Anyone have any tips on fundraisers?

Katherine - posted on 01/20/2012 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I'm on the fundraising board and I need some ideas. Not cookie dough or the traditional fundraiser, something unique. Any ideas would be great!

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Michelle - posted on 12/26/2012

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I know this is old news but my sons school did a pretty good one I thought I'd pass along. They sold $10 king soopers/ Kroger/ city market etc etc gift cards and they are reload able. The school gets something like 5% of all sales done on the card. So you just put your grocery money on the card, spend what you would have anyway and money goes back to the school. You should talk to big chain grocery store and see if they do anything like it.

Christy - posted on 01/21/2012

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Not so unique but a car wash, a BBQ, set up donation jars and trusted places of business?

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2012

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Try an auction or carnival. For the auction parents donate gift certificates, services (like a parent donates 2 hours of lawn service from the landscaping company they own or work for), and things like sports memorabilia. You have a silent auction night and sell refreshments while people walk around and bid on stuff. The carnival you can have kids run the games, get some donations for bigger prizes for a raffle, get prizes from oriental trading, get refreshments donated. Both work, but they are a lot of work.

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Tim - posted on 04/14/2014

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Darian - posted on 03/27/2014

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Mary - posted on 03/11/2014

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Sarah - posted on 02/20/2014

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Jan - posted on 01/05/2014

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Erica - posted on 02/04/2013

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If you want something unusual, the Bikies in Australia do something called a Poker Run to raise money and "A poker run is an organized motorcycle event where each rider travels a prescribed route, stopping at checkpoints along the way to draw a card to complete their poker hand. At the end of the run, the best hand will receive a trophy" - now obviously this is a kids fund raiser so they wouldnt be on motorbikes but i dont see why you could make one for push bikes. You charge each contestant entry, and charge them for drinks and such (which in an adults fund raisier gets the most money because of the cost and consumption of alcohol). After the Poker run you could even have Auctions/food stalls or whatever for everyone who didnt participate in the poker run but want to help out.

Jessica - posted on 02/02/2013

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I am a Thirtyone consultant and we do alot of different fundraising stuff. We do them for just about any even and can really cater to your groups needs. I am doing a fundraiser for a cancer survivor wanting to do the Colman Walk (selling all pink products) and then doing another one for a school team. The fundraisers for the school get a percentage and then I award prizes to the top 3 sellers. It is a new a growing product and is becoming very popular! I do lots of incentives on every fundraiser and so the school not only gets a percentage they also get products. You can visit my website www.mythirtyone.com/Jessics to take a look at some of the items we sell or you can email me Jessicacs07@yahoo.com for more information.

Sharon - posted on 12/26/2012

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Hi Katherine; we provide referrals for an online GED high school prep program and do very well for not much work; no products to manage, no money to spend, and no real selling. We think this is a lot better, and valuable to prospects, than traditional product-based fundraising. We get registered referrals from all over the country (even one from China recently). Take a look at the program - GEDEducationPartners.com - good luck with your fundraising.

Bobby - posted on 12/21/2012

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We were looking for a fundraiser and came across a great one that worked well for us! It is selling those sports rope necklaces. The website is http://www.TitaniumTwisters.com
They have about 50 colors of rope to choose from and you can customize each individual necklace with whatever colors of rope you want. There are a bunch of sizes to choose from as well. You can buy product and re-sell it or you can have your group go around and collect orders and then submit it all together etc. All of the information for their fundraising program is at:

http://www.mysportsarsenal.com/fundraisi...

You can go on that page and click on the "apply for fundraising code". They will email you your own fundraising discount code within a day or so and you are good to go. It was really easy and it worked great for our team. There was no minimum order quantity, so it could be used for small or large fundraisers. Our fundraising discount was 40%, so we sold them for full retail price and made $5 to $8 on each necklace/bracelet that we sold. Once we placed the order they had it assembled and in the mail within 3 days. It is a US company, so they are assembled and shipped from the US! Just thought I'd share this with everyone, as it was exciting to find a fundraiser that was different than the usual stuff. The kids absolutely loved these things since they could have them made in their specific favorite colors etc. Here is what their double-strand style looks like:
http://www.mysportsarsenal.com//assets/d...

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Stacie - posted on 10/14/2012

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Absolutely! Dip Mixes make great fundraising products and they are so easy to sell. All of the dip mixes sell for $5 each and the group keep $2.50 each or 50% profit. Free shipping and 1 day turnaround. Check out www.gourmetcreations.net for more info. You can run the fundraiser whenever you want to raise money for whatever cause you want.

