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The challenge is to get everyone involved, have fun, and reach a goal. The following fundraisers can be used to raise money for group projects or may be donated to a charity:
Aluminum Cans - Collect aluminum cans and sell them to a recycling center.
Auction - Ask people in the community to donate goods or services (e.g. repairing a roof). Then "auction off" the donations. Each person who wants to buy an auction item must offer a higher price than the one before. Whoever offers the highest price for an item buys it.
Bagels - See if a local bagel shop will provide bagels at a discount and have the kids take orders.
Bake Sale - Cookies, cakes, brownies, etc., are donated and sold at a special event. Sales of coffee and donuts or bagels and juice at a meeting or other function can also raise money.
Book Sale - Sell used books that have been donated by individuals, a book store, or a library.
Car Wash - This will be fun for the kids on a warm sunny day!
Carnival - Hold a Carnival on a Saturday in Spring or Autumn. Charge $3.00 per child, and for this they receive 10 tickets. Games are a ticket each, and extra tickets are 25 cents. For refreshments, sell hotdogs and popcorn.
Chore Day - Students work for their parents on one big job or many smaller ones; money collected goes toward a particular charity.
Dinner - Have a spaghetti dinner or Mexican fiesta at a church or other big room with a large kitchen. Charge $10 per person and charge extra for dessert.
Greeting Cards - An artistic person can design greeting cards to sell and donate the proceeds. (The cards may be handmade or computer printed; package in sets for birthdays or all-occasions.)
Miscellaneous Product Sales - Sell candy, candles, bumper stickers, buttons, wrapping paper, etc.
Movies - Show a popular movie in the evening or after school, and charge admission. Sell drinks and snacks.
Music Recital - Charge admission and/or put out a jar or bowl for donations.
Newspapers - Collect newspapers and sell them to recycling centers.
Parents Night Out - do these every Friday night in December -- from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. and charge enough to pay costs plus make money. People really need a night to do Christmas shopping, etc.
Pencil Sales - Have a sidewalk sale or rummage sale and donate the proceeds to your group.
Performances - Put on play, puppet show, story telling session, concert, reading by a local author or other performance and charge people to attend. You could also rent out the facility to groups, such as a band, who wish to put on a performance or hold an event there.
Rummage Sales - Have a sidewalk sale, garage sale, or yard sale and donate the proceeds to your group. Or hold a "lawn sale" on the grounds and sell "booth space" to families. Sell refreshments or combine with a bake sale.
Seminar - Teach a seminar on a topic you know: Organic Gardening; Organizing; Gourmet Cooking; Dog Grooming; Starting Your Own Business. Charge $30-50 per person, with a goal of 20-30 people. Either absorb the cost of promotion, or have enough participants to cover it.
Special Event - Get a famous or popular person to do a special event. Watch the costs on this, or you may lose money.
T-shirts - Buy a screening machine. Sell self-designed shirts for $15 a piece at $5 profit.
Tours - Lead or get someone to lead a nature walk, an architectural tour, a historic tour, a sailing trip, a rafting trip, or a horseback ride. Charge $15-$25 per person, or charge $35 and provide lunch. Advertise the event in the newspaper to draw in people from outside your organization.
Additional Fundraising Tips
Ask 2-5 friends to help with a bake sale, book sale, or garage sale. You and your friends bake the goodies, or get the books or the other stuff required for the sale, staff it, and help clean up afterwards. This is an excellent way to get people involved in fundraising without ever actually asking them for money.
All good fund raising plans have one thing in common: they show a diverse number of sources for their income. If you have one large event, it should appeal to as broad a group as possible.
Ask your friends to join you in giving $10, $25, $50, or whatever your gift is. This is most effective because you are not asking them to do anything you haven't done.
Set up a challenge campaign. Challenge gifts can be quite small. Tell people you'll give $5 for every $25 they give, or will match every $10 gift up to ten gifts. For added suspense, make this challenge during a fundraising event. You or the host can announce, "We now have the Dave Buckstretch Challenge. For the next five minutes, Dave will give $5 for every new member that joins Worthy Cause."
Find out what items your group needs and try to get them donated. This is good for people who really hate to ask for money but who don't mind asking for things. Items that sometimes get donated include computers, paper, office supplies, office furniture (second-hand from banks and corporations as they re-decorate), etc.
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