General Tips and Tricks
- Decide what type of event will be most effective for the goals you are aiming to accomplish. For example, would a film screening or speaker better suit your purpose for holding the event?
- Test your idea out — ask a few friends what they think. Consider what kind of resources you will need to make it a success. Bounce it off your Regional Organizer for more feedback and insider tips!
- Get a team together, rather than working on your own. Make a list of tasks, find out what skills people have, and try to give them tasks they’ll enjoy. Make sure everyone knows what their responsibilities are.
- Come up with a back-up plan. For example, what will you do if it rains?
- Do research and estimate how many people might turn up. What is the minimum number of people you’ll need to make money? What’s the maximum number of people you can accommodate?
- Think about the best date. Avoid competing with another local function or a major TV event, for example. Agree on a realistic timetable and give each task a deadline.
- Think of ways to keep costs down and your proceeds up. Try to get as much as you can for free — whether it’s people’s time, a venue, food, publicity, printing, commercial sponsorship or prizes.
- Bring materials about the organization you’re fundraising for – email your Regional Organizer for tips and sample materials at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Remember to thank everyone involved and let them know how much they’ve raised.
Above all, make it fun!
Other Fundraising Ideas
- Set up a donation box around your school, workplace, dining hall or place of worship. Distribute information about genocide (you can request flyers from us).
- Ask local musical groups to perform at a “battle of the bands.” Charge admission or set up a donation box at the event.
- Have a bake sale or car wash.
- Organize a tournament involving poker, video games, a dance marathon, etc.
- Charge admission from the participants of the event. You can either give a small portion of the proceeds to the winner, or have it be a “benefit tournament” with all winnings sent to the anti-genocide cause.
- Local businesses often look to promote philanthropic causes. Educate them on the aspirations of STAND and see if they would be willing to make a donation.
- If there is an anti-genocide related event outside your area, encourage your religious organization or other group to sponsor your travel expenses.