Learn 5 ways you can say thank you to your supporters.

Acknowledging Donors: 5 Easy and Affordable Ways to Say Thank You

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A major component of a successful crowdfunding campaign is thanking your donors. An acknowledgement — given soon after a donor contributes — shows that you value the donor behind every donation.

Acknowledging supporters is the first step to cultivating better relationships with donors and will help set you up to receive future support. The time and effort it takes to show your gratitude is well worth the rewards.

If you want your acknowledgements to leave a memorable impression on your donors, you need to think outside the box.

We’ve got five ways you can say thank you:

  1. Letter or Email Acknowledgement
  2. Public Thank You
  3. Social Media Shout Out
  4. Donor Gift
  5. Website Appreciation Page

Put your personal spin on any of these ideas to show donors that you care!

Send a letter or email to show your donors appreciation.

1. Letter or Email Acknowledgement

Direct mail and email are the most common ways to thank your donors because you can send multiple letters at once. You can also thank your donors directly, giving you the freedom to personalize each letter.

With thank-you letters, you have plenty of space to show your appreciation and let donors know how the money will be used. Additionally, a letter is an acceptable place to provide donors with other ways to stay in touch or contribute to your cause.

Of course, you should address every thank-you letter with the donor’s name, but you should follow a few other best practices when creating your letters:

  • Keep your content short and concise  Be conscious of your donor’s time and show your gratitude in a clear, simple fashion.
  • Open the letter with a sentence that grabs your donor’s attention  If you want your donors to continue reading your letter, you need to hook them with the first sentence. Start with a story that conveys your message or ask a question that gets answered further in the letter.
  • Focus on the donor’s contribution rather than your achievements  It’s easy to share your organization’s achievements and forget to mention the donor’s contribution. Remember to focus on your donors and how they’ve made a difference.
  • Don’t ask for another donation  Your thank-you letter is not the place to ask for another donation. However, you can provide supporters with additional ways to keep in touch.

You can take your letters one step further and hand-write your acknowledgements. When donors receive handwritten notes, they’ll know that you spent time and effort to thank them.

➡ Pro Tip: Create a template that you can customize for each donor to help you save time. That way, you can send a personalized letter right after the donor contributes.

Show supporters that you care with a public display of appreciation.

2. Public Thank You

The public thank you gives you the opportunity to show your appreciation to all of your donors at once.

Nonprofits and individuals can publicly thank their donors at anytime, but this method works best at the end of a campaign when you can thank everyone for contributing to your cause.

Generally, you should thank individual donors with a letter in addition to posting a public thank you.

You can approach the public thank you in many different ways:

  • Record a video of you and your team (if you have one) saying thank you.
  • Take a picture with a thank-you sign or drawing.
  • Post a thank-you update on your crowdfunding page.
  • Create a plaque or engraved bricks dedicated to your donors (if your fundraiser involves construction).

Whichever method you decide to use, let donors know how much their contributions mean to you with messages that show why your cause is important.

Get creative with your ideas and add your own personal touch by using your talents to create a public thank you that shows donors how much you appreciate their support. For instance, if you enjoy photography, take a series of thank-you pictures and post them to your crowdfunding page.

Thanking everyone all at once is great way show your appreciation to the team of donors that made it possible to for you to reach your goal, and demonstrate that every donation, no matter the size, went towards a great cause.

Plus, it shows would-be supporters that you don’t just care about the money — you also care about your donors!

➡ Pro Tip: Post your public thank you in multiple locations and email it to your donors so that everyone receives your acknowledgement.

You can shout out your donors on social media to show your support.

3. Social Media Shout Out

Very similar to the public thank you, the social media shout out is a public way to thank your donors — individually or together.

Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites are great platforms to show your appreciation because donors are likely to see your posts or comments. Sending a quick thank you on social media is a small gesture that shows you’re aware of every supporter’s gift.

