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Ideas for Free Advertising For Fundraising Events

Updated on July 3, 2017

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How to Advertise Your Fundraiser Events for Free - Promote Your Events!

Free Advertising For Fundraising Events is something that many volunteers are looking for. Here are some of the things I have done in the past that cost little or no money.

Have you ever tried to advertise for a Fundraising Event without spending any money? It is possible but requires some creativity along with time and effort and of course, some great volunteers.

I have been on a many advertising committees and have learned quite a bit about how to get the word out about an event without spending any money. I would like to share these ideas here and hope that you find them helpful.

Let's face it. The less your money you have to spend organizing your event, the more money you will be able to generate for your cause. The old saying that "you have to spend money to make money" does not always hold true and I can prove it.

Take advantage of every opportunity to promote your event. For example, I was promoting our Fall Festival and Freedom Fest while making this general lens about advertising your event by using it as an example. In fact, I use examples from various events on this page. We no longer have Freedom Fest but I will continue to promote our Fall Festival through this page.

This is a scroll down web page so please read and scroll until you can scroll no more. Thank you.

I hope these fundraising ideas for non-profit organizations are helpful. Maybe you have some other ideas you would like to share. If so, please leave them in the Guestbook below.

Photo: Official flyer for the 2015 Fall Harvest Festival in Pendleton SC created by Nancy Hellams, Pendleton Fall Festival Advertising Committee. The Fall Harvest Festival is sponsored by the Pendleton Leadership Foundation and the Town of Pendleton.

Give Everyone A Job To Do - The More People Involved - The More Success!

Nancy Hellams

1. Organize a Great Advertising Committee

The more people involved in planning an event, the more people you will have attending the event.

The first thing that one needs to do is to get a great committee together. I try to make sure I have someone who is a good writer, someone who doesn't mind doing leg work and someone artistic and someone good on the computer.

A lot of times one may find that it is just easier to do it themselves than to delegate it to someone else. This attitude can hurt your project because you need to get lots of people involved. Word of mouth is one of the best advertising techniques.

A great committee is probably the number one most important part of advertising but even as important is to remember to use your committee and to delegate responsibilities.

Communication is the key to the success of any group and I can't begin to express the importance. Communicating with your committee is also very important and it is easier to do if they all have internet access. I would not, however, not use someone who does not have email because that person may have a lot to offer. Listen to your committee and don't be afraid to change a preconceived notion of what should be done. New ideas and suggestions help keep your advertising fresh and appealing. All our Freedom Fest Committee Chairs contribute to the Advertising plus some other local volunteers who are willing to distribute flyers and promote the event.

The committee needs to have:

- A Name of the Event

- A Logo

- A Slogan

- An Online Presence

- Assign Sub Committee Chairpersons (your subcommittees could be the following:

Website(s) and Blogs

Social Media

Adding Event to online sites

Newspapers

Radio

Flyers and Banners

Marquees

The logo should be used on everything from flyers to websites. Be consistent. Work everything together. Always have your website address on flyers, social media, emails, etc. Don't forget to share your flyer with all the volunteers and participants. Keep your committee motivated and communicate regularly.

Once again, the more people involved - the more successful your event will be!

Need More Volunteers? - How do you recruit volunteers?

There is one thing that almost all non profit organizations have in common and that is they all need more dedicated volunteers. We are fortunate in our town that there are many people who have a true desire to make things better so they don't mind volunteering for specific events. It is finding people who can go the extra mile and attend the monthly meetings and make decisions and do the planning that we have a problem with. Everyone is so busy these days.

We do recognize 2 Volunteers each year as our Volunteers of the Year. They receive a framed certificate and a personalized picket is placed with their name in our playground.

365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide for Non-Profit Organizations
365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide for Non-Profit Organizations

Does your organization need more volunteers? Maybe this book will help. I hope so.

Our area has wonderful volunteers who are willing to give their time and energy for a good cause.

 

2. Advertise your fundraiser on HubPages

Create a HubPage about your Event

Hubpage is a free website where you build these Scroll Down Web Pages on any subject that you are passionate about. Of course, it is as important to be an active member of the xommunity and learn ways to promote your article.

I also have an article about Happenings In Pendleton SC and of course have linked to my other event pages on that one.


A List of Some of my articles about Events and organizations that I have promoted

I have enjoyed learning how to promote Pendleton Happenings through Hubpages.

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest

We also have a Veterans Park Fan Page on FaceBook and a Pendleton Happenings Fan Page

Twitter and Face Book are both great places to promote your event but both of these will work better if you have built a large local following. Find people who you think might be interested and establish a relationship whether it is as a Face Book friend or a Twitter follower. Hopefully each person you connect with will in turn pass the information about your event onto all of their followers.

