Saturday, February 26, 2011

Post 5

I waited a day to post my annotated bibliography because I had a meeting scheduled for today to meet with last year’s Halloween event coordinator for Grandfamilies. Unfortunately she had to cancel. I work with at-risk youth and have spoken with several people over the past few weeks who have given me tips about fundraising for a youth event, and possible targets. There information has been valuable and I felt that I could learn the best from those who have done what I am setting out to do. I continued to search the internet for articles and resources and I’ve found some valuable information that will help with this process. Here are a few of the many articles which I’ve found, and I’m continually searching for more.
This article had an important section titled “Getting to Yes” and it showed the steps to take after sending the initial letter, or contacting the organization for the first time.
This review had some great tips for fundraising, especially during the economic downfall. There were two sections that will be extremely beneficial and they are “fish where the big fish are” and “strengthen your case.”
Hosting an Event
Here website is more for small businesses but the section “21 Tips” contains some key principles that will lead to a successful event.
This article has been extremely helpful with providing information about the overall process of hosting a fundraising event. It focuses on the strategy of hosting an event and how to be successful.


  1. Drew,

    that's a good start on the annotated bibliography, but I can't but notice that the four sources cited are all websites. Websites are not a bad place to start (although some professors have strict restrictions about use of them in scholarly papers). But you need to dig deeper--books, print articles (whether they're found online originally or not, e.g. articles from mainstream publications with an online presence, such as the New York Times), and, in your case, human experts at some point, which could include exchanges of emails or personal interveiws, etc. Finally, I'll bet that some of those websites have their own references, which you should check out, review, and then annotate and add to your own sources when valuable.

  2. Drew,
    to be good at this, you need to be knowledgeable. Research the hell out of the subject! At the same time, take the practical steps that will make it work.

  3. Drew, these articles sound like they will give you a good starting place. Have you gotten good information from the people you have interviewed so far? It might help if you were to put information that seemed important to you from those interviews into your blog so that you will have them all in one place when you need them. Good luck and good job!