Small-Scale Efforts, Big Results

No, you won't be approaching major corporations, writing up bylaws, or making large-scale plans. You have no plans to elect officers, file for 501(c)(3) status, or even establish yourselves as an ongoing organization. Yours is simply an effort of five concerned friends to raise money to keep the local boys and girls after-school program afloat for the coming year. Your goals are simple — get some money together to help someone in need. You do not want to work with complex budgets, just a basic outlay of funds, if necessary. Nonetheless, planning is key to your success.

Set some basic parameters before you start brainstorming so ideas aren't totally off the mark. For example, you may want to consider your group's limitations — its size or resources — before you start throwing out ideas that sound great but are unrealistic.

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