Let’s look at some scenarios where you can thank your donors on social media:

  • After a donor shares their donation – If a donor shares their gift online as a way to show their support or encourage others to give, you can send a quick thank you in the comments or share/retweet their post.
  • To spotlight a donor’s contribution – You can create a donor spotlight or “Donor of the Week” series where you showcase one of your supporters. You can include their name, a picture, and a message thanking the individual for supporting your cause.
  • When it’s time to share your public thank you – Along with sharing your public thank you on your crowdfunding page, you can also share it on social media.

Focus on thanking donors on a couple of social media platforms. When you focus on too many, you’ll spread yourself too thin and won’t be able to keep up with all the thank-yous.

Stick to the platforms where you have a strong following and that your donors are using most frequently.

➡ Pro Tip: If you decide to thank donors on social media, time management is key. Create a schedule of when you’re going to engage on social media so that you can connect with the most donors possible.

Bonus: If need help crafting the perfect social media message, check out this helpful guide.

Send your donors a gift to show your appreciation.

4. Donor Gift

Sending donors a gift is a memorable way to show your gratitude. A gift acts as a keepsake to reminder donors of the cause they supported.

Depending on your situation, you can gift your donors a wide range of items or make the gifts yourself.

If you’re not sure what to give, here are some suggestions:

  • Branded merchandise (i.e. hats, t-shirts, water bottles, mugs, and stuffed animals).
  • Appreciation basket full of handmade or bought items.
  • Poem or song.
  • Postcard.
  • And so much more!

If possible, pick a gift related to your cause or organization to keep your mission in your donors’ minds. Your gift doesn’t have to be complex or expensive. In fact, a thoughtful, simple gift can have more impact on your donors.

For example, let’s say that you’re raising money to help protect marine-life.

You decide to give your donors a seashell from the area you’re trying to protect. With your gift, you include a short handwritten note explaining the impact that their contribution will have with a story about a particular marine animal that will be protected because of their donation.

See how this gift is directly related to the nonprofit’s cause and builds an emotional connection in the thank-you note? Donors will remember the animal they helped every time they look at the note or seashell.

➡ Pro Tip: Choose a gift that is impact-driven, so that your supporters see value in your gift and feel a stronger connection to your cause.

5. Website Appreciation Page

If your organization or cause has a website, you can build a page dedicated to showcasing your supporters.

You can make your appreciation page a place where you highlight your supporters (much like you would on social media) or list your supporters names in the order they contributed.

Placing your donors’ names on your website is a centralized and permanent way to show your gratitude. Plus, you can share this page with your supporters throughout your campaign.

Donors will feel pride seeing their name posted along with other contributors.

Leave room on your appreciation page for a thank-you message. In your message, you should include information about how the funds will be used and the impact that these contributions will have on your mission. 

You should create a website appreciation page as a way to thank donors in addition to one of the other ideas mentioned above.

➡ Pro Tip: If donors don’t know about your page, they won’t see your thank-you message. Share the link to your appreciation page on your crowdfunding platform and social media accounts so that everyone knows it exists.


With these five ideas, you’re sure to find a way to thank your donors. Try one, two, or all of the ideas mentioned above.

The possibilities are endless, so get creative and come up with a way to thank supporters that is unique to you and your cause!

Need more crowdfunding tips? Check out the following helpful resources to get started: 

  1. Sharing a Crowdfunding Campaign Tips
  2. Crowdfunding Email Templates
  3. Crowdfunding Campaign Examples
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5 Ways to Enhance Your Membership Renewal Letter

5 Ways to Enhance Your Membership Renewal Letter

 

For nonprofits with membership programs, retention is everything. No matter how engaging or profitable your membership program is, if you can’t convince members to come back year after year, you’ll never achieve true progress or growth.

Luckily, there’s one oft-overlooked aspect of the member stewardship game that you can leverage to maximize your retention rates and supercharge your membership program. We’re talking about the ever-so-crucial membership renewal letter.

Though you might perceive these pesky communications as necessary evils, there is a way to ensure your renewal letters are more than just a requirement. They’re a way to engage your members and remind them of the value of the membership experience (while asking for a donation in the form of a membership fee).

