I am in a club for school called Interact club. We are going to try to raise $9,000.00 by December for a woman who has level 4 leukemia. Her family is going through a rough time, because her sister is also in the army.
Can you think of anything else?
By Kiaya1199 from Wenatchee, WA
A bbq sounds fun. Talk to local grocery stores and whatnot, they may be able to donate some meat. A car wash is a good idea if you hurry before it gets too cold. Craft show/sale. A fundraiser walk. A haunted house or a costume party/contest for Halloween.
Donation jars or cans in pharmacies or stores around your town with the friends info on them. A carnival like the schools have for the kids. Hot dog bake sale. Bingo. Spaghetti dinner. If you have a Sam's Club card you could get the supplies there for the food sales and ask stores in your area for donations. Good luck in reaching your goal.
How about conducting "A Mile of Dollars for (name of woman)" one day? Advertise it around town, then have people lined up for a mile. As you and your team goes down the street, each contributor lays down a dollar and the space is marked with chalk with the dollar amount collected so far. When the money is collected at the end of the mile, you'll know how much you have; if the woman in question is up to it, she (or her family) could be at the end of the mile to receive the cash collected. Great support for the family, and a great bonding time for the community.
A few years back my daughter ran in a Honalulu marathon for arthritis. They had to raise a certain amount of money (sorry, don't remember the exact amount) in order to be sent to Hawaii to compete. We not only had a spaghetti dinner, we had everything donated so that everything earned was straight profit.
We also earned about $1500 on garage sales. We announced what she was earning money for in the local paper, and people called us and dropped things off and even donated everything they were going to put in a garage sale to us. We picked up everything from couches to exercise machines. You will be surprised at how much people want to help. Many have nothing extra to give but are happy to donate old items that you can sell. We even asked around and found a storage unit place that donated a space to store all the stuff between garage sales.
Also, you can find a sporting event that allows groups to "man" a concession stand and keep the money they earn for the day. We're in Louisiana, and the Saints organizations were great for that, as well as LSU games. You just get together a group of friends that agree to show up and donate most of a day to running one of the stands for a day. To keep it fun, the group always went to eat pizza after the day's work.
I have had pretty good success in asking all my e-mail contacts to mail me $1. I have used this for Cancer Awareness events. A lot of the contacts have no idea who I am (because people DO NOT delete their addresees when forwarding stuff) and said so. But a couple of them did send the $1. Of course quite a few close friends and business acquaintances send more than the $1. My goal has always been $100 and I usually get that or very close. Good luck!
In England, Auctions of Promises are very popular. Basically people offer to mow the lawn, babysit, fill the freezer etc. and these are auctioned off at, say, a fish and chip supper. You either post them around the room on sheets of paper and invite people to up the bidding throughout the evening, or you write the promises on envelopes around the room and invite people to drop in 'blind' bids. At the end of the evening the envelopes are opened to find the highest bid.
Another easy fundraiser is a Dutch Auction. You invite people to donate small items such as pens, badges, small trinkets. The bidding starts small, maybe 1 penny/dime with the bidder putting that amount into a pot. The next person ups their bid and does the same until everyone gives up and the last to bid wins the item. All money in the pot is profit because they can't have it back! People need to take lots of change with them but feel that they can join in even if they don't have much money. You'd be surprised how much you can make like this. Good luck.
Just remembered another favourite fundraiser here in England. 'Suds and Spuds'. Basically the Suds being their car cleaned by half your team while the other half are offering them a filled jacket potato lunch - Spuds in England.
When my kids were in their HS marching band, one easy fundraiser was bagging groceries for tips. Their appointed contact person set it up with our local Kroger store. On the appointed day, kids (who'd signed up to do so) took short shifts bagging folks' groceries. People tipped anything from about $1 and up. Many people were quite generous.
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