Finding a lucrative, inexpensive way to raise money for all kinds of nonprofit organizations can be a challenge. This guide contains fundraiser ideas.
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I am doing a fundraiser for Marion-Polk Food Share here in Salem, OR.
It's running from 10-1 to 11-29 and can be found and explained here at http://www.foodbythefoot.org
My goal is to crochet a 14k foot chain, to represent the 14k children the Food Share helps to feed each month, which doesn't even include the adults and seniors. My calendar shows where I will be and when, so if you live in Salem or Keizer, please come and support the cause. I am asking $5.00 per foot for as many feet as you want to pledge, which will help to buy seeds to grow food and for food itself.
You can also donate 4 ply yarn, as I will run out before my goal is reached. When the fundraiser is over, I am donating the yarn to folks who want to make hats and mufflers for the homeless. If you can help with that, please contact me through my website as well.
You can donate via my website at http://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org so if you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. You can also donate to the office directly by going to 1660 Salem Industrial Dr. in Salem, OR
No one should go hungry.
By Sandi (Poor But Proud) from Salem, OR
As schools suffer through budget cuts, fundraisers become even more important. Yet everyone is cutting back, and purchasing wrapping paper, candy, or raffle tickets isn't in the budget. Instead, look for some school fundraisers that don't take money from anyone's pocket while putting money in your own. Are you doing everything you can to bring extra money into your school?
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Start with getting an adult to find a restaurant near you to allow you to use use their facility. Then organize an "All you can eat pancake breakfast." Our school did this and made a $957 profit.
Good luck! :)
Needing a successful fundraiser? An organization back where my husband is from, each year has a "Chocolate Heaven" fundraiser, that brings in money better than any type of fundraiser they've ever tried. Everyone participating in this, bakes something chocolatey, the more decadent, the better. Cut the cakes, pies, etc. in smaller than average pieces. Line it all up buffet style, telling to only take what they can eat; they can go back as often as they please.
Invite those who are chocoholics and those with a sweet tooth. They are charged $10 a person. You know some folks are going to be very generous in their donations when they know it's going to a great cause especially when it's for a children's or young adult's program, and it's tax deductible, too.
In my area historic/unique house or church tours are done for fundraising. People get to see fine old houses and help a good cause at the same time. Another idea is to have garden tours in the summer.
For either of these, people pay a fee and get a map of the houses or gardens on the tour, and go at their own pace. Sometimes light refreshments are served. Though a dinner at the end of the day could be done as well, at a church hall or other venue.
By Jennifer from Gilbertsville, NY
Penny Wars is an easy fundraiser that we have used several times in our office. You need several containers, we use 5 gallon water jugs, but even one gallon jugs would work. One jug for each of the groups. We use floors in our building, you could use departments, etc. You just set the jugs together somewhere people can see them. We use our lunch room, since it is a common area most people visit everyday. All the money collected in the jugs are points. Pennies are negative points, 'silver' coins and paper money are positive points. You put your pennies in other peoples jars, and 'silver' coins in your own. Everyone has change in their pockets/purse so it is not like you are asking for a large donation, but the money adds up. You can run the contest for a week or a month then donate the money to a worthy cause.
The winning group can get bragging rights, donuts for breakfast, so some other small incentive. It is fun and everyone gets rid of their change.
Source: Our office has done it several years now.
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I need to come up with some fundraisers for my daughter's fastpitch softball team. They are all 17 years old. We already have a car wash. Any great ideas? We need to make alot of money.
By Joyce from Pittsburgh, PA
I do filled basket raffles. You make up a basket with products, Like breakfast, bath, lottery,etc. Ask business for gift certificates, Grocery markets give, Like Giant, or a local market. Rent a building & sell tickets to get in for $5.00. You get 25 chances for that. People can purchase an extra 25 for $3.00.
I have the name of company that makes tickets. Have light refreshments for extra money..Have door prizes & extra raffle for some large prizes sell tickets 2/$1.00 I can make $1000.00 that day. Advertise the event. If more info is needed email me.
I am looking for some simple, inexpensive fundraising ideas for our Relay for Life team. Something to raise money before hand and at our tent the night of the relay.
Alice from Fort Smith, AR
Thanks for the great ideas.
I am looking for some great fundraising ideas for Project Graduation 2010.
Our local school system got a deal at a local grocery to let band members bag groceries for customers for a specific time frame. They did this for donations, and some folks were very generous. Also, try contacting your local Lobby Shoppes or other movie-house concession store. They should have fundraising items. Our kids sold candy bars, and got to keep half the money for their event. I think they paid $0.50 and charged $1.00 (this was several years ago.) The candy practically sold itself, the kids just needed to be honest and responsible. In these more health-conscious times, perhaps you could find out whether there are items like trail mix.
