Friends Foundation is a non-profit organization raising kids live in their dreams.

There’s no question that charities, nonprofits, PTAs, clubs and many other groups need to raise funds. The question is, how to do it effectively. This article introduces several ways that your group can raise funds for its projects.

Preparing to Fundraise

Define your needs

This is the most important first step in fundraising. To effectively raise money, you have to know what you’re fundraising for in the first place. Take the time to figure out your group’s needs and budget the costs to meet them.

Develop the language

Now that you have identified your needs, you need to articulate them. Develop some language describing what you need, why you need it, how it will help the community you serve, and how much it will cost. You may not need all of this written language for every fundraising effort, but you’ll appreciate having it on hand when it’s required.

Get staff or volunteers to do the work

Fundraising is work, no doubt about it. You will need capable, reliable people to manage records, staff events, stuff envelopes, solicit donations, write emails, update websites and more. Your board should definitely be involved in fundraising. You can also recruit volunteers from your constituency, from local service organizations, colleges and universities, or from online services like Volunteer Match.