Fundraising at Sea, Part 1
It seems that we are all involved with one organization or another that either finances itself or its initiatives through some fundraising activity. Because so many groups are active fundraisers, today’s challenge is competing for what may be the same dollars. That’s where a fundraising cruise comes into play.
There are many different ways to use a cruise in your fundraising efforts, whether it’s through silent auctions, ticket sales, raffles, or promoting a fundraising group. One of the most popular types of groups sailing on today’s cruise ships are those designed around a fundraising theme. If your church group, club or non-profit organization is looking for a different yet fun-filled way to make money, you may want to consider a group cruise for your next fundraiser. With proper planning, Cruise Holidays can help your group raise thousands of dollars while enjoying an unforgettable cruise experience.
While planning a fundraising cruise is similar to handling other types of group business, there are some unique aspects to this market. First, a cruise professional will work with you to outline your fundraising objectives, so the financial benefits are clear. The next step is to find the right cruise line to suit your organization, keeping in mind that cruise line rates are based upon availability and the time of year you choose to cruise.
The key to a successful fundraiser is letting enough people know about the cruise and the benefit to the organization. Sending postcards, letters and e-mails are all very effective ways to communicate with potential cruisers in your group. We can even provide collateral materials, which can be personalized and used to promote the cruise.
If your organization has a financial or fundraising board, have your cruise travel agent give a presentation outlining the cruise particulars, promotional efforts and potential profits. In some cases, you could consider a cruise night for your group, which is a fun way to announce the cruise and all of its details.
In short, this is a terrific way for your group to raise money, have fun and create a sense of camaraderie among your members. Using Cruise Holidays will ensure that you are dealing with a company that truly believes in giving back to the community and has the experience to make your fundraising efforts a success.
For more information, contact Cruise Holidays. Read more about fundraising cruises here.