2. Planning Ahead and Getting Organized:
3. Motivate your Band Fundraiser Participants and Volunteers:
Getting your sellers committed and motivated to start is important. Keeping them that way throughout the fundraiser is equally as important. A few helpful tips include:
Be sure your participants know they are accountable for their individual sales. It is too easy for a seller to feel they are "too busy" or that that they are only one person in the crowd and that what they do or don't do really matters. But therein lies the secret to success! Sales achieved by each participant matters immensely and creating accountability and some competition along the way makes all the difference. Track sales at points throughout your fundraiser. Put up a poster board with your sellers names and list the number of items sold up to that point, offer an incentive for early sales, create a racetrack on the wall for each student to move forward their own decorated car as they progress to the finish line, etc. Shout out announcements on morning announcements, at team meetings, in newsletters, weekly emails, social media posts for sellers who surpass mid-point milestones. Being recognized by your peers, teachers, and coaches is very motivating.
Reach out to your parents, teachers, principals, coaches etc and remind them as well to keep motivating your sellers, talking about the fundraiser, and reminding them how the funds will be used. Remember the saying "out of sight, out of mind"? Avoid at all cost just passing out the brochures and saying "see what you can do" and then waiting for the sellers to turn order forms back in.
Stay focused on your goals but don't forget to have fun. Working together positively with your volunteers is extremely important. Avoid tension and keep everything relaxed. Show appreciation for your volunteers help and remember they are volunteering too! There is a lot to accomplish and you'll appreciate everyone's support.
Send home a thank you note to each of your participants, and your supporters for their donations. Consider taking late orders. You'll be surprised how many people will love their products and decide to purchase more!