I need some fundraising ideas for a small center based child care facility. Please help!!!

Kym - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I am an assistant director at a child care center. We would like to replace the sand on the playground with something else but its not in the budget. I am looking for fundraising ideas if you have any. Thank You.

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Tia - posted on 05/26/2010

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One of our groups sold 'cookie jars' where we took quart jars and packed all ingredients to make a batch of cookies and sold them for 5 bucks. We took orders and collected money first and then made the jars with the help of parents (HUGE one day chore) and then delivered. Brought in lots of money--but it is work. Ingredients can be donated--as well as time. There are books to tell you how to put the cookie jars together. Just a thought.

Amanda - posted on 05/09/2010

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We have a couple of things that our school does:

Mobile phone recycling for cash - i do not know where you are, but if you look online for your local ones - then make some flyers to stick up around your local community know that you are collecting them as part of a fundraiser. We were absolutely amazed at the response that we got the first time - so many people are not sure what to do with their old mobile phones, so they hold onto them.

Cheap T-Shirts of different sizes (approach local stores for donations), fabric paint, and some creative children, and you end up with unique tops that you can sell - different coloured hand prints look fantastic. Parents love them.

Car wash - get the parents involved.



Put up a poster in your entry way, tell your parents what you need, tell them that you have not enough funds to cover it. Ask them for suggestions - we got our preschools sandpit sand replaced through one of our wonderful parents - who worked for a landscaping company, they even took away the old sand, threw in some synthetic grass for around the sandpit, a shade sail for above the sandpit, and installed everything for free. It was all tax deductable for them, and they did it so fast. If your parents can't help, maybe you could also try a local landscaper or hardware store - never be afraid to ask, most places are very happy to help.

Tonya - posted on 03/20/2010

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I have a healthy beverage business and we do fundraisers. (it is healthy hot chocolate, coffee, and tea). theses products benefit both adults and children.

My 15 yr. old after drinking the hot chocolate, went down a dress size and don't crave all the sugar and junk food anymore. I gave some to My grand daughter after having a bronchitis attack, and she was able to breathe again, her mom had accidentally taken her medicine to wk. with her, and I keep it on hand so when they come over, I can enjoy them, and not regret them being hyper, because it calms them down.

I have benefited from the Coffee alot, I am full of energy , ( I found myself tired, and sleeping all day long even when I had 8 or more hrs. of sleep. I'm busy 18 hr. a day, I have 3 businesses),I have gone down three dress sizes (from 24 to 161/2) don't suffer with depression as much anymore (I was suffering with it 85% of the time, now it's 10% of the time, I'm not on any type of medicines, and that feels good) People are really benefiting from these products, and as I said we have fundraisers for schools, churches, Daycares, and etc......, just contact me, let's talk.

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Tim - posted 4 days ago

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There is this awesome hands off, automatic fundraising solution for schools and organizations called Generate4Schools. Really! check it out, it generates recurring revenue to schools each month, year after year. www.generate4schools.com their twitter is @gen4schools

Sarah - posted on 02/20/2014

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Photography Fundraisers work well my sons centre raised $1000 with just 25 families.
Check out http://www.BorderStudios.com.au for more info
If these aren't in your area Im sure other photographers are and to find them just type "Familiy Portrait Fundraisiers" in to google

Evie - posted on 08/13/2013

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Hi Stacia, I would be more than happy to send you information. Please respond to my email: evelyne.ball@gmail.com I will need your email to send info to you. evie

Stacia - posted on 08/13/2013

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Tonya mcvae. I'm interested in the coffee and tea idea but don't know how to contact you. Please email me at ba24ik@hotmail.com. Thanks

Evie - posted on 08/13/2013

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My company has a fund raising division.... where you enroll your school & all the parents enroll under the school..... great residual income over & over, using products everyone uses every day.............. basicly switching stores! email me for more info. evelyne.ball@gmail.com

Renee - posted on 04/01/2012

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Hi Kym,

Tupperware has a great fundraising program in which you would receive 40% of the sales. There are no sales levels to reach in order to achieve full profits. Click on www.my2.tupperware.com/reneefoxx In the blue bar at the top of the page, click on fundraising. You can easily register your fundraiser online. If you want more information on the Tupperware fundraiser or have questions: in the blue bar at the top of the screen click visit Renee Foxx, my homepage will pop up, click on contact on the left side of the screen and send your request, questions or inquiries. I'll be more than happy to help your center with their fundraising needs.

