5 Ways to Say “Thank You” to Your Fundraising TeamSydney Franklin | January 4, 2019
Fundraising is incredibly rewarding, but it can be hard work!
Once the campaign is over, it’s time to show appreciation to those who worked so hard to make your fundraiser a success.
In addition to rewarding your volunteers for their contributions, showing your appreciation goes a long way and can inspire them to continue participating in your organization. But what are the best ways to say thank you to the people who have worked so hard?
We’ve come up with a few ideas!
Host an Event
The best way to end a fundraising campaign is with an event that wraps everything up. Turn your event into a party, complete with food and games. For those who participate year after year, the end-of-campaign celebration will be something they’ll look forward to throughout fundraising season.
Even something as simple as a pizza party can be a relatively inexpensive, yet enjoyable way to reward those who have helped out and build a sense of community within the team.
What better way to thank your team than with something they can take home with them? A small token of appreciation like a customized popcorn bag or s’mores kit can show appreciation without blowing your budget.
Better yet, put together a goody bag with items donated by local businesses. Many companies look for opportunities to support local nonprofits since it’s a great way to boost brand awareness.
Compile a Presentation
An important part of any end-of-fundraiser wrap-up is a recap of how things went. Put together a presentation but make it interesting for team members. Include photos of everyone hard at work and make any stats you quote fun.
You can make pie charts or bar graphs more visually appealing by incorporating graphics and bright colors. Recap each of your successes and show how you’ve improved upon previous year results.
Honor High Achievers
Every team has its top performers, and those members should be acknowledged. Consider keeping a leaderboard throughout your fundraising activities, whether it’s a whiteboard at headquarters or an electronic one that you post in the members-only area of your website.
At the end of the season, have a ceremony where you honor the highest performers for the campaign. You can even provide paper certificates or tokens of appreciation in addition to giving them praise for working so hard! This can create a great sense of pride for them.
Look to the Future
It’s important to remind everyone involved in your organization why fundraising is so important. Highlight any upcoming projects that will be funded by the money you’ve raised. If part or all of the funds will pay for camp, for instance, put together a presentation to show all the fun you’ll have on the trip.
A fundraiser’s success rests heavily on the people doing the work. When those people are donating their time and energy with no pay in return, it’s even more important to show appreciation for the hard work they do. With a little imagination, you can put together a fundraising wrap-up that will say thank you while also bringing everyone together to celebrate another successful campaign.