Helping a Scout Who Isn’t Excited About FundraisingTim Ahern | August 13, 2019
For youth-oriented nonprofits like Boy Scouts, children are an important part of fundraising efforts. If you can engage your troops in raising money, you’ll probably find you get better results since, after all, they’re the heart and soul of your organization. But even troops that have heavy participation sometimes find they have at least one member who can’t quite work up the enthusiasm necessary to get results. When that happens, there are a few things you can do to make sure everyone’s fully on board.
Make It Fun
The nature of your fundraiser makes a big difference in how your scouts feel about it. Find fun, kid-friendly activities that bring in money while letting them have fun. If you’re raising money through product sales, choose a product that kids will find easy to sell to the adults in their lives. Often a lack of excitement comes when troop members are discouraged because of lack of sales.
Get Parents Excited
Enthusiasm for fundraising starts with the parents. If scouts hear their parents saying negative things about it, they’re more likely to disengage. Although your troop members will likely be the ones carrying information home to their parents, there are things you can do to boost parental enthusiasm. Make sure parents understand where the money you raise will go and include them in events like your kickoff meetings. If parents feel as though they’re part of your efforts, they’ll naturally work on making sure their kids do their part.
Make It Competitive
Nothing gets youth going like a game where there’s a clear winner. Find a way to keep score on an ongoing basis, making it as visual as possible. If you can keep a leaderboard in your meeting room, your troop members will likely check it every week to see where they stand in relation to others. You can also use a leaderboard app and regularly send results out to troop members and their parents to keep the competition going.
Focus on the Prize
Like their parents, scouts are more likely to get excited if they know what the money you’re raising will buy. Instead of trying to get them eager to sell products or bring in donations, shift the focus to what they’ll get if they meet their goal. If you’re raising money for camp, spend time detailing the camping trip you’re planning. They’ll see the fun in the project rather than thinking of it as work.
Although focusing on the long-term rewards of raising money can help, additional short-term rewards can boost morale, as well. You can incentivize teams with gifts like badges for each milestone they reach. You can also give small gifts for the troop member who sold the most in the previous week or showed noticeable improvement. This will help troop members from feeling discouraged if they’ve fallen behind since there’s always hope they can win the next week.
Although there are things you can do to boost the spirits of someone who isn’t into your fundraiser, keep in mind that there are limits. Some people simply won’t find fundraising that exciting. Hopefully, you’ll have enough troop members who are excited to keep the money rolling in. For more tips and tricks to help your troop out this year, check out our blog!