Michele - posted on 01/30/2012

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My current favorite is the heads or tails raffle (usually at a dinner or auction). You sell for the raffle and the participant gets something that is catchy (like a lei or a flashing pin or a necklace with a big ticket on it). When the time comes, the participants all stand up (or around where the auction is taking place). They put their hand on either their head or their "tail". The emcee flips a coin (preferably a big one). If it lands on heads everyone with their hand on their tail sits down. Lather, rinse, repeat. Keep going until you have a winner. We had an iPad as a prize. People thought it was hilarious.

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I love the recycling idea--our school recycles, but we don't use it as a fundraiser, that would be cool to look into.



Jakki, Our school usually raises about $140,000 per year between all of the fundraisers put together, but we have 1100 students, so it is really not that much--around $125 per student. That doesn't really go far when you consider how much teaching supplies, equipment, and such cost, and how little our schools get from the state.



We do an annual walkathon for the homeless shelter here--I LOVE the walkathon because it not only raises funds, but gives the community a sense of awareness as well :) We sell ads on the backs of tee shirts--everyone who raises $40 gets a tee (Tees are paid for by the ad $$) and then we do the walk in a very public place. This year, we walked from our homeless shelter, to the different social services offices downtown--it is the same trek a homeless person would have to make regularly, and it is 7 miles. That is a long way for a hungry, sick person--especially in the hot summer, or cold rainy winter weather......sorry, I've gone off on a tangent here :P

Corinne - posted on 01/25/2012

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How about a paper chase? We used to get a skip off the local council and fill it with old newspapers that local people left out for us. The council would pick up the skip and weigh it in and the school got £? per ton. Plus, the paper got recycled. Don't know how that might work locally for you?

Jakki - posted on 01/25/2012

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We do a lot of things at our school but do you know what earns the most with the least amount of effort from the fundraising team?



A walkathon... all the kids in the school go home with a card asking for sponsors from their family and friends and they come back, do a 5km walk and then they just bring in the money. It's bizare how much money we get as opposed to the trivia night and everything else that always nearly kills us.



The teachers just have to help by reminding the kids to bring back their money, and there's a competition between the classes to see which raises the most money.



We average about $20 per child in the school so we get $10,000 for a school of 500.



What sort of sums are you guys making in your schools?

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Thanks! I'm on the fundraising board for a local youth action center, it's actually a bit of a passion for me. I LOVE doing the galas and parties--parents love an excuse to get dressed up and go out for the evening, so we usually get a great turn out. Plus they know they are benefiting their kids' school.



If you are in an area where getting sitters might be an issue, you can team up with a local high school. We have high school kids supervise a craft for the kids to do during the dinner. They charge $5 per kid (WAY less than a sitter, and the kid gets a craft too!) to help cover the cost of craft supplies, and the rest of the profit goes to the high school.

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Is this for an elementary school? Here are some of the things we do, the biggest earners are not too unique, but they do earn a lot.



Sell banners for the playing fields. We have a contract with a print shop that will print the banners at cost (I think it's around $60 per banner) if we let them put their logo on each banner. Then we sell banners to local businesses for $250 each. We hang them along the school fence throughout the year. We sell about 20 each year netting about $3800.



Muffin sale--we buy the muffins in bulk from Sam's for 22cents. We have to wrap them, then we sell them for $1 on Fridays before school starts--the kids can eat them for breakfast or save them for lunch. We net about $800/week.



We have a black tie gala once a year. We barter with local event planners, caterers, and venues to provide space, food, decor, and entertainment in exchange for advertising on the program. Tickets are $60 each, and we have a raffle where you can buy tickets for $5 each. We usually have a turnout of about 400 people, netting about $20,000 on the dinner. The raffle is usually a night at a bed and breakfast that we bartered for. Last year I think the raffle made around $6,500.



We also auction off student group projects--each class will make a piece and it will be auctioned either at the black tie gala or a separate event. This past Halloween, we had them all decorate a pumpkin and we auctioned them off at a Masquerade Ball. It was a blast! between the auction and the tickets, we made just over $40,000!



Those are just a few, our school is really into fundraising because we don't get much from the state.

Corinne - posted on 01/22/2012

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How about a sponsored fun run? Could do it in fancy dress for a laugh and maybe a prize for best costume.

Kim - posted on 01/21/2012

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When I was in school we would have pancake breakfasts. Those were always a hit.

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