I need fund raising ideas for a nonprofit pet organization in my county. Can anyone help me please?
Carolyn from Appling, GA
Our local humane society just had an awareness week and had events almost every night.
Some of the events were:
a jewelry party
a motorcycle poker run
a karaoke night - everyone paid $5 to get up and sing a tune
a benefit concert
a local restaurant donated the proceeds from one night's sales to the humane society
Hope these ideas help!
I used to live near DeLand, Florida. There, every year (I believe it was on the weekend before Ash Wednesday), they had a family-friendly Mardi Gras parade for dogs. Families would bring their dogs, many in costume and always on a leash, to the downtown area. Some would walk their dogs down the street, and others would just bring their dogs and watch; the restored historic downtown area had quite a crowd every year. This was actually a benefit to raise money for a local theater, but I think it would be fabulous for a pet organization. The rules were that each dog had to be current on its shots, licensed, on a leash, not vicious, and not "in season" (heat). I believe they also had a minimum age for taking part in the parade and children below that age needed to have a parent or other adult walk with them as they walked the dog. The parade did not have any motorized vehicles in it, and was always really cute. They would have a different theme each year, such as outer space or Old New Orleans, and the parade dogs would be dressed up in costumes reflecting that theme. Prizes were awarded for best costume, smallest, largest, and oldest dogs, and they also had doggie talent shows and other related events. It was a family-oriented Mardi Gras and was absolutely adorable and lots of fun. You could get more information about it by contacting either the Sands Theater in DeLand, Florida, or MainStreet DeLand's offices. (Sorry I don't have addresses for either group.) The committee that put together this annual event was called the "Krewe of Barkalee," but it was affiliated with the theater.
We volunteer at our Humane Society in the fundraising part. They have 3 big events each year. One is a huge rummage sale of donated items that are collected throughout the year. They run a thrift store year round and get alot of donations. Every summer they take donated items that have been stored and they lease the National Guard Armory for a week. Mon - Thurs are set up days and Friday and Saturday are the Sale. Sunday is cleanup day. They raise $30-45,000.00 each year. We have worked with them for 5 years.
The second thing that they do is have a Fur Ball which is a gala event and they have a formal dance with silent auctions and gourmet food etc. and tickets for the event are quite pricey and donations just seem to flow in.
The third is called Santa Paws and they purchased a nice camera on a tripod and a printer. They set up at the mall with Santa Claus in a suit and a nice chair and for a fee you can get your pet's picture taken with Santa. They do dogs and cats and birds but nothing too gross or exotic, like creepy things - snakes, rats, gerbils etc. You can buy as many prints as you like or bring as many pets as you wish.
Simpler things are yard sales, bake sales, selling their logo or picture printed on their t-shirts, making their own calendar with pictures of the cute shelter animals, selling key chains or car magnets with their logo, etc. Hope this helps and gives you some ideas.
Try the following:
Garage Sale - a local animal shelter gets donated space from a storage company 1x/year & then they advertise for donated items in local newspapers, word-of-mouth, etc. They then hold a HUGE garage sale at the storage company which generates thousands of dollars for the animal shelter. It has become a well-known annual event in the area & each year there are hundreds of people lined up waiting for the doors to open!
Shop & Share - I live in the Chicago area. The local grocery stores (Jewel & Dominick's) have a program to help raise funds for animal shelters. This is how it works: every other month or so the shelters give out "coupons" to shop at those stores on certain days. The shopper shops on those days, turns in the "coupon" when checking out & the store will donate 5% of the shopper's total purchase to the animal shelter.
Some other ideas to try: igive.com; Car Wash/Dog Wash; Candy Bars; Bake Sales; Crafts, etc.
A car wash at a local establishment. Great way to get money. Or ad in the local newspaper.
Have a gift basket raffle, and make sure that you advertise in your local papers.
Thank you to all of y'all with these GREAT ideas. They really have my brain a stormin now hee hee.
Facepainting for kids is a good way to raise funds. Sell tickets and half of the proceeds go to the facepainters you hire, and half to the fund. If you don't need to hire the painters, then the entire amount raised goes to the fund, but you do need people who know what they are doing when it comes to facepainting!
I AM ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WITH S.O.C.K.S. (Save Our Cats & Kittens) in FWB FL. We have an annual auction ever year, we take all our donations from the thrift store and go through them separate all items that would be good for the auction, when the auction is near, we start advertising for items to be donated. We have come up with over $6000 doing this. Good luck!
Puppy Ice Cream Socials- a great fundraiser
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!!
Hi! My company has a very great program that helps raise money for animal non profits. It is called 4InkandToner.com. You do not have to sell anything. It is simple we make flyers for you. We save every customer up to 80% on ink and toner. We give your animal organization 20% of every sale ongoing. We give you a custom designed Web page and domain name just for your fundraiser. You get an easy to use online portal so you can see your progress. We send you a check quarterly. We charge nothing to you or your group. No deductions from the donation checks. You get a true 20% for the animals. Please give us a call or simply sign up at www.4InkandToner.com at the bottom of the home page, just click on "Become Our Affiliate Partner". 1-877-980-7467
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