On Face Book you can start a group and add your event. This way you can send out invitations to all of your local friends. All you have to do is to filter your friends to show the ones in your local network. You then send out an invitation to each of them.

Facebook Fan Pages are a wonderful way to promote an event and be sure to tag lots of people when you post your flyer. That way it will be displayed on their wall and each of their friends will see it. I have been amazed at how easy it is to spread the word using fan pages.

On LinkedIn you can easily join groups with similar interest and that are local. Then you submit your event news and it will appear on their newsletter that goes out to all that group's members. Ohme's Linkedin Profile

Pinterest is a good place to promote, also. I have a Pendleton Events Board and try to put flyers, websites, etc. on there.



Advertise Fundraiser Event using YouTube Videos and Slideshows - Take plenty of pictures and videos and show them from previous years

It is fun for folks to look back and remember what fun they had the year before. This one is from our Scarecrow Contest which was a part of our Fall Harvest Festival. Remember to show the link to your website on your video. The videos don't have to be long. In fact, I have found that people are more likely to listen and watch a short video of about 2 to 3 minutes. I think you will be pleased with the traffic that your video will receive.

4. Submit Your Event To Online Newspaper Calendar of Events

Free promotion for fundraising

Plan ahead as this must be done at least 30 days prior to event in most cases.

Online Newspapers offer Calendars of Events for local happenings and it is free. It also helps to get your event recognized by Google so people can easily find it when searching the internet. You can post the link to your lens for more information.

There are also some online magazines that offers this service so take advantage of each one that is out there. Submit your event and lens url to as many places as you can find.

Advertise your Fundraiser on Online Local Newspapers - Links to our local newspapers below

I try to submit to all three of these online newspapers.

Be sure to do this at least 2 to 3 months before the event date.

5. Blog About Your Fundraising Event

Advertise your fundraising event on your blog

Setting up a blog is easy and free.

I like to use Blogger but there are many other blogging sites that are just as easy. Add pictures from past events and rss your blog into your lens. You can also benefit from finding other local bloggers and following them and hopefully they will follow your blog as well. You can comment on other blogs using your Event Lens URL as your identity. This way when the reader clicks on your avatar or name, they will be directed to your lens.

6. Ask Websites To Post The Link To Your Lens or Blog

Local Websites Can Easily Link To Your Event Lens for free promotion

The Town of Pendleton is very good about linking to my Event Lenses as is South Carolina Information Highway and others.

My Pendleton Happenings is showing on these websites:

Town of Pendleton SC

Pendleton Historic Foundation

Visit Anderson SC Calendar

7. Design an Eyecatching Flyer and Distribute It!

Get lots of help with this one!

I use two programs to make my fliers: Microsoft Picture It and Microsoft Home Publishing. Each one of these offers something to help make my fliers more attractive. Each allows non profit use of their clip art which is the nicest thing about these programs.

Printing fliers can be very costly so this is what we do. First, I ask each member if they would mind printing off at least 5 fliers and posting them around town. Most of the time people are willing to do this.

Secondly, I usually will buy ink and paper and use that as my inkind donation or find someone to sponsor the printing.

We are also very fortunate to have a Friends of the Park member who is also a printer and has been so very generous in donating printing for us. These will be distributed to businesses around town and handed out at events such as Pendleton Recreation Association's Diamond Day, Farmers Market, Various Organizational meetings, etc. Don't forget to post one at your local library and the Post Office if they will allow it. All restaurants are a great idea as well as your town hall.

The best places that I have found to post fliers and have some available for pick up are at grocery stores, hair salons, restaurants, doctor and dentist offices, pharmacies, Libraries, hotels,and insurance offices. Just think of places that people will be going the most and have them available there.

We have done mini fliers printing 2 or even 4 fliers per page which are nice for one on one distribution. Printing fliers for distribution to school aged students is a big expense and unless you have a sponsor willing to pay for this, it would not be worth it. It is good to go schools to publish the information in their newsletters and this would not cost anything.

Table Toppers are usually successful but do not hold up well in restaurants where they are constantly spraying and cleaning tables. They usually will not hold up over a week unless you have plenty of the upright plastic kind that takes inserts. Restaurants and bars are usually given these by beer companies and sometimes will let us use them. We have even taken some old ones that were donated by a distributor and took all the advertising off with mineral spirits. It is a lot of work for only one week but sometimes it is worth it.

Sometimes, it is possible to get School Art Classes involved in this.

What about asking folks to make a larger sign for their back car window. This could attract some attention especially in the car rider lines at the schools.

Photo: Official flyer for the Fall Harvest Festival 2013

SAVE THE DATE Cards Make Great Early Advertising - Start handing them out about a 1 1/2 months before the event.

