Fundraising Toolkit

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Created by the Financial Advancement Committee
July 2017

About the Kit

YALSA understands that members often want to support the fundraising endeavors of the association. This publication was developed as a way to help YALSA members learn how they can raise funds for the association and provide tips and tools for being successful with fundraising activities, including when asking for monetary donations. Best of all, many of the tips here can be integrated into existing activities, are a great way to engage teens in a project, or are simple actions that can make a huge difference. 

Use and Reproduction of the Kit

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Sample Citation

Financial Advancement Committee. “Fundraising Toolkit: Supporting YALSA through Fundraising and Gift Giving”. Young Adult Library Services Association. July 2017. Young Adult Library Services Association, Web. [insert date accessed by user]. [insert exact URL of the toolkit].

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  1. Introduction
  2. Fundraising Activities & Ideas
  3. Asking for Donations
  4. Submitting Donations & Saying Thank You
  5. Talking Points
  6. FInd Out More
  7. Appendices