Does your organization’s reason for existence connect with its fund raising?

How does your fund raising relate to your reason for existence?  Does every member know the reason for existence? These answers are key to the success of not only your fund raising but the life of the organization.  Crafting a mission statement is important process that needs to include everyone.  This task does not need to be done every year. But, it is well to take the mission statement out and dust it off every once in awhile. A sound bite version of it may be helpful to include in the official opening procedure of meetings. Fund raising to meet the criteria set forth in the mission statement will be purposeful and meaningful.  Fund raising offers friends the opportunity to invest in the building of their community.  Friends and neighbors like to know what their money is being used to do.  They want to hold the group accountable in some sort of way. It is good to begin the fund raising drive with a public relations campaign announcing the drive to raise funds for a specific purpose.  The stump speech of each member and the letter home will be better when the details of these goals are included.  A press release with the goals listed will also help to legitimate the drive to members and their constituency of friends. The earliest fund raising drive that I know of was in the 1840’s.  An announcement was made in the local newspaper stating that the kids want to go on a trip.  Items from “back east” were on order and expected to arrive any day now.  The kids would then be coming around to sell the items.  Your generous support is needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you! Dazzling Delicacies® Fund Raising Programs is happy to help as consultant in your groups fund raising and organization development.  We succeed when you succeed. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]