The Accidental Fundraiser: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Money for Your Cause
September 2005, Jossey-Bass
How to Get the Most from This Book.
PART ONE: Fundraising ABCs.
One You Can Ask for Money.
Two Building Your Fundraising Team.
Three The Importance of “Thank-You”.
Four Beyond One-Time Fundraising.
PART TWO: Fundraising Strategies.
Five The Personal Ask.
Seven Door-to-Door Fundraising.
Eight House Parties.
Nine Community Dinners.
Ten Bowlathons and Other Pledge-Raising Events.
Twelve Ad Books.
Thirteen Car Washes.
Fifteen Garage Sales.
A. Volunteer Recruitment Form.
B. Who Can You Ask?
C. Tips on Asking Individuals for Money.
D. Tips for Making a Pitch at an Event.
E. Volunteer Tracking Sheet.
F. For More Information.
G. Blank Worksheets,Workplans, and Scripts.
Mimi Ho is the program director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). Previously, Ho worked as an organizer and codirector of Californians for Justice.
--Mal Warwick, Mal Warwick & Associates
"The Accidental Fundraiser is a quick and easy guide for
the unsophisticated fundraising volunteer (like me!). The examples
in each of the fundraising strategies were specific and
realistic and the forms were quite useful. Fundraising can be
an uncomfortable and sometimes overwhelming task but the book gives
a clear process to follow that will give confidence to even the
--Susan Shub, PTA treasurer, Montclair Elementary School
"The Accidental Fundraiser is like a cookbook, complete
with step-by-step recipes for fabulously delicious--and
successful--fundraisers. It will turn the kitchen novice into
a gourmet fundraiser."
--Robby Rodriguez, executive director, Southwest Organizing Project
"The Accidental Fundraiser is a testimonial that people
find a way to make a difference--even if it only starts with a car
wash or a garage sale. Buy it and remind yourself: anything is
--Pilar Gonzales, president, Changemakers Foundation
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