OVER $6,800 (SO FAR) FOR ONE THING FOR YOUTH…

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One Thing For Youthotfy_logo, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Alpharetta, Georgia that exists to encourage kids in their walk with God while building skills for life through the vehicle of baseball, raised over $6,800 in just under 2 weeks with their inaugural Luxx Linens™ Bed Sheet Fundraiser.  The initial effort was such a success, they have decided to extend the fundraiser through Tuesday, December 13 with a goal of raising $12,000 for the non-profit organization.

To purchase Luxx Linens™ Bed Sheets in support of One Thing For Youth, visit their bed sheet fundraiser website at http://OneThingForYouth.LuxxLinens.com.

ALPHARETTA ELEMENTARY RAISES MORE THAN $6,600…

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a-eagle-red-logoAlpharetta Elementary School (AES), located in Alpharetta, Georgia, just completed their first Luxx Linens™ Bed Sheet Fundraiser and raised over $6,600!

AES offers a challenging curriculum combined with activities to support each child’s personal development.  Rich in history, AES opened in 1957 to serve a rural community.  AES has evolved over the years into a modern facility changing to service its current population.  Active parent involvement and support help maintain the “small town spirit” within this modernized school.

Though the fundraiser has concluded, YOU CAN STILL ORDER BED SHEETS TO SUPPORT AES ON THE AES BED SHEET FUNDRAISER WEBSITE!  This site will be up and running to take orders that benefit AES on an ongoing basis.  Please continue to support AES by purchasing from and sharing the AES bed sheet fundraiser website!

Fundraising 101: Rueben Mayes at TEDxWSU 2014

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Everyone at some point in their lives are asked to raise money for things whether a high school baseball tournament trip or part of a campaign. There are some fundamental elements to successfully raise money for all types of causes. My seven keys to successful fundraising will help all those who want to effectively put a plan in place and meet the fundraising goal. I will use some of my NFL and fundraising experiences as examples of how to successfully fund raise.

Bio- Rueben Mayes leverages his passion for people and philanthropy to deliver the necessary resources in support of the Pullman Regional Hospital Mission. His success as a college two-time consensus All-American, National College Hall of Fame Inductee, NFL Rookie of the Year and multi-year Pro Bowl selectee opens many doors and builds rapport beyond his 20 year fundraising career. He went on to earn an MBA in 2000 and recently the re-designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials. As Chief Development Officer, Rueben works closely with Department Medical Directors, physicians, hospital executive staff, foundation boards and committees to grow system-wide philanthropic/investment support for key priorities Rueben has been married for over 26 years to Marie Mayes (both WSU Alumnus) and they have two sons, Logan and Kellen. Volunteer community involvement activities include non profit fundraising consulting. His hobbies are fishing, reading, cooking, and is also an avid, golfer, skier and swimmer.

Galileo School Raises More Than $3,400…

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galileo_school_logoGalileo School for Gifted Learning is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. There are no shareholders or stockholders. Our Board members are volunteers. As a charter school, we only receive 60% of the revenue of traditional public schools. 100% of revenue is reinvested in technology, services, or programs for the children at Galileo School.

Galileo School conducted a Luxx Linens™ Bed Sheet Fundraiser in October 2016 and raised nearly $3,500 toward meeting their fundraising goals for the year.

WAY TO GO GALILEO SCHOOL!

AWESOME JOB!  And a big THANK-YOU to everyone who made it possible!

Fundraising Tips – The Follow-Up

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thanks-youThe key to continued fundraising success is to follow-up afterwards: Supporters and participants need to be thanked.

Merchant contributors need to be debriefed on their results from participating. Records need to be gathered, copied, and stored.

Communicate the results to everyone involved.

Informing everyone who took part in your most recent fundraising is of utmost importance. Nothing charges up your organization for the future better than a group celebration.

Give recognition to your volunteers.

Enjoy the sound of “We did it!

Conduct an analysis of the fundraiser you just completed.

Gather information and record impressions while everything is still fresh. Make notes about supplier relationships, any process problems, and what aspects need fine-tuning for the next time around.

Gather those recommendations for future fundraisers.

Brainstorm with your team and write down all the possible ways to improve. Circulate a written evaluation form to gather multiple viewpoints for the permanent file.

Make plans for your next fundraiser while everyone is still excited from this success.

Create a strategy to increase the number of volunteers and participants.  Plan to promote those who excelled this time around to positions with more authority next time..

Ask your merchant supporters what you could do better.

In the long run, it’s important for them to help you even more.  Now is a good time to ask them for increased participation during your next big drive.

Review all records for completeness.

Work up a statistical analysis to establish benchmarks so you can compare this fundraisers to others in the past and those to come in the future.  Doing so will help you determine over the long-haul what is most productive for your organization.  

Share your fundraising results on your website and social media accounts.  Your supporters and participants want to know how you did.  

Let everyone see how well you did, and try to include multiple pictures of your team in action. When describing your success, be a shameless name-dropper. Everyone likes to be thanked publicly.

Most importantly, put the funds you’ve raised to good use.

Your fundraising follow-up is the foundation for your future success. Don’t give this area short shrift. Pave the way for even better results next time.