Fundraising seems like a pretty straightforward, invaluable aspect of any organization or grassroots movement. And while much of the methodology of fundraising has remained unchanged, today’s social and political landscape calls for new, flexible routines to better address the community.
Here are some of our top tips for crafting your most effective grassroots fundraising plan.
1. Decide on a Goal with Measurable Progress
Having an end goal is an important part of creating an effective fundraising plan, but equally important is developing tasks to help reach that goal that allow for measurable progress.
Being able to track progress not only helps to motivate and inspire but also allows you to know your plan is working. These tasks ideally will engage community members you have not yet reached and enhance the amount of community support and acknowledgement your grassroots movement sees.
Additionally, you will want to create opportunities to engage individuals who already have supported your movement in the past in new and meaningful ways.
2. Reach Donors With Timely and Specific Calls to Action
Take advantage of hot issue topics and news items to better connect with your target donor audience.
Instead of calling for donations for your organization with a blanket call for funds, use specificity to your advantage. Tailoring your calls to action to reach specific audiences is key to successful fundraising. Additionally, making your calls to action timely and urgent can increase your chances of community engagement.
3. Appeal to Advocates as Well as Donors
Targeting donors is an obviously important task for fundraising efforts, but appealing to advocates within your community is just as essential.
By providing options and opportunities in your calls to action, you are more likely to incentivize your supporters to become involved. Many of your supporters will want to be involved beyond financial donations, so using fundraising to stimulate your base is a great way to expand and grow your movement.
4. Make Use of Data
Sometimes, even the best-laid plans fail—or are less effective than we’d hoped. Making use of data and remaining flexible are essential ways to keep your movement moving forward.
Additionally, data is crucial to creating and maintaining relationships between your donors and you. When it comes to data, you’ll want to utilize it in all of its forms: to better understand your donors, to track donations and tasks (as well as their success), to create and develop lists for email campaigns, and to better visualize your fundraising progress.
5. Develop Messaging Taglines
Your grassroots movement should have a slogan and also can benefit from various taglines. Taglines will carry your message in easily remembered, repeatable phrases.
Avoid confusion by developing too many taglines, but instead use a few that cultivate and maintain a specific brand for your movement. Incorporate these taglines throughout your fundraising campaign, and even approach donors in segmented lists with the best tagline for them.
6. Utilize Various Platforms for Engagement
For a successful fundraising campaign, you’ll want to reach every possible potential donor.
In order to do this best, you should utilize various platforms and tactics, such as direct mail, door to door, over the phone, online fundraising and in-person events to spur donations. Keep in mind that these platforms not only help you to secure and raise funds but also raise public awareness of your grassroots movement.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the various steps involved to create a successful grassroots movement—from data collection to fundraising, from raising awareness to gaining media exposure. You don’t have to do it alone.
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