Meet at the corner of Henrietta and Center if you’d like to participate in the walk with other people!
Text a single word to (833)763-0494 in order to vote for your favorite window. The words for each window are below.
- Alpine Firearms and Adoptable Animal Rescue Force (voting word: aarf)
- Colorado GearLab and HtN Hope Lives Here (voting word: hope)
- Cowhand and Ute Pass Historical Society (voting word: historical)
- Cowhand and Symphony Above the Clouds (voting word: symphony)
- Hungry Bear and SATURN (voting word: saturn)
- Mountain View Yogurt Plus and Status: Code 4, Inc. (voting word: code)
- Williams Log Cabin Furniture and Lighter Side of Christmas (voting word: christmas)
The windows are truly amazing. Take a walk downtown Woodland Park to check them out. This is a partnership with businesses and nonprofits. Vote one time up until midnight on February 28. Invite your friends to vote too!
Local nonprofits (serving people in Teller County, Colorado) have the opportunity to participate in Charity Sales with SOAR to fundraise for their organization. The Charity Sales are done virtually.
Sale items for a Charity Sale are collected by SOAR and stored. A person purchasing items during the Sale makes a donation directly to the nonprofit. This is done when an item is picked up. Money does not change hands ahead of time. Donations are made online through the nonprofit’s website.
SOAR provides Charity Sales at no cost except for storage fees. SOAR takes care of collecting items, marketing the sale through social media and setting up the online sale.
SOAR offers this program as a way for residents to give back to local nonprofits. Sometimes, a person is downsizing their home and they have a bedroom set they’d like to give away. A Charity Sale is the perfect solution! These activities began during the 2020 pandemic as a way to enhance local giving.
On average, nonprofits earn 7% on their short term investment of $125. This a great way for a donor to enhance their gift to an organization.
If you’d like to learn more – email email@example.com or text one word – charitysale – to (833) 763-0494
Symphony Above the Clouds and Rhapsody Bar are the People’s Choice Winners!! $50 donation to the Symphony Guild from SOAR. (Total votes: 65) They added 34 votes during the Sidewalk Sale coordinated by Main Street on September 19, 2020!
The Runner Up for People’s Choice ALSO had a table at their window location during Main Street’s Sidewalk Sale. Congratulations Friends of Mueller State Park and GearLab! $35 donation to the Friends of Mueller State Park from SOAR. (Total votes: 56)
We appreciate all participants: Cowhand, Teller Senior Coalition, Help the Needy, Alpine Firearms, AARF, Mountain View Yogurt Plus, Nonprofit Cooperative of Teller County, and Habitat for Humanity of Teller County
Time for a self check to see if you SOAR. Do you…
S – share your message
O – offer opportunities for people to be involved in your mission
A – accept the way people participate
R – respect and appreciate everyone involved
SURE – I bet you already SOAR. The depth of how often and how much you SOAR is the determining factor when improving your current status.
SOAR in the airstream – 33,000 feet
SOAR at Ground level
To SOAR you have to begin at the ground level before you can take flight. SOAR with Network Fundraising is a book that brings networking into the program to grow market share and raise money. The ground level is based on getting help to fulfill your mission. There’s a way to engage volunteers and build your network.
Establish your fundraising team and begin to host monthly meetings. Determine how you’re going to raise money and what kind of resources you already have and what you’ll need. It is important to include your fundraising team in decision-making and let them take roles.
Elevation to the airstream happens when the team you have is able to fly on their own. This is when you are able to relax, watch, mentor, and make important decisions while your team is motivated to create success for your organization’s mission.
getting into the Airstream
There are ways to get to the airstream rapidly. SOAR at ground level is one way. The reference of birds flying in a v-formation to get from one place to another efficiently is an example. Birds fly in a V because the leader creates an updraft and following behind is easier. Gayle Gross of SOAR with Network Fundraising trains you on leading your team toward successful fundraising. SHE creates the updraft for you and in the end, you create the same kind of updraft for your team. Organizations who SOAR migrate to the place where their organization benefits most. It’s the place of higher resources and lesser resistance.
Do you already have a fundraising program? Add the credits you’ve already earned because of the things you already do in your program – click here!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org OR, schedule a call to get your fundraising questions about SOAR answered.
Build fundraising into the framework of engagement for local businesses.
- Meetings and activities for SOAR’s Co-Op happen within brick and mortar business locations to promote developing partnerships and potential sales/service
- In-kind donation opportunities by a business help to offset the frequent “ask” for donations, which is a common complaint contributing to donor fatigue
Use it as a platform to develop a model for giving back
- SOAR’s Co-Op increases communication, which promotes being on the same page as well as resolving conflicts
- The Co-Op becomes a central donation/distribution hub when the right parameters are in place. This relieves businesses from constantly being asked and potentially feeling that if they do not comply they will lose business
- Communities thrive when people give back in meaningful ways. Meaningful depends on knowing each other’s likes and dislikes and caring enough to always make it a positive experience.
