If there is a group, organization, or charity that you need to raise a large amount of money for in a short amount of time, you may want to find a fundraising consultant to help. There are consultants that work to raise money for fundraisers for a living. You will have to pay them a fee, but in return, they work to help you meet your fundraising goals.
Hiring the right professional for the job may take some time, and you must take the time to hire the right professional for the job. Here are the important things to figure out.
Find a Fundraising Consultant
You should find a consultant that specializes in fundraising as a profession. This is someone that knows what fundraisers work the best in your area, what events or options raise the most money, and where you should start. Screen applicants with the following:
- Years of fundraising experience
- Money raised in past positions
- Organizations they have worked with
- Credentials to do the job
- Good references
Find someone that will appreciate the work you are doing and the fundraising goals you need to reach. Calling to talk with people the consultant has worked with is important.
Set Fundraising Needs and Goals
Before each appointment with the potential fundraising consultants, you should create a detailed list of what you need to accomplish. The detailed list should include:
- Money fundraising goals
- Amount of time to fundraise
- Budget for events
- Desired type of events
The consultant will want to know what the budget is, what donations they can get, and how much money you are trying to get.
You may need to get some sponsors to help pay for the consultant. Once you know how much the consultant will charge for their services, you'll need to breakdown the sponsorships you need to cover the costs. The amount of work you want the professional to do will affect what you pay them.
Fundraising can be hard to do if you have no experience, especially if you're trying to do more than just some pancake breakfasts or reverse raffles. If you need to raise a lot of money for a good cause and you want to do it as quickly and efficiently as possible, you may want to get a professional that can help.
You don't want to spend days of your time trying to raise money and failing, wasting your time. Instead, search for a fundraising consultant you can afford.