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
Contact local businesses and see if they can donate items for a silent auction. People bid on these items on paper and the ones with the highest bids get the items after paying for them. Be sure to ask for a phone number of the bidders.
A. Make bead bracelets and sell them.
B. Make some type(s) of Christmas ornaments and sell them.
C. Bake sales are always popular. Stick to foods that don't require refrigeration.
D. All of the above. Good luck and God Bless.
As long as you have a table already, how about a used book sale. Sell paperbacks for .50 and hard cover $1.00 each.
How about a 50/50 raffle. Sell tickets for $1.00. When you draw the name out, they get half of what collected and organization gets the other half. You can do that at end of day, or every 2 hours or so.
Have someone bake large cookies and sell them for .50 each.
face painting for the kids is a big hit at our festival. Make it cheap like fifty cents and then the kids will keep coming back for more. Except for the paint, brush and paper towels, it is all pure profit.
Another group has a salad lunch. All the salads are donated by the members and the tickets are $4 and they are presold (set amount 50), or what ever your room can hold and you feel you can feed. That too is all profit.
At our church's rummage sale, we have a bake sale and sell regular size homemade cookies, 5 in a ziploc for .50 cents a baggie. These always sell good. Some bake regular cookies, some bake Sugar Free cookies, & they ALL sell. Usually the cookies sell out first, over the other baked goods.
Also, in our area, I'm sure this is in your area, too. The local grocery stores, if asked, will donated a case or so of spaghetti and pasta sauce, for a donation for a benefit supper/dinner or event. Ask if your grocery store will do this for your Fire/Rescue Fundraiser. Then have a 'Spaghetti Feed'. Along with the spaghetti, serve a scoop or 2 of green salad w/dressing and a piece of cake, for a few bucks each. Tell the grocery stores in your area, what you're planning, they might even donate the whole list of ingredients to make the meal with. If not, ask one store for the spaghetti, ask another store for the pasta sauce, ask another store for the cake mixes/frostings, etc. (If you live in a big area).
Also, asking the grocery stores for donations, I've heard about selling Root Beer Floats & doing well with it. Best of Luck with whatever you choose to do and write back letting us know what route you chose.
I do not know if this is a good idea. you could have a community fish fry. $5 a meal, have fish, 2 sides, desert, and a drink
or.. the 20 of you look around your houses and get a few things and have a big garage sale..
I dont know if this was any help good luck
Thanks for the ideas. We actually did have a huge rummage sale about a month ago. Everything was donated (via newspaper advertising) and we made about $700. We plan to make it an annual sale.
As for serving a meal, we do plan to do that later on...our main concern right now is the BBQ Festival we're participating in. We've come up with a couple of ideas, but thought someone might come up with something better that we haven't thought of yet.
Thanks again! Anyone else have additional ideas?
Renee in W, TN.
also include a chili supper bake sale?
for the BBQ tent there's always having a raffle for prize money 50/50. what ever is raised on the raffle 50% goes to the winner 50% you keep.
as for a fund raiser at our church we have a yearly penny raffle. donations of baskets and donated items. each basket has a theme and gets filled with items of that theme. (ex.) back to school...the basket would be filled with pencils,erasers,notebooks...etc) we then sell sheets of tickets to have placed in a cup with the name of the basket. during this time we are having a spagetti dinner. which tickets have to be purchased for. an hour after dinner is served we now start having the drawing out of each cup. to avoid havoic there are runners. these people bring the winning basket to the winner and check the winning ticket. also if you recieve very large prizes (ex. T.V. grill.painting, large quilt ...etc.)you can have a seprate raffle for these prizes.
From our Harvest Festival, one year, a booth was selling good sized peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip cookies for 2 for .50 cents, these were selling good, too.
I have a friend who needed a fun raiser so the first year he did a pie auction. friends and family supplied the pies. the auction was a success. this year they expanded it to be a dessert auction. everything from pies, cakes, cookies and candies were there. it was another hugh success. i've also heard of ice cream sundae socials...never been to one, but that sounded fun too...
We used Book Covers as our fundraiser and it worked quite well for our needs.
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?
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