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A telethon fundraiser is a great way to raise money in a short period of time for a team, cause, or school. A telethon raises money by enlisting a team of volunteers to call your community and enticing them to pledge money to your cause. Telethons usually span a few hours, and are sometimes televised or live streamed on social media. Here’s what you need to know before you run a telethon fundraising event.
Plan your fundraiser well in advance:
Plan the telethon well in advance. Make sure that you have enough volunteers who have committed to calling your community for your fundraiser. You’ll need to make sure you have access to enough phones for your fundraising event, and that your volunteers know how long they are expected to stay on the phones. If you are planning on running your event for longer than three hours, have refreshments available for your volunteers.
Letting your community know about your event:
Ask your volunteers to publicize your event on their social media accounts, and send an email out to your community member notifying them that your telethon event is taking place.
Getting donations from your supporters:
Supporters can make donations over the phone, or if you have an online platform, users can donate there as well! If you’re live streaming your fundraising event, you can have a link available so that your supporters don’t have to call in. If you have a FlipGive fundraising campaign, it’s quick and easy for your supporters to donate to your cause.