Anyone who has ever been involved in fundraising knows that there can be a lot of stress associated with it. Regardless if you are selling candy bars or organizing an event for 500 or more people, stress can take all of the fun out of fundraising. Unfortunately, stress will always be there when it comes to raising money for your organization; however, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help take some of the stress away.
First, you need to keep in mind that you do not have to go at it alone. Fundraising is something that everyone will help with and that is why you need to solicit the help of as many people as you can. If your organization is small and there are not a lot of volunteers, solicit family members and friends and let them know that you need their help. You will be surprised at how many people are willing to help you with fundraising if you only reach out to them.
Now that you have plenty of help, do not overdue things. When jumping into fundraising, you may have an idea in your head on how to make it the best fundraiser ever. However, you don’t need it to be the best fundraiser ever. You only need to make sure that you meet your fundraising goal. As such, do not plan more than is needed. “Keep It Simple Stupid” is the motto that you need to live by when it comes to fundraising.
Planning ahead and getting as much done as early as possible will also reliever the stress of fundraising. When you have many things to do, don’t wait until the last minute. Do as much as you can as early as you can so that you are not rushing to meet any deadline. Set goals and stick with them. Part of planning means that you have to set deadlines for getting things done and you also must adhere to them. This will help you greatly when trying to cope with the stress of fundraising.
Perfection should never be part of your planning when it comes to fundraising. If you want to be perfect, you will definitely create more stress than it is worth. Remember that no one is expecting you or the event to be perfect so be relaxed and again, keep it simple. Too much planning for perfection will keep you distracted from the main fundraising goal and will also cause you to miss deadlines altogether.
Finally, remember that whatever fundraising you are doing it is not about you. It is about someone else or your organization. People are not concentrating on you as much as they are the cause for which the funds are being raised. As such you can relax, have fun, and let the fundraising begin.