One last thought: my supervisor's son's Boy Scout troupe sells popcorn and other snack items every year to raise money, so I'm sure that would work.
Some of you may know that I have spent the past 6 months in Vietnam working in orphanages. I am now back in the states and am trying to fundraise to return to Vietnam to work at the orphanages and day center for kids with disabilities. I wanted to know if anybody has any ideas on how I can fundraise in the next two months?
Stella Rivet from Washington
By a regular at Friday's place. (Guest Post)11/26/2006
Long shot, and not too much time remaining (and Tacoma, not Kitsap), but perhaps, just perhaps, you may find some fundraising support from someone within Tacoma's Lincoln District, now known also as Tacoma's International District (http://www.tacomabusinessdistricts.com/districthome.asp?district=12) which has become a focal point of the Vietnamese community and home of Tacoma's TET festival. Just an idea - and there is contact info in the link. Or, you know, if someone from your group of great friends would even raise a donation jar during un-related events like last Friday evening (if authorized, I can picture one or two of them doing it), I'm sure some strangers would feel good throwing a few bucks in! Also, since I generally tend to forget about mailing-in donations, I think mentioning that on-line donation link is worthwhile (unless there's some down-side of doing that here of which I'm not aware.) Wishing you best of luck and good fortune.
What is the best "meal" to serve at a fundraiser dinner held in the high school cafeteria? We need something that is good and filling, easy to prepare and serve, yet something people would come out to eat. Should it be all-you-can-eat or one-time plate?
Also, what should we charge for tickets? Should we offer discounts for kids under 10? Since this is a fundraiser we don't want to lose money, but do want to give a good value. Do any companies donate or subsidize purchases of ingredients (ie: spaghetti companies give discount on noodles, etc.)
Our thoughts so far were chili, cornbread, and salad or spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad, but we would like other ideas of meals that have worked well.
By Melody from Oak Ridge, TN
I come from a small town, so perhaps it is easier to get donations, but we have had wonderful support from local businesses for pancake breakfasts and other dinners. Credit Unions and banks donate stuff like styrofoam cups and paper plates, or cash that you can use to buy them. Local grocery stores donate a variety of items; or if you feel that it is too much to ask of one store , perhaps you can buy all the things you need from one store, and then get a 10- 20% discount. One of our staff was very good at this -- she asked for cash donations from businesses like fertilizer dealerships (who had kids in our school!!!) and banks, and then used this cash to purchase from our locally owned store, which gave a discount on items.
Be sure to acknowledge your sponsors.
Some places will also donate a prize that you can sell tickets on at the door for additional fundraising. A smaller item can just be given as a door prize, if you like.
In our area we usually charge a flat rate for adults (all you can eat) and a discount for kids, often preschoolers are free. Sometimes there is a family rate that is a bit of a saving. The price of the food varies, depending on what is served, pancake & sausage suppers are less expensive than turkey and the trimmings. Ask around your local community to see what is being charged. Usually it is a slightly less than the equivalent meal in a restaurant, but remember, this is a fundraiser. You should actually cover the cost of the food in the price, even if you had to buy everything and rent the facility. Your big profit comes from your donations and volunteer labor. Food sales and community dinners should make hundreds of dollars for your organization; that is why you go to all the trouble.
It is nice if you tie the supper to something festive, like Irish stew for St Pat's day, but not necessary. Advance tickets can be sold, too, if you worry about turn out.
If you are using a place with dishes, use the dishes. Saves on costs and saves the environment, and is much nicer as well.You should have no shortage of dishwashers if this is a highschool fundraiser.
My class is planning a trip to Malawi in June 2008. As sports leaders we will be teaching/helping out in some P.E. classes. But before we go we have to raise the money to get us there. Altogether we need to raise about £10,000. We have been thinking of ways to raise the money but so far haven't got anything. I was just looking for some good ideas/ways to raise this sort of money!
lilme2k7 from uk
By (Guest Post)04/29/2007
Besides bake sales, car washes and silent auctions, you can have what is called "trivia" night. Get donated items as prizes and incorporate the silent auction also. Our tables sat eight people at $10 each, so that was $80 a table plus whatever was earned from the silent auction. Sometimes you can use your donated items and raffle tickets at a local baseball or other type of "ball" game. Just have the announcer read off the winning ticket number. To get donated items I had 4-5 people take letters A-G, H-L, M-Q, S-Z and make calls to business in the telephone book. Or you can divide the callers by type of business. Then we had someone do the pickups. I helped a cancer victim with fundraising and these ideas always generated a lot of donations. Another thing we did was set up jars at restaurants for monetary donations. A nice flyer-poster beside the jar explained what we were raising the money for. It is best to have the same person do the pick-up every week so the restaurant people know who you are and they don't have to worry about a stranger coming in and stealing the money. Be sure to have the jar setting beside the cash register also so it is always in plain sight of the restaurant personnel.
