Vehicles for Raising Money!

Individual giving, group giving, and organizational giving are three of the vehicles people use for donating money nowadays. This is important to know when you’re establishing ways to share your information with people who may be potential donors. These methods become vehicles for your success when you let people know your organization is an option.

Individual: This is when someone gets directly involved in your mission. Usually, there are obvious reasons, which make this happen. They may have a  personal connection through a family member or friend. Other times, it’s not so simple.

Group: This is when someone chooses to be part of a group giving campaign. It may be dedicating an amount of money for someone completing a task. The one that comes to mind is a “run” where a person contributes so much per mile when it’s completed. It’s a sponsorship, so to speak.

The popular giving campaigns would fall into this category. Many people are now giving their donations through “Giving Tuesday” because it touches the organizations, which are tried and true and have taken the steps to market themselves. This is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving –

In Colorado there’s the Colorado Give campaign. Last year, raised nearly 34 million dollars in twenty-four hours. This is the first Tuesday in December this year.

In Colorado Springs there’s the IndyGive campaign where 75 non-profits learn how to market their organization while also encouraging people to donate during the two month campaign. 

The last one mentioned here – also in Colorado Springs – is the Empty Stocking Fund. this event has been around for thirty-three years. It will run Thanksgiving Day through January 19, 2018. 100% of the funds go directly to agencies to support those in need thanks to the sponsors.

Organizational: This is where people are contributing on the level of sponsorship. They may donate money and receive a product in return. Many times a business will purchase a “table” at a fundraising event and people from the business will attend. Sometimes, the people sitting at the table also contribute personally, which does help the organization grow. The best benefit to the people in the room is they get to know more about the organization and have the opportunity to get more involved.

Organizations sponsor the fundraising efforts of the campaigns mentioned above (IndyGive, Empty Stocking Fund, Colorado Gives and Giving Tuesday) and this allows for ways people can be involved on the organizational level.





Networking Events + Advocates = Raising More Money!

What is a networking event?

Two presentations plus a mix n’ mingle, which happen on one day!

Who are advocates?

People who agree to tell people about your business and invite them to your networking events.

How much more money can we raise?

This depends on how organized your presentations are, how well your advocates promote your networking events, and the methods you use to cultivate the relationships. This works for businesses as well as non-profits.

SOAR with Network Fundraising has an Internet self-study course called the SOAR Webinar Series. This teaches the basics for success with using this system. SOAR also has 1:1 coaching opportunities to help you follow the system, which guarantees you’re getting the best opportunity for success. In the past – organizations have increased 126% to 169% within six months of coaching. We are talking about raising more than $50,000 in these instances.


SOAR helps organizations build their networks for continuous success. It’s a sustainable system!

SUCCESS begins with our belief in others. Learn more! Chat with the founder of the system. Schedule a free strategy call!

Fundraising System where ONE box fits all!

Size and demographics of a community do not matter when it comes to the SOAR with Network Fundraising system for raising money. It works for businesses, just as well as it works for non-profits.

Benefits to buying programs with SOAR

  • The ROI (return on investment) cannot be matched! Where can be buy a fundraising system for as low as $129 ($65 until November 23, 2017) where education is provided, which has proven to increase fundraising 126% in four months? Click here to learn more!
  • Techniques are guaranteed to increase the results of programs for raising money! These may be programs you’re already doing, or they may be new programs you choose to do because of the education you receive.
  • It has helped every organization who’s ever gotten involved! There are no down sides to the program. EVERYONE says it was THE thing, which made the biggest difference for them. And, the difference was huge in most cases.
  • Everybody mentored by the founder of this fundraising system has, on average, increased dollars raised by 41%! These were measurable results and yours will be too!
  • People are successful at using the system in any community! This is a situation where one box fits all. The systems were built with knowledge of how markets react. It is geared to work in any community where people communicate.
  • The founder has faith, works with individuals to achieve success, and is motivated by helping others achieve their goals! She knows your success is her success. She likes to be top of the heap and wants you to be there too.

high five2000x1200ishGayle Gross is the founder of SOAR with Network Fundraising. Her personal mission is to share intellectual knowledge for raising money. Why? She says, “It can be so simple and when people are successful in reaching goals, like raising money, they are happier. This means they are usually kinder, which makes the world a better place to be. I want to be among people who are happy! It’s that simple and most people want to have more money. It’s something I’m good at doing. SOAR with Network Fundraising improves the ability for people to be successful at reaching their goal.” 

