Some Traditional Fundraising Ideas and Tips.
Setup a carwash with a local gas
station. Meet with the gas station owner. It will help him attract more
customers, by having you there waving clients in for a car wash. Explain to
the owner what the cause is and normally they are all for it. Make sure they
have a water outlet that you connect your hoses to. They may want a small
fee for the water usage, depending on the area you are in. You need to
purchase some basic items like car wash soap, washing mitts, rags and drying
towels. If the gas station owner does not have a hose, then you will
need to bring yours or find someone in the group that you can borrow from.
Grocery Store Bagging.
This is a great start for a lot of sports
teams. Contact your local grocery store, that doesn't use grocery baggers
and ask them if you can bag groceries for their clients for a weekend
morning or afternoon. Normally they don't have a problem with this, since it
is for a good cause. Have the team wear their jersey's, so that the
customers can quickly identify that it is a charity. You can bring a few
plastic containers that you can add the word "Donations" on. Try and use a
clear container, so that the customers can see the donations inside. That is pretty much it. You can go the extra mile and mention the grocery store name
in your newsletter or bulletin board and thank them for allowing you to do
your fundraiser with them. You can send a copy to the person at the grocery
store and they will really appreciate it and welcome you back for years to
Keep this in mind when you setout your
fundraising idea or campaign.
- What are you raising the money for? Make
sure you explain this to the group so they can effectively communicate
it when requesting donations.
- What is the goal of the fundraiser? How
much are we looking to raise as a group? Share this information with the
fundraising team and let them motivate themselves to meet the goal.
- How many people do you need to help make
this successful? Make sure you
provide contact information for key people responsible for the
fundraiser in the event the troops have any questions or concerns.
- People by nature are goal oriented, so
if you are going to give prizes away to the top performers, then make
sure you announce this at the beginning.
- Try not to make the event too
complicated, since most people will lose focus quickly if they need to
do a lot of different functions within the campaign.
- Make sure you have a deadline date on
when the fundraising event is completed
- Keep it as simple as you can, especially
with younger groups.
Make sure everyone is having fun and participating.