How to successfully fundraise for a school club?
I would like to help my club afford attending different conferences. We are a club centered around STEM majors. We don't know the ins and outs of being sponsored by companies/raising money for the organization. I would greatly appreciate any and all advice. Thank you. #college #university #organization #civic-and-social-organization #non-profit-organization-management #student-clubs #fundraising #money #stem #women-in-tech #sponsorship
Hello Augusta, Jayne and Victoria provided great ideas. Especially about school policies and how to position your group as a non profit so that the sponsors can write off their donation if possible. STEM is such an important learning track and many large engineering, tech, and even health care organizations are realizing that they need to invest in their future by investing in yours. Be clear about your goals, the leadership of your team, and cost expectations and matching funds ( you should have some skin in the game also). Be prepared to present your case in what ever format they would like (an in-person presentation or written proposal, etc.) Learning about their fiscal year and philanthropy timeline is important. And when you do get that financial support, establish a plan with the sponsor that meets their expectations for recognition and accountability before, during and after the event. Then, don’t be afraid to discuss future opportunities for continued support, mentoring etc. I wish you all the best!
Be creative and give donors specifics about where their $ will go, such as first name of student and what conference they will attend with option to cover 1/4, 1/2 or entire amount. I have asked all volunteers to promote like crazy on their social networks and ask their contacts to donate $10, which is a reasonable request, and have them mention the impact of their $10. Tell them to keep it short and frequent. Thanks for all you're doing!