Save The Date cards for Fall Harvest Festival
Save The Date cards for Fall Harvest Festival

Save the Date for An Important Event

These Save The Date Cards are really beneficial for early promotion. Be sure to include your website address of your non profit organization or event as well as your facebook fan page.

These can be given out at events prior to yours (with permission, of course). For instance, we plan to distribute our Fall Festival Save the Dates at the local Farmer's Markets this summer. Our Farmer's Market begins June 6 so we will start giving them out about midway through. These are also nice to hand out at other local events.

This year I think I am going to do the "Save the Date" cards on a business card. I will probably use the Chubby size business card and place the festival information on one side and the scarecrow contest information on the other side. I will watch for specials on Zazzle which they offer from time to time. I may also check out sites that offer free business cards. Of course, I could print them myself but by the time you buy the special paper and ink, you could have them professionally printed.

More Graphics Programs Available on Amazon.com - Click product to purchase, read reviews or browse around

One of these days, I am getting a new computer and will invest in Photo Shop.

8. Design Merchandise Using Zazzle or Other Print On Demand Companies


You could actually just reproduce your flyer on shirts. That would be great advertisement, wouldn't it? By using the Print On Demand Companies, you will not have to invest any of your hard raised dollars to buy products to sell.

Create an event design just for your Committee to wear - and let each member print out their own

Using this TShirt Transfer paper is so easy and fairly inexpensive. Each committee member could purchase a certain color shirt and print out the design and transfer it onto their shirt. Committee members could start wearing these a month or so before the event which would be walking advertisement.

Avery T-shirt Transfers for Inkjet Printers for light-colored, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Pack of 18 (08938)
Avery T-shirt Transfers for Inkjet Printers for light-colored, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Pack of 18 (08938)

Don't forget to "FLIP" your design especially if it has any writing on it.

 

Special Event Shirts for Committee Members - Several of us ironed on the flyer for Fall Festival

fall festival in pendleton sc
fall festival in pendleton sc

I just printed out our flyer onto the transfer paper so it worked up a nice promotional shirt.

9. Banners and Signs Get A Lot Of Attention

Promote Your Fundraising Event with a Banner and Signs

Banners are expensive to have printed but here is another way:

Our organization can not afford to have a banner printed so we found these two ways to make banners to hang at prominent locations around town: Old Hunters Store, Bi-Lo Grocery Store and Veterans Park Ball Fields. Be sure to get permission and it usually has to go before the town, too, to make sure you follow the Sign Ordinance.

Central Textiles is a company that makes blue jean pocket material and they have been kind enough to donate bolts of this material for our use. One of our members owns Village Alterations and she donates putting the gromets on the banners for easier hanging. This fabric will take permanent marker. I always have a supply of permanent markers but if you don't, you might find a store willing to donate some.

The best banners that I have found to use are the Coca-Cola banners which have their logo on one end and the rest is blank. They are plastic so hold up good in the weather and have long heavy duty string for attaching to fences or buildings. Our Bi-Lo Grocery Store has been able to get us some of these banners from their Coke Distributor and we use the same ones year after year by just changing the date. In fact, Bi-Lo is a great place to display a banner or large sign and they are usually willing to do this especially for non profit organizations. We have hung them where the carts are parked inside the grocery store and it seems to get a lot of attention. In a small town like ours, the grocery store probably has the most daily traffic.

Advertising Sign for event
Advertising Sign for event

These Promotional Signs Worked Out Great

Recycle Old Campaign Signs

We had recently held our local election for Mayor so there were many signs available that were donated for our use. One of our members took the old campaign signs and painted both sides completely white with some left over paint she had around her house. Then I used the Shiny Folk Art Paints to paint these attention getting signs on both sides. We put them around town at various locations where they could be seen from the road in both directions. We will save these for the next year and just change the date.

Reminder: Be sure to check with your town first regarding their sign ordinance. Usually, you can request a permit for a temporary sign and the fee might be waived. It is always best to check first.

10. Ask Other Organizations to post your event in their newsletters and/or send to their email list

Find the contact person for each organization in your community

We have several organizations that are willing to do this for us and it is always greatly appreciated. Just send an email request with the general information and a contact number and attach your flier.

Our area churches are also really good about publishing the information in their newsletters and bulletins.

Send out an email to your membership and ask each member to send out to their friends and family members. Word of mouth is often excellent advertisement.

School Marquees or Electric Boards are Great

Marquees Make Great Advertising For Your Fundraiser

Usually it just takes asking the right person well in advance

Our town has a marquee and are willing to post events that are open to the public and benefit the community. Some businesses around town have marquees and will post the event information if they are giving plenty of notice. The schools are usually willing to post the event on their marquees once school is out. Since ours is a summer event this really helps especially the schools that are on busy highways and their marquee is easily seen.