In fact, if you follow our tips, you might even start to enjoy the renewal process—and more importantly, so will your members!

We’ll help you take your member renewal letters from okay to amazing in just 5 simple steps:

  1. Get personal.
  2. Take your members down memory lane.
  3. Understand the urgency.
  4. Stay gracious.
  5. Don’t forget the details.

Let’s begin!

Get personal

1. Get personal.

More than likely, you’ll utilize your membership management software to help you create and send large batches of renewal letters. Because these communications are often automated (or aided by your database), it’s easy to get lost in the transaction and forget to include a human touch.

Even though it’s an easy mistake, this error is more fatal than you might think!

For nonprofit organizations, your members are your most dedicated constituents. Not only do they give on a recurring basis and participate in engagement activities, but they set themselves apart by actually identifying themselves as part of your organization.

Since your members are so deeply invested in your nonprofit, it’s important to show the same level of respect and appreciation for them. By interacting with members in a personal way, you’re showing them that they’re not just a face in a crowd—they’re valued on an individual level! 

You should make your letter as personal as possible by including:

  • An accurate, friendly greeting. You should know your members well enough not to refer to them as “Dear Member,” so call them by their (correct!) first name. Use your database to ensure accuracy, and always double check to make sure the right letter is going to the right person.
  • A personable tone. This letter is more than just a formal invoice of members’ dues, so don’t fall into the trap of taking a transactional approach. Let your members know that you’re excited to have them contribute for another year, not just to receive their money!
  • A short handwritten note. If possible, have your membership director add a brief handwritten note to the end of the renewal letter. Especially if you’re a local organization or have interacted personally with this member before, adding a personal touch can go a long way.

When you use your member renewal letter as an opportunity to remind your members how much you care about them, you’ll be much more likely to see eager renewals.

The point is: Don’t treat your members like they’re nothing more than their membership fees. Show them you value them by crafting a letter that’s personal and friendly, and you’re sure to see your retention rates soar.

Take your members down memory lane

2. Take your members down memory lane.

Before you launch into a request, take a paragraph to remind your members how far their membership fees have gone to further your organization’s cause and enrich their lives since their last renewal.

Look at it this way: your members have other expenses too, and they likely can’t afford to shell out membership fees for an organization that hasn’t given them their money’s worth. If they can’t remember what last year’s dues paid for, they definitely won’t see the point in signing up for another go-round! 

To prevent that from happening, spend some time briefly recapping the value of their membership. If member stewardship has been a priority (and we hope that it has!), you’ll have no issue coming up with a highlight reel of all your membership program has done (and all your members have done for your membership program).

You might want to remind your members of any (or all) of the following:

  • Impact on your cause or community. Did you raise a record amount for your charity’s mission? Perhaps your members’ volunteer efforts had a radical effect on your community. Whatever the case, your nonprofit probably accomplished a lot last year with the help of your devoted members, so let them know you couldn’t do it without them.
  • Member engagement activities. One of the strongest benefits to membership programs is the community they naturally foster. Your events and programs have likely worked to develop a supportive group of like-minded individuals, so make sure this benefit is at the front of your members’ minds.
  • Services and opportunities. Does your membership program offer exclusive content or services for members? Don’t let them forget! Whether you had an educational speaker at your member get-together or hosted a conference, remind your donors how much your organization has helped them learn and grow this year.

You don’t want to spend too much time celebrating the past year’s successes (that’s what your year-end newsletter is for), but you do want to make your rationale clear: your members can’t get the experience of this membership program anywhere else!

The point is: Take some time to help your members recall the value of your membership program. By briefly going over the impact of your program, you’ll have no problem recruiting them for another year.

Understand the urgency

3. Understand the urgency.

As much fun as it is to rehash old times, you can’t avoid the purpose of your letter for long. By the second or third paragraph, it’s time to ask your members to renew their membership.

At this point in the letter, we can’t stress enough the importance of being to-the-point. If membership dues have increased since the last renewal period, tell your members directly. If you want to ask them to upgrade their membership level, quickly explain why and how. If you’re too vague, your members might think you’re hiding something from them, so just be clear from the start.

