A thousand dollars may not sound like a lot of money to some nonprofits, but for small organizations, it can be a large sum of money. Here are 7 great ideas to quickly raise $ 1,000.
1. Do an “Easy Thousand”. Get 10 Board Members, Volunteers, or Donors to each ask 10 people for $ 10 each. You can change this to $ 15,625 by changing the numbers to 25 people by asking 25 people for $ 25 each. This can also get you a ton of new donors!
2. Throw a party at home. Ask Board members, volunteers, and donors to dine at your home and invite their friends. Ask a staff member to give a short presentation on your organization followed by a testimonial from the host of the evening. Then give the guests a chance to make a gift. Make sure you get names and addresses so you can properly thank guests and include them on your list.
3. Have a big garage sale. Ask Board members, volunteers, and friends to donate their junk items and have a great garage sale. Publicize it beforehand so the community knows what you are doing and that you are trying to raise $ 1,000. Donate the leftovers to a local thrift store.
4. Perform a “No event” (Example: “There is no ball at all”). Create a fictional event and send invitations asking people to buy “tickets” for this non-running event. It’s a great theme for a mailing and generally works well.
5. Request donations from your organization in honor of your birthday. Most of us have more than we need anyway, so ask your friends and family to make a gift in honor of your special day. Facebook has a way of easily asking your friends online to give a gift, and you can set a goal so that others know how much you are trying to raise.
6. Launch a viral email campaign. Write a short, compelling email and send it to everyone you have email addresses for. Be sure to say that you are trying to raise $ 1,000. Include a link to your “Donate Now” button online. Then ask the reader to forward the email to other people who may be interested.
7. Update an existing donor. Review your current donor list and find someone who has donated $ 500 in the last year. Invite them to tour your facility and ask them to make a donation of $ 1,000.