Tips on running a successful fundraising campaign


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On the eve of the launch of our annual ‘Winter Warmer Campaign’, I want to share some insights about the 8 best ways to run a campaign.

Written by the skilled Allison Gauss,’s article roadmaps the campaign’s different phases, for instance:

1. A Skillful Soft Launch

2. Put the Campaign Brand Front and Center

3.Send Fundraisers a Tip Sheet

4. Create a Donation Page Branded to the Campaign

5. Set Up a Matching Period

6. Link Donations with Relevant Impact

7. Create a Campaign Video

8. Celebrate Successes – For You and Your Fundraisers!

All these phases are discussed in detail and, a bonus, you can download their Ultimate Campaign Planning Kit.

Click here to read the article and………ENJOY!!


Allison Gauss.  n.d.  8 Surefire Ways to Run a Successful Fundraising Campaign.  [Web:]  [Date of Access:] 23 May 2017.




In his weekly newsletter, the project manager at Tshwane North Outreach, mr Frikkie Loots, requests urgent assistance with food at their local pre-school and aftercare. They are awaiting their annual government grant, which has not been paid as yet. Therefore they’ve run out of funding for the school. The situation is quite desperate.

Around 120 children per day receive care at Wolmer Community Centre (TNO) in Pretoria North. They have no funding to purchase the necessary items to prepare healthy meals for these children anymore.

They need the following items:

– Tinned food

– Maize meal

– Rice

– Pasta

– Sugar

– Tea

– Coffee

– Fresh vegetables and meat (they have cooling facilities)

If you can contribute at all, please send me an email (click here) or get in touch with their office directly. (Click here for TNO contact details).

Alternatively you can complete the contact form at the bottom of this post.

Financial donations can be deposited into their account. (Click here for account details) Article 18-A certificates can be supplied upon request.

Thanking you in advance for your support.





SAVE THE DATE! Our 2017 Undercover Scarf Mission…shhh is in two months

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Can you believe it is winter already!! This year is just FLYING past, isn’t it?

Many of you will remember our #ScrarfDrive from last July. Well, the good news is, WERE AT IT AGAIN!! AND…you are invited! Join us on Thursday, 13 July 2017 as we venture out into the community to spread some much needed warmth. We will paint Pretoria red, and pink, and blue, and yellow….all the colors of the rainbow, much like the people of our beautiful country.’

But, before we can do this, we will need LOTS AND LOTS of scarves and wool to make them. If you can knit or crochet, don’t waste another second, get those needles clicking!! If you can’t knit or crochet, you can still donate wool and needles so that others can to the work. With your support we will be able to reach out to those who need help desperately during these bitterly cold months. If you are willing and able to assist us in our efforts, please do not hesitate to email us (click  here) or complete the contact form below.

For more information on how you can get involved with 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, get in touch or visit our website here.

In the meantime, I’m sharing a note from our Queen of Knitwits, Carolyn Steyn, below:

“Dearest KnitWits for Madiba,

We have worked our fingers to the bone making blankets for people less fortunate and for this I extend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you that has already contributed blankets this year.

We are now in the midst of distributions – working with our Ambassadors and KnitWits for Madiba – and STUTTAFORD VAN LINES!!! – handing out our thousands of blankets to orphanages, old aged homes and informal settlements.

Now that our big work has been done for the year, I suggest we all have a nice cup of tea with friends (or in our own quiet time) and CHURN out as many SCARVES as you possibly can for this special day which has become an annual day of giving on the part of our 67 Blankets family.

In parks, around trees, parking metres, lamp posts etc. at the EXACT same time and date – ALL around our beautiful country – we will display our scarves (made with love) – each one bearing our special trademark logo and message : “I AM NOT LOST. IF YOU ARE COLD AND NEED ME, PLEASE TAKE ME. LOVE, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day”.

People on their way home, walking to bus stops and taxi ranks from school and work, will be gloriously surprised by our colourful displays and messages of love and warmth.

SO, in the next few days, let’s see just how many SCARVES we can quickly churn out!!!

Please post pictures!!! And let’s get rocking with this project – also not forgetting our #MMM (Massive Mandela Masterpiece)!!! We need all those blankets handed in by December so that South Africa can make HISTORY next year to mark Madiba’s 100th year.

But right now think “SCARVES, SCARVES, SCARVES”!!!!



And there you have it! Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Please complete the contact form below if you wish to support our cause in any way by donating wool, crochet-or knitting needles or if you wish to become more involved with a knitwit-group in your area.

Remember, it’s not WHAT or HOW MUCH, it’s thefact that you DARE TO CARE at all.


**Images via 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day on Facebook.

Seeking lifepurpose in a brokenworld

This has been the question on my mind for a while now. Why should we care about the poor, the powerless, the broken and needy? I mean, look at the world…you try to help one person and a million others starve, because the powers that should, in fact, take responsibility for their welfare, cannot do […]

via Seeking Life Purpose in a Broken World — This One Life