Month: August 2016

Want to keep your team motivated?

 

go team go

We tackled the issue of whether incentives add to the success of a fundraiser back in this December blog, and our opinion was that it did in fact play a role and is beneficial on so many levels. Today we have compiled some great ideas to help you show your appreciation to your team and keep them motivated throughout your fundraiser.

1. No-Money Reward

Rewards with no cash value are proven motivators and provide great entertainment. A few examples include:

Pie Throwing: Allow the participants to throw cream pies at the organizers’ faces if the goal is reached! (you might not like this one but it usually gets the money raised)

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Camp Out: Have the principal camp out on the roof of the school or the group leader(s) camp out somewhere awkward if the goal is achieved. Set an even bigger goal to extend the number of days they must camp out there.

Activity of Choice: Let your group have an activity of their choice that replaces their normal schedule (for example: a free afternoon of sports activities in the school yard instead of class).

2.Raffles And Prize Draws

For each small goal attained (ex. for every 10 products sold or for every $100 in sales reached) the participant gets their name put in the raffle for various goodies! The more they sell, the more times they can have their name put in the raffle and the more chances they have to win.

3. Grand Prize For Your Top Seller

Reward your top seller with a Grand Prize. It may be movie tickets, cash or anything else that inspires your group members. Don’t get carried away and offer something your group can’t afford.

4. Rewards For Top Class or Team

This is a great way to motivate team work in your group. If you’re a small group, you can create teams by putting your members in groups of twos, threes or fours. If you’re a school you can do it by class and if you’re a league simply do it by team. You can offer the best selling group a free pizza party, a field trip outing to the place of their choice… ask them what they’d like. Try an ice cream social, everybody likes ice cream!

kids eating ice cream

 

5. Completion Prizes For Individuals

Offering individual completion prizes is very effective because they motivate and reward everyone in your organization. Offer a completion gift once your member raises a certain amount. For example: Receive $5 cash for every $100 of product sold. If your goal is a big one, completion prizes may be a gift certificate to a music, video, book, or sports store.

6. Reward Your Early Birds

This is a great way to help move your fundraiser along. You can offer early bird prizes to the first, second and third person who reaches a specific objective by a certain deadline. For example: if you run a fundraiser for 3 months, you can say the first three people that generate $500 in sales or more by the end of the first month will receive a $50 gift certificate.
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Before you know it, your team will be Fundraising Superstars, continuously looking to raise the bar to achieve their Fundraising Goals.

 

Team work

 

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Motivating your Team Members

 

Getting ready to start your fundraiser? Worried about motivating your team members? Don’t, I am here to help with some useful tips and motivational tools.

Fundraising is a very rewarding experience that teaches us many valuable lessons. The importance of teamwork, realizing that you must work hard for what you want, stronger communication skills, encourages creativity and teaches us the importance of community and charity. Whether you are working towards a new piece of playground equipment or planting a community garden interacting and motivating with your team is important.

Stay positive! When you smile the whole world smiles with you. Fundraising can be a very busy time and sometimes the majority of the work involved can fall on one or two members. Keep your team engaged by sharing information such as how much you have raised, all the great things you will be able to do with the money you raise and how far away from your goal you are.

Having a Fundraiser kick off can get your team going in the right direction. Have some competitions along the way to keep the adrenaline pumping. For instance the first person to sell $100.00 or more will win a prize. You can set your own prize limits and at the same time, give your team motivation to do the best they can.

Hold a mid point team building session to catch everyone up. It doesn’t have to be a long session, but an hour with a quick catch up, maybe some munchies or treats and a quick team building game so everyone will have some fun.

The name of the game in motivation is keeping everyone engaged in the task at hand. It is easy to let the ball drop so someone else can pick it up. Keep that ball bouncing with imagination and ingenuity!

So let’s get your fundraiser going. You will be amazed at what you and your team can do. Flower Power Fundraising is there with you every step of the way! Happy Fundraising.