Seven Steps to a Successful Fundraising Event

Holding special events, with fun activities, is a popular kind of school fundraising. While their primary focus is to raise money for schools, their success may be limited based on the amount of work you put into them – money wise and time wise.

Careful planning in advance can increase the chances of a successful school fundraising event. With that said, you should create a plan for every event you’re going to hold. Here are some components which must be included:

1. Purpose – Events have many purposes other than fundraising. For example, you can hold an event to simply acquire publicity for your school, or to bolster teamwork and community bonding. You should identify the main purpose of your event first because you’ll then know what needs to be done to achieve your central goal.

2. Monetary goal – How much money do you need to raise? Ensure you know the numbers, the gross target and the net target. The gross target includes the monies raised plus the costs of running the campaign. So ultimately, you’re goaling for the net amount – aka. the money that’s left after all expenses have been deducted. Once you know that figure, then gear all your efforts toward that.

3. Budget – Your budget should include all the things you need to pay for to ensure the event goes off without a hitch. Things like food, entertainment, giveaways, security, space rental, transportation, utilities, and so on. Also dedicate a miscellaneous amount in your budget for unforeseen costs, too.

4. Host committee – The host committee will be seen as the ‘face’ or leaders of the charity drive. They can consist of politicians, independent donors, entrepreneurs or local celebrities who contribute a substantial amount of money to your fundraising event. In addition to their monetary contribution, host committee members help garner publicity and encourage other leaders to support your event.

5. Target audience – Knowing who the specific audience you’re trying to attract to your charity drive is essential. Such as parents of special needs children, families of young cancer survivors or businesses who want to support young entrepreneurs. You need not worry about your target audience if you’re hosting a general fundraiser.

6. Venue and set-up – The location is an integral part of any event plan because it can make or break the success of your event. If you’re seeking the attendance of people in a particular location, then the event venue must be close or easily accessible to them. Dress code, entertainment and food are also part of the venue and setup checklist.

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7. Marketing – Reaching your target audience in order to convince them that your event and school are worthy of their financial support isn’t easy, but it is essential. Mail invitations, send direct emails, promote through your social media accounts or reach out to your fundraising networks. If your budget allows it, or if you can gain the support of the local media, run a print advertisement, radio spot or local TV commercial. And don’t forget to have those on your host committee spread the word, too!

As you can see, having a detailed plan to get people to pledge money for your cause is important. Not only will it help you facilitate all the parts of your fundraising event easily, but give it every chance of success. Ensure you include the other members of your fundraising team to develop an effective event plan; after all, the success of your fundraising event will depend on all your combined efforts.

 

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Proper Ways to Dispose Your Garbage

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Proper garbage disposal is very important for the environment and you fail to dispose of your waste products approximately, you are putting the Earth, plants, animals, and humans at risk. Below you will discover the proper ways to dispose of hazardous wastes.

Food Waste – Most people will automatically toss their food leftovers in the trash, but this is not the best way to dispose of waste. Instead, you should invest in a garbage disposal, so you can dispose of your waste properly. Food taken to the garbage dump will release a high quantity of greenhouse emissions, which is very harmful to the environment.

Live Christmas Trees –If you decided to use a live tree for the Christmas season, you will need to dispose of it after the holidays have commenced. While you many consider dragging the tree down to the curb, so the garbage man can take it to the recycling center, you may be surprised to discover that most trash companies will not pick up live trees.

Call your trash service provider, before dragging the tree down to the curb and ask the representative, if they offer recycling services for live Christmas trees. There also many be a non-profit organization in your vicinity that will pick up the tree and dispose of it for you, but you may have to give a small donation for this service.

Batteries – Small batteries that are utilized for electronics, toys, and flashlights will contain a high content of acid, nickel, and mercuric oxide. You should never toss your batteries in the trash. Instead, you should take them to a battery-recycling center for proper disposal. Automobile and motorcycle batteries should be returned to the auto parts store, where they will be recycled properly. You may even receive $5 for each battery taken to the store, just for doing your part in making the Earth more environmental friendly.

Syringes- Used syringes must be placed in a ‘sharps’ container and this will also include needles, diabetic lancets, IV sets, and auto injectors. These hazardous items have been exposed to bodily fluids, which may contain some type of virus or bacteria. If you are a diabetic that is currently taking prescription insulin that must be injected, you will need to dispose of your lancets and syringes in a ‘sharps’ container. You can purchase these from your local pharmacy.

