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Grass Roots Fundraising Toolkit

You can brighten the futures of limited-resource children with your support for Bright Star Books, providing children with books vital to helping them succeed academically and in the work place.

This grassroots fundraising toolkit has everything you will need to run a successful fundraiser in our community! And remember; we will use ALL the money you raise to put books into the hands of the children who need them most!

Phase 1: Prepare your fundraiser

There are many ways to hold a successful fundraiser. Bright Star Books has gathered a number of cool fundraiser ideas, with the hopes that you will find one perfect for your needs. Check them out here.

Next, you will want to select a time frame. While any time is a great time to raise funds for Bright Star Books, we have drawn up a list of significant dates that could help you in your efforts. Check them out here. We suggest a two-week duration for most fundraisers.

If you would like to include a way for people to make online donations, you can create online fundraisers on Facebook or GoFundMe.

Phase 2: Promote your fundraiser!

Once you know what kind of fundraiser you’d like to hold and when you plan to hold it, the next step is letting people knowabout it! Share your fundraiser in as many ways as you can to reach more people and gather more participants!

Email
 all your appropriate contacts and share your fundraiser. Ask them (if they are willing) to share the fundraiser with their email contacts, too!


Social media: Share on FacebookTwitterInstagram, etc. Or, for the personal approach, take a look at our phone conversation suggestions.


Promote your fundraiser by distributing a fundraiser flierposter, or pamphlet. Include Bright Star Books' photos and logo to make your messages even more engaging!

Phase 3: Conduct your fundraiser

Whatever fundraiser you chose, it’s time to rock and roll! Please let Bright Star Books know if we can help support your effort in any way.

Throughout your fundraiser, please record all donors’ names, contact information,donation totals, and the dates of their donations (unless they ask to be anonymous).

Click here for a donor record template, and click here for a current year tax donation receipt you can have available to your donors.

Phase 4: After your fundraisers ends…


Once you have concluded your fundraiser, please email Bright Star Books’ Program Coordinator, Kait Laux, at coordinator@brightstarbooks.org to schedule a time to make your donation, and to send her the donation information you recorded.

Next, please thank your donors! Click here for a template thank you note.

Finally, thank you so much for your efforts on behalf of Bright Star Books and the 10,000+ children we serve annually! With your permission, Bright Star Books will be recognizing your help on social media, in our newsletter, and more!