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Conference Registration Software

Many nonprofit, for-profit and community organizations host conferences as a way to educate peers about trends within an industry, spread awareness for an organization or charitable cause, gain supporters and potential donors, and recruit volunteers and participants. A conference is an excellent place to gather like-minded individuals within your industry to share information and ideas, and raise money for a worthy cause. You'll need online conference registration software to help make this happen.

Many organizations hosting conferences choose to use online conference registration software to help administrators plan and manage the event. With registration software for your conference, your organization will save time and money with easy-to-use tools for registering conference attendees, organizing various operational details of the event, managing communications, securely processing credit card payments, and generating participant and financial reports.

Features of DoJiggy's online conference registration software include:

  • Ability to create a customized, professional fundraising website to direct participants, conference speakers, volunteers, donors, and media
  • Continuously update information about your conference including: date, time, conference agenda, speaker profiles, location maps, and more
    • If your conference attracts out-of-town attendees, use your website to share information about local attractions, hotel accommodations, etc. (perhaps secure funding through selecting preferred hotel or restaurant partners as sponsors).
  • Participants easily register online and make payments with credit card through secure payment-processing system.
  • Participants can also personalize their conference experience selecting specific conference events they'd like to attend, order merchandise, etc.
  • Carefully manage promotions and communications to various groups including: conference sponsors, participants, speakers, and media attendees
  • Provide promotion codes for certain registration groups and to encourage early registrations
  • Capture and store registrant data, and analyze numerous reports for use in future campaigns and planning

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Fundraising Resources

Annual Fund Drive Many schools, non-profits, churches and other community organizations host an annual fund drive to raise money for developmental projects and programs. Annual giving is the backbone of any non-profit institution. Without the support of local businesses and community members these groups would no longer be able to provide the numerous services, resources and activities that are important to their community. Therefore, hosting an annual fund drive provides a great way to bring in additional revenue, as well as an opportunity to inform people about the importance their contributions have on the future of their community.

What exactly is an annual fund?

Annual fund is a term that generally refers to the funds raised to support an organization's annual operating budget. An annual fund can work as either a collect all throughout the year or it can be associated with a specific campaign or campaigns, including direct mail, email, Social Media and fundraising events. Annual fund drives are often kicked off at the end of the year, as part of GivingTuesday campaigns and year-end appeals. Hosting specific events and drives will certainly help your organization reach your annual fund's fundraising goals and success.

How do organizations run annual fund drives?

An annual fund drive can be conducted by reaching out to local businesses and community members and asking for donations, at least once every year. This is typically done through writing donation request letters or hosting an annual fundraising event. Below are some basic guidelines for hosting an annual fund drive:

  • Set Fundraising Goals! Look at your accomplishments from previous years and try to break records. Monitor your progress on your website so employees, participants and donors can see how close you are to reaching your goals. This might give people an incentive to kick in a little bit more. If you have not yet met your goal towards the end of the fundraiser, send out a reminder stating exactly how much additional funding you need. Visit our fundraising tips for more ideas.
  • Sit down with members of your organization to identify your cause and communicate exactly what the raised funds will be used for. For example, instead of just raising dollars for your organization, state exactly what the money raised will fund, i.e. "Donations will be used to purchase new books, computers and resources for our New Community Library."
  • Write a donation request letter that kindly requests financial support. For example, send supporters an end of the year fundraising letter. State what the funds will be used for, and explain how each community member can make a difference through their donation. Be sure to include instructions for how people can make donations. Create an email variation of the letter that can be sent through email. This allows for a more viral approach, as this email request letter can include live links to donation sites, and can be forwarded from your contact list to other potential donors.
  • Make donating as easy as possible. Create a website using fundraising software so people can make safe, secure online donations, and include a link to this website in your email letter and on your organization's website or social networking pages. Offer additional ways for donations to be received (i.e. mailing a personal check or calling with a credit card number).
  • Be sure to recognize donors for their contributions by sending a thank you letter, listing donor names on your website, and recognizing them at fundraising events.
  • Always remind donors that annual fund gifts are tax deductible in accordance with IRS guidelines.