Offer the program as a marketing opportunity
- Trainings and networking events are built into the program, which promote the development of professional relationships
- People have an opportunity to “be the trainer” and at the same time promote their business. This is when getting to know the business owner or who they have working in their shop truly makes a difference. Someone operating a cash register may have previous experience in event planning. They can be the experts in the field when it comes to training nonprofits on the topic at Co-Op meetings. It’s shining the spotlight on talents and creating goodwill at the same time
- The fee to participate in the Nonprofit Cooperative is adjustable. The total left over at the end of the year is equal to a fundraiser.
The participation fee does not raise a lot of money although there are ways to expand upon the model to make fundraising more affective. For example:
- Events have sponsors
- Activities and increased sales at Main Street business locations develop into positive stories. Use these when writing grant requests
SOAR works with organizations to implement the Nonprofit Cooperative
- SOAR shares the message of how the Co-Op benefits an organization’s mission
- An organization chooses to develop a Nonprofit Cooperative in their community, which adds a longer philanthropic arm to their mission
- SOAR analyzes the potential for success through discovery with key stakeholders and additional research. A proposal is presented when a better than average rating is achieved.
- A partnership develops between SOAR and the organization, which normally lasts through the implementation phase or up to one year
A positive experience begins with the right intent – an opportunity to offer something meaningful to another person. Only 4% of people voice their complaints to you about something you’ve done. Are they voicing their dismay to others? You bet. Begin by recognizing how you feel. If there’s any feeling you have that maybe, just maybe, you offered bad service to someone or said something, which may have been taken the wrong way? The first step is to ask, “Is everything alright? Is there anything I can do to make things better?” If the person says, “Everything is fine.” You have to take their word for it and then, create positive experiences. It takes 12 positive experiences to delete one negative.
Positive experiences to think about:
- Asking “Is everything alright? Is there anything I can do to make things better?”
- Sending a personal note letting the person know you value your relationship with them
- Add a benefit for them related to what they value. A person with a business would like to know you sent someone their way
- Invite the person out for coffee or lunch to get to know them better
- Ask this person to share their expertise by offering an opportunity to do so
- Communicate openly
- Show appreciation
- Make interactions simple and easy
- Understand expectations and then go above and beyond
- Recognize efforts they make
- Listen and acknowledge their ideas
- Watch your body language during interactions to make sure you’re open and friendly
- Always say something positive to this person
- Add this person’s name into conversation with them
- Draw attention to personal connections
- Tell this person a “secret” so they know you better
- Be as transparent as possible
- Remain caring, professional and polite
- Be yourself
- End conversations in a polite way: have a good day, have a nice night, see you soon, talk to you later…
- Be positive and create positive feelings
- Invite this person to join a club, experience, event
- Anticipate and be attentive
- Find an emotional connection – a common bond
Customer service has reached a new level, and in fact, has entered into the realm of being more personal. Our lives have become much more of an open book because of social media. Maintaining positive relationships are most-important for keeping your life in tune, on a positive note, so to speak.
Email email@example.com OR, schedule a call to get your questions answered about how to create positive experiences in your community.
Donors have a giving heart. They are asked more often than not to consider giving. Ask a donor, “What can I do for you?” and they will probably sidestep the conversation. It’s not something they’re comfortable discussing. It’s not supposed to be about them in their mind because it’s about others.
Understanding how a donor feels is important. You show a quality mindset when you take time to understand their intent and then provide opportunities for them to benefit. It is a nice way to “give back.” These six powerful words, “what can I do for you,” have the ability to transform a situation. It’s a way to shift the discussion and put the energy back on making someone else happy. In this case, it is your donor.
Consider this – more than half of all people who visit a nonprofit’s website do so from a mobile device according to Mobilecause.com. This is an old statistic so the numbers are much higher now. What does your website look like on a mobile platform? Check it out on your phone and make sure it is user-friendly. Is there a donor button? It’s not just about having a “donate now” button because a “donor” button is more about the emotional component of why they give. A donor button is about telling your story, and also about sharing with donors the benefit of why giving to your organization is important. The button explains what’s in it for them? This is that uncomfortable situation again. But, it’s true. What’s in it for them? They can feel good about giving to a cause and get a spiritual kudo just about anywhere. They can get a tax benefit for specific kinds of donations. Sure, this works. But, they can also GIVE to any organization to get the same rewards. Why would they give to yours?
Setting yourself up for success begins on the backend. It’s your opportunity to set the stage first. Begin by doing this:
- Check your mobile platform for your website’s format and message. This is the the way most people are seeing you. Connect with your website designer as necessary to update for mobile changes
- Be up to date on social media, other online sites, and with phone messaging systems. Call yourself and your answering system through the office. What message do you hear? Do you have recent posts on social media and on your website? It takes time and is often put on the bottom of the list. Dedicating a couple of hours each week to this process, or finding a volunteer to do it, makes the world of difference in the end
- Make a list of the ways you’re giving back to donors and add to the list while remembering, each donor is different and it takes some time to discover the intricacies of what’s most important to them. This is about taking the time for discovery and then taking the time to establish a plan to let your donor know they are your most important asset.
