If Your Fundraisers are Missing These 4 Elements, You’re Making a Mistake

When you work on fundraisers for a philanthropy, it can be difficult to continuously think of fresh ideas. You can only sponsor a 5K so many times because it gets old, especially when every other charity around you is doing the same kinds of fundraisers. It may seem like you only have a limited amount of options when it comes to fundraisers, but there are a lot of events you can do that involve minimal monetary investment from your organization and promise sizeable returns if you correctly market the event. Here are some great creative fundraisers you can implement into your philanthropy.

Art & craft auction

This event is a fairly popular one, but many organizations do not take advantage of it. When planning an art and craft auction, it’ll take a lot of time to organize, because it involves getting donations from local artisans and selling tickets to the event. As long as you’re diligent, you should be able to find a significant amount of people willing to donate items. Then, you just have to attract a crowd willing to bid on the items and use the money raised from ticket sales and bids for your philanthropy.

Talent show

Sometimes, talent shows do not go over well. However, if you market correctly to the local community, you’ll find plenty of people willing to show off their talents (especially children!) and people who want to see their neighbors perform. Hand out flyers advertising the show and find people to volunteer as judges. Sell tickets and ask for donations at the event, then consider giving away a small prize to the best act in the show.


Carnivals take a lot of planning, but they’re an immense amount of fun for the entire neighborhood. A carnival will likely require some financial input from your organization, unless you can find a lot of people from the community to donate items and help prepare games and attractions. The cost of tickets could offset the cost, so do some research ahead of time to see if this event would work for you. It’s sure to be one the entire community enjoys, so it might be worth the cost, considering carnivals usually draw large crowds.

Trivia tournament

Trivia has become increasingly popular in the last few years. People flock to bars each week to play with large groups of people. Setting up a trivia tournament is relatively easy; all you need is a location, a list of questions and answers, some food, and possible prizes. Charge a few dollars for entry, ask for donations of food and prizes, and collect more donations while at the event. With some good music (possibly even a live band), you’ll run a great event that is simple to put together.


Tapping into Your Untapped Potential

When we were young, amongst the various life lessons and wisdom so often imparted by adults,  one fact was often drilled into our heads by teachers and parents regarding our futures.  When we didn’t do our homework, our teachers were quick to point out that if we worked harder we could do whatever we wanted with our life. When we looked up at our parents over dinner and asked what we’d do as adults, they’d share the sentiment.

“You can be/do anything if you set your mind to it.”

Unfortunately that tidbit of info is less of a  “fact” and more an “encouraging lie.” The fact of the matter remains that some people aren’t cut out to be aerospace engineers or neurosurgeons.

We do, however, all have within us our specialty. The thing or things that we’re best at, the scenarios we live and thrive in. And to truly come into our own, we need to learn how to best tap into that potential and learn to recognize it in both a personal and business setting. From there, we can put in the hustle and effort required to reach our peak.

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential,” -Winston Churchill


Realizing Yourself and Your Potential

Before you’re able to reach your full potential you have to better understand what your full potential is.

In large part, your potential is going to stem from your strengths, the things you excel at and do better than others. If you’re a strong writer, recognize that; if you’re a creative mind, capitalize on that. Take a moment to grab and pen and pencil and list some things–whether they’re work related or not–that you do well. (An aside: this exercise can also be great for your self-esteem)

Your potential extends beyond just your strengths, however. While it may seem counter-productive to focus on negatives, listing your weaknesses can help your development as both a professional and a person. Sometimes this task proves difficult, particularly if you refuse to be honest with yourself. The Harvard Business Review suggests asking others what they perceive your weaknesses to be if you’re struggling to identify them on your own.

Once you’ve established what you do well and don’t do so well, it’s a simple process to move forward and take steps to improve. Realizing, for instance, that you are an adequate writer but lack ample creativity to write a book can open up doors to tapping into your creative potential and finishing your first novel.


Reaching Your Potential

Once you’ve outlined what you deem to be the areas in which you excel and those in which you struggle, improvement is right around the corner. Basic goal-setting activities can help you reach your potential faster than anything else. It’s important to take things slowly and in stride, however. No one goes from mediocre to a superstar overnight. Taking small steps and setting small goals–particular those which you can consider accomplishments in and of themselves–are important to reaching your potential once you’ve realized it.

Putting in the proper effort is also key. Without adequate effort, nothing will be achieved. In the world in which we live now, we cannot expect to simply skate by; it has become a dog-eat-dog world of cutthroat tactics and bigger and better businesses outshining and outperforming those who don’t reach their true potential. Without hard effort–without the day to day hustle of bettering yourself and your business–you will never find yourself becoming the best you that you can be.


Potential In Business

Recognizing the potential in a business setting extends beyond observations. Sitting back and taking a reflective moment to assess the business’s needs and daily operations won’t get you particularly far in seeing real, change-driven results. To truly capitalize on a business’s untapped potential, you have to remove all limitations. By limiting yourself to what you see in front of you, you’re effectively capping your potential at what you can see, not what you can attain.

And what you can attain is [almost] limitless if you display hustle. Working towards recognition and achievement of your potential ruthlessly, doing whatever you can and need to in order to reach these goals and milestones defines hustle. In my next post I will delve deeper into the importance of hustle in the workplace and in getting ahead in life.