The final item in any fundraiser is thanking the people who made it a success: the donors and sponsors. Showing gratitude toward your donors and sponsors lets them know they are appreciated in helping with your cause. There are a number of ways to show your appreciation.
Send a hand-written thank you
Hand-written thank yous might apply mostly to sponsors but it can apply to donors in some cases. People enjoy getting hand-written thank you notes because it took someone time to physically write down their appriciation.
Post on social media
Using social channels for gratitude will help to give mention to specific people and businesses who have assisted with your fundraiser.
Post an ad in the local newspaper
If your fundraiser was held within a local area you can thank everyone who participated with an ad in the newspaper. The ad itself just needs to be seen and doesn’t need to be a large-scale item since the space will cost money.
Call sponsors directly
It doesn’t hurt to call your sponsors directly and peronally thank them for their help with your fundraiser. If the sponsor is busy on a regular basis you might want to go with the hand-written thank you note instead.
Offer free items to your sponsors
If the goal of your fundraiser is to create some sort of item to sell (t-shirts, calendars, etc.) offer a few to your sponsor for free as a token of gratitude.
There are also a few items to consider when expressing your gratitude. Be brief with your message when writing thank you notes and include how the sponsor’s or donor’s help with assist your cause. Add a means of directing traffic to a sign up page for your newsletter to your thank you email or social media post. Remember to be in communication with your donors.
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