Fundraising Tools

Design, Placement & Operation of Donation Boxes

Fundraising is a difficult task but you don’t have to be a professional to be successful at it. In fact, some of the best fundraising ideas are so easy to implement that anyone can do them and raise money effectively! Donation boxes, when used properly and placed strategically can raise thousands of dollars in a short period of time.

Your Collection Box Fundraising Strategy

Isn't it time to integrate a donation can fundraiser into your nonprofit or charity organization fundraising strategy? It can raise funds fast, is easy to implement, and will keep on fundraising for your group 24 hours a day - 365 days a year. Start by visiting our donation container product pages and selecting one of our attractive, durable, economically priced collection boxes. Or, let the My Charity Boxes staff design a custom donation box for your nonprofit or charity. Our team of engineers, product and graphic designers is standing by ready to create custom collection boxes and collection tins to meet your specific needs. Whether you are fundraising online for a local kids sporting club or international aide relief, My Charity Boxes has a donation box that fits your needs. Just say the word and we will create a unique, one of a kind, donation container for you.

In choosing a donation box, consider the following:
  • Keep it simple, but distinctive enough to attract visitors' and shoppers' attention.
  • Theme it tastefully to your organization's mission and it's placement setting. Check out our Preffered Designers Page for some designers who can assist you in designing your customized donation box that best fits your organization's needs.
  • Keep the donations visible. Seeing the donations directly conveys the fact that others have given and you can too. Purchase collection boxes that are made of see-through materials. Such are available in our Acrylic Products section. Make sure it is secure from theft and vandalism.
  • Salt the box. An empty box rarely attracts donations. "Salting" the donation box with five and ten dollar bills on top often motivates to contribute like denominations. People are more apt to give larger denominations when they know others have.
  • Use the donation box for a dual purpose. Staff at the Children's Museum of NY attribute the success of their donation boxes, in part, to the fact that their donation box also provides a visitor service. A small, separate box holding free park brochures is attached to the front of the donation box. The brochures attract visitors and make them notice the donation box and its purpose. Staff have noticed that visitors will reach for a brochure and make a donation. Often this donation is considerably more than what visitors would actually pay if there was a fee for the brochure.
  • Make sure your donation box is tamper-proof and durable. Expect a lot of handling. Purchase collection boxes made of durable materials, especially those that are vandal-proof. Don't overlook weatherproofing if the box is to be set outdoors. Consider spending a little more for the right material and design features that will meet your standards for durability, appearance, and security.
  • Make it secure. Besides built-in security features, take extra precautions such as locating the box where staff are stationed to discourage thieves. Staff can help keep an eye on the box while answering phones and providing information. Do not let too much money accumulate at any one time.
  • Locate the donation box where the visitor cannot miss it. Choose a high foot traffic area yet one that does not unnecessarily intrude upon the visitor's. Often boxes are situated in visitor centers, at entrance and egress points where visitors congregate or wait. Consider that visitors are more inclined to donate right after they have had a great experience in a park than when they are starting out.