Fundraising Tips | Fundraising Ideas
Fundraising is a fact of life for most libraries. If you are tired of the usual book or bake sale, the following list should help you break out of your rut. All of these activities have been successful fundraisers for Friends groups or other library supporters in rural communities.
You may want to consider holding your fundraiser as part of a community event, such as a festival, fair or even the annual sidewalk sale. By being part of a larger event, you won't have to spend as much money advertising and more people usually attend a larger, community-wide event.
Remember that in addition to raising money, fundraising events also raise public awareness about the library. There may even be times when the amount of money raised is less important than increasing the visibility of the library in the community and expanding its donor base. If raising money is the most important goal, be sure you charge enough to make the event worth everyone's time, energy, and effort. If increased public awareness is the main goal, then just breaking even may be okay.
Always make sure your event does not violate any state or local ordinances. This is especially true if your event includes bingo or other games of chance, involves a raffle, or if you plan to serve alcoholic beverages.
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