Once the ‘sharps’ container is completely full, you should take it to a physician’s office, hospital, or pharmacy for disposal. Of course, you may have to pay a small fee for disposal, but remember you are protecting the environment and humans from danger, by disposing of these hazardous items appropriately.

Surprising Uses of Fireplace Ashes

fireplace ashesAshes, or wood residue, from the fireplace may be unpleasant at times, but they can also bring a variety of benefits. If you aren’t sure what to do with the pile of wood residue your fireplace produces, the following ideas might give you a different perspective and may prove helpful

Remove Skunk Odor from Your Pets – Curious pets can come home quite smelly. Fortunately a small scoop of the snow-like dust from your wood fireplace can help deodorize animal fur.

Spruce up Your Lawn – Certain lawns and soils can greatly benefit from a little wood residue. Small amounts of ash added to a little water can liven the grass and even promote its growth. Keep in mind, however, that adding too much can be toxic rather than beneficial.

Help Your Trees and Plants – Trees can also benefit from the white mess your fireplace produces. Hardwood ash produced in your fireplace can be spread at the tree’s base to help improve the nutrition of the tree and the surrounding soil. The potassium within helps plants to bloom and flower. If you plant tomatoes in your garden you may want to add a little of the white powder inside the hole with the seed to improve growth.

Remove Stains – Have you ever spilled paint on concrete? Perhaps you have stubborn water spots or stains on your favorite pieces of furniture? Just scoop a little of that lovely white mess out of your fireplace and add a little water to make the problems disappear. For paint spills, simply put it on top of the spill. For marks on furniture, add a little of the white powder and water to a soft rag and gently scrub the surface before wiping it off with a clean, non-abrasive rag.

Avoid Insects and Rodents – You aren’t the only one who doesn’t like the product that builds up in your fireplace. Insects and rodents don’t care for it either, which makes it a great repellent. Spreading an even layer in your garden and flower beds will help to keep snails and other pests from ruining your harvest.

Melt Ice – It has been said that a little sprinkle of ash from your wood burning unit can help melt icy pathways. It may track indoors if used in high traffic areas, but to help unfreeze gardens and other areas, a light layer can help to defrost icy places.

Three Benefits of Natural Landscaping

As the term implies, natural landscaping aims at achieving a natural look for your backyard or front yard. The latter makes use of only those elements indigenous to your region or location. These include natural rocks and structures, trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers. Natural landscaping comes with many benefits. They are as follows.

Cost effective – Of course this type design isn’t free, although the majority of what you put into it is the time and labor that goes into creating and maintaining any scheme. Financial output should be significantly lower with a natural look, but just because you decide to go with a natural area, this doesn’t mean there will be no financial output at all. It does, however, mean the cost could be significantly lower. Since you’ll be using plant life indigenous to your area, you will be able to acquire them at a much lower cost, or even free if you transplant, keeping down the cost of initial development.

Less efforts – Since you’ll be using pants, trees, and other plant life already adapted to your region, they will be less susceptible to disease and will require less pampering in order to survive. Once you’ve established the plant life in your landscape, they will be able to survive under natural conditions without the need for additional irrigation or soil enhancements. After all, these plants are already “at home. ”

Improvement of the Eco-system – It also contributes to the well-being of the eco system. You’re creating an environment that is desirable for local wildlife and that doesn’t require any alteration of the natural ecosystem of the soil. By keeping your garden and property natural you are keeping the symbiotic relationships of plant, earth, and wildlife intact.

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Quick Tips on Purchasing Baby Products

Different baby products are available in mall, in supermarkets and even online today. They come in varied colors, design, sizes and prices. The greatest challenge for us moms would be choosing the most durable and safest products for our babies’ use.

Most of us fall into the trap of rooting for the cutest items we see in the store. This is especially true when we are choosing one as birthday, christening or holiday gift. There are certain things which we must keep in mind regarding this.babyproducts-big

First and foremost, never decide to buy an item based on its appearance. You must care to hold it and scrutinize every part of it. Are you buying feeding bottles? Visit specialty stores that sell the best baby products if possible. In here, you can ask for an actual demonstration of the performance of the item you are eyeing on. Perhaps, you are purchasing them from the department store. Ask permission from the sales agent for you to feel the feeding bottles in your hand and inspect its entirety.

