10 Ways to Stay Optimistic in Fundraising

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” -Abraham Lincoln

  1. Plan Your Week and Day

Having a clear fundraising plan in mind can greatly reduce stress and planning priorities for the day and week gives us a peace of mind. It’s simple:

  • Clearly define your fundraising goals
  • Brainstorm the tasks that are required to complete them
  • Define the roles that you will take, as well as the roles of others who will be assisting you
  • Start scheduling


  1. Understand that Things Won’t Always Go as Planned

It’s better in life to realize that not everything is going to go as planned all the time. Expect the unexpected. If you expect everything in life to go the way you hoped for, you will quickly be disappointed. Accepting that things go wrong sometimes, makes it much easier to stay optimistic.

  1. Be Thankful

There is always something to be thankful for. Recognizing these great things in life is sure to bring positivity. Reminding yourself of your blessings will always put you in a great mood and ready to bring out the optimism in your fundraising partners!

  1. Surround Yourself With Positive People

The people we surround ourselves with have a big impact on our attitude. If we surround ourselves with negative people, we tend to catch their negativity. Fortunately, the opposite is true as well. If we surround ourselves with optimistic people, we tend to be more optimistic as well.

  1. Get Spiritually Connected

Becoming spiritually connected is sure to give a positive outlook on your fundraising and on life in general. You can do this through prayer, meditation or reading scriptures.

  1. Don’t give in to the Negative Self-talk

You are in control of your mind, your mind is not in control of you!

  1. Read Positive and Inspiring Books

You can maintain an optimistic mindset by reading a positive or motivational book. This could lead you to some fundraising inspiration!

  1. Be Willing to Let Things Go

Take some time to clear your head of all the physical clutter. It is much easier to keep an optimistic outlook when you learn to let things go. Start with the small, and then get the momentum building.

  1. Take Care of Yourself First

The first person we always neglect is ourselves. It is important to remember that in order to be of great service to others, we must take care of ourselves first.

  1. Find Opportunities in Negative Situations

Not all of your fundraising work will be successful. Use your mistakes to open new doors and pave new opportunities.


Buzz, The Fundraising Fly
Brought to you by Butter Braid® Brand Fundraising

Turn a Butter Braid Pastry Box into Craft Storage

Do you need a use for that Butter Braid pastry box? It is time to start repurposing them! All it takes is some duct tape and a scissors. Great for the crafty mom, daycare provider, school teacher or anyone who needs storage for art supplies!

First step is to cut off the top 4 panels. Take the longest two and cut enough off so they can slide down into the box (the short way) to create “compartments”. This will create 3 different compartments.


Take the duct tape and start to wrap it around the box until it is covered.

For this box we decided to store some art/craft supplies – crayons, colored pencils and markers! Great way for the kids to have easy access to the supplies and even keeps them organized.


Happy crafting/organizing!

Buzz, The Fundraising Fly
Brought to you by Butter Braid® Brand Fundraising