Annual Fundraising Events

All of these same guidelines can be followed for hosting an annual fundraising event. You'll still want to send a letter or communication to inform people of the fundraising event and ask for their donations and/or participation. Providing a link to a fundraising website is not only a great way to collect registrations, sponsorship sales, and donations, but also to share information about your event including: date, time, location, and other important details such as entertainment and food.

If you do decide to host an annual fundraising event, be sure to consider a non-profit crowdfunding event where your supporters can fundraise and become actively involved in your organization. Remember, besides raising money, raising awareness is a key component in annual fund drives. Walk-a-thons and race fundraisers are a great option, as are bike-a-thons and spin-a-thons. (See more event fundraising ideas.) Fundraising events also offer other revenue-generating opportunities like hosting a fundraising raffle or silent auction. Mostly importantly, make the event fun! Provide entertainment, food, games and contests to draw in a large audience. If your event is a success, people will look forward to coming back year after year, and your event may also look appealing for sponsorship from local businesses. 

DoJiggy's Peer-to-Peer Crowdfunding Software Makes Hosting these Events Easy and Successful.

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Corporate Fundraising

Corporate fundraising is a great way for companies to raise money for charitable donations, cause marketing programs, community resources, or in support of a partner non-profit organization. Corporate fundraising initiatives have been around for decades, but with increasing awareness about global warming, depletion of natural resources, and other global environmental and poverty issues, companies are becoming more conscious of the effects their business has on our global world. For this reason, many companies now invest in corporate fundraising initiatives and cause marketing programs in an effort to give-back and be more sustainable in their business practices.

Regardless of the purpose behind the corporate fundraiser, there are a number of considerations your team will need to review in order to make the most of your corporate fundraising campaign. Below are some basic guidelines that may help you in your planning efforts. You may want to refer to our fundraising tips for more detailed guidelines to help your organization maximize fundraising results.

Planning Your Corporate Fundraising Event

Launching a corporate fundraising campaign may feel a bit overwhelming at first. After all, organizing the right corporate fundraising initiative to support your cause takes proper planning, creativity, numerous resources and time management skills. Yet, with the right planning tools and teamwork, your office can raise a large amount of money for a very worthy cause.

One of the first principles associated with corporate fundraising is identifying how much money you intend to raise, and what budget and resources you have (or need) to accomplish your goals. Run your fundraiser like a small business. Create a written project plan that spells out goals and outlines roles and responsibilities. Assign motivated individuals into managing roles and equip them with the tools to do a great job.

Taking adequate time to prepare your corporate fundraising event is also critical. Select your fundraising program as early as possible so your organization has time to identify fundraising sources, recruit participants and volunteers, create promotional materials and inform media, etc. You may wan to consider implementing an fundraising software solution to help you manage the various details of your corporate fundraising initiative including: registering participants and volunteers, collecting online donations, managing budgets, monitoring event check-lists, and creating administrative and progress reports for staff.

Be Creative!

Corporate fundraisers happen throughout the year, so there is no reason why your organization can't create a truly unique fundraising experience for your employees and community. First and foremost, think about your organization's mission, and what you are trying to accomplish with your fundraiser, and then craft a theme that helps you communicate your cause.

Example: Say your organization launches a cause marketing program in support of wind-power. Your goal is to raise funds to off-set energy usage throughout your community with wind power. Rather than hosting a corporate walk-a-thon, why not host a "Wind-a-thon" and bring everyone together in a community park to fly kites and raise money in support of wind power. Perhaps you can hand out small wind-blowers with your corporate logo or balloons and have everyone release their balloons at once and watch as the "power of the wind" takes them away.