While you don’t want to be curt, you do want to stress that this is a matter best handled as soon as possible. When members feel they can put off their renewal for a later date, it increases the odds that they won’t ever get around to renewing—and you can’t let that happen! 

Encourage your members to act sooner rather than later by using the following strategies:

  • Include your application form. Take away the guesswork by including a link to your membership application, or a paper copy if your renewal letters are sent by mail. For the best results, make sure your form is user-friendly and well-designed. (Take a look at this article to learn how to optimize your application form!)
  • Make renewals easy. Membership management software can streamline the renewal process for both you and your members. Depending on your provider, you might even be able to include an automated renewal option on your application form or your website’s member portal.
  • Incentivize early renewal. If you’re having a hard time securing early or even on-time renewals, it might be time to up the ante. Though not realistic for every organization, providing benefits for those who take immediate action can seriously pay off. Consider offering a discount if members renew within two weeks of receiving their first renewal letter.

Don’t let your members lapse due to forgetfulness; convince them to secure another year’s involvement as soon as they receive their letter!

For more on requesting donations through letters, check out this post!

The point is: Get to the point quickly and make the pitch your members have been waiting for. Ask for their renewal in a direct, positive way, and make sure the renewal process is easy enough for them to complete on the spot.

Stay gracious

4. Stay gracious.

Remember the bottom line here: your members make your membership program possible. Without their contributions and involvement, you wouldn’t have a leg to stand on, so show them your gratitude as you ask for their renewal.

Throughout your letter, write with a tone of respect and thankfulness. Don’t ever be demanding!

Moreover, you might consider the following thank-you protocol for both your letter and the follow-up:

  • Close your letter with sincerity. Gratefulness should be the last thing your members see in their member renewal letters. Don’t overdo it (and risk cheesiness), but do include a sincere line to reiterate how appreciative you are as you close your letter.
  • Keep communication open. By failing to include follow-up details for your organization, you’re assuming your members will renew without question. On the contrary, make sure they’re aware that your team is eager to answer any and all of their questions by providing relevant contact information, including a specific point person on your team.
  • Send a thank-you note. Instead of only automating an acknowledgement or receipt, you should send your member a personalized thank-you note as soon as possible. An email is fine, but a handwritten note from your membership director or a board member can reiterate your personal connection to your members.

Gratitude during the renewal period is a major step toward member retention in the long run. Start on the right foot this membership term by proving to your members how much you value them (and avoiding tricky membership engagement mistakes along the way).

The point is: You can’t thank your members enough for what they do for your organization, but you can certainly try! Be gracious throughout your letter and always follow up personally as soon as you can.

Don't forget the details

5. Don’t forget the details.

We can’t talk about effective membership renewal letters without discussing at least a few technical details!

The smallest elements can push your letter to the next level, so let’s break down a few key technical components you can’t ignore: 

  • Keep it concise. As you edit your letter with our tips in mind, you might see your letter growing and growing to include all the necessary elements. Keep in mind that your members are busy and don’t have time for long-winded letters! A page is plenty to get your message across, but definitely don’t got over a 2-page limit.
  • Be persistent. While we’ve only been referring to the membership renewal letter as a singular communication, don’t be fooled into thinking you can get away with sending only one request. Start sending renewal reminders as early as a few months before membership expiration. (Hint: your software can automate these reminders so you don’t have to keep up with them!)
  • Don’t forget lapsed members. Have some members who missed the renewal window? Don’t let them lapse without sending a final reminder. This can be a good time to provide incentives, especially for long-time members.

The point is: Don’t forget the minor details of your renewal letter, from timing to length. Be thoughtful as you review your letter, and your members will appreciate the attention to detail!


Member renewal letters don’t have to be a hassle, for you or your members. When you send a letter that’s engaging and sincere, your members will notice (and they’ll be excited to sign up for another year!).

Need a little extra help crafting your letter? Check out this guide from Neon!