Pendleton High School was kind enough to put our Freedom Fest info on their marquee. Pendleton High School is located on Hwy 187 better known as Wild Hog Road and it gets a lot of traffic in the summer with people going to the lake and also people going to work at the Clemson Research Park or shopping at Lodges Landscape which is across the street. Thank you PHS.

11. Send out Press Releases to local newspapers and magazines

Plan to do this at least 30 days in advance

Writing a good press release takes time and talent. I usually like to have someone on my committee who specializes in this.

The next thing is to make sure you get it to the right person at the newspaper or magazine and follow up to make sure they received it and ask if they need any additional information. This can be done online but it is also a good idea to send via email to a specific person at the paper.

You can also get into Online Press Releases and Articles which is a good idea.

12. Send PSAs to Local Radio Stations

Learn how to write an effective Public Service Annoucement

Most stations will require specific guidelines to be followed when submitting a PSA. Find out what those are and follow them. After your PSA is written be sure to send directly to the right person. This may take some phone calls to find out this information but will be well worth your time.

Does Your Event Qualify for Hospitality Tax Money? - Check with your town and find out about the procedure to apply for Hospitality Tax for advertising

advertising for fundraisers
advertising for fundraisers

More ideas for Advertising

If your event brings tourists into your town, you might qualify for some Hospitality Tax money which can be used for Advertising. Every town has their own procedure to apply and it would be worth it to check it out.

Our Fall Harvest Festival does bring in tourists so the Pendleton Leadership Foundation qualified for some monies from the Hospitality Tax. I think we used this money very wisely by purchasing a full two page (on the fold) ad with a local paper, Seneca Journal Messenger. We offered small business card sized ads to the local businesses to make the border at the small price of $25. 40 businesses took out ads and I think they were very pleased. This allowed us enough money to make this ad purchase. We used the inside of the ad for the schedule of events. It is a lot of leg work but well worth it.

Photo: Ad for 2011 Fall Harvest Festival in the Seneca Journal Messenger - this ad was actually 2 pages on the fold so was hard to miss if you were reading the paper.

These fundraising ideas for non-profit organizations is geared toward my local area but I hope you will find some information that will be helpful no matter where you live.

Good Luck with your Fundraiser!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Anyone may comment. Your comment will appear when approved. Thanks so much!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this information was helpful - Do you other suggestions for Free Advertising? Please share. Thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you, GiftsByDiana. Fundraising events are a lot of work but fun, too. Appreciate your stopping by.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you, GiftsByDiana. Fundraising events are a lot of work but fun, too. Appreciate your stopping by.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      I was reading my fresh, new page (my first true hub page that wasn't a transferred lens) that I just wrote about hosting a fundraising event and saw your page as one of the "related hubs" and had to stop by to say "Hi !" to a sister ex-squid :)

      Some good ideas on your page !

      I saw that you are on LinkedIn too and I sent a friend invitation.

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      stefanricciardi 3 years ago

      Wow! Useful indeed. I'll recommend this one to friends, colleagues and even on my previous school if they will have fund raising events.

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      karen-newton2 3 years ago

      This was great information!!! I want to share it with a non-profit group I am involved with both locally and state wide. It's the TRI-SCAVA ( affiliate of SCAVA - SC Association of Volunteer Administrators). We have about 5 other affiliates in SC. Thanks so much for putting all this information together.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are great ideas! People are always looking for a good way to promote their fundraisers!

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Useful tips to promote a good cause.

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      lin444 3 years ago

      Very informative lense. Thank you! You have come up with some excellent ideas here that I will definitely use soon :)

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      kenweiss66 3 years ago

      Very creative lens. Fundraising can be fun, challenging, but always rewarding.

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      Christine Hulme 3 years ago from SE Kent, England

      You have a lot of valuable info here. Featured on my coffee morning fundraising lens, which is maybe more from the British perspective.

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      Casablanca-hire 3 years ago

      Wow well done on this lense

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great lens! Word of mouth is always a great way to advertise.

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 3 years ago

      Fantastic lens, thank you!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Westeros: Glad it was helpful. Good Luck with your fundraising.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @alphabetamy: Yes, I remember how confusing the paper work was for the 501c3. I was so glad when we were approved.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @socialcx1: Great. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @KathrynGrayson: Thank you for visiting and hope you got some ideas here. Are you working on a fundraiser now?

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      Westeros 3 years ago

      Thanks! Very helpful!

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      alphabetamy 4 years ago

      Excellent resources for fundraising. Since I'm looking at starting a 510(c)3 in the future, this is definitely a keeper. The paperwork for the filing is confusing enough and this is broken down easily into fundraising ideas. Thank you for that!

