We frequently compare and contract campaigns to get a broader view of what "works" and which approaches tend to fall a little flat. After running campaigns and working with more than 100 ensembles - we can begin to see trends and make suggestions that are results-driven.
Regardless of how large your group is, where your group is located, or the relative economics of the region in which you live, a well-coordinated crowdfunding campaign is your best bet for large-scale fundraising.
One of the ways to ensure that your campaign reaches your targeted goal is to do everything within your organization's power to increase participation.
Busy, frantic, and harried parents have so much on the plate these days. The feeling of being pulled in umpteen directions and fighting an uphill battle is not something we thought we signed up for may years ago when we began to have children!
We have explored free or "nearly free" platforms in other posts, but this post jumped to the forefront of my creative mind YESTERDAY, when I received an unsolicited email for the 3rd time this month (and its only the 10th) from our friends at GoFundMe.
Marching band is one of the activities that commonly finds itself on our doorstep at FansRaise. And it makes perfect sense on many levels:
Ensembles that use the FansRaise platform to generate funds are either (a) raising money for the Org's capital campaign or (b) presenting student performers with a way to offset their own personal costs to participate.
It's that time of the school year, where ensemble directors are closely monitoring incoming middle school student numbers, and considering size and membership for the fall marching ensemble.
As we continue to work with almost 200 performing arts organizations - including middle and high schools, non-profit organizations, school-based ensembles and top-tier elite marching organizations, here are some of the major points of "pain" that they share with us.