And for more on membership programs, check out these additional resources:

 

Crowdfunding social media templates that will help you raise more money

3 Crowdfunding Social Media Templates (To Raise More Money!)

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If you’ve recently started a crowdfunding campaign, you might be wondering how you should go about sharing your campaign on social media.

Whether you’re constantly posting on Facebook, tweeting every day, or taking pictures with Instagram, you likely have some kind of social media presence that can be used to promote your crowdfunding campaign and help you raise more money.

This article will take you through three different crowdfunding social media templates for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Each one will include a real life example as well as actionable tips that can help you create the perfect social media post to promote your crowdfunding campaign!

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Instagram

Let’s get started.

1. Crowdfunding Social Media Templates for Facebook

Crowdfunding Social Media Templates for Facebook

Facebook is the current social media giant. At over a billion users, there is no shortage of people who you could promote your crowdfunding campaign to.

Essentials for a great Facebook post

  • An image or graphic that represents your cause or fundraiser.
  • The link to your crowdfunding campaign page.
  • A hashtag (if you’re using one).
  • Brief copy that explains why you’re asking for donations.

Your Facebook Template

“I’m raising money for [insert cause, project, or event]. I’ve raised [amount] so far, but I still need [amount] to completely reach my goal! Would you consider making a donation (even small gifts help!) to assist me in my fundraising efforts?
Please feel free to share this post and encourage your own friends to give to my [cause, project, or event].
Thank you in advance for your generosity! [insert relevant #hashtag, URL, and photo]”

Here’s an example that an organization, Giraffe Laugh, posted to their Facebook wall.

While this post is short and sweet, it has a few great elements:

  1. The image is striking and connects back to the copy. The poster took a picture of an empty table and asked Facebook friends and followers to “Help us fill this table…” This helps to emotionally tie the reader to the campaign and encourages them to make a donation.
  2. They’ve used three different hashtags. The #Fundly hashtag will help the post show up in searches for “Fundly,” and the other hashtags can be used by donors and supporters to show their passion for the fundraiser. Of course, any more than 4 hashtags on Facebook can look like a lot, so remember to not overdo it.
  3. They’ve mentioned the duration of the campaign. Stating that the campaign is only on “day 2” encourages donors to jump on the bandwagon early. Giving supporters an idea of how long you’ve been fundraising or how much you’ve raised gives them context for your campaign and encourages them to make a donation.

➡ Main Takeaway: Facebook is one of the best social media outlets for promoting your crowdfunding campaign. Use the template and example that we’ve provided to make the most of your Facebook posts and raise more money!

2. Crowdfunding Social Media Templates for Twitter

Crowdfunding Social Media Templates for Twitter

Twitter is another popular option for people who want to spread the word about their crowdfunding campaign. Hashtags, mentions, replies, and retweets can all contribute to more individuals seeing and clicking on the link to your campaign page (and hopefully donating!).

Essentials for a great tweet

  • An image or graphic that represents your cause or project.
  • brief description of your fundraiser (under 140 characters).
  • A relevant hashtag.
  • A mention of the organization you’re raising money for (when applicable).
  • The shortened URL to your crowdfunding page.

Your Twitter Template

“Help me raise money for [cause, project, or event]! I only need [amount] to reach my goal. Make a difference! [insert relevant #hashtag, shortened URL, and photo]

Since you only have a limited number of characters to get your message across, your tweets must be action-based and impactful. Use verbs that will spur people to action.

Check out this example of a great tweet that promotes a crowdfunding campaign.

Let’s examine what makes this tweet effective:

  1. The organizer has used multiple action verbs. Having words like “donate” and “act” in single, commanding sentences makes this tweet stand out and grab followers’ attention.
  2. The organizer has posted the shortened URL. Regular URLs can be lengthy, but if you shorten your URL (using a tool like this one), you can fit more characters into your crowdfunding tweet.
  3. The organizer has mentioned the crowdfunding platform and included a hashtag. While you may want to create your own unique hashtag for your promotional tweets, you should still tag the platform you’re using and the organization you’re raising money for (when applicable). This allows your post to be picked up by more people who might never have found your tweet otherwise.