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Wow you have some really great ideas here. I will show your lens to a friend who is a fundraiser for the homeless. Thanks

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      seodress 4 years ago

      This is really awesome !!!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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      KathrynGrayson 4 years ago

      Oh, thank you, Aunt Nancy for all these great ideas.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @CristianStan: Thanks and I am so glad that you found it to be helpful.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Excellent ideas for advertising your fundraiser. You have spelled this out so that any group should be successful at getting the word out. Best Wishes!

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      Advertising is the hardest part of any endeavor; however your lens gave me lots of tips

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Thanks. I hope it has been helpful and will continue to be

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Yes, we have Kim and continue to do so

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @happymonkeyz: Let me know what else you would add here. Thanks

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks jac. You have proofread enough press releases for me to know what it is all about. That is for sure.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Another good lens with wonderful ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Friends of the Park has used so many on these. They work!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great ideas !!

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What awesome fundraising and advertising ideas for businesses and non profits!

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      SquirrelWhispers 4 years ago

      Most Excellent suggestions and ideas for free advertising for fundraisers!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great job, Nancy! These tips are just the thing that organizing newbies need to get started advertising and promoting their events. Something to learn for everyone!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great ideas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great information and tips.

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      bbathrooms 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these with us, these are great tips and I hope that we can put them into action asap! :-)

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing all these great tips!

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      RaintreeAnnie 4 years ago from UK

      Excellent information and ideas. I am keeping this one handy ! Well done on your purple star too :)

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      ericsdorsey 4 years ago

      Great ideas. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Some really great ideas here! Thank you! :)

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Mega information here. I've been thinking about a fundraiser, and will use this lens as a guide. Thanks.

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Lots of great ideas for advertising! What has worked best for me has been contact different people and organizations. You'll be amazed how many people are so willing to help.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Sure, the Garden Club is more than welcome to use any of these ideas. Let me know if I can help.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @AmberLBarnes: lol Everyone would probably give a big sigh of relief and say, "whew, she's finally gone"

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @CampingmanNW: Thank you. This was a fun one to create because it is something that I feel I know about

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nancy, that is amazing and enjoyed reading all you have done. Lot's of information and hope we can use some for Garden Club.

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      AmberLBarnes 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I LOVE it! What would the town do without its Sarge??? ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a great lens, Ohme! That it begins with "Give everyone a job to do-" is you to a tee!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Congratulations on earning a purple star and for writing a very fun and informative lens. Keep up the good work

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Lookatit: I am certainly glad to share what has worked for me. In the past few years, it seems that advertising is one of the few things that I can do to give back to my community.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Wednesday-Elf: Wasn't it fun for both of us to receive a purple star on the same day? I sure enjoyed your sea creatures lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Franksterk: Hope you found some info that you can use for your fundraiser. You probably already do most of these things.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Yes, methods of advertising for fundraisers has certainly changed and guess we are learning to go with the flow

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Digory LM: There are so many wonderful charities on Squidoo and our Friends of the Park has certainly been thrilled with being a Squidoo supported charity

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @aesta1: I don't know much but sure try to share what I do know so glad you appreciated it. Thanks

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @kcsantos: and thank you for dropping by. I am sure proud of this pretty purple star.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks Dave, I sure hope this lens will help others trying to advertise on a budget. We work too hard for our money to have to spend it but sometimes we do.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @john9229: Thanks so much for the visit. I love to hear from fellow lensmasters.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @RuthieDenise: Thanks and I hope you found some useful information here.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @bushaex: Thank you so much for the blessing. Yes, Fundraising has changed so much just in the last few years. We have to learn new approaches to old problems as our world changes.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @ArtzeeChris LM: I have done a lot of advertising for PTAs in the past so sure understand the need for Free Advertising. Good Luck

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Gypzeerose: Oh wow, thanks for the link love and angel blessing. I sure appreciate it.

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      Lookatit 4 years ago

      It's always good to read about how people promote all kinds of things and you certainly know your stuff on fundraising events. This is a real top quality lens, thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping back by to congratulate you on a well-deserved Purple Star for this very informative and helpful page.

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing what has worked for you. I'm always looking for more ways to get the information out about our fundraiser and found some twists I can use. Thanks! Congrats on another well deserved Purple Star. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      What a wonderful and helpful lens for PR chairs of community groups. You certainly deserve a purple star for this lens! Congrats! Methods have certainly changed (for the better) since my days of generating community PR ... brighter, more fun, and even easier! Your community must love having you around...what a dynamo you are!

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      Digory LM 4 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star. I'm thinking of doing a non-profit lens for a favorite charity. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is really a useful resource as many groups are often at a loss on what to do for fund raising.

