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This is a blog about online fundraising for non-profits. It includes DoJiggy product and company information as well as fundraising industry news and tips. We also highlight clients that are successfully using our software to help inspire others on their fundraising journey.

Dog Walk Fundraising Ideas

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Regardless of rain or shine, dogs are always enthused about going for a walk. Please your dogs with a fundraising dog walk or run, get some exercise and give back to your community. Dog Walks are fun peer-to-peer crowdfunding events and are usually 5K or less in length. They are very similar in planning to organizing a walkathon, though there are some extra considerations as well as fundraising opportunities that come into play. Dog Walks can be exciting and fun events with costume contests, photo booths, food, and before and after parties. 

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10 Simple Steps to Plan a Polar Bear Plunge Fundraiser

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While the winter makes many people hide away indoors, polar bear plunge fundraisers are a unique and fun way to bring supporters out for a great cause. Supporters of polar plunges raise funds or pledges and then take the plunge into frigid or icy waters to raise awareness for a charitable cause. One of the most appealing reasons to host a polar plunge is that it attracts quite the attention from the media and local community. Just take a look at Project Sweet Peas’ Plunge for Preemies, as their polar bear plunge fundraiser is just about to plunge into the eighth successful year.

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Checklist of 2018 Fundraising Trends

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Coming into the new year, it’s a great time to focus on evaluating and solidifying your organization’s fundraising approaches. Today, fundraising for a cause comes at everybody at such a fast and frequent pace, making sure that your organization understands best practices and stands out from the crowd is vital. An analysis of fundraising trends to date bring clarity.

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Focus More On Donor Retention

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We focus so much on fundraising events, crowdfunding, fundraising ideas and fundraising websites that having a singular focus on donor retention requires more attention. How to get to know your donors, appeal to them and keep them coming back may be overlooked questions. How to find out what they are thinking and feeling is also underestimated in its impact on fundraising.

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Your PTA and Disaster Relief

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How Your PTA Can Help with Natural Disaster Relief

With the rise of natural disasters from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, relief is still in dire need for many victims.Natural disasters affect victims in many ways, such as needing to rebuild their homes from scratch, being displaced from their community or lacking access to basic needs. While your PTA or PTO typically comes together to focus on strengthening the resources and funds for an enriching and successful school, this is a great opportunity to exemplify unity and support. Now is an opportunity to portray that community isn’t limited to just your neighborhood. Here are great ideas for PTOs and PTAs to help those in need.

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Fun Run Ideas

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While the weather is still warm, why not gather your students or supporters together and raise money while getting some exercise with a Fun Run? Fun Runs are the perfect fundraiser for schools, as they encourage youth exercise and team building. Students get excited about the big day and are happy to fundraise for your school in the meantime. The best School Fun Runs include training time for the kids, team building exercises for classrooms that are working together to raise funds, and school spirit pep rallies and initiatives. Unique Fun Run Ideas - costumes, games, after-parties, and more - that add fun are always encouraged.

For non-profits, the competition of a 10K, half-marathon or marathon may fuel athletic supporters, but a Fun Run exponentially grows your participants because it isn’t just about getting to the finish line. Families can train together or just show up and have fun.

Our Fun Run ideas below add an extra dose of fun by adding a theme or costume to the run. Everyone falls in love with the fun run because the entire journey from beginning to end is an enjoyable and energetic experience whether participants run, walk or roll. The ideas are endless but here are nine great concepts to run with!

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How to Organize an Obstacle Course Fundraiser

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The school bells are about to ring and that means back-to-school fundraising is just around the corner! While you may have the urge to organize a plain old walk or marathon, why not up the ante on your fundraising event and give it the extra sizzle that it needs to increase your participation? Put a twist on athleticism and create an obstacle course fundraiser instead!

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Booster Club Fundraising 101

Booster Club Fundraising 101

Clubs and sports hold the power to making a school’s educational experiences more enriching. Sometimes extra fundraising help is needed to support these initiatives, which creates a great opportunity to begin or participate in booster club fundraising.

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Nonprofit Fundraising Trends for 2017

Nonprofit Fundraising Trends for 2017

It's a new year and annual budget planning takes the center stage in making decisions about nonprofit fundraising. You may be looking at the fundraising trends of 2016 to create a path to 2017. What are the key trends to consider? It would be easy to jump into a plan of action according to what others are doing, yet details as to why provide you with more knowledge and power.

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Broomstick Riding Halloween Event Management

Broomstick Riding Halloween Event Management

A Halloween fundraising event with many tricks and treats held on October 22 may inspire you to have one of your own. Franklin's Friends, an animal welfare nonprofit, is using the Howl-o-ween magic in the wind to have a dog walk-a-thon. Does the adventurous and creative kid in you want to come out and play each fall as fun memories of past costumes haunt you? It is never too early to start event management scheming for next year.

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How to Motivate Parents for PTO Fundraising Campaigns

How to Motivate Parents for PTO Fundraising Campaigns

The most treasured volunteers in a school are the parents volunteering in the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). They give the gift of their time, talent and leadership yet one of the most vital roles they play is to be the driving force behind PTO fundraising campaigns for a school.

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Holiday and Seasonal Fundraising Ideas

Holiday and Seasonal Fundraising Ideas

Independence Day celebrations will be happening in cities across the nation on July 4th. During this time, many communities host fundraising campaigns in support of a charitable cause or to help fund the various activities that allow US citizens to celebrate our freedom. Some cities run standard donation drives in order to raise money to fund 4th of July celebratory events such as: fireworks, parades, or free concerts.

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How Your Organization Can Win with a Raffle Fundraiser

How Your Organization Can Win with a Raffle Fundraiser

You've held the signature special event, written the online appeal letter and the grant applications, yet you are still looking for a creative, and fun, way to raise additional funds for your mission and programs. A raffle fundraiser may just be the thing that brings your fundraising success to the next level in 2016.

A fundraising raffle is a way in which you can raise essential funds for your mission, while your donors and supporters try their luck at the chance of winning prizes such as money, trips, special experiences or unique items. Fundraising raffles can be an easy, and lucrative, way to raise both funds for your programs and a bit of excitement amongst your donors and supporters.

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School Fundraising Ideas & Tips

School Fundraising Ideas & Tips

Back to school time means that your child may be asked to help with school fundraising. Children of all ages can get involved in fundraising one way or another. And whether it's a school fundraising campaign, or your child is fundraising for their church youth group or sports team, the same tips and tricks apply.

As a parent, you might find it to be a little overwhelming, especially if your child is involved in numerous activities. But getting children involved in fundraising is a wonderful thing to do!  Showing kids that you can actually have fun helping others is an important part of parenting and helps to build a stronger sense of community. Your child will remember these fundraising activities for a long time to come.

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