➡ Main Takeaway: Your tweets must be to the point and pack a punch. Use our crowdfunding social media template for Twitter and reference the example we highlighted when you write your own tweets.

3. Crowdfunding Social Media Templates for Instagram

Crowdfunding Social Media Templates for Instagram

Instagram is gaining in popularity, but it is still primarily used by people under 35. If you’re asking people who are in that demographic for donations for your crowdfunding campaign, you’ll need to craft the perfect post.

Essentials for a great Instagram post

  • A professional looking photo(s).
  • A brief but detailed description.
  • A reference of the URL (links can only be placed in Instagram bios, not in individual posts).
  • A relevant hashtag (when applicable).

Your Instagram Template

“I’m raising money for [cause, project, or event], and I need your help! Even a small donation would assist me in reaching my goal of [amount]. With a donation of [amount], you’ll be able to [offer tangible way that a donation could help]. Read more about my campaign and make a donation by clicking the link in my profile! [insert relevant #hashtag]

Unfortunately, if you place a link in the description of your Instagram photos, your followers won’t be able to click on it. Make sure you include the link in your bio so that supporters have access to your campaign!

Check out this example of an awesome Instagram post that promotes a crowdfunding campaign.

Why is this Instagram post so great? Let’s break it down:

  1. The organizer has created and used hashtags. The #fundly hashtag allows others to find the campaign easily. His unique hashtag, #teamampari, allows him to group his own posts and inspire others to tag their own posts with the hashtag.
  2. There is a brief yet detailed description. The organizer didn’t need to go too far in depth with his image description. He simply listed out the reason he’s raising money and described how amazing his mother is.
  3. The organizer used inspirational photos. If you’re raising money for a cause that isn’t quite so cheerful (like this organizer is), it can help to post photos that take supporters back to a happier time. This organizer chose to use photos of his mom smiling, walking a dog, and hanging out with her family members.

➡ Main Takeaway: Instagram can be a great platform to use to promote your crowdfunding campaign; you just have to know how to make the most of it! Post inspirational photos and add the link to your crowdfunding to your Instagram bio to raise more money and awareness.


Hopefully these crowdfunding social media templates have helped you get a better idea of how to promote your fundraiser on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t necessarily have to post on every single site; instead, find a platform that works for you and your supporters!

For more crowdfunding tips, check out these helpful resources:

  • The Ultimate Guide to CrowdfundingWant to learn more about crowdfunding? Our awesome crowdfunding guide has all the information you need to start a campaign!
  • How to Write Crowdfunding UpdatesSending donors updates on your campaign’s progress is important for two reasons: it helps with donor stewardship and encourages donors to give. Get 5 tips for how to improve your crowdfunding updates.
  • How to Shoot and Upload Amazing Crowdfunding PhotosAs you can see from the examples above, images add value to your message and attract potential donors. Learn how to include crowdfunding photos in your social media posts.

Happy fundraising!

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11 Refreshing Summer Fundraising Ideas

Let’s be honest, asking people for money is difficult.  Really, really difficult.

What’s even worse?  Asking grumpy people for money.

Donors are much more receptive to asks when they are in good moods. Whodathunkit?

So take advantage of the happiest season of the year — summer!

Summer is a great time to engage with donors. The sun is shining, the weather is good, and daylight lasts forever.

It is a season that beckons people outside, so heed the call.

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Use these suggestions to capitalize on the summer season and get your community outside and donating!

#1 HOST A BLOCK PARTY

A block party is a one-stop shop for summer fun.  The endless summer nights provide the perfect backdrop for a community gathering that benefits your cause!

Block Parties are what you make them so the vibe and atmosphere will be up to you.

Consider organizing some extra fundraising events to incorporate into the block party and maximize your donations.

I would suggest getting some competition brewing with a watermelon eating contest and a cook-off.

Watermelon is the perfect summer fruit, refreshing and healthy.  Donors won’t feel guilty about stuffing their faces with watermelon.

