(putting it all together)
Hey there it’s Jim Reiner and I want to welcome you to the fundraising fast workshop.
If you are ready to do a baseball fundraiser, this workshop is all about getting you going. Others have used this and done very well.
So this is the third lesson and it’s all about the fundraising blueprint and I think you are going to love it.
Now if you missed the first two lessons in the workshop I highly recommend you stop right now and go read them. They really are required reading for anyone who wants to start a fundraiser or grow one that you already have.
I want you to get the full value of the workshop. Don’t worry; go read them in order and I’ll still be waiting for you here.
Ok, so this lesson
is all the next steps
in moving you forward.
My job is for you to have a bigger vision of your baseball program’s future and the way to get you there is with action.
So in this lesson we are going to walk forward in your fundraiser planning and we’re going to do that with my fundraising fast blueprint. It’s all included in the program.
So in the first lesson in the workshop I taught you about the critical things you need to do in order to get donations.
And I shared how I started out as a dad and used a simple fundraising letter to raise money to fix my son’s high school baseball field and how it really changed his whole baseball future.
In the second lesson I showed you the core of the fundraising fast formula and 3 primary types of fundraisers and I told you how my first was bad and how I used a simple letter to get going.
The part I didn’t tell you much about was what happened after that. I did the first letter and it was really epic for me even though I did not raise enough. Now when I am involved in fundraisers, I use everything I learned starting way back in 2004.
I used everything I knew at that time. Next came the $33,000 fundraiser and then the $70,000+ grant fundraiser.
That was almost unbelievable for me. Even after paying costs it was way more success than I ever dreamed I would achieve.
I went and bought new baseball bats for my sons and me to celebrate and wondered where to go from there.
To tell the truth I felt a bit lost for a while. I hit every goal when I first started out raising funds to fix baseball fields for my 4 sons and I needed to find some new goals.
So after some soul searching and reflection and seminars and retreats, I ended up with 2 things that were true for me.
It's about really making an investment
in youth and your community.
You see I believe our youth are the future of humanity. They’re the people that will be driving progress - The ones who will be creating enormous positive impact on the world.
And by the way, I have a really diverse definition for youth programs – including
They are all working with youth to create a better community.
And my goal is to help them make a bigger impact on the character development of the youth.
That’s why I do what I do. This is my big ‘why.’
The thing that gets me out of bed in the morning is following my calling and growing my impact.
And that’s why I am so passionate about sharing my fundraising formula because by now you know that you need to do fundraising faster and you need to do fundraising that works.
You know that every successful youth sports program, every successful organization, every successful charity starts in part with a successful fundraiser.
You can start slow, but you can’t depend on ‘hope’ marketing. Hope marketing is where you spend all your time on your internal stuff and you just hope your fundraiser does well.
If you’re going to have success, you need a fundraising blueprint, and that’s why we’re here.
One thing about this is that you don’t have to get everything perfect. You can make mistakes.
As long as you follow the blueprint, you follow the formula and you get the core pieces right, you can make mistakes.
Personally I’ve made mistakes in every fundraiser I have ever done. And I’m sure I will continue to make mistakes.
Ok lets go ahead and get started with the fundraising fast blueprint.
So, first a big picture overview.
In this lesson I want to cover the high level points that everyone questions after the first 2 lessons.
Now I put everything in the blueprint to get the true picture of the entire process. But to honor your time I want to cover the big questions that come in. I’ll answer the top questions.
Let’s dive into the formula.
I like to look at the fundraising fast formula as the opposite of ‘hope’ marketing. That’s where you work on your sports program and fundraising and put it out in the market place and hope that it is going to work.
The thing is there is too much time, energy, and money at stake. Why not follow a plan ahead of time before you start. That’s how you build momentum and do it in a non-slimy-used-car-salesman way. That’s what the fundraising fast formula is all about.
As you move through the Fundraising Fast
Formula you get all kinds of feedback about what your prospective donors
want and how they react to your request… and what they just don’t care about. You should also get feedback from your volunteers to help your decision making.
The comments and the questions you get are an entry telling you exactly what your prospective donors are looking for.
That’s what I call the Fundraising Fast parachute and is a secret weapon to create your best donation requests.
And I’ve seen that when you get the request right, the donations just come flying in.
The difference between a donation request that misses the mark and one that hits it is just breathtaking.
When you have a crushing request it almost sells itself. The Fundraising Fast principle of knowing your prospective donor and the comments you get is how you create the most effective request.
In lesson 2, I covered 3 types of fundraisers and went in to them. Review that lesson here if you need to. Dig into all the details.
In lesson 2, I talked about fundraising stacking. Let’s compare that to you - your own personal development where you keep on building on your own personal success. Build on your program’s success.
That’s why I am in this business to help create success for you. It’s about the positive impact on you and the positive you will have on your sports program.
Next the fundraising path was covered in lesson 2. This is more like looking at the variety of ways to do fundraising.
You have got to start and believe in yourself and the process. What does not work - is just sitting there and thinking about it. Start. Get in the game.
Go read lesson 2. Give your prospective donors a little glimpse into your life in your sports organization. Give a glimpse into your day... Into the day of your youth athletes.
Then there are freedoms a fundraiser gives you. I covered this in lesson 1. Check it out if need a refresher.
These are the freedoms that drive me and I suspect they drive you too.
And then there are the resources for you. The program has a master edition manual and 7 special reports that cover all the details. I did not cover everything in these lessons. My first draft had everything and it was 45 web pages long. Yuck.
You don’t need to remember all this or do all this. Even the most advanced fundraisers pick and chose what to use.
It is about taking baby steps to put into action.
Don’t be too cool for school. You can always be learning. Just start and follow the fundraising fast formula. This is working for many youth sports organizations in many parts of the world.
I’ve had tens of thousands who have been helped by this. And the positive impact they have been able to make on the world is tremendous.
That impact is why I keep on pushing.
So if you are ready to join me and you make a positive impact from your success, be sure to check out lesson 4.
My next workshop lesson is going to be all about you moving forward. it has the details about the fundraising fast program and how you can get started.
But in the mean time think about your fundraising path. Now that we’ve gone through the blueprint, what does your path forward look like?
Leave a comment, I love to hear from you.
What would a successful fundraiser mean to you?