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    3 Ways to Improve Group Communications

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    We all belong to GROUPS, which in most cases equate to "things my kid begged me to sign up for".

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    Band parents confused by the whole "judging" thing?

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    Band parents - even those that have been around the block a few times - frequently ask a lot of questions about the judging aspects of the marching activity.

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - Give Your Campaign a 2nd Wind

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    When a campaign launches, there is usually a flurry of donations that come in fast and furious. In fact it can be somewhat overwhelming to experience endless email notifications (the FansRaise platform allows you to customize your alerts, from real-time, to a daily roll up, to weekly, etc). It's not uncommon for campaigns to reach 60-70% of goal within mere hours of being live.

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    3 Reasons That Performing Ensembles Raise 417% More Money With FansRaise

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    It's sounds ludicrous, and we were blown-back when we reviewed the data, but groups are raising more money FASTER with FansRaise.

     

    We compared groups that are utilizing our system for group and ensemble crowdfunding compared against groups that are not following our model (meaning they are using the bare bones of our platform, but not closely following our best practice guidance, not utilizing participant contacts and relying on a basic 'donation page only').

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - Less is More

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    One of the big advantages of using a service like FansRaise is that much of the hard stuff is done for you. We've built a system of email templates that you might not even want to look at, let alone edit, that perpetuates your communications to both students and donors alike.

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    In fundraising - do you want to hit "singles" or "home runs"?

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    This morning on our way to breakfast at our favorite spot, I saw a marching band car wash in process. Later on that morning, less than 2 miles away I saw another car wash for a different activity I did not verify.

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    Your Friday FansRaise Tip - There's Strength In Numbers

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    The numbers you have in your group are your largest asset. Let's say you have a group of 100 musicians in your ensemble. That would be 100 different networks that you can potentially use to promote your campaign, and instead of one campaign page doing all the work, with FansRaise you have 100 individualized versions* of the page that will be broadcasted via social and email.

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    Answerbag - Should I do a "Capital/Org Campaign' or a "Student Campaign'?

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    A question as old as the ages - or actually as old as FansRaise since we were the first platform to offer both types of campaign structures in one system!

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    Huge marching field show productions require HUGE fundraising to reach the starting line

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    Yes, the Blue Devils actually recreated the DINER from that famous painting on a football field, and then wrapped a well-conceived production around the backstory of the diner's customers.

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    How to help your child survive BAND CAMP

    Published by Brian Gilbert

    In the late summer, high school marching bands all across the United States are entering that esteemed, fabled, and exalted period of the season called "Band Camp". For many that have never experienced this phenomena, this period of time represents a tremendously difficult challenge on a musical, physical, and mental/emotional level.

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