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The Accidental Fundraiser: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Money for Your Cause

The Accidental Fundraiser: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Money for Your Cause

Stephanie Roth, Mimi Ho, Kim Klein

ISBN: 978-0-787-97805-1

Sep 2005, Jossey-Bass

336 pages

Select type: Paperback

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Are you a volunteer with an organization, school, or project that needs to raise money? The Accidental Fundraiser is a how-to resource that guides you through the process of raising money from your community. The book presents eleven proven fundraising strategies that are easy to carry out and don’t require significant funds, large numbers of people, or extensive knowledge of fundraising. The authors, Stephanie Roth and Mimi Ho, show how to choose the right fundraising strategy (from house parties to bowl-a-thons) and include step-by-step instructions for carrying out all of the activities. In addition, The Accidental Fundraiser contains a wealth of worksheets and practical tips.


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.

Asking People.

Five The Personal Ask.

Six Phonebanks.

Seven Door-to-Door Fundraising.

Social Gatherings.

Eight House Parties.

Nine Community Dinners.

Ten Bowlathons and Other Pledge-Raising Events.

Eleven Auctions.


Twelve Ad Books.

Thirteen Car Washes.

Fourteen Raffles.

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.

The Authors.

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