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You’ve decided to start fundraising for a cause. But where do you go from here?

Beginning your T-shirt fundraising campaign can often be the hardest part of fundraising. While it can be daunting to try to get people on board with your fundraiser and help spread the word, you shouldn’t be nervous or overwhelmed.

You’re helping a cause you’re passionate about, and that in and of itself should be motivation enough to help get you to your goal. Here are a few dos and don’ts to follow when fundraising for a cause.

  • DO remember to set up a fundraising shop. It’s a quick, easy and free way to start T-shirt fundraising for a cause.
  • DON’T fundraise alone. Enlist your family and friends to help. By getting them involved, you’ll be more motivated to keep fundraising while being able to split up the work more efficiently.
  • DO contact the cause you’re fundraising for. They’ll be thrilled to hear about someone passionate about their cause and will be able to put you in contact with other area fundraisers.
  • DON’T forget to say thank you. Let donors know that they have made a difference. If you have the time, go the extra step and send all donors a nice thank you note.
  • DO share your fundraising shop. Post a link to your fundraising shop on any and all social networks you can think of. Spread the word and ask your friends and family to do the same.
  • DON’T forget to inform your employer. Let your employer know you’re fundraising for a cause. Many employers offer programs that match charitable donations or offer paid time off for volunteer work.
  • DO let people know your fundraising goal. People are much more likely to be generous if they know your end goal and how much their contribution will help you achieve your specific fundraising goal.
  • DON’T be afraid to keep asking. People are busy, and they often need to be reminded that you’re fundraising or selling T-shirts online, even if you’ve already asked once. If they haven’t donated yet, simply ask again. They may have just forgotten.
  • DO follow the law. When starting a fundraiser, you should consult an attorney in order to be well-informed of laws for non-profits in your state.
  • DON’T use personal information. You should never use personal information you’ve collected to later contact donors without their permission.
  • DO be transparent. Make sure it’s crystal clear about where the money for your fundraiser is going.
  • DON’T put people in danger. You should never expect donors to jeopardize their privacy when donating to your cause. Always collect payments and personal information in a safe and secure way.
  • DO tell your story. Make sure to let supporters know why you’re fundraising for a cause. They may just be inclined to join you in your cause. 

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