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star! Thanks for sharing this informative lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your Purple Star is well deserved! After reading this lens, I was thinking about how much good this lens is going to do - about how worthwhile organizations are going to be able to raise more money because you created this lens. Thanks-a-million!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @poldepc lm: Thank you very much! I sure do like the way that purple star looks on here.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @sallemange: Thanks and good luck with your community projects

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @miaponzo: Thank YOU for your visit and blessings.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @getmoreinfo: I hope these ideas will help others. I still refer to list when promoting a fundraiser just to be sure I don't omit anything.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Bonfire Designs: I enjoyed your Gifts for Firemen and really admire all of you firefighters

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you, Kim. I sure am proud of this pretty purple star

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      john9229 4 years ago

      This is great! I Love this Ideas

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      RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      Hi, this was very interesting. Great ideas on advertising.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      Fundraising has become much harder during the past few years, so I am sure your words are finding welcome ears. SquidAngel Blessings.

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      This is a really great lens on free resources for advertising your non-profit. I can see you put a lot of effort in it, thanks for sharing, I'm going to have to remember this the next time I'm involved in a PTA event. Thanks Chris :)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Absolutely love this lens. Pinned to doing good and just for Squids -sent out by digg. Refreshed the angel dust. Congrats on the well-deserved Purple Star.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      congrats on receiving the purple star

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      sallemange 4 years ago

      Brilliant I shall make frequent reference to this for our local community

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Thanks for all this GREAT information on how to promote fund raisers! :) Blessings to you!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Thanks for these Free Advertising Ideas, this will be great for those who are involved in fundraising.

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      Bonfire Designs 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star! Well written and our volunteer Fire Dept has used many of the ideas you stated above with really good success.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @GiftsByDiana: Thanks so much for dropping by

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 4 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      I'll be squid-liking this lens - great ideas, even a few that were new to me :) Thank you !

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      dunn22 4 years ago

      It is honestly amazing to me how advertising can be so different in every faucet of life. Television advertising is completely different from billboard advertising. And here you offer Fundraiser advertising, great work. You have found niche and it works, nice job.

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      webscan 4 years ago

      Advertising is a must for all businesses and its importance should be understood by all business owners.You've got some great ideas here, thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nordster.com lets you advertise events for free

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      dream1983 4 years ago

      Interesting lens, well done! Thumbs up

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      Steve-SEO-UK 4 years ago

      Create a Blog and Twitter account for the fundraising. Post daily updates. Build local Twitter Followers - interact with them and tweet your Blog posts daily. Really pulls in the crowds. Excellent Lens and well deserved Like ;-)

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      JospehLau 4 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      ShilohWhenkey 4 years ago

      Great tips here, thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just launched eventsmarker . com to help everyone promote their events online, hope you all like it!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: The facebook event pages work quite well if you have lots and lots of Facebook friends

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: I have certainly enjoyed using Squidoo and I think the Pendleton folks have enjoyed being able to access information about events, etc.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've built a website that allows for individuals and organizations to gather together and donate to causes without having to spend any money, either in donating or in fundraising. The concept is using online media advertisements, questionnaires, product surveys and polls to generate "micro-donations" from larger advertisement companies who need feedback on their products and services. You can set up a fundraiser yourself or you can support the worthy causes up there now, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Animal Humane Society and many more. Although these "micro-donations" may seem trivial, there is absolutely no cost in donating and if you just donate a few moments of your time a day, along with your friends and social media circles, you can raise a tremendous amount of money for whatever cause you choose. I've found that Squidoo is very good at advertising for fundraisers and I am constantly looking for more ways to push the fundraisers on my site. My business is a start-up and we've spent tens of thousands of dollars and six months of development to get it going. I love the lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a personal fundraiser to help with medical supplies and equipment that has been running since my husband became disabled suddenly in April. This is our second fundraiser (we use GiveForward.com) and I absolutely cannot get this one off the ground. This lens was great, and I'm going to try some of it out for sure, but do you have any ideas on promoting a personal fundraiser with out using facebook??

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      You are the best at fundraising advertisements and organizational skills for fundraisers! One of these days I will make it to one of your Friends Of The Park events.

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      rosignoll 5 years ago

      You can also sign up on a fundraising platform like Voucherry and sell tickets to your events. Voucherry will promote your event on social media channels and provide you the tools to reach a great base of supporters.

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      Liz Samuelson 5 years ago from South Florida

      I really like this lens. I am going to keep it for future reference because I am always looking for good tips when I am fundraising for relay for life.