The people you serve are most important to your mission. The people who help you serve are your greatest asset. An asset is the people volunteering, working for you, or those who provide a means for your service. A donor, a sponsor, or a foundation provide the means by giving money for your mission to continue. Taking it easy on donors is key to your success.
For additional information on coaching through the fundraising process – connect with SOAR with Network Fundraising. The programs are cost-effective and focused on your mission. There’s not a cookie-cutter approach to taking it easy on donors, providing the right message or opportunities to be involved, and engaging the public. Each situation is different. SOAR coaching offers the training and then the follow up. The Leader’s Program creates sustainability through a year-long program. Click Here!
Schedule a call or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t go alone! How long have we been preaching this to our kids. “Partner up!” It’s that simple.
The V-formation develops and runs your fundraiser successfully. What in the world!? A V-formation is a group of birds, flying in a flock, to get to where they want to go. That’s not me!
Are you sure? Wouldn’t you get further if you led a V-formation (Volunteer Formation)? It’s about managing your time effectively. WE ARE ALL TOO BUSY. Of course, we are. We don’t have time to hover over the nest. There are bigger and better things for fund raisers to be doing. Like…meeting new people and developing relationships.
We recommend building your V-formation first: Assigning roles and managing the process. BE THE LEADER!
SOAR helps people develop roles and manage processes.
V-formation is Everyone who…
- Shares the cause and tells the story of how they are connected to your mission
- Engages donors and sponsors (increases donations and lower costs)
- Answers the following question with yes – “will this decision help us raise more money for our cause?” If the answer is no, spending time on that item is avoided
Sample Roles for your team
1. Event Coordinator
2. Marketing Collaborator
3. Hospitality Chief
Building a strong V-formation depends on communication. There are lots of ways we communicate. People do have preferences. Figure them out!
Step one: One person decides they want to spearhead the cause marketing program in their community and they are backed by their company to explore the ROI. It’s a perfect opportunity for a community relations person in a marketing department. It’s the way to develop a lasting, sustainable way to improve business, and it comes out of the goodness of your heart! It’s people to people marketing, relationship development, at its best.
Look at this great list of perks you get when you choose to develop a nonprofit cooperative:
- You are the only one being trained by SOAR in your county to implement the cooperative (as long as you remain in the program)
- SOAR backs the program with 100% positive results for growing market share
- You’re introduced to a philanthropic tool to market a business (cause marketing)
- You learn a proven method to grow your market and achieve success
- There are opportunities to create social impact
- You’re guided to establish your role as the “Community Connector”
- You become spotlighted as a prominent organization in the community because you’re giving in a sustainable way to a vulnerable segment of society
- A reflection of change is prepared, through monthly progress reports, for the leaders of your company
Schedule a call or send an email to email@example.com
We help you:
- Establish communications within your community for the cooperative
- Put together an effective growth plan
WHY A NONPROFIT COOPERATIVE?
Small communities (county population under 30,000) have put together nonprofit cooperatives to enhance individual success through group success. It’s the philosophy of giving back in order to move forward. Gayle Gross, founder and CEO of SOAR with Network Fundraising, lives by this philosophy. She gives nonprofits in small communities an opportunity to create their own success by developing a cooperative program. This program is usually spearheaded by a business hoping to create social impact by becoming the “community connector.”
BENEFITS OF A NONPROFIT COOPERATIVE
The Nonprofit Cooperative relieves donor fatigue. People get tired of being asked over and over again for money. Imagine – you are the business, which relieves this stress for other people in town. They will admire your effort. You become a hero in their eyes. Your business becomes the one people frequent and refer people to.
Donor fatigue happens a lot in small communities. It’s where the ratio of nonprofits to potential donors is lopsided. It is quickly apparent, the Nonprofit Cooperative lessens burnout for fundraising professionals. There’s an immediate support system among peers, nonprofit events cease to overlap, and people in the community begin to see the benefit of their unity. Organizations gain credibility. Marketing is often done together and this helps to reduce costs for the nonprofits who do not have expendable income.
WHO BENEFITS MOST IN A COMMUNITY?
- For-profit businesses have the opportunity to spearhead the program and they get in touch with nonprofits in the community. All nonprofits have their network of followers. The for-profit also becomes the “community connector” in their area, which is a powerful marketing tool
- Nonprofits learn how to collaborate effectively to increase their bottom line. There’s greater awareness and opportunities
- The community is relieved of donor fatigue
WHY LISTEN TO SOAR’S FOUNDER AND GET INVOLVED?
Schedule a call or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org