscription Sales

If your business offers some type of subscription service, food item, or any other service that requires repeated visits, a great way to get loyal customers and promote a charitable organization is through a subscription or long term discount.

4. Online Fundraising

The power of the internet allows you to access a larger pool of customers and organize events quickly and cheaply. Using social networking and other popular promotion tools, your business can rapidly raise funds for a charity while also providing links to your corporate website through banners that show your logo. Another option is to have customers who buy existing products make a donation to charity. You can add a small description of the charity on the checkout menu where customers can add a few dollars to the total purchase price. You can even have multiple charities involved to give your customers options.

5. Work With the Local Churches

Churches have a great and large network, and a morally obligated to help charitable organizations in need. They also have a lot of experience with fundraisers and other events. Talk with churches about involving yourself directly in the charitable work itself. Long term projects sponsored by your business, such as building shelters for the homeless, or providing flu shots or other helpful services can really make an impact.

John Edwards writes on behalf of Public Liability Insurance .org an online resource for business owners providing public liability insurance for nurseries.

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Ideal Types of Office Décor for a Charity Funded Organization to Invest In

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One of the most fiercely debated questions in charity funded organizations is the one as to whether they should invest in office décor. This is usually followed by a question as what the ideal type of office decorations for such charity-funded organizations would be (if, indeed, investing in office decorations turns out to be the right thing for them to do). Those are the questions we now venture to explore possible answers to. But we first of all need to understand why charity-funded organizations are unique in this context.

Why charity-funded organizations are unique:
There is one major reason as to why charity-funded organizations are unique in contexts like this. The reason is in the fact that these are organizations which operate without their own revenue sources. They depend on receiving money from well-disposed people, and then using that money to help people with various unique needs. Subsequently, they have to be very careful in their administrative expenditures and purchase of things like cars for staff and office décor items, like an office floor mat – lest they be perceived to be wasting donors’ funding, and possibly be sanctioned.

Whether it is right for a charity funded organization to invest in office décor:
Opinions vary on this, but many people are of the persuasion that well thought out office decorations can actually add value to charity-funded organizations. A charity funded organization with good office décor stands to benefit from:

Improved perceptions by external stakeholders: this would be the case, provided the office decorations bought are not perceived as extravagant. It emerges that if the external stakeholders (donors for instance) visit the organization’s premises, and they encounter bare offices with no décor whatsoever, they’d tend to get the impression that it is not a proper organization. There are things an office needs, if it is to look proper: and a certain level of décor is definitely one of them. Now improved perception is important for charity funded organizations because, for one, most people would be very hesitant to entrust their money to an organization which looks dubious from the appearance of its offices. But even where the people overcome that perception, they’d tend to perceive it as a ‘cheap’ organization, and therefore tend to give the smaller donations they henceforth believe it deserves, on account of its ‘cheapness.’

Success consciousness in the internal environment: this would tend to have an effect on the organization’s staff morale and general effectiveness in its central mission. It has been established (through well controlled research) that proper office décor can, for instance, improve performance by as much as 15 percent.

The ideal type of office décor for charity funded organizations:
The ideal type of office decoration for charity funded organizations would be that which looks decent, but inexpensive. The office décor items have to look decent, if they are to serve the intended purpose of inducing the necessary level of success consciousness in the organization, whilst also somewhat impressing external stakeholders who may come visiting. But it has to be inexpensive, if the organization is to avoid creating a wrong impression that it is squandering charitably received monies on unnecessary things, like costly office décor.

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