COVID-19 has interrupted our daily lives in unprecedented ways. Schools and businesses all over the country are operating under stay-at-home orders, and we know that most of our customers have been affected in significant ways.
Many of our customers have learned new skill sets that are helping them do better with fundraising during the pandemic. We want to share some tips we’ve learned from our successful customers since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Your area may be under stay-at-home orders, but now is a great time to research products, plan, and collaborate with your team.
Discuss Products with Your Team
Your students may already be using Zoom video conferencing while quarantined at home. With the free Zoom app, you can discuss your fundraiser with your team remotely. Video conferencing is an excellent way to brainstorm together and make sure everyone is prepared and informed about your fundraiser.
Collecting Money with Payment Apps
Teachers have told us that they have found payment apps to be very useful when they cannot meet with students to collect money in person. Teachers are using Venmo, CashApp, or Paypal to collect money that students raise from selling candy. With a payment app, a student can sell candy and send the profit to you remotely from their home.
Venmo, CashApp, and PayPal are all free to download for Android and IOS phones.
Planning Your Fundraiser
If you’re stuck at home because of government orders, this is an excellent time to plan your fundraiser, so you’re ready to start when establishments re-open.
Make calls and email your team so that your group is informed and ready when your fundraiser begins.
Connect with Your Donors
Don’t stop communicating with donors because in-person events are canceled. You can collect email addresses and phone numbers and keep your donors up to date with news.
You can also try starting a Facebook group for your team and for donors. It’s an easy way to keep your team posted about how things are going with your fundraiser and keep donors up to date with news about your organization.
Remember to refer to the proper authorities in your area for guidelines about keeping safe during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
This unprecedented situation can be an excellent time to learn new ways of keeping in touch and planning for your fundraiser. Many of our customers have found new tools to be very beneficial to their process. With the right products and a good team, you will have a hugely successful fundraiser.
Call us with all your questions and for ideas about which products will work best for your fundraiser. Call 1-800-500-2500.