Fundraising Ideas for the Fund Raiser

Yellow Pages
Contact Information
Free Booklets
Fundraising Classifieds
Subscribe - Free
Fundraising ideas for a fundraiser Great new fundraising ideas for your next fundraiser
New Fundraisers FUNDRAISER OF THE MONTH "Looking for more fundraising choices?"

Make sure you get all this good fundraising info every time we publish a new article!

Your Name:

Your E-mail Address:

We promise never to sell, rent, or give your email address to anyone else. PERIOD!

Bookmark This Fundraiser Site
Share this Fundraising Site
Fundraising Feed Subscribe in a reader

Article Archive

Fundraising Auctions

Fundraising Calendar

Fundraising Events


Fundraising Ideas

Nonprofit Leadership

Fundraising Letters

Nonprofit Newsletters

Planned Giving


Fundraising Raffles

Fundraising Strategies



Fundraising Products, Services and Ideas

Fundraising Newsletter

Fundraising secrets, tips & hints

Grassroots Fundraising:
Answer Back

by Doug Nash

Answering machines are now a fact of life in this modern, busy lifestyle we live. How many times do people call and not leave a message or you have to listen to the usual boring message `we are not here so please a message after the beep'. Wouldn't it be great to hear or have something new or funny on the answering machine? Why can't it be different?

Well, it can and you can raise funds while doing something about it! Record funny messages for people, relieve them of the hassle of doing it themselves. Help them to have a unique message. This is a real fun way to raise funds for you project or group.

Clients supply a blank tape and a fee is charged for the recording. To help clients decide what they want either show them printouts of previous tapes, play a recording of previous tapes or show them new ideas.

The beauty of this fund-raiser is you can create repeat business on a regular basis as people like to change their messages from time to time. If you do a good job at the beginning, then people will come back again and again. You will also find that others who listen to your message will contact you for their own original message.

All you need is to be able to write humorous or original answering machine messages.Have someone impersonate famous peoples' voices. Below are a some alternatives to get you started:

If you have a multicultural base, have your members record their traditional greetings in their traditional dialect.

1 Sing the message....

Roses are red , Violets are blue,
I would really like to hear a message from you

2 Your dime , my time.....don't waste either
3 Hello, if you are not a interesting person with something important to say, please do not leave a message.
4 Try a joke....

Hey what do you call a good looking Aussie? A tourist....hello....hello....if you are still there please leave your message.

5 Welcome to the schizoid help line,

if you feel that that you are a nobody please press 0
if you are feeling all alone please press 1
if you have a split personality please press 2
if you have multiple personalities please press 3,4 5, or 6
if you are totally paranoid, don't bother leaving a message we know who you are, why you called and where you live.....

6 Thanks for your call but I already know.....
7 Don't bother coming in tomorrow. You're fired
8 Try a witty quote like:'No matter who I vote for, a politician always wins' or 'I moved to the country to get away from it all, so why did I bring my mobile phone?'
9 Just when you thought that it was safe to dial this number...The answering machine is on! Yes, the answering machine is on! Ready to devour your name, phone number, and the reason why you called! Oh, no! Look out! Here comes the ...<beep>
10 I may or may not be here at the moment, my shrink has yet to make a decision so please leave a message for when he/she lets me know.
11 Hello.... Hello.....Hello..... Are you there? Speak up please... pause ....Gotchhhaaaa. Please leave a message at the tone.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
 Subscribe in a reader


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.

Want to get more great fundraising information just like this?
Join our mailing list and we'll send you an email every time we publish a new article!

Your Name:

Your E-mail Address:

We promise never to sell, rent, or give your
email address to anyone else. PERIOD!

Editor's Picks

Fundraising Booklets
Cookiedough Fundraising
Scratchcard Fundraising
Safe Fundraising

Recommended Suppliers

Constant Contact
The gold standard in nonprofit email newsletter delivery. Custom newsletter templates, funding appeals, event updates & more. 20% nonprofit discount!

Recommended Books

7 Essential Steps to Raising Money by Mail
Learn with practical examples, detailed checklists, writing helps and other tools. Sample letters for different types of solicitations and for different nonprofit groups. A step by step guide to writing fundraising letters.

Silent Auction Guide & Toolkit
Learn how to create a successful silent auction fundraiser. Silent auction strategies, timelines, auction items and how to organize and display them, how to close an auction and take payments, and other add on fundraisers to boost the bottom line of your silent auction.

Let's Raise Money
The inside scoop about small group fundraising. Learn from the founder of a national fundraising company as he reveals secrets observed over nearly two decades of fundraising.
Read a Free Excerpt

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a 5K Run or Walk Fundraiser
Plan a successful race from scratch. Proven marketing strategies, find and manage volunteers, maximize revenues, recruit and motivate teams. Checklists, forms, speadsheets, worksheets all included.

Secrets of the Charity Auction Experts
Learn from the experts! Discover the best selling auction items. How to get auction items donated. How to boost attendance. How to get more bids and higher selling prices. How to coordinating volunteers, staff and auction consultants.

Grant Writing for Beginners
Learn how to quickly and easily establish relationships with regional foundations and build a strong base of grant support for your nonprofit.
Read a Free Excerpt

Index / Subscribe Free / Contact Info / Fundraising Yellow Pages
Fundraising Newsletter / Fundraising Booklets
Fundraising Classifieds / Fundraising Links

ISSN 1530-5813 - Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA
copyright © 1996 - 2010 all rights reserved Fund$Raiser Cyberzine