If you’ve ever organized a fundraiser for your PTO, youth sports team, animal rescue, local charity, or any other organization, you’ve probably discovered that it can be hard to get people to commit to raising money. These days everyone is so busy; it’s not that they don’t want to help, it’s just too easy for fundraising to fall by the wayside in the face of all the other things crowding their schedules. Fortunately, you have one powerful secret weapon in your fundraising arsenal: Incentives.
At Merrimack Valley Pavilion, we are pros at helping local organizations raise money by harnessing the power of incentives. Read on to learn more about this simple concept to take your north of Boston fundraiser to the next level.
Many fundraisers rely on individuals to hit the streets (or their social media feeds) to solicit donations from their friends, neighbors, and family members, or to sell a product (cookies, popcorn, magazines, etc.) from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the organization. Raising money this way can be time-consuming, but it also requires the participants to go through the sometimes awkward process of asking people for money.
So how are you going to help your participants over this hurdle? Make it worth the asking! Set reasonable goals for your volunteers that, when fulfilled, will earn them a reward. For instance, if your volunteers bring in a certain dollar amount of donations, treat them to delicious sundae in our Sports Café. If they hit the next highest level, give them a free game of laser tag or mini golf. If everyone hits their donation goals, throw a party for the whole crew, complete with arcade tokens and multiple activities.
Raising public awareness
Sometimes the best way to help your cause is by throwing an event and getting the public involved for the day. Again, it all comes down to incentives, so the more fun your event is, the more likely people will take time out of their week to attend. Think themed events with props from somewhere like Eventlyst.com, or for a ready-made venue fundraising events at our Tewksbury family entertainment center are fun for all ages, and our spacious facility can accommodate large crowds, so you won’t have to worry about turning anyone away due to space concerns.
We have a variety of party packages and group event options, so give our Events Coordinator, Maria, a call at 978-988-2100 to discuss your Merrimack Valley fundraiser idea.
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