organising and helping with traditional fundraising activities such as sponsored or promotional events, raffles, house-to-house and street collections
recruiting and coordinating the work of volunteers
approaching individuals, schools, universities, local authorities, shops and commercial organisations for sponsorship and donations
developing novel fundraising ideas and events.
It's the most effective of all fundraising methods. Nothing beats personally asking someone to give.
Gifts are often large.
If your board members have wealthy contacts, this is an excellent way for them to raise funds.
Once you make personal contacts with people, they're likely to give again and again, perhaps even leaving their money to your organization in their will.
In person, it's harder to say no.
No outlay of cash is needed.
A gift from an individual paves the way for more gifts, as well as other kinds of help.
It's very labor-intensive. The solicitor has to be willing to spend time explaining the organization to the potential donor.
The solicitor needs to be well-prepared, unafraid to ask for money, and enthusiastic about the organization.
It's important to build a file of biographical data on potential donors before you meet with them, and this research can be time-consuming.
Most people hate to ask for gifts, because they fear rejection. (But once you get over that fear, asking can be fun.)