Some tips to take your fundraising to the next level:

1. Thank your supporters with personal shout-outs
•    When someone makes a donation, you can post a thank you on your Facebook page and tag the donor as a way to recognize them. This will serve as a reminder to others to donate and also can encourage new donors!

2. Matching gift programs
•    Ask your donors if they work for a company with a matching gift program, as this is a great way to double your donations! Be sure to check with your own employer to see if they match donations, too!

3. Ask ten friends for $10
•    It’s as simple as it sounds, reach out to ten friends and ask for $10. A $10 donation is a no-brainer for most folks and you’ll see your response rate increase faster than asking for an open-ended donation to your page.

4. Plan an event for BARCS
•    From happy hours at your favorite bar, to a shopping “giveback” day, planning an event and inviting your friends, family and social network is a fun way to engage contacts that might not respond to asking for online donations.

•    Interested in hosting an event for your BARCStoberfest team? We have lots of eager businesses ready to partner and start planning with you. Simply reply to this email and we’ll help pair you up with a local restaurant or retail store. 

5. Get the family involved!
•    A great family fundraising project is the classical lemonade stand! When you display clear signage that proceeds benefit BARCS--and even get the kids in on talking about why they are passionate about helping the animals—you’ll find that customers are extra generous with their “tips!”


•    Another fun family project is a “Pennies for Paws” donation box! As a fun, family craft project, decorate a shoe box with photos of pets and create a sign encouraging classmates and coworkers to donate their spare change. Put the donation box in a busy, high-traffic area. 

6. Make a slideshow/video on your cell
•    With all the free video making apps out there, creating a slideshow with photos and text is easy and painless—even for beginners! Use photos of your own pets, or check out the BARCS Facebook page to download and share photos of pets from our shelter.

7. Join or create a team
And lastly, if you’re signed up for BARCStoberfest as an individual, it’s not too late to create a team or join an existing team. Teamwork puts the “fun” in fundraising, and gives you a group of people to share with, to plan with and to offer motivation and encouragement.