Most valuable stuff

why not donate to charity?

why not donate to charity?

Donate the good stuff…

We touched previously on the importance of getting as many people as possible to support you. In community-based organisations this is not as much of a problem since you see each other regularly and know where to find each other (whether this is at work or church or at a school or sports club).
Another tip we’d like to impart (because we are discovering this ourselves) is that your supporters don’t always think about the value of their donated stuff and are sometimes then disappointed with the value realised.
Here then is your definitive (hardly, Ed) – well, anecdotal – list of most valuable stuff, or MVS:

  1. Old video games – PS2 games in particular are in demand;
  2. Video games – PS3/Xbox etc
  3. Cult DVDs – one man’s cult is another’s waste of space but don’t think something has no value because of your opinion;
  4. DVDs
  5. Text books and other specialist ‘Professional Development’ books;
  6. CDs;
  7. Books in general.

Most people are surprised that books are in dead last place because they have given so much pleasure to them. But the harsh truth is that most paper simply gets recycled (and we are happy to facilitate this) and as such only raises a nominal sum.
So, when you ask your supporters to donate, specify what you’d like because generous though J is being when donating a boxfull of books, it’d be far better for your fundraising effort if they dug around in the rather more dusty corners of their house for numbers 1 to 5 as outlined above.
Good luck!
The Bigfundraising team

Charity of the Year fundraising – early lessons from a large bank

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We’re yet to see the numbers but bigfundraising picked up the first Charity of the Year donations from its first corporate client yesterday. Eight crates of books, DVDs, Video Games and CDs. Surprisingly (well, to us anyway) five of those crates contained books rather than digital media.

It’s difficult to tell how people react to this sort of ask by a fundraising committee but it is possible to discern some early trends:
1. if you ask them people will bring some quite awkward items into the office;
2. make sure you have somewhere for them to leave their stuff (like a packing crate) and which are easy to move;
3. you need to keep on asking and reminding – once is not enough;
4. …nagging is the way forward.

We’re going to run this again but this time using Facebook and twitter to back-up.

We are also thinking about getting some branded and re-inforced plastic bags printed that employees can take home and which will act as a visual spur to action.

Once we have the numbers we’ll post them here.

The BFR team