How to Create a Fundraiser Goal Chart

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How to Create a Fundraiser Goal Chart
Thermometers are popular visuals (thermometer image by Dusan Radivojevic from

Fundraising goal charts give volunteers and non-profit employees a visual representation of their achievements. It is an excellent tool for motivation and for those involved in the project to have continual recognition that their work is making a difference. A goal chart can be as simple or complicated as you desire.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Poster board or tarp
  • Permanent markers or vinyl letters

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  1. 1

    Decide where your goal chart will be used. If it will be used indoors, a simple poster-board sign with permanent marker may suffice. For outdoor usage, you will have to use a tarp material as the base along with vinyl lettering.

  2. 2

    Lay out the chart using a simple thermometer, coin-jar shape or a relevant object as the background figure. Think about a "fill-able" object that is in line with the theme of your cause.For example, a drive for the food bank may want to use the image of a can instead. Have someone with a steady hand and a bit of artistic ability draw the item.

  3. 3

    Set clear goals along the side of the chart with lines to delineate when they are reached. As you reach goals, you will fill in the background object with colour. You want your volunteers to feel a sense of accomplishment as they go along, so be sure to make small achievable goals within the large one. For example, if you are raising money to build a new playground, use your goal markers to show when certain pieces of equipment can be purchased. At £3,250 you may have enough for the slide, while at £6,500 you have raised funds for the toddler lot. Be creative and show people what type of physical impact they have, not just their monetary impact.

  4. 4

    Post the sign in a location where both volunteers and passersby can see it. Allowing others outside of the project watch the progress may just encourage them to get involved.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are not very handy with the arts, it is possible to order a fundraising thermometer that can be customised at home, or a custom sign for a bit more outlay of cash.
  • Be very cautious to set goals that are achievable. A goal chart can discourage volunteers if they do not see progress happening.

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