Fundraising Tips for a Successful Donation Drive
- Start a collection of items before the event. Pre-collection is KEY.
- Pass out flyers to everyone you know and drop off at homes throughout the community.
- Hang posters around your event location and in businesses throughout the community.
- Post event details on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, blogs and on your website.
- Publish the event in your school newspaper.
- Place a small ad in the local newspaper.
- Call your local radio station and request a shout-out.
- Volunteer to help family or friends clean out their garages, attics or closets.
- Request donations from employers or coworkers.
- Organize your own pick up for items from those that cannot bring them to your drive (eg: senior centers, local business, etc.).
- On the day of the event, and weekends leading up to the event, visit local garage sales and ask them to bring un-sold items to the drive or offer to pick them up.
- Place an announcement on a school, local business or organization marquee.
- Collect unclaimed items from lost and found or laundromats in your community.
- Attach collection bags to flyers to make a tangible request for donated items. Many grocery chains will donate these bags.
- Organize a competition to motivate students or group members to collect donations.
- And remember, word of mouth is very powerful!
Assign shifts of volunteers to help load and unload donors vehicles.
Provide water for volunteers to keep them hydrated.
If possible, provide a shelter/shade structure.
Provide chairs for volunteers.
Have a first aid kit on hand in case of injury.
Ask volunteers to wave banners or posters at passing traffic.
Bring bags or boxes to contain loose items.
Ensure an adult is assigned to staff your event at all times.