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      INeedGlasses 5 years ago

      Can't beat free, thanks!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I do public relations for an animal rescue. This was a great lens. Thank you.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      great page

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Very good ideas about fundraising, Blessings

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      shahedashaikh 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      Great information!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! So many people can profit from this - I did a bit of social bookmarking of my own so that others can share in the ideas. I liked how you used both on-line and off-line marketing to support your cause. Angel Blessed!

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      Namymartyn 5 years ago

      nice lens created by you really appreciable..........

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Those are good ideas.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I often try to raise funds for environmental causes and you have filled in an information gap. You are a neighbor of mine, South Carolina is down the road from Virginia. I hope one day to attend one of your fundraisers, I know it would be great! Thanks for the information and sharing it so generously. See you around the galaxy...

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Excellent ideas for fundraising ads. The Internet opens that wide open!

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      This is great.. our PTA could use all of these ideas. Thanks

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      ngio64 5 years ago

      blessed! I will pass this on to the head of The Volunteer Way, which by the way, is a Squidoo Charity.

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Nicely done! I know someone organizing such an event right now, so I'll pass this along. And many of these suggestions can be applied to other types of events of course.

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      aishu19 5 years ago

      These are some great ways to help fundraisers cut back on some cost. Its like you said, the less you spend, the more you got for the cost.

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      aishu19 5 years ago

      These are some great ways to help fundraisers cut back on some cost. Its like you said, the less you spend, the more you got for the cost.

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      Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens, and excellent execution of it as well. I have bookmarked it for future reference. The how to write a PSA is particularly useful

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      claudiatuli 5 years ago

      Great informative lens, thanks for sharing all this informations

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      GenesisLabs 5 years ago

      Lots of good ways to get attention while saving money. Thank you for that.

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      aansystone lm 5 years ago

      nice recommendations for creating a charity lens. i helped someone lately to share their charity event post on my blog. so it would not be a bad idea if you contact other to advertise about your event and peoples don't hesitate to do so, specially when you are doing it for a good cause.~Taxi Advertising

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      very good ideas on here.

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      ouriloilo 5 years ago

      Wow! This is definitely the best lens I have read in Squidoo. I am trying to raise funds for the rehabilitation of our Science Lab and this gives me an idea on how to do it with Squidoo

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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens and great ideas. Sundae ;-)

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      Some very useful tips and techniques here. I use a lot of these methods for both my on and off line ventures and can say they really do work. Great lens packed with so many beneficial ways to advertise, nice.

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      uticketit 5 years ago

      Wow!I like your lens, very useful and inspiring. thank you.

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      ForFD 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing

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      Digital-Signage10 5 years ago

      Good twelve ways of advertising. But the digital signage is quite better i think.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you for some wonderful new ideas! Very helpful.

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      tessmilligan 5 years ago

      Thank you for the great lens, there were some good ideas in there that I haven't tried yet, will implement them in my fundraiser! Thanks again!

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      ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

      Thanks for some awesome tips!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this was an wonderful concept on promoting your events and brands. both fundraising and promoting can be done at the same time. advertising can be done through all possible medias, radios, notices etc which can easily reach the people. you can check out test ads before advertising your events to know the methods for advertising and its results.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very well done lens!! Bravo! You should check out my lens on Non Profit Fundraising Ideas... I think they would merry well together. I would never just drop my links in someone's comment box unless I thought it would be a good match. God bless.

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      Murphypig 6 years ago

      lots of info. thanks

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Paul Ward: You are exactly right and we used to be able to send flyers home with students but that isn't allowed anymore. They will print it in their newsletters if approved first by the School District Office. Churches will often print in their bulletins and newsletters which really helps get the word out. Thanks for your comment.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Re other organisations: don't forget local schools. depending on the cause many will help via websites, letters to parents etc. Can also be useful source of labour if the event would benefit from children's help on the day.

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      mycomunity 6 years ago

      This is excellent lens on the topic of fundraising events.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens on very useful information.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens on very useful information.

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks for the great ideas. Personally, I tend to gravitate toward online, especially social networking, promotion. But it's great to have other tools in the belt as well!

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 6 years ago

      Thanks, this will really help as a 'to do' list for an event I help organise :)

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      glowchick 6 years ago

      Great lens and great ideas :)

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I've been involved in several fund raising groups and non-profits and getting free ads is always work. This is a great check list for next time.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      "SAVE THE DATE Cards" is a very cool idea.

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      BerachaFoundation 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Another option for non-profits is Google's grant program for Adwords.

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      steveffeo lm 6 years ago

      WIth money being so tight people are less likely to donate this is an important list for Non-Profits we are all feeling the pinch Blessed by an angel

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I used to do lots of promoting for library events (pre-Facebook, etc.). You've included a lot of the old and new ways to get the word out. Well done!

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      Samantha Devereux 6 years ago from Columbia Mo

      These tips are fabulous!

