So, you have a meeting with your organization and you need to present a concrete idea for a fundraiser. It may be parents of students, the board, or the administration. They are ready to hear what you have come up with. You know that your fundraising solution is a genuinely smart option, but your colleagues have never heard of it. How do you present your ideas in a way that gets the facts across, and entices your peers to support them?
Understand the vital details about your fundraising solution.
It happens to most of us. We get excited about a new idea and rush into sharing it right away.
Think about what questions will arise from the audience. Doing this ahead of time will ensure that the presentation goes smoothly. Some of the common questions may include:
- What exactly will the participants be doing to raise the funds?
- How long will this fundraising activity take?
- Who is the company running the fundraising platform, and how much will they need to charge for their service?
The best solution is to contact a fundraising specialist ahead of time. Simply ask them the most pressing questions you or your potential audience may have so you are prepared.
Focus on the benefits, speak to the concerns of the listener.
When sharing any new idea, it is smart to focus on how your audience will benefit from your idea. Have a good reason why your fundraising idea will bring in more support than past campaigns. Be sure to back it up with some facts.
This is likely a brand new idea for the audience. They may begin to push back because it is out of their comfort zone, and rally behind traditional fundraisers that they are accustomed to. Remind them that new costs and cutbacks require new funding solutions. A fundraising specialist can also assist with this by giving you an idea of how much money different types of fundraisers typically bring in.
Make sure you get all the facts across, but balance with a story.
Sometimes when presenting something new, the facts are exciting enough for you, but may bog down your audience. When presenting the facts that may cause some listeners to tune out (like statistics and percentages), drop in a quick anecdote. For example, maybe there was a time when you became stressed out when attempting to fundraise. Use this narrative to segue into how your new solution will eliminate that stress.
If you follow these methods, your fundraiser presentation will go much more smoothly. Your audience will be more likely to get behind the idea, and everyone will be on the same page.