Above all else, it is crucial that you are responsible with issues related to finances. Even the most visionary of leaders in the Jewish community recognise the importance of sound financial practices and systems.
We know, we know – you love planning programs, running programs, etc but the thought of writing a budget makes you want to pack up your bags and take up for Alaska! But don’t pack up your winter coat just yet…
The more money you raise, the better the programs you can plan and the more support you will get from your campus. When planning fundraisers make sure you’re working within campus guidelines. Do you need special permission from the school to ask local vendors for goods? What is the process for securing space around campus? Is there anyone who will match funds?
When brainstorming and planning programs, it is important to have originality, energy and vision. Sometimes, though, the biggest challenge to bringing our exciting programs to fruition is funding. A potential funder needs to see your passion for building a strong Jewish campus community while also seeing your attentiveness to details and meticulous organizational skills.
Once a Jewish activist has started to overcome their fears of asking people directly for money, the next stage is to think about how to ask successfully. Most people are capable of working out for themselves what ways of asking are the most likely to work, as they are capable of thinking about why they would give money.