Watermelons

Messy enough to provide a visual badge of honor for those who compete, your contest will be a highlight of the block party.

For those who find the competitive eating world unappealing give them the option of competitive cooking.  A cook-off is a great complement to any block party.

Pick a summer classic, like apple pies, burgers, or chili, and get people cooking!

You can have party guests vote using a secret ballot or appoint a judging panel.  Just have fun with it!

Look into getting a local chef or cooking supply shop to donate cooking lessons or a gift card to the winner.

Keep the party going late into the night and let your cause reap the financial rewards.

#2 HOST A POOL PARTY

Is a block party not cool enough for you in those hot summer months?  Make it a pool party instead.  Problem solved!

Pool parties are pretty straight forward.  Have pool?  Will party.

Just make sure you have your safety bases covered with licensed lifeguards.

Your pool party can be as extravagant as your heart desires.  Set up carnival like games near the pool.  Have a party-wide round of Marco Polo.  Sell snacks from a concessions stand.

#3 ORGANIZE A WATER BALLOON FIGHT

Kids will join in for the fun of it and adults will join in for the nostalgia-fun of it.  Establish a designated fight-zone, register competitors, and sell water balloons.

You could even make it a tournament with teams competing for a coveted prize…glory!

#4 COORDINATE A CAR WASH

Car washes are a fundraising standby for a reason.  They’re a great way to raise money with little event cost.

They are also an excellent opportunity to expand awareness of your organization.

Make sure your car wash has plenty of signage stating what the proceeds are going towards.  You might even want to print off some flyers or brochures to give those who participate additional info on your cause.

#5 HOST A FISH FRY OR BARBEQUE

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For this event you’ll have a crew of volunteers and staff manning the grill or fryers.  Set up a method of ordering (online, via the phone, in person) and provide made-to-order food.

Your establishment can be take-out style or you can set up some outdoor seating.

Get kitschy if you go the eat-in route, and don’t forget the quintessential summer items like picnic tablecloths and funky plates.

#6 RUN A WALK-A-THON, BIKE-A-THON, OR SWIM-A-THON

Pick whichever of the three you think your community will be most interested and you’ll be off to the races.

Charge a small registration fee and have your participants gather sponsorships for distance walked, biked, or swam.

#7 HOST A WINE TASTING

Find an outdoor venue, get wine donated from local shops, and invite your supporters who are 21+ to pay a minor fee to participate.

People will jump at the chance to sample wine while feeling charitable.

#8 CATER A DINER OR HOST A GALA OUTDOORS

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and bring your higher-end events outside.  For example, you could host a garden ball at your community’s botanical gardens.

#9 RUN A SUMMER GOLF TOURNAMENT

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Golf tournaments can be very lucrative.  Partner with a local golf course and solicit your corporate sponsors and donors to buy spots in the tournament.  Make a whole day of it!  Start with breakfast and finish with a dinner and silent auction.

#10 ORGANIZE AN OUTDOOR CONCERT

Outdoor concerts are summer staples.  It doesn’t matter who the main attraction is, whether its Beyoncé or your cousin Al’s neighborhood band.

A benefit concert is all about having fun and raising money.

#11 COORDINATE A SUMMER FILM SERIES

Reserve a venue, like a park space, for 4 or 5 separate nights.  Then pick out a movie for each reserved day that an entire family can enjoy.

Title your series, something like “June Movie Mondays,” and start rolling.

Make sure to advertise and let people know what the ticket sales are accomplishing.  You could even sell theater concessions to create an authentic movie-going experience.

For more great information, check out our list of summer camp fundraising ideas! 

Once you’ve executed a great summer fundraiser, make sure your organization is fully prepared to keep those hard earned donors.

Click here to learn more about donor retention.

And click here to learn more about donor segmentation.

Donors have more time and energy to get involved in their communities during their summers.  Cement your nonprofit’s community presence by making a big fundraising push this summer. Go forth and conquer the season!

Click here to download our free fundraising software checklist.