Moving forward, read the product labels or ask about the materials which were used for the manufacture of the baby items you have at hand. They have to be safe for our little ones. If you are clueless about the reputation of a brand that you are considering, you can check its track record through useful websites which advocate against dangers among kids. Better yet, take time to read baby product reviews before going to the nearest store for your purchase. Most of the time, these reviews recommend items that have passed the standards of organizations conducting tests and awarding seals of approval.

It is also ideal that you have at least three brands in mind to choose from. This will enable you to compare and contrast the features and prizes of each item. Thus, you can choose the best one not only according to your needs but also to the budget that you have at hand. Doesn’t it sound like great savings without sacrificing quality? Do not go for the first product that will come your way. There might be more advantages waiting for you from the other items available.

Lastly, you must be aware of recalls so that you can purchase only the best baby products that your child needs. Certain websites provide free recall database which adults can use for reference. These listings can give you the exact name and description of the items recalled and the date and place they were on sale. They also show the cause of the recall and the solutions that the manufacturers are taking to solve the issue.

Mouth Guards – How They Can Solve Common Dental Issues

Athletes popularized the use of mouth guards. So, many people thought that mouth guards are only for the exclusive use of athletes who are engaged in very physical sports. While it is true that  athletes are the common wearers of these, common people with dental or oral problems can also wear them.

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This piece of treatment has two kinds – the pre-made or OTC guards and the prescription or made-to-order guards. The first kind is made out of plastic or thermoplastic material. Because of which, they can be simply molded once heated in boiling water. As this kind is typically industrially produced for general use, it doesn’t cost much. Just as predicted, they function by holding teeth in static position while you’re sleeping. Consequently, your facial muscles are stopped from gnashing your teeth.

A dental mouth guard needs time to be made or customised. It is because it should be thoroughly molded to match the wants of a particular patient. A consultant first crafts a plaster cast of a patient’s teeth from which a guard is patterned. Prescription guards are made in a dental laboratory and they do not need extra boiling or molding when they are finished. They are frequently utilized by patients with hard-to-fit mouths or braces on.

Teeth grinding compels your facial muscles to move while you are asleep. A dental night guard works in a way that when you bite on them, your teeth are spared from touching one another. The grinding action doesn’t stop when you are sleeping. With a little help from this piece nevertheless , the grinding doesn’t come into full action.

Stress, hysteria, dental conditions and certain types of medicine are the prime reasons for teeth grinding. If your anxiety and stress causes your teeth to gnash at bedtime, then, you definitely need psychotherapy or a stress control training more than the utilisation of these dental pieces. If certain medicines trigger that phenomenon in your mouth, ask your doctor for a replacement that may relax your facial muscles when you’re asleep.

Typically, a dental mouth guard can relieve chipped teeth, protect gum wounds, calm sore neck and temperomandibular joint pains. But it isn’t the sole solution to bruxism. To better understand what causes it in your case, consult your doctor about it.

The Importance of Maintaining Your Lawn All Year Round

While keeping your lawn clean and visually appealing could be an added value to your property, doing so may take much of your effort and time. Every season will definitely require a different type of caring. Hiring a professional carer for your lawn can make everything easier for you. If you’re not convinced about this idea, the following benefits can help you decide sooner than later.

#1 Good sale – Say, you are putting your property on sale. Let it be a reminder to you that potential buyers will not only scrutinize the interiors of your home or property but also its exteriors and landscape. Once they see that your garden is well-kept, they will have a good impression on how you take care of your possessions and consider your property as a good buy at the price you have set.

#2 Great landscape – A healthy lawn is definitely achievable with constant watering and application of fertilizers. However, making it stand-out with grandiose in your neighborhood needs expertise and hard work. This is something that lawn maintenance services can provide. The good thing about this is that most provider companies have a set of unique designs that can match the overall theme of your household. Thus, creating a more homey atmosphere for your family and visitors.

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#3 Great savings – Hiring a professional to care for your lawn allows you to save a lot of money. You can get an appropriate irrigation system installed to your lawn. While this won’t lower the lawn mowing prices you will be presented with, it can reduce your expenses on use of electricity and water. As we all know, sprinklers and sprinkler systems are a must for the healthy existence of your lawn.