Sapphire - posted on 09/13/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
If you have school-aged kids, you have been subjected to the evils of selling: magazines, chocolate, wrapping paper, candles, cookie dough, Entertainment Books, booster club cards, and so on and so on. The fundraising never ends, and also includes car washes, yard sales, Box Tops, etc.
So, this year I am a co-sponsor for our National Junior Honor Society (8th grade) and the club relies heavily on fundraisers. I am the one in charge of the fundraiser portion. So instead of constant begging people to BUY something, I thought of a different twist. Ask local business owners to donate gift cards in various denominations and host a school-wide event I am calling "The Great Gift Card Extravaganza" Basically, I have this vision in my head that the 8th graders can accumulate all of these gift cards, and we can host the event on a Friday evening. Set up the entire gymnasium with the gift cards and people can purchase raffle tickets. Place a raffle ticket into a box for the gift card you want to try to win. So, let's say you want to try to win the $25 Target gift card, put your gift card in that box. I was also thinking of some bigger items that might be donated, like writing to Bed & Breakfast owners and seeing if they can donate a free night. That promotes tourism in our state. I was also thinking of asking each grade level team to donate a grade level gift card. The purpose is to raise funds for the NJHS plus get parents to the school. $1 a raffle ticket plus each middle school students gets one free ticket. That could be a surefire way to get parents to come! So in a sense it IS asking the parents to make a purchase. But it is not bombarding the parents with catalogue after catalouge. Any feedback would be great!