Is this your first time as a fundraising leader? Are you feeling a little nervous about your new role? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are 10 tips for first-time fundraising leaders to get you started.
1. Accept that you still have a lot to learn
Even though you worked hard to land this new leadership role and have plenty of experience and expertise, it’s okay to feel uncertain about your ability to lead. Be willing to learn from others, including your new fundraising team!
2. Communicate clearly
When it comes to leading a fundraiser, effective communication is essential. It’s important to always keep everyone involved informed of your goals, priorities, and deadlines. Provide clear direction and welcome questions, so you can be sure everyone is on the same page.
3. Be decisive
As a first-time fundraising leader, you will need to make decisions and stick to them. Decisiveness is key for effectively executing plans and achieving set goals.
4. Set a good example
Be sure to act with the same level of professionalism and dedication that you expect from others. For example, if you expect the children in your group to be polite and friendly, be sure you’re polite and friendly as well!
5. Check in with your sellers
Don’t wait until it’s time to turn in your order forms to see how your children are faring with fundraising. Just like you, this may be their first time getting involved in a fundraiser. Checking in once or twice a week helps you keep on top of where they are and allows you to provide timely advice to those who may be struggling.
6. Provide guidance
As a leader, you are also a mentor. This means making yourself available to help the kids in your group learn and grow, as well as helping them in their fundraising efforts.
7. Offer recognition
By recognizing your students’ efforts and achievements, you are building their confidence and encouraging them to participate in future fundraisers.
8. Help your group with their goals
Explain the purpose behind your fundraiser: what are you fundraising for, how much money do you need to raise, how much time do you have, etc. Then, help your kids set individual goals that will contribute to the overall goal of your fundraiser.
9. Make it fun!
There are so many fun ways to reward kids for doing a great job. Inspire them and incentivize them with fun activities and prizes. You’ll get much better results when you do.
10. Be patient with yourself
Becoming a strong leader takes time, especially when you are adjusting to a new position. Don’t be afraid ask for advice when you need it; doing so will enhance your leadership abilities and help you progress towards becoming a great fundraising leader!