Mark Calima is an accomplished Director of Bands who is no stranger to fundraising. As the founder and director of the non-profit, Houston Area Summer Wind Ensemble (HAWSE), Mark Calima became knowledgeable in the process of raising funds for the organization.
Here are some tips to help you get started with fundraising and find success:
- You need to make sure your staff is organized. This includes participants, volunteers, and any others who will be helping you with the event. You need to make sure they know well in advance when the event will be taking place. Divide up the responsibilities and delegate tasks to those you feel are best suited for the role.
- Make sure you plan your budget in advance. Sit down with your group and figure out your budget. Be sure to include your fundraising goal and any materials that you may have to purchase to hold your event.
- Get the word out about your event with advertising. Use posters and flyers to promote your fundraiser. Ask local businesses if you can post them in their windows or on their bulletin board. Use your contacts to send out emails and mailings, and tell everyone you run into about your event.
- Keep your group excited about the event by providing great incentives. This could include prizes, fun activities or other rewards.
Having a successful fundraiser takes work but it can be done with the right attitude and commitment. Mark Calima is a Director of Bands in Houston, Texas who founded a non-profit to help teach music to high school students at a low cost.