The 5th of September is the International Day of Charity.
In recognition of the significant role that charities and individuals have undertaken to alleviate human suffering and humanitarian crises, the United Nations has designated the 5th of September as the International Day of Charity. The date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa. The prime purpose of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity-related activities of nonprofit organizations all over the world. The day has become a worldwide day of donation to NGO.
On the occasion of the International Day of Charity, we want to give all the hard working NGOs out there quick tips on how to use the day to fundraise, so that you can continue your great work.
Hold Fundraising Events
The day is around the corner, chances are you won’t have time to pull together a major fundraising event. Instead, plan a small and quick fundraising event. It does not need to be in your working area. You could also ask your loyal supporters to host an event on your behalf. Lots of little events can add up quick. It can be a charity ball, tea party or a potluck or just a personal online fundraising page with them inviting their networks and collecting the donation.
Create an Online Campaign
Plan a campaign on your social media platform- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Remember the ice bucket challenge and last year’s Giving Tuesday campaign? Follow the trend. Give a shout out about the International Day of Charity and structure it like an opportunity to come together as one for a cause. Add a tagline that fits your NGO and the fundraising strategy to the best. Talk about your successful ongoing project or a very new one that you want to start ASAP. Set a campaign on how much you need to raise, and why. Do not forget to ask your followers to share and also include it in your newsletter marketing tool.
Take to the Street
Here use you can use your volunteers to the best use. They already know what your organization does and value your work too. Use the day to fundraise and also to promote your NGO. You can also place donations jar in restaurants or malls, where people are spending money. For this, you may have to get permission first. Make a poster or sign, not the regular one but something that will grab people’s attention. Motivate your volunteers to approach people. Make a short pitch to use when asking for a donation. You will be surprised to see the outcome. Street Fundraising’s main benefit is its ability to generate immediate donations.
Pin your Board Members
The role of Board members of an NGO is not only to oversee the operations of the organization but also be active in the fundraising activity. Every board member should be donating something to your organization every year and what better day to set an example than donation on International Day of Charity. The giving from board members not only indicates the commitment towards the NGO but also encourages other donors to give and can be used as a marketing tool to influences foundations that provide grants or other support.
Send Thank you Note
How long has it been since you thanked your old and current donors? “Thank you” can be an incredibly powerful pair of words. And for most fundraisers, it is the No#1 strategy for creating loyal relations. A thank you message is a chance to deliver the warm feelings of goodwill that drive people to give more. A simple note can engage you on a personal level with your donor and also increases your chance for subsequent funding. UN days are an important time for fundraising. Even if you have already sent a thank you note, one more thank you note won’t hurt. But make sure you create a personal note for each one. Attach an image of the project, they had supported. This is the best way of demonstrating both your appreciation and the donor’s impact. You can also send a thank you note to your supporters-volunteers, partners, others.