It’s Fun’Raising time!!!! The time where good causes meet earning money. I recall the days in high school when I sold $600.00 (six hundred dollars) worth of chocolate. I sold to everyone! Even my classmates parents! AND THEY WERE SELLING TOO! It was then that I learned the value of working for what I believed in.
When I became a mother, I learned about alternative fundraising ideas with more nutrition, wellness, and usability. I also discovered many ideas that I liked and the things I loathed. I eventually decided what I would participate in and what I would avoid like a plaque.
This year, one of my daughters is raising money for her school. They are trying to take the entire group to a FBLA convention out of state, and I am very supportive of that endeavor.
Getting the kids off their bottoms and on the phone, articulating with their community, creating value in order to quickly raise their own money is the goal! It also helps that most people are receiving their tax refund right about now too. This methodology serves as a life long lesson that will come in handy as they become adults. Below is a wild collection of really cool money attracting ideas! Take a look….
Coupon Books- Not the type that are limited to local stores or subscriptions, UT a collection of the student can do for the buyer.
Going Once, Going Twice – Seek out service and product donations. Hold an online or live silent auction
Rent-a-Worker – Volunteers commit to working for an afternoon doing any odd jobs sponsors “hire” them to do them .
It’s a Bust – Sell balloons for $10 each and insert a number in each that corresponds to a raffle ticket given to the purchaser. Pop a balloon for each available prize and read off the winning number.
Smoothie Stand – A healthy and yummy twist on the tired ol’ lemonade stand.
Text It – Use a service that allows your organization to receive donations of $5-10 by text messages.
Work of Art – The younger members in your organization create a drawing that is transferred onto note cards, t-shirts, mouse pads or coffee mugs for purchase.
Capital Campaign – Set a goal, make the direct ask, and avoid an endless slew of small fundraisers.
Social Media Call – Let potential donors know about your fundraising need through Facebook and Twitter.
Pump it Up – Coordinate with a local gas station to have volunteers serve as gas station attendants who pump gas and clean windshields for donations for a day.
Eat for a Cause – Ask a local restaurant to donate 10% of their profits on a designated night for your cause in exchange for encouraging supporters to eat there.
Matching Gift – Ask a corporation or individual to match any donations your organization collects in a specified amount of time. Then, contact potential donors about giving to match the gift.
Birthday Pledge – Ask for donations of givers age.
Spa Night – Offer to have female volunteers give manis, pedis and 5 minute massages at a Women’s Night Out for donations.
Selling Ads……on their shirt** Get bushiness to buy ad space or to have their coupons pout at a community event.
***Give a dollar – Organizations or clubs can sell paper Business License* for a dollar.
Karaoke Night – Event for students and adults. Admission is $3.00. Snacks are $1.00.
Singing telegrams are a method some other schools choose to raise funds. For a $1 charge, on someone’s birthday or another occasion, a group shows up in the celebrant’s classroom and sings “Happy Birthday” while carrying a hand-made sign and a crown that can be used to mark the occasion (and the celebrant).
Duct Tape the Principal or the Boss
Participants pay $1.00 per strip about a yard’s length to tape their principal or boss to a wall.
***Movie Fundraiser – The movie is free. The refreshments will be $2.00.
Put on your Apprentice heads and come up with the marketing idea of the century! Create and sell the product you have designed or use our resources to design your own World Gift.
Create your own cinema and hold a film night for family and friends. Sell popcorn and drinks and charge an entry fee. Theme the night on your favorite type of film!
With everyone talking about climate change and the importance of looking after our world, why not organize a Green Day? Dress in green, hold an eco fashion show, litter pick and create a recycled materials art exhibition. Invite friends and family too. Remember to charge a fee to take part.
Go crazy with the fashion ideas and create a zany masterpiece to wear for the day. Prizes for the most outrageous and colourful costumes.
Organise your own fundraising auction. Why not auction off your talents for the day or donate a percentage of funds raised through an EBay auction?
Bag packing at local supermarket
Ask your local supermarket if you can hold a bag packing day
Rent-an-Athlete or Rent-a-Student
Your organization can offer to rent-an-athlete or rent-a-student to mow their lawns, do yard work, or walk their dogs for a given amount of time. This is a 100% profit fundraiser.
Choose a popular destination within 2 or 3 hours of your hometown and organize several one-day outings to that location. Sell raffle tickets for a chance to win.
Pin the tail on the donkey
Challenge your friends to a pin the tail on the donkey, or a big nose on the teacher. Remember to blindfold them – and no cheating! Pay to play
Free style or Hip Hop Dancing Lessons
Put on those dancing shoes and find a partner! Collect donations to take part.
Whatever big fundraiser you are doing, put out a jar for donations of spare change at the market. When someone drops the money, students may offer to carry & load their groceries..
Who doesn’t love to rock in a rocking chair? Have contestants collect pledges for every hour they can rock. ( Let’s switch this up for dancing)
Plan a social media challenge. Pick a challenge idea, theme and a hashtag, then recruit a group of motivated and passionate social media gurus to get this one going. Will yours be the next viral sensation?
Ask adult volunteers who are experts in their field to teach a class in cooking, yoga or dance. Charge participants a small donation to attend.
Wrap up valuable real items plus some duds in a variety of shapes and sizes of boxes. Bidders can examine the gift-wrapped boxes, and then auction the boxes off.Allow time for winning bidders to unwrap their boxes.
For organizations, holding a local restaurant fundraiser is awesome. Chipotle gives 50% of the profit which is one of the highest. Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Applebees also offer such events.
Also check out these funding links!
Village Fete or School Fair Idea – Buy an envelope
by Nicky (Orpington)
This is a great idea for a village or school fete or fair.
You have a whole load of envelopes. People pay to pick an envelope and in each one is a voucher for a prize.
This could be a range of small prizes and maybe a few larger ones.
But in half of the envelopes they win a voucher for a free go on another stall (a prize that doesn’t really cost you anything).
Kids love winning an instant prize but the thrill of a free go at something else is just as exciting. This also helps generate excitement around your other stalls.
Win – Win
Kidnap The DJ/ Teacher, Pastor,etc**
This was a great fundraiser at our church. It was lots of fun and raised a nice amount of cash.
We marched in during Sunday Service and took our preacher hostage! (We’d had a word beforehand and arranged for the associate pastor to do the sermon that week so he was ready to jump in!)
We ended up raising a lot of money from the congregation to get their “pastor out of jail”. It was very comical. We used it to raise money for the youth camp.
You could make this even funnier by having the preacher tied and gagged outside the church waiting for the congregation to exit. An extra chance to rattle a fundraising bucket also!
Ok, this should get us going! You like?