Author Archives | Sandra Sims

Sandra Sims has written 738 posts on Step By Step Fundraising.

Sandra Sims is the founder of Step by Step Fundraising, an online article and book publisher, which was recently acquired by FastTrack Fundraising. In addition to nonprofit management and fundraising, she has expertise in search engine optimization, social media marketing and content syndication. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Midwestern State University.

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Fundraising New and Exciting Again

Posted on 27 February 2013

We have been following the fundraising industry for nearly 10 years now. It’s an industry that needs to change but at least in the product fundraising portion of the industry does not seem to embrace change. I’ve attended trade shows and conferences and have never walked away a single time thinking anything other than that […]

Read-a-thons Can Raise Lots of Money

Posted on 19 February 2013

Have you ever participated in a read-a-thon? We ran across the other day and we started thinking about how much sense the concept makes for schools – especially elementary schools. In recent years it seems like the only people considering read-a-thons were librarians. But when you consider the amount of money that can be […]

Food Fundraisers Revisited

Posted on 26 September 2012

Well finally some common sense. We’ve seen school districts and even state legislatures determine that food fundraisers were a bad thing and they could no longer be held. That meant the end to cookie dough fundraising and candy fundraising which for years had been some of the most common school fundraising ideas. Now we read […]

Fundraising Ideas for Kids

Posted on 20 September 2012

There are definitely some good fundraising ideas for kids. In fact we will discuss and link to some of the best ideas on this page. But the fact of the matter is that you can choose the best fundraisers available and still not get the results you hoped for if you don’t put some effort […]

Fundraising Websites – Who Can You Trust

Posted on 20 August 2012

There are lots of fundraising websites but not all of them are equal. So how do you know which ones you can trust? That’s a much more difficult question than you’d think. Aesthetics alone are not good barometers. In other words just because a site looks good doesn’t mean it’s trustworthy. In fact there is […]

There Are People Who Will Steal Your Fundraising Cash

Posted on 18 July 2012

Beware. There are people who will steal your fundraising cash. It doesn’t happen often. That’s the good news. But a few times a year we hear from groups whose fundraising coordinators have stolen the money collected when selling fundraising products. Here’s how it usually plays out: We will get a call from an inquisitive parent […]

Do Prizes Produce Better School Fundraising Results?

Posted on 14 June 2012

There has been so much discussion on whether incentives or prices help school fundraising results or not. And a recent article in the Orange County Register about 7 top students fundraisers receiving terrific prizes created the opportunity to continue that discussion here. The main question is whether prizes produce better results or are simply given […]