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Fun and Frugal Fundraising

Sara Glaz

Whether you’re planning a humble garage sale or an exclusive Chinese auction, here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a successful fundraiser

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Penina was flattered when her son’s school asked her to organize a fundraiser. Why not? she thought. How hard could it be? A lot harder than she expected, it turned out. After deciding on an elaborate Motzaei Shabbos carnival as the event, the friends she had begged to help her flaked out, so she was still setting up as the first attendees walked in. Her poor family went without dinner for an entire week before the event. And worse still, the event’s turnout was only half of what she’d anticipated, and the proceeds barely covered the sushi budget alone! Many women today find themselves in the driver’s seat of the fundraising train, whether they’re just looking to do chesed or have been enlisted by their children’s school. Want to avoid Penina’s mishaps as you plan your event? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about organizing a fundraising event — from marketing to volunteer management, and everything in between — along with tricks of the trade from women who have taken fundraising to a whole new level.

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