I teach a Sunday school class for little kids 5-8yrs and I can't think of ideas to raise money fast. We don't have any money and we need to fix our room. Please I need help!
~God Bless You~
Emili from Chicago, IL
By denise w (Guest Post)11/12/2007
i think this one is really easy! The kids color papers when in Sunday school class, right? So ask the paster if you can have and auction. Do it during one of your Sunday socials and make sure all the congregation is aware it is going on. Have some of the mothers make treats and coffee have the paster auction them off since he is use to speaking in public. Have the kids walk around showing there art to all the participants. I hope this works for you
I'm a member of our local Rescue Squad and I am looking for some ideas for fundraising for a non-profit organization. We have about 20 members and we are in great need of a "new" truck and tools. Is there anything out there that doesn't involve door-to-door selling? Also, we have a BBQ Festival coming up in our town and we set up a table under a small tent. What is something we could do on somewhat short notice to make some money while we're there? We only have about 2 weeks to prepare. Any ideas?
Renee from West TN
By Bill Barlow-JD (Guest Post)07/20/2008
I developed a system for selling goods in the 1980's using savings bonds.
US Savings Bonds Allow one to get all their money back later.
Here is how you can use US Savings Bonds for Fund raising:
Offer donors of $50 a FREE $50 US Savings Bond. Buy only paper Series EE from your local bank for half value. Do NOT Buy Electronic Savings Bonds! Here a paper $50 bond costs $25. You pocket $25 and spend $25 on a bond for the donor. Donor Gets all his money back($50) years later from government-guaranteed.
Bonds come in 50, 75, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10000.
So if one makes $75 donation- Donor Gets Free $75 Bond Pays Back His money- Donor makes $1000 donation, gets a $1000 Bond, etc. You can do this for each of the other amounts. What great way to raise money. Who else can promise donors all their money back?
I need fund raising ideas for a nonprofit pet organization in my county. Can anyone help me please?
Carolyn from Appling, GA
I have used an organizational support program that I found at www.danielchapterone.com. It is an online program that has a code that when used by your supporters, 20% of the total order of their all natural vitamins and supplements (that can be used for animals and people) is put aside and donated to your group. If you have a website there are banners you can use that direct people to their store directly. Even if you don't have a site pass around the code to people who support your cause and encourage them to use it. They make a payment once there is $100.00 in the account. What is nice is its free, its available 24/7 everyday of the year, its healthy, and they send the money....give it a try!!
Does anyone have any good ideas for fundraisers at a local community center, open to the public?
By Community_help from Canton, OH
I like the peeler booklets. They have peelers for use at restaurants BOGO free at local places. With the economy this is a great help. I'm a single Mom and this is the way we get to eat out. After about two or three uses the booklet pays for itself. These usually sell around May.
Maybe you could sell classes such as a gardening class or an art class; even aerobics are popular classes. Find a local celebrity that will donate their time as an instructor. Good luck.
My son is vice president of his junior class. They are always looking for new ideas for fund raisers. They have done the car washes and sold food at sports events. Does anyone have any unique ideas of things to sell or anything else a little more refreshing?
Karen from Port Clinton, OH
By Chris (Guest Post)01/22/2009
I'm the president of a club at my school and we sold pizza after school every Friday. We made major profit.
I want a fun way to fundraise for a classroom. I have very little to sell. I would like to wrap an ordinary penny in gold foil or just keep in the way it is.
I would then ask who on my facebook or among my friends would like to buy this penny for a dollar.
Then when I give them the penny, they will be told this penny has to be sold for another dollar that will go to a charity of their choice. Or maybe they could just keep the penny or frame it.
Any ideas, I know this is a tough economy. What do you think of this? What would be a good name for it?
By Robyn from TN
First find out if you can do a fund raiser for just one class room. Most schools do have fund raisers. Some food and paper products have the "Box Tops for Education" on them, and a lot of schools save them, having the students bring them from home. I have a niece that teaches in a Hutterite school, she has grades five through eight in one classroom. She uses these box top things to purchase books to give each one of her students for Christmas gifts.
