Fundraising doesn’t have to be formal

Hosting a fundraiser can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, informal fundraising events can be low cost to the host, well attended and just as effective at raising funds as formal events.

The first fundraiser for AgELECT in 2018 was hosted by the Indiana Farm Bureau State Young Farmer Committee. The event took place at Jake’s Roadhouse in West Lafayette, Indiana, on March 16. Twenty-five people attended the event and nearly $500 was raised for the AgELECT political action committee. Districts 6 and 8 will host a trap shooting fundraiser at Kingen Gun Club on July 27.

FarmTour_AgELECT Fundraising_GrassrootsAdvocacy“These events are perfect examples of ideal fundraising activities for AgELECT,” said Dana Carter, INFB political engagement manager. “The fundraiser doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should reflect the unique characteristics of the community. Districts and counties should look for these opportunities to connect with people in their communities who are willing to invest in the future of agriculture through political engagement.”

According to Carter, since AgELECT contributions can come from more than the INFB membership, the fundraising opportunities are greatly expanded. She said it’s important to create an event that will appeal to the community at large. Those types of events will expand the potential donor pool and educate those not familiar with INFB on the work the organization does to protect and elevate the agriculture industry.

Listed below are a few fundraising activity ideas to consider:

  • Farm-to-fork dinners.
  • Farm tours.
  • Bake sales.
  • Bingo night.
  • Car washes.

If you have an interest in hosting an event listed above or if you have a great idea of your own, email Carter.