Unique ideas (such as this) will not only create a memorable fundraising event for staff, participants and event attendees, but may also help you attract the attention of local media and get you some free press! Check out creative fundraising event ideas for more information and ideas.

Motivating Your Team

Make sure that staff and participants know WHY the money is being raised, so they know they are contributing to a worthy cause. Motivate your team extrinsically with enthusiasm and incentives. For large fundraisers, provide prizes for top-performing participants or teams who raise the most. Create a fundraising website where participants and sponsors can share photos, quotes, and your organization can post a fundraising thermometer to track current progress against goals. Comparing goals to current progress are great motivators.

Make your fundraising event fun! Remember that participants and volunteers are giving up their free time to help. If you are planning a large fundraising event, provide meals and an exciting environment that people enjoy being a part of. If you don't have the budget for a large fundraising campaign, don't underestimate the value of smaller in-house corporate fundraising campaigns. One company created an interesting workplace fundraiser where employees were encouraged to bring in old gift certificates - either ones that were never used or had a small balance remaining. The company used a service to extract the additional dollars from these gift cards and donate these funds to a charitable cause. A corporate fundraising campaign like this may motivate employees intrinsically. They feel proud to work for a company contributing to charitable causes and striving to be more sustainable. And, they feel good about themselves for directly contributing to a worthy cause. If employees feel "good" about the company they work for, chances are, they may feel better about their work, which could help improve overall performance within your organization.

Fundraising Resources

Breast Cancer Fundraising

The costs associated with breast cancer detection, treatment, and research can seem overwhelming. People often organize breast cancer fundraising events to raise funds for patient medical expenses, breast cancer research and breast cancer awareness programs. These events can be run not only by organizations focused on breast cancer research and awareness (such as the American Cancer Society), but by schools, churches and other organizations in support of breast cancer charities.

Is your organization looking for breast cancer fundraising ideas? If you have the resources and event planning potential, breast cancer fundraising events can be lucrative, and also provide a great opportunity for members of your organization to gather with the community  and raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Below are some tried and true breast cancer fundraising ideas to consider.

Breast Cancer Walk-a-thons

Susan G. Komen Walks are some of the biggest walk-a-thon fundraisers each year. How about hosting your own breast cancer walk-a-thon where members of your community can gather together, get exercise and raise funds for a great cause? This is a great event that breast cancer survivors will want to attend. Have a few of them speak at your after-party to share their experience and the importance of your fundraiser will be made clear.

Don't limit yourself to just walking - make it a color fun fundraiser or pink themed walk to add to the fun. Provide pink ribbons for all and sell other pink accessories at the walk. 

Crowdfunding Events For The Cure

One popular way to raise funds for medical expenses or Breast Cancer research (or other illnesses with no known cure), is to host a "For the Cure" event. You can create this kind of theme with any type of fundraising event. You raise fundraising dollars by having participants collect online donations on your peer-to-peer fundraising website and/or you can also charge a set admission fee for an event.

Create a Ride for the Cure event, if you live in an area where biking is a popular sport. Or partner with the local YMCA to host a swim-a-thon event, where swimmers get sponsors to pledge a certain amount per lap. Even more unique would be to plan a serve-a-thon where participants can dedicate a day to helping breast cancer victims and their families. The options for non-profit crowdfunding are endless! The idea here is that your organization's supporters are raising awareness as well as funds for your breast cancer causes.

In order to be most successful in your fundraising efforts, make sure to organize an event that will appeal to your audience. Breast cancer fundraisers often target women, since they are most aware of the threat of the disease. With this in mind, you may want to consider creating an event that spreads awareness to the audience most at-risk, while making the activities fun for women.

