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Fundraising Idea of the Month:
by Doug Nash
Party plan sellers can at times be a nuisance, here is a way to get them onside to help you raise funds. Party plans cover a wide range of choice, from household goods to health products.
Due to the wide variety, you may be able to hold several. Each one you hold will help make the next one easier as your experience grows. Each party should help you decide whether or not to continue. If you decide to continue you will also be able to better judge which party plan products are worth the effort and how often to hold parties. You may decide to just rely on one type of party plan product and hold a party every three to six months.
Contact your local party plan agents, (Amway, Avon etc) to jointly plan a party. Explain that both sides benefit, your organization by collecting a commission on the party proceeds and maybe a percentage of any proceeds of the parties arranged at or as a result of the first, the party plan agents by having access to hopefully a large audience and the prospect that they can organize future parties. Also that they can create much goodwill for future parties if they donate all or most of the profit from the first party and seek their profits at the future parties.
You stand a better chance of be able to attract a larger audience if you can tell members and prospective attendees that all the profits of the party are going to help your organization. Another point to be considered is that you have a chance to appeal to people outside your membership and their friends (and one should always look carefully at such opportunities).
To help with up front costs, you may be able to hold the party at a private residence and hold raffles and other like activities to raise funds. Consider having it in a social atmosphere by incorporating a bar-b-que either beforehand or after, this could also help introducing new members to your organization.
About the Author:
Doug Nash lives in Logan City in Queensland, Australia. He has graciously consented to share a fundraising idea with us every month. Although many of the ideas aren't new, each of them has a unique flair that comes from being developed and refined half a world away from ours. Visit his web site at http://www.home.gil.com.au/~dnash/ for more fundraising ideas.