The Hutterite people don't spend a lot on things like that. However, when it comes to what they give her for a Christmas gift, one year they gave her a hand made down comforter and bed pillows set, plus home processed foods, baked goods, etc. They treat her real well, and she has taught in the school for about ten years.
Campbell's soup labels are also used by some schools. If the classroom that you want to do a fundraiser for is in dire need of a piece of equipment get together with some of the other mothers and see about having a bake sale or something like that for a specific purpose. Also places like Pizza Hut have fund raising programs, as does Tupperware.
The Senior Center where I live has a real successful fundraiser every year(probably going on six years now) where they hand any member of the center that wants to do it, a $5.00 bill and that person in turn has to make it grow as much as possible. Some of the things that people have done is bake a special item that they are known for and sell it at the center, have a rummage sale at their home, with the proceeds being given in exchange for that $5.00 bill that they got.
I don't think your idea would raise enough to make it worth the small initial effort on your part. The teacher for this classroom could also ask the students to bring the Box Tops for Education directly to her and save them for her classroom.
I am 16 and in high school. Through the high school I, along with 29 other students will be going to Chicago for Model UN. Which is where we go and represent countries and debate on World Issues from that countries point of view. I am excited for it, but there is a problem. All thirty of us need help to raise a rather large sum of money. We are also trying to go on another trip to St. Paul, but we can only go if there is enough money. So i ask, how can a large group of thirty students raise money. Are there any Ideas?
Jake from Isanti, MN
By ryan conlon (Guest Post)11/03/2008
here are some ideas - www.yourminnesotadj.com/dance/dance-fundraising.html""
Does anyone have any good fund raising ideas for a high school volleyball team?
Margaret from Arlington, TN
By KK (Guest Post)11/26/2008
I think these are great, but we need ones that we don't have to use money, but earn it.
I know Krusteaz Pancake Mix offers a partial refund of the cost of the mix after a pancake breakfast fundraiser. Does anyone know of any other companies that do this? Not just pancake mix, but sausage, bacon, juice, coffee, syrup, butter, and anything else that might be served at breakfast.
Our Applebee's Restaurant does the fundraiser breakfasts, but they get booked out within hours of opening their calendar and we missed out. Any other restaurants (we are in east TN) offer pancake/breakfast fundraisers?
Thanks for any help you can offer.
By Melody BH. from Oak Ridge, TN
Pancake breakfasts are pretty easy to organize and hold on your own. If you can get a facility with a kitchen, like a church hall or school cafeteria, you are away. Local stores and businesses will donate items or cash if you are raising money for a worthy cause. Perhaps this is easier in a small town, but we used to do a pancake breakfast for Education week, with only a silver collection. One of the staff got donations from local businesses, and then bought all the rest of the things needed, with the donated cash, from the local grocery store who gave a big discount on items ( and took back things that weren't opened like extra bottles of oil or pancake syrup). We even made a profit when we were "giving" away the breakfast this way!! We teachers did the cooking and the clean up. The local Elks donated the use of the hall since it was for the school. We did not have a commercial type kitchen in our school.
Our local volunteer fire department does pancake breakfasts as well. It is a good fundraiser to do on your own. Pretty much anybody can cook a pancake. Sausages are cooked ahead of time, early in the morning, and kept warm in roasters in the oven until they are put out onto the serving table.
I need some inexpensive centerpiece ideas for 75 round tables. It is for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Many thanks for your help.
By Meg from Augusta, GA
How about the theme, "Spaghetti Western"? Your decorations could be western themed. Hankerchiefs are very cheap at craft stores, sometimes 3 or 4 for a dollar. You could use those as placemats or in the center of the table with a cactus centerpiece. Sunflowers are a cute idea for centerpieces too.
Everyone could wear boots and jeans, etc.
Another cheap way to cover tables is to buy a big roll of brown mailing paper (or craft paper) and draw cattle brands on it with brown markers.
I like the tomato sauce can ideas too. You could use small ones for tea-light holders. Just punch a few holes in them for the light to come through!
Two of my teens will be heading to Kenya, Africa this year on missions. My son on a medical mission for a month and my daughter on a humanitarian mission. We are so proud of them. I need decorating ideas for a pasta fundraiser to help cover the costs of the missions which are $5000.00 each so it is imperative that we do not spend a lot on decorating. I was thinking of maybe something involving Kenya's colours: black, red, and green. The venue is supplying white tablecloths.
By Kelly R.
Perhaps some appropriately-colored plasticware and paper plates. Perhaps some pictures of what your son and daughter will be doing in Kenya would be good.