Federal Holidays You Should Use to Raise Funds

Federal holidays present a great opportunity for charity organizations to raise funds. Organizations can design campaigns that are aligned to each holiday. The best way of raising funds is to organize sporting events where potential givers can play and donate at the same time.

Here are five federal holidays that any nonprofit should capitalize on:

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This holiday marks the birth of Martin Luther King Jr who was born January 15, 1929. He was a minister and a civil rights activist. King was murdered on April 4, 1968. This year would have been King’s 88th birthday.

Several cities began commemorating this day after King’s death in the early 70’s. In 1983, a legislation was signed creating a federal holiday to mark this day. This holiday is celebrated between the 15th-21st of January every year.

The King Holiday and Service Act was passed later in 1994. This act aims to encourage Americans to use MLK to provide volunteer services. The act makes the raising of funds for human rights quite easy for charities. Charity organizations can design campaigns that are aligned to this holiday. Then organizations can use social media to reach potential givers or set stands not far from where people are parading.

Memorial Day

On this federal holiday, we remember those who died serving in the US armed forces. This year, Memorial Day would be observed on the 29th May. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor their loved ones who have died in military services.

Charity organizations raising funds for war-torn countries can use this federal holiday. Here are tips to do this successfully:

  • Avoid using old fundraising campaigns, for example, wrapping gifts still work but find a way to entice potential givers.
  • Use online fundraising campaign platforms.
  • Raise funds by running competitions because people tend to donate more when they know that they stand a chance to win.

Labor Day

The Labor Day is a federal holiday that honors workers. The holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of every September. Each country has a different way of celebrating Labor Day. In the US, there are street parades that exhibit the strength of the workers. In other cities, workers organize a labor festival where prominent figures come to the podium and deliver speeches.

Charity organizations can raise funds on Labor Day in a number of ways. Here are a few examples:

  • They can collect the names and contact details of potential givers.
  • Those expressing an interest to make monthly contributions are qualified and added to the database immediately.
  • Employees willing to volunteer in the future are also recorded and later contacted.

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a federal holiday that is celebrated in a number of countries. However, the meaning, date and custom differ from country to country. The following countries celebrate Thanksgiving:

  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Liberia
  • The Netherlands
  • The United States of America
  • Grenada

This holiday means different things to Americans. Generally, Thanksgiving is linked to the preparation of festive meals, parades, football games and spending time with family and friends. Charity organizations can raise funds using Thanksgiving as the theme of their campaigns. Religious items and sports paraphernalia sell quickly around this time.

5. Christmas Day

Christmas Day is observed around the world as a major federal holiday. The day commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. In countries such as Japan, where Christmas is popular despite there being only a small number of Christians, they have adopted only the secular aspects of Christmas such as gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas trees.

Each country has a different way of celebrating Christmas. In Czech Republic, women put their backs to the door and throw a shoe over their shoulders. If the shoe lands flat, she buys more cats and if it lands towards the door, she should expect a wedding.

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Originally posted: By Alex Mitchell on Feb 27, 2017