Using fundraising professionals or doing it yourself?

You may not always be able to organise the fundraiser event yourself.This could be for several reasons: you don’t have the money; you don’t have the resources; you don’t have the skills to organise such a large-scale event; you don’t have good ideas for fundraising events for the event; or other reasons. Fortunately, you can hire a professional fundraiser to help you organise your fundraiser. But is it really wise to hire one? Or do you have to do it yourself?

What is a Professional Fundraiser?

A professional fundraiser can be a company or individual that you hire to do part of your fundraiser’s organization. Their services and rates vary, as do the payment terms. The common term for paying a pro is by paying a predetermined amount. The fundraiser will then provide you with the tools and materials, or the items that will be used for your fundraising events.

Besides the fact that professionals do most of the work for the fundraising event, one of the main advantages of this service is that it can be used by organisations and individuals who do not have the funds for the endeavour. This is possible for a number of reasons. First, you can use a kind of pre-order to raise money: people order and pay for items, and you give them the items after a few days. The fundraiser will give you catalogs, which will be used so that people can choose which item to buy. Both you and the fundraising company get a discount on the income. Another method used is to pay them a certain percentage of the fundraising event’s earnings. The percentage can be discussed with the professional. This delayed form of payment works best, especially for those who need to hold fundraising events but don’t have the money.

Why wouldn’t I want to hire a professional?

Of course, hiring a professional fundraiser can come with some setbacks. First, the delayed payment can reduce a significant amount of revenue from your efforts. This means that you really have to do your best to make the fundraising event a success—and make a huge sum of money. Otherwise, you’ll only be left with a few bucks for your efforts.

Control can also be an issue here. After all, the service provided by a professional is limited to a certain extent. While their fundraising event services are effective when done properly, they may not be what you have in mind. So you will have to settle for what they have to offer.

The choice is yours.

So, with these pros and cons, you should now be able to decide whether to hire a professional fundraiser for your fundraising events. Of course, it can’t be denied that their services come in handy–a great alternative if you’re running out of ideas for fundraising events.