Want to fundraise for Orchard: Africa but need help getting your creativity flowing? We've been there too, so we've put together a list of 7 best practices to jump start your inspiration.
Keep it Simple.
Overthinking is the nemesis of creativity. So don't do it. A young boy name Tommy liked to sing, so he turned Christmas caroling into a fundraiser that raised $800. His success came because instead of planning a big show, he just started walking his neighbor with a cause on his mind and a song in his heart.
Use a Special Day.
Another great fundraising strategy is to pledge one of your special days to restoring social & economic equality. Any day works, but often the best days to pledge are the ones on which you'd normally get gifts (think: birthday, graduation day, wedding day, or even Christmas!). In the weeks leading up to the big day, share your Orchard: Africa fundraising page with your friends & family and ask them to donate instead of buying gifts.
Do What You Already Love to Do.
Chores are boring. Fundraising should never be! So use your hobbies & passions to make your fundraiser a blast. We've had folks draw, write, hike, throw a party, put on a concert, and even grow corn to raise money. The common thread is that each fundraiser was already doing those things on a regular basis - so they just did it again for charity.
Still not inspired? Ask yourself, "what do I do in my free time for fun." As long as it's not watching TV, I'm willing to bet you can turn it into a great fundraiser!
Let Your Donors Dictate What You Do.
If you still haven't landed on something fun to do with your fundraiser, it might be time to "ask the the audience". Odds are it'll be your friend & family that are your biggest donors, so why not ask them what they'd do if they were you? A simple post, story, tweet, or group email should do the trick!
Bonus: If you already know what you want to do, letting your donors determine the outcome is a great way to engage more people and blow past your goal. How far you bike / swim / run, how long you grow your mustache, how many golf balls you whack , how many consecutive pushups you do, how big of a mural you paint - if you let your donors dictate the outcome you'll be amazed how involved they get.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone.
In the mood for a little more fundraising excitement? Then it's time to think outside the box and challenge yourself. The upside: in addition to learning that you're capable of doing more than you though you could do, you'll also get a whole bunch of people to back you. The reason why is simple: audiences are drawn to adventure. So maybe it's jumping off the top diving board for the first time (be safe!), or getting your first tattoo. Whatever it is, if it's new for you your donors will rally to your side to watch you succeed!
Work as a Team.
Team fundraisers are a great way to have fun with your friends, coworkers, and/or family. The key to making it successful is to find others that are just as motivated to end inequality as you are. Join forces to throw a big party, form a mountain climbing team, or run the largest lemonade stand your block has ever seen. Which ever way you guys go, you'll have camaraderie, community, accountability, and a whole lot of fun!
Tip: If you want to get a big team together, try recruiting at your church, school, or work. And don't hesitate to let us know how we can help you out!
Join a Race.
Old reliable. It doesn't matter if you're racing on foot, off road, or in a kayak, racing is a tried & true way to raise money for your favorite cause. Some races are all about physical endurance (Tough Mudder anyone?), others are slow paced & relaxing (fishing tournaments are big winners!). There are lots of existing races you can participate in, or you create your own!