Growing Business Relationships

How well are you currently following up and following through with new people you meet? Do you:

  • Take the appropriate time to follow up?
  • Thank people after you meet with them?
  • Connect with people on social media and then send a welcome message after they accept?
  • Do what you say you will do within the timeframe you committed to?

You have probably heard this statement before – building relationships requires a person knowing, liking and trusting you. Do you think this can happen overnight? Truly, it depends on the people involved and on the circumstances. Usually, it takes multiple connections before the relationship gets comfortable. Connections can be calls, emails, meetings, messages on social media, etc. In fact, a variety of styles for connecting are better than using just one. Why? You’re more inclined to reach people because believe it or not – people have preferences on how they like to communicate.

Five simple steps for follow up and follow through.

  1. Set aside time everyday to follow up/follow through (30 min. recommended)
  2. Reply to messages within 24 hours (setting aside a block of time each day is recommended unless a message is marked urgent, which needs attention right away)
  3. Thank people immediately – this could be writing a thank you card the day of an activity and sending right away. It could also be done through a quick text or email, while following up with a handwritten note.
  4. Keep a running list of things you said you would do and make sure they get done within a timely manner. Resourcing your calendar and the task list feature (if it is available) can help with this. Some people also send themselves a text or email once the commitment is made, along with the details.
  5. Confirm with people after your follow up to make sure they received what they expected.

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SOAR with Network Fundraising helps people grow market share. We assist non-profits although the work we do was first started with a bank! Set a free strategy call by clicking this link.


Consistency with Communication for Volunteers

Keeping people engaged in your program requires building a culture around your mission and their role in it. Every volunteer invites people to be involved in your program. They spread the word naturally and it is “word of mouth marketing.”

Consider the outline below for communicating with your volunteers. This is a way to maintain consistency among your group as you continue to grow. It helps to build a culture when you bring new people on board.

If you haven’t seen the previous articles leading up to this you can catch up so you’re not feeling confused. This is article three in a series and the others talk more about building the advocate (volunteer) program.

GROWING Networks for Fundraising – Article 1

Messengers for Fundraising – Article 2

Weekly email with First-line Advocates – These are the people YOU have invited to join you with your organization’s fundraising mission. There are going to be times when someone you invited has invited someone else and then these people become your second-line advocate.

A weekly email is when you do something fun! It’s meant to make people smile, remember your mission, and also be informative.

  • Begin a round robin email where people can add their new advocate’s names as it gets passed around. This can also be done within a group on Facebook if you have set one up. The reason for this communication is to share about new advocates. This eliminates people being asked more than once to be involved.
  • Consider a themed email. There was a time when the Tuesday Pickle was the title of an email and it was sent every Tuesday with clean pickle jokes. Of course, updates on the organization’s program were included but they were secondary. The Tuesday Pickle was popular and people liked it.

Monthly Meeting of the Minds with First-line Advocates (1 hour) – Again, these are those people you invited to be involved. You are getting to know them. Getting together to discuss specific topics related to growing their mission will also encourage them to help you grow yours. The purpose of this meeting is to bring people together to mix n’ mingle. The whole format of SOAR with Network Fundraising is about growing networks – groups of people. When people get together and talk they begin to know, like and trust each other.

  • Schedule coffee on a regular day each month (For example – the second Tuesday each month at 8:00 a.m). You can meet at a local coffee shop or move it around to different venues
  • Make the meeting location convenient – easy in and out, good parking, and centrally located
  • Solicit locations associated with people who are advocates

Quarterly Hosted Event (2 hours) – This is when the advocates in your first line invite their first line and so on. This is when the big group gets together to mix n’ mingle. The quarterly hosted event is networking at a location on a regularly scheduled day each quarter (For example – the third Thursday at 6:00 p.m. each February, May, June, and December).

  • Change locations in order to cultivate new relationships with businesses
  • Consider being outside in the summer for a BBQ
  • The event in December can be the annual Christmas party
  • Charge a small fee for people to attend ($5) to cover the cost of refreshments or have people purchase their own food
  • Recognize people who are really excelling at advocacy

This is a time when people can mix n’ mingle and promote their businesses. If you are hosting this event in a public place and your advocates wear their name tags other people in the venue will take notice and ask questions.

The techniques you are learning about help to grow market share for any kind of business. Communication is always first priority to growing your program. The second is making sure it is consistent. The next area we’ll cover is follow up and follow through. Watch for the next article by following this blog.


Migration is THE Fundraiser, which implements networking as the system. You can learn about this through an online Webinar. Self-study courses are found through this link.


Fundraising Webinar Series – Twice the Value for Half the COST until 11/23

$129 SERIES reduced to $65 now through November 23!

It’s true. This is the Thanksgiving “giving back special” SOAR with Network Fundraising offers. Until November 23 you have the opportunity to learn the system, which increased fundraising 126% in four months.

This is the original program! Value-added because we appreciate the work you do to help others. Now, let us help you. We’ve added a follow-up call with a fundraising coach for FREE.



The webinar series teaches the whole SOAR with Network Fundraising system within the comfort of your office, home, or favorite relaxing location. You only need a good Internet connection and there are NO DOWNLOADS required.

Each webinar session is approximately 40 minutes long. After your purchase you receive an email with the link to register for the first session. At the end of each session you register for the next one.

You get 4 sessions!

1.) Relationship management for fundraising

2.) Networking

3.) Improving your volunteer program

4.) Learning the details for a new fundraiser – The Migration!

The value!

  • 150+ minutes of education
  • Opportunity to join the mastermind discussions. This is with other fundraising professionals around the country who are sharing ideas!
  • Downloadable book – SOAR with Network Fundraising
  • Recording of the session so you can review anytime and share with your team
  • Templates and other information provided to guarantee success!

The added value!

  • Follow-up call with a fundraising coach to make sure everything you learned is clear and understandable! This is when you can ask questions in relation to fitting the program into your organization.


Session #1 – SOAR (plan ahead – 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. sessions Monday through Friday – Mountain Time)

  • The focus during this session is on relationship development and management.

Session #2 – Networking (plan ahead – 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday – Mountain Time)

  • The focus during this session is the system of developing relationships through the use of networking events. Unlike anything you’ve learned before!!

Session #3 – Advocate Program (plan ahead – 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday – Mountain Time)

  • The focus during this session is growing your volunteer base and encouraging people to help you in raising money.

Session #4 – Migration (plan ahead – 11:00 and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday – Mountain Time)

  • The focus during this session is twofold. First, migrate what you’ve learned into your organization’s current fundraiser. Second, learn a new fundraiser resourcing networking as the tool!! Unlike anything you’ve learned before!!

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You commit to one day of training or up to four days by spreading the sessions out. You receive a recording of the sessions you attend. ALSO – everyone going through the series is invited to join a conference call on a quarterly basis with like-minded individuals – The Fundraising Mastermind.





Gayle Gross is the founder of SOAR with Network Fundraising and facilitates the SOAR Webinar Series. She developed the role for increasing market share within a bank and carried that over into raising money for non-profits. Now, she shares her learnings with you so you can also achieve success through the use of simple practical steps for networking!


Tools for Increasing Dollars Raised

There are tools for increasing your success for raising money. You avoid the majority of pitfalls, which take up time and do not give you the results you desire, when you follow a simple plan.

First and foremost – rule # 1 – get a fundraising plan set, approved, and implemented. It is key to your future success! Think of a ship heading out without the captain setting a course first. The ship may/may not arrive at the proper destination. And, if it does arrive you have to wonder how the journey went. Were there detours? Was it the best use of time? A map for traveling the course takes away uncertainty when challenges appear. It keeps things simple because you have something to look back on.

The best way to develop your plan is to put a mastermind group together. The recommended members of your group are the people with vision for accomplishing the goal. There’s one person spearheading the steps involved and they put together an outline first. This page will get you started – click here!

You can chat with a SOAR representative, at no cost, to determine the best track for you when it comes to developing a plan, and raising the money you need to fulfill your mission. Schedule time through this link. You’ll notice the time slots are for 15 minutes. If more time is needed another call will be scheduled.

In the end, the group you put together drafts the plan and it is stamped with the approval of the leader for your organization. Step by step – in every way – we move forward to achieve success.