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When it comes to being recruited for charitable fundraising, your instinct might be to back slowly out of the room. But if a charitable project touches your idealistic hot buttons, and you're brave enough to volunteer to take a leadership role, even if you lack fundraising experience, don't start without this realistic manual for successful philanthropy. Stephanie Roth and Mimi Ho target fundraisers who need to raise less than $5,000, so this is not for national professional fundraising assaults. But if your favorite nonprofit needs moderate funding, this well-organized manual offers terrific training. The book is split into three main sections: fundraising basics, successful strategies and resources. Each section offers insightful discussions of a specific sample project and its strategy. The authors provide concrete help, including excellent scripts, fundraising tips, organizational charts, work plans and tracking sheets. Their only omission is that they don't tell you how to appeal to philanthropists, grant makers and giant charities for rapid funding. getAbstract recommends this guide for its practical, workable ideas.

About the Authors

Stephanie Roth is a professional fundraising trainer and the editor of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Mimi Ho directs activities for the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and is a founder and co-director of Californians for Justice.



How to Raise a Quick $5,000 for Charity

Every day, calls go out seeking devoted volunteers to raise money for charities, hospitals, schools, disaster victims or stricken families. Many socially valuable causes seek quick charitable funding. When your organization needs a one-time fundraiser, you may find yourself in the lead.

You can choose among dozens of tried-and-true ways to reach donors, and raise a helpful amount of cash, from $2,000 to $5,000, in a relatively short amount of time. To identify a fundraiser that will work for your organization, list possible strategies and their fundraising potential, and then identify the tactic that will work best for your organization. Consider your fundraising objectives, and determine what projects are realistic and what you can earn from them. Realize that to raise money, you must put fear behind you and learn to request dollars from donors. You will have to deal with rejection, develop a fundraising team, set goals and plans, and then target your donors and understand their perspective. Build in ways to make the campaign effective and fun, keep good records, and always express your gratitude to supporters and volunteers...

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