STUDENT CLUB/CLASS FUNDRAISING University Student Affairs and University Advancement Agenda Fundraising Ideas Use of Tax ID#’s Fundraising Strategies Steps for Approaching Businesses Steps for Approaching Corporations Tips for Creating Effective Emails Email Examples Fundraising Ideas - Events Sporting Event Competition Trivia Face-Off Help Students Move In/Out Casino or Movie Nights Cook Off/Bake Off/BBQ Food Sales spice it up with an all you can eat potato bar Bake Sale spice it up by connecting it to a holiday deliver purchases 50/50 Raffle Bachelor/Bachelorette/Butler Auction Cake Walk Guitar Hero/Wii Competition Bid for Your Dinner Board Game Tournament Break The Balloon Christmas Tree Ornament Sale Dog Wash Drive-In Movie www.fundraiserinsight.org/ideas www.fundraising-ideas.org/DIY www.fundraiserhelp.com/fundraiser-ideas.htm Fundraising Ideas - Merchandise Use of a Tax ID#’s Tax ID from WesternU Not Eligible for Use of WesternU’s Tax ID Professional Guest Speaker Events (Not food for attendees) Health Screening/Immunization Type Events Third party benefiting/supporting Class/Club Banquets/Fun Trips Non Health-Related Community Service Events Professional Conference Travel Expenses Tax ID from External Organization When raising money for an external organization you should request use of their tax ID number. Do not deposit these funds into class/club accounts! Requesting Your Own Tax ID# Tax ID for a WesternU Club Highly NOT recommended Requires your personal SS# and $2000 Holds you personally accountable for filing of tax returns and other government documents. Tax ID number not enough to receive donations After apply, you may incur significant cost to qualify your club as a “tax exempt organization” in order to legally receive taxdeductible donations. No association with WesternU in name/address etc. Fundraising Strategies Start fundraising on-campus first Consider contacting the Student Government Association and Alumni Affairs for assistance Ask club members for support Approach local restaurants and small businesses Approach corporations with the Office of Annual Giving’s permission Give reasons why companies should give Be specific in your donation request Example: Donation of 200 cupcakes for bake sale Fundraising Strategies Offer business visibility Signage Business name on flyers Name recognition the day of the event Request that the donation be given from the marketing budget Follow up!! Build relationships Business might be more willing to give again next time Thank the business for their donation Letter of acknowledgement from club president, faculty member or club advisor ` Steps For Approaching Corporations Review WesternU Student Fundraising Checklist Email Austin at [email protected] with details of your effort including a list of organizations that you plan to solicit Once your list has been approved and use of Tax ID# has been determined, approach corporations & receive donations If approved to use WesternU Tax ID#: 1) 2) 3) 4) • Deposit monetary donations and Donation Acknowledgment Form to the Office of University Student Affairs (or give to COMPNorthwest Student Affairs) University Advancement will send a gift receipt/thank you directly to the donor(s) If not approved to use WesternU Tax ID#: 5) 6) • • Make deposit at Bursar’s Office Club/Class should send a thank you card to donor(s) Steps For Approaching Businesses Review WesternU Fundraising Checklist Create your solicitation letter/e-mail/postcard/phone script and email to; 1) 2) [email protected] (Pomona) [email protected] (Lebanon) Sample ask letter available on Forms Page If unsure about whether or not you will be eligible to use the WesternU Tax ID#, e-mail Austin Braunwalder Approach businesses & receive donations If approved to use WesternU Tax ID#: 1) 2) 3) • If not approved to use WesternU Tax ID#: 4) • 5) Send Donation Acknowledgement Form and check to University Student Affairs Make deposit at Bursar’s Office Send a thank you letter to your donor (include the amount given and how the funds will be used). Tips for Creating Effective Emails Subject line Tell them exactly what to expect Make them want to open email 50 characters or less (including spaces) No attachments What’s in it for them? Include a “call to action” Include how/when/where to buy tickets Include contact information Provide a sense of urgency (deadline, limited tickets etc.) Make the message scannable Over packing your ad = overwhelming your reader Use active voice, avoid acronyms & use appropriate logo/name Use font size/color/type to emphasize key information Two emails/event to Class Accounts Pomona Faculty: WUFSP@ Pomona Student: WUSP@ Lebanon Faculty: WUFSL@ Lebanon Student: DO2015 – Lebanon & DO2016-Lebanon Email Examples What do you LIKE? What would you CHANGE? Questions?