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
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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
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12 Tips On Keeping You Inspired

You may think that staying inspired 24/7 is impossible, but having inspiration each day is a key factor in achieving our goals. Some of the tips in this post may seem like common sense, but it’s surprising how many people forget about them.

Part 1: Stay Healthy

  1. Drink a glass of water.
    • When you wake up each morning, drink a glass of water. Overnight, your body gets dehydrated after going hours without anything to drink. A glass of water when you wake up will leave you hydrated and feeling fresh.
  2. Move and sweat.
    • Many people dread daily exercise. What they may not know is that exercising every day can boost your energy level, improve your mood, and relieve stress.
  3. Get some sleep.
    • Experts say that if you feel drowsy during the day, you haven’t had enough sleep. The average adult needs 7-9 hours a night, however, some people need as little as 6 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep. Getting enough rest provides you with the energy you need.

Part 2: Plan Your Day

  1. Top 3 tasks.
  2. Each morning, conduct a list of the top 3 tasks you want to accomplish that day. Focus on completing these items before you tackle anything else. This keeps you organized and directed.
  3. The 50/10 rule.
  4. Never just work until you feel like taking a break. Work on one important task for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. This allows you to refocus.
  5. Reflect daily.
    • Try ending your day with 10 minutes of reflection. This also allows you to self-evaluate.

Part 3: Keep Learning

  1. Read.
    • Although not everyone may enjoy reading, it increases knowledge, which in turn keeps you inspired. Challenge yourself to read something useful at least once a week.
  2. Browse.
    • Some of us may do this daily without even knowing it. Browsing, such as watching tutorials or conducting research, can increase our capabilities.
  3. Brainstorm.
    • Taking the time to brainstorm may be more useful than you might think. Brainstorming is the key to bringing out your creativity.

Part 4: Focus on What Makes You Happy

  1. Express gratitude.
    • Gratitude promotes happiness. Challenge yourself each month to think of 10 things you are grateful for.
  2. Clean your desk.
    • Unless you are someone who absolutely loves having everything in front of you all at once, a tidy desk can give you energy and inspiration. A clean space allows you to focus on the work that needs to be done.
  3. Indulge in your favorite things.
  4. Always remember to set aside time for yourself to just relax. It is important to go out and enjoy your favorite things, such as going for a bike ride or playing with your pet.

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12 Tips on Staying Inspired


10 Fundraising Tips: The Big Picture

10 Fundraising Tips: The Big Picture

  1. Maximize value to maximize results: Make this tip your mantra.
    • More value = more prospects
    • More value = more buyers
    • More value = more money for your group
  2. State a value proposition
    • In 2 sentences or less, summarize what you’re doing and why
    • What is your fundraiser all about?
    • Include a call-to-action in all of your communication efforts
  3. Set a public goal
    • As a fundraising group, make a goal, commit to it and state it publicly
    • This causes your mind to read it as a verbal commitment
    • Aim high, but keep your goal realistic
    • Structure sales efforts to emphasize and reward your goal achievements
  4. Everyone take ownership
    • Everyone on your fundraiser team should be committed to doing what it takes to reach your groups goal
    • Make sure everyone takes ownership on your fundraisers success- on an individual level, as well as group level
  5. Keep it fun
    • Plan fun things to do during each stage of the process that reward involvement
    • Remember that fun is part of fundraising
  6. Provide alternative options
    • Keep in mind that some people just don’t like fundraisers, but are willing to contribute in another way
    • Explore different ways to interact with the community to make them want to be involved
  7. Quality, quality, quality
    • Quality work = more sales
    • Quality rewards = more motivation
    • Quality program = builds confidence, which leads to success
  8. Avoid any risk taking
    • Seller safety should be your highest priority
    • All neighborhood sales should include adult accompaniment
  9. Have a written project plan
    • Think of your fundraiser as a small business
    • Write out a plan that states all roles and responsibilities
    • Fill the roles with the right individual and provide them with everything they need to do a great job
  10. Help others
    • Increase your team’s visibility by giving back
    • For example, your group could volunteer to help with charities, write letters to the military or anything else that may have special meaning to your group

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The Big Picture