Cook For The Cure Events

Cook for the Cure events work especially well for school fundraisers or for churches and community organizations where members are actively involved. Since food is an important aspect of health and healing, be sure to focus your events on healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Though it could be profitable, selling cookies and hot dogs doesn't align with your mission of supporting breast cancer awareness. There are various options to choose from which will allow your supporters to enjoy time with friends and neighbors while raising money for a good cause:

  • Bring in chefs from local restaurants to do sampling and demonstrations of healthy cooking. Include a silent auction with donated restaurant gift certificates and cooking themed items.
  • Organize a bake sale and sell healthy inspired goods at school sporting events or open houses. Include gluten free and low sugar options so everyone can enjoy.
  • Create a school cookbook combining healthy recipes and food choices to sell online and as part of your fundraising event.
  • Organize a Community Carnival and charge admission. Invite food trucks and food vendors from local farmer's markets. Setup bouncy houses, games and contests for kids.

Shop for the Cure

Partner with local retailers by advertising a day or weekend "Shop for the Cure" event. During your campaign, a small percentage of sales made at participating retailers will go towards your breast cancer charity. Some businesses may include special displays of pink items as well. Make sure to promote the event through local media, especially outlets who target women. Consumers may decide to make a special shopping trip the weekend of your fundraising event. What a great excuse to spend money, while contributing to a good cause! Consider adding a fundraising raffle with in-kind donations such as a Mall Shopping Spree or gift certificates from your participating businesses as prizes. Raffles add a fun twist and added fundraising potential to any event.

Cuts For The Cure

Work with local salons to offer free or reduced price haircuts or manicures in exchange for Breast Cancer Fundraising donations. What a great way for women to bond... over pampering themselves at a salon and contributing to a great cause. Partner with local media (such as radio or newspaper) to promote the event, and you will have no problem getting a salon to donate their services for free publicity. After all, this is a great press opportunity and could help a salon build their customer-base.

Another way you can run Cut for the Cure events is to ask supporters to donate their hair. Men and women, boys and girls of all ages can get involved as friends and family pledge dollars for inches cut. For those who cut off more than 12 inches, they can then donate their locks and tresses to breast cancer support and awareness charities that accept donated hair. Donated hair is made into wigs that are offered to chemotherapy and cancer patients that have lost their hair as part of their treatment and disease. You will be delightfully surprised as to how many people are willing to donate when such a strong gesture is made by their friend or family member.

Yoga Workshops

Living with breast cancer or supporting someone you love through this time will certainly be stressful. Yoga helps relieve stress through breathing and mindfulness practices, and can help you introduce moderate exercise into your daily routine. Also, a yoga studio is a supportive environment of people coming together, making it a great way to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. Team up with a local studio to offer a full day of classes and perhaps a workshop on breast health and early detection, as well as a small bazar of pink breast cancer items for sale. Think beyond the pink ribbon to pink yoga mats, water bottles, jewelry and shirts.

Just Ask Pledge Drives

If you don't have the resources to plan a fundraising event, you can also organize a breast cancer fundraising pledge drive. These used to be door to door events, but today we have safer and easier ways to conduct these pledge drives online. Simply create a donation appeal email and/or letter directing people to your fundraising website where your organization explains your mission, purpose for the funds raised, and accepts secure donations online. These types of fundraising pledge drives are best held in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. 

DoJiggy's software makes planning and executing all of these Breast Cancer Fundraising Events simple and more successful.

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Don't forget to make the registration and donation process easy for your supporters. People are busy and convenience is a must to getting the participation levels and meeting the financial goals you seek. Provide a way for people to contribute online in case they cannot make the event, and make collecting donations and pledges easy for participants to reach their goals by implementing easy-to-use online fundraising software tools from DoJiggy.

Spread the Word!

Regardless of the breast cancer fundraising idea your non-profit organization decides to undertake in the fight against cancer, remember that the key to any successful fundraising event is getting the word out. Create your fundraising website, then announce it on Social media and within your community. Write a press release announcing the fundraising initiative and follow up with local media to see if they might want to be involved. Work with local businesses for sponsorship opportunities, donations, and helping to spread the word. Encourage community members to volunteer their time, to participate in the event and support your fundraising participants.