These days, it seems there are so many different people and groups raising money for different causes - you may have even yourself donated to many of them. But have you thought about fundraising for your own causes, or creating a fundraising event for the charity of your choice? We've rounded up our top reasons for why you should consider creating a fundraiser on your own.
1. Lack of options for events
Many fundraisers we see today online are simply donation requests, but hosting your own fundraising event truly gets people out and involved. Much of the time, people are wanting and willing to donate money to something important that they want to support, but there can be a lack of options for being physically involved in something in their community. By hosting a fundraiser, you increase the likelihood of people wanting to really get involved with your cause, rather than only passively donating money.
2. It expands your network
While online networks are good for connecting people who care about the same thing, there's nothing like true, good old fashioned community building. Perhaps there are people who don't know how to find likeminded individuals online - a true event can help people rally together, meet one another, and expand their interpersonal network with people who share their passions and interests.
3. It's easier to show gratitude
While we're sure that people know you are grateful when they donate to other types of fundraisers, doing an actual fundraising event can make people feel even better because you can tell them and show them your gratitude in person. While we should all donate to important causes without the need for praise from others, being able to show your fundraising participants how much their involvement means to you can go a long way for ensuring your events will be a success in the future.
4. It's effective in raising money in a short amount of time
If your event is held on a specific day during a specific time, you'll likely either sell tickets, or raise money just during that short window. In this way, you can actually raise a significant amount of money (depending on your goals) in a short amount of time. Fundraising events are also great for advertising your goal and challenging your attendees to help you reach it!
5. People can see and feel what they are supporting
Similar to the instant gratification that can occur from an in-person event, people can feel closer to what they're fundraising for when they can be present there. The sense of community that can occur is one thing, but also seeing perhaps the people or places that are directly impacted by the donations, or seeing what their donations could potentially be used for is a great way to drive participation and involvement.
6. You can share ideas and thoughts about your cause, and get real-time feedback
Most importantly, fundraising events give you a great opportunity to spread the word about what you're supporting. While it's easy for someone to read information online, when you discuss the charity in person, people can see and feel your passion, or the urgency of the need, or the importance of what they are giving to. Alternatively, participants can give you real-time feedback about your event, or talk to you about what they would like to be involved in in the future.
7. They're just fun!
It goes without saying, but fundraising events are just more fun. With so many ideas for different kinds of events you can do indoors or outdoors for fundraising, you'll never be short on new ways to support a great cause and get your community involved.
Now that you have the tools to hold your own fundraising event, and with so many reasons for fundraising, what are you waiting for?
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