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      This is an excellent 'how to' lens for promotion. Wonderfully presented.

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      DanSuciu 6 years ago

      This was of particular interest to me, since I'm currently trying to promote ... well, not an event but a project. Not only am I fundraising for the project itself (a book about the only rescue team in Nepal and the 3-month trip I'll be making to the country to do the research), but the book will be a fundraiser for the team. I've used many but not all of the methods you've described here. Some don't really apply (ie. marquees) but you've given me new ideas for how to promote the projectSEO Pricing

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      These are awesome ideas! Very useful and you definitely covered all the bases. Thank you for sharing!

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      Donnette Davis 7 years ago from South Africa

      LOVED THIS!! 5 stars and faved! Great Ideas and with Friendfeed and Twitter and actually over 300 networking/bookmarking sites out there the sky's the limit... THANK YOU!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great ideas for fund raising for special events. I'm hoping to see your charity lens for the park soon, bet you are working on that. You are such a good hearted person Nancy. I wish you all the best always! xSusie

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for the information. I hope some of these ideas will help us get some serious fund raising done for my brother who is in need of a heart transplant and insurance won't cover it. It will take approximately $170,000 just to get him on a transplant list. Thank you.

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      TiffanyCole 7 years ago

      The key is in getting the word out. You provided a good many resources in doing so. Thanks.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Well done Nancy! I would think this page on free advertising ideas should do great!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Nancy, I used several of your free advertising hints and suggestions when helping to organize the Pendleton Christmas Craft Market last December. Never having been 'in charge' of an event before, your helpful advice was a life-saver, especially with the press releases, flyers, and marquee ideas. The event turned out well and I wouldn't have known where to begin without the help found here on this lens. Our event wasn't a 'Fundraiser' event, but your suggestions work well when organizing any type of community event. Thank you.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      This was of particular interest to me, since I'm currently trying to promote ... well, not an event but a project. Not only am I fundraising for the project itself (a book about the only rescue team in Nepal and the 3-month trip I'll be making to the country to do the research), but the book will be a fundraiser for the team. I've used many but not all of the methods you've described here. Some don't really apply (ie. marquees) but you've given me new ideas for how to promote the project. Thank you!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks for the information, Nancy. Very helpful. We'll give it a try with our next event.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a fabulous lens! I've learned so much just from the information you've provided. Thank you!I'm trying to promote a fundraising company that assists non profits with their fundraising events with NO UPFRONT COSTS. They provide all the advertising materials, rides, games, stages and a/v equipment. Once it's a featured lens I'm going to lens roll it to this one. Thanks for sharing! God Bless You! Non Profit Fundraising Ideas

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lense

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      JJNW 8 years ago from USA

      This is truly awesome!! Ooh - I wrote an article about getting donations. I will try to see if I can link it to your lens or something. If not, I can at least quote you! I'll let you know and if I space out, nudge me!! 5 stars rating for you!

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Good luck with your big event on the 27th. Great ideas here....I'm co-chairing a Cow-A-Bunga Bingo Raffle to raise money for our local food shelf in mid-July so these tips are perfect. Thanks!!

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      CassandraRichmond123 8 years ago

      Thanks for information. nice lens

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to eventpep] That is hard to say which one has been the most successful. I have done all of them for Freedom Fest so maybe I can tell you after the 27th. Thanks for the visit.

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      eventpep 8 years ago

      These are great ideas. Which ones have been most successful for you?

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Another outstanding lens. Ohme does this "pro bono" time and again for her town and for causes she supports. Nobody does it better!

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      This is a great lens, you are spot on!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for the information. If I every need free advertising for fund raising, this is something to come back to.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to mshomeec] Thank you BR. You are always so kind to visit your sister's lenses. Maybe one day you will join Squidoo. Joan and I would love that!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is an excellent resource! Well done! Am sure it will be helpful to many, me included!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      What a lot of great information! People don't realize all the planning and prep work that goes on behind the scenes. Well done!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the very very helpful info. I can think of several causes and events that I can use your information to promote and raise funds. This kind of stuff is great for newbies like me!

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      My saying has always been "Cheap is good but FREE is better!" Perfect lens for me! Thank you for the info!

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      Great information lens, Nancy, and nicely put together! I know Freedom Fest will be very successful with a wonderful promoter like you.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Thanks for the info! great lens as usual.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Some very helpful information ~ thank you!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Wow! That's great information. You really know your stuff, Nancy. This is information people need.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes, this is excellent information. I could never have guessed there is so much to know about fundraising and Yes, you should write a book. I know it would be helpful to a lot of people.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      I agree with Joan...why don't you?!!!!!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      This lens is an excellent fund-raising publicity manual that anybody can use! Excellent information! You should write a book!

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