Tips for Hosting a Successful Donation Drive

  • Print out a drive wish list and tape them to a box which then becomes a collection bin! Place it in a convenient location with high foot traffic, like a lobby or break room. 

  • Promote the drive with flyers, posters, tweets, and emails.  Frequent reminders will increase donations! Send Facebook messages and individual emails as well as general messages and group emails. Most people will help if asked directly.

  • Encourage financial donations as an option for individuals who don’t have time to go shopping but who still want to help kids who are homeless. Creating your own fundraising campaign is simple! Simply visit our Crowdrise page and click the big FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button and you'll instantly have your own fundraising page as a part of our Team.

  • Have a small fundraiser, like a bake sale, or give your donors an incentive – like a casual day for $5. Be creative!

  • Schedule your donation delivery and bring the team along for a photo op, or email us a photo to put on Facebook! drives@wellspringfs.org

  • Make the drive a competition between floors or departments to encourage participation!  Consider giving a small incentive to the winning team.  Send out frequent reminders and goal updates.  If competing in teams, include status updates.

  • Set goals for anticipated donations. (For example, 100 diapers, 50 pairs of jeans, etc. Goals motivate!)

  • Share your success and thank those who participated!  Social media is a great method.

  • If you’re using Instagram to promote your online donation drive website, don’t forget to place the link to your online donation page in your bio section, since Instagram disables links in photos or comments.

  • If you’re using Facebook to market your online donation drive website or in-person donation collection, make sure to “Pin” the post to the top of your page, so it’s the first thing visitors see when they view your page!

  • Thank yous are important! Brainstorm creative ways to thank your donors. Have kids in your life? Ask your child, niece or nephew, or grandkid to draw a “thank you” note for all participants!  Your child will learn about giving, and your donors will love it!