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Tips to Increase Your Fundraising Impact within Your Community

Tips to Increase Your Fundraising Impact within Your Community

Since 1998, Operation Warm has partnered with firefighters, service clubs, faith-based, and other community organizations across North America to provide brand-new coats and shoes to children who need them most. To date, we have served over 6 million children and have seen countless creative programs make a significant impact. If you’re looking for ways to get creative with your gifting program this year, you’ve come to the right place! 

Team Up with Another Local Organization: 

Joining forces to do good is always a great idea! The more people you can reach, the larger the impact that you can make. We saw this firsthand when a fire department collaborated with a local business on their Operation Warm program. By working together, our community partner raised over 230% more funding to support children in need than they had in previous years. To further boost your impact, encourage local businesses to match the funds raised during your events. This not only doubles the financial support but also demonstrates their commitment to corporate social responsibility and community well-being. If you’re unsure where to start, you can connect with local organizations by printing flyers and stopping by businesses in your area. Personal interactions can open doors to unexpected partnerships. 

Create a Livestream Fundraiser: 

Leverage the popularity of live-streaming platforms like Twitch or YouTube to host charity streams. To make your livestream even more exciting, you could join local influencers or community members to play games, conduct interviews, and encourage real-time donations. 

Utilize Internet Innovation: 

Take advantage of Operation Warm's custom online donation pages for your program. These pages make it easy for donors to contribute and for you to track donations. Online fundraising expands your reach beyond local boundaries and can attract a larger, more diverse donor base. 

Use Storytelling to Inspire: 

Share stories of the children and families who have benefited from your program. Highlighting real-life impacts can encourage more community members to get involved and support your cause in future years. Personal stories create emotional connections that can drive more donations and long-term support. 

Play Games on social media: 

Create a bingo board and have your friends and family Venmo you for each space they fill. Operation Warm has bingo board templates saved on our Instagram highlights that you can use for inspiration! Once your board is complete, donate the funds to provide coats or shoes. 

Remember, every coat and pair of shoes makes a difference. Together, we can create brighter futures for the children in our communities. 

Stay Connected with Us:

Follow us on social media to stay updated on our latest programs and initiatives and find more ways to get involved! 

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    Harvey Hanna
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