Sincerely,

Renee Foxx

Tupperware Consultant

Stacey - posted on 03/31/2012

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Kym-Tag Sale! Mother’s Day Brunch, my kids schools have sold raffle tickets for nice prizes even cash prizes and if we did not sell our tickets we were still responsible for the money. (not sure i like that too much but it worked) put on a spring production and sell tickets to the family everyone loves to see their kid on stage (in a cute costume). Sell a yearbook on shutterfly the parents will love ot and you make a profit off each photobook.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2012

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Kym,

I sell natural wax candles...meaning they do NOT contain paraffin (soot). They would be great for your fundraiser. You can look at my supply at www.jennys.scent-team.com but the prices on the site are retail...you would pay less than that price.

Thank you!

Jenny

jkrizan0306@yahoo.com

Kari - posted on 01/15/2012

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We worked with a rep in Wildtree - an all natural food company. We got 20% of what we sold. It was great to sell something that is good for you! Our families loved it. Everything is shipped directly to the customer. Check out the website and contant her www.khankins.mywildtree.com

Elizabeth - posted on 06/28/2011

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Years back when I was in Girl Scouts, we sold packs of bic pens. We got about a dollar profit per pack and they pretty much sold themselves. Everyone can use pens and the cost to the people buying them was small. We got more money out of that than we did with any other fundraiser.

Karren - posted on 06/21/2011

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Need a different kind of fundraiser send for more information to bbpinkjewels@gmail.com

Renee - posted on 05/12/2010

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The greatest fundraiser idea I've ever known was Tupperware. They have a fundraiser brochure and the parents go out and sell the items (only about 8-10 items, but they can have the full catalog with them if someone wants to see it) the school gets a percentage of those sales, and the parents who make the sales can get free gifts from Tupperware. It's a great fundraiser, easy to partake in, and the product is long lasting and well known.
To contact your local Tupperware dealer just go to www.tupperware.com click, at the top of the page to the right corner, local consultant

What's great about this fundraiser is that afterwards, you don't have to worry about all the product coming to the school and waiting for people to pick up...Tupperware will ship to the customer's homes or to the people who participate in the fundraiser.

Jenn - posted on 05/08/2010

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I know bake-sales are probably the easiest, but don't bring in too much money. You could contact local restaurants and ask to have a family night with a portion of the proceeds going to your school. You could host a parent's night out and charge a certain amount per child. Put on an auction of art work done by the students.

Bernice - posted on 03/23/2010

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1.) Buy inexpensive item (pencil, pen, mug something perhaps on-line) with your name on it and have parents sell in their communities(church, home, work), but also the daycare/parents could ask permission to sale at Wal-Mart or Home Depot or some other large department store.

2) Make and publish a book about your daycare/children or some helpful topic for parents giving them tips and sell it.

I like the ideas given about the cookie dough and the grant!

Veronica - posted on 03/17/2010

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Have you thought about going to your smart start center and asking for a grant to improve your classroom or playground because they can do that. What happens is to be able to qualtify, your center have to show a need for the grant.

Amanda - posted on 03/16/2010

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hi kym..=) have you tried the old stand-bye...a bakesale? Or maybe you can solicit donations from building supply stores?

Knikole - posted on 03/15/2010

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ABC Fundraising has some good ideas. You might want to sell cookie dough, but you may want to look for a company that delivers the dough.

Melissa - posted on 03/15/2010

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Well, there's the stand-by Bake Sale, busy Moms always appreciate cookie mixes in a canning jar w/ a pretty ribbon they can buy.

A concessions stand at an outdoor market Saturday morning may be cold w/ the wind, but your hot cups or Joe or hot chocolate would still taste good to the early morning shoppers!

The other stand-by in springtime is a rummage sale: it's a good time for people to clean out their garages, basements and attics.

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