Categories
Fundraising Events

Most Popular Fundraising Event Idea

I have to say that the most popular new fundraising event idea in 2012 has been the Hunger Games fundraiser. I don’t know if its just the extreme popularity of the books and the movie, but I’m getting more questions about how to do this type of event than all the other ones combined. Using cheap cloth table runners for those types of events are perfect when they’re themed like those at Hunger Games.

Hunger Games fundraiser

It’s probably because, at its core, a Hunger Games style event is extremely adaptable to all the fundraising variables such as group size, age of participants, amount of funds needed, available space and number of volunteers.

According to this fundraising management consultant, schools are doing this one with an academic component. Teens love it because they can identify