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In every neighborhood, there are always reasons to help others. Maybe you have a growing number of stray animals or you know someone who was diagnosed with a rare illness. Regardless of the cause, it can be beneficial to band together with your neighbors, coworkers, or even friends to raise money or items for a charity. Not sure where to start? Follow these steps and you’ll have a successful drive in no time.

 

The Cause and The Charity

Before doing anything else, you have to decide which cause to support, as this will lay the groundwork for the rest of your process. If nothing immediately comes to your mind, reach out to people you know and see if they are involved in a good cause. Once you determine the cause, it is time to choose a charity. Make sure to do research on the charity so that you are able to find the right one for your needs.

 

Reach Out to an Organizer

Most charities have staff who can help you set up your drive. In fact, some charities may require you use specific marketing tactics and go about raising money or goods in a particular way. Make sure what you plan to do fits with their requirements. Aside from that, you can also ask about best practices for getting the word out, partnering with local businesses, and even the best days and times to run an event.

 

Set a Date and Assign Duties

Now that you have all of the info for how to run your event, you need to focus on who is running the event. If you are running it alone, you may be up for a big task. Be prepared to create promotional materials, set up the event, take donations, and pass them along to the charity. This can be a significant amount of work, so I suggest asking others to help with the organization and post-event tasks. Regardless of whether you do this yourself or have a team, it is also important to make sure everyone is available during the time you are running the drive.

 

Collect Donations, Transport Them, and Wrap Up

Finally, it is time for the event! If it is an all-day event, make sure volunteers have food and water to last for the day. Also, be prepared to spend an hour or two with set-up and tear-down. If your event will last over several days, make sure there are specified places people can drop off goods or donations, and ensure they are in a locked, safe place. Once your event is finished, coordinate a time to transport everything you’ve collected, and make sure to blast out a thank-you to everyone who participated!

 

Running a charity drive is not particularly difficult, but by following these steps, you can ensure success for your drive.