Fundraising support can definitely be affected by honesty. It’s important to stick with your plan, no matter what unexpected or unfortunate circumstances may occur during your sale. Sometimes it’s expedient to waver on a prior commitment, especially when it seems expedient for the moment.
But let’s face it, even though being honest isn’t always convenient or easy, in the end it usually pays off in ways that you don’t expect.
Here are 2 real life cases you may face that can either positively or negatively impact your future sales efforts depending on how you choose to respond in the heat of the moment.
1. Sticking with your Fundraising Plan
Let’s say you’ve decided to raise money for a field trip at the end of the school year. You’ve determined where you want to go and how much it’s going to cost. You think you can raise enough money with one fundraiser and you inform you parents about your plan. Then the results come in and you fall short of your goal.
What will you do?
2. Following through on Fundraiser Promises
You promise your students a special reward if they sell a certain number of items. Since this will be costly, you’ll want to make sure your fundraiser goes well to cover the cost. However, for some reason you didn’t sell enough to cover the extra expense.
What do you do?
Both of these are real life examples that have occurred with various groups that we’ve worked with. Needless to say, future fundraising support was affected by the decisions that were made.
What suggestions do you have that can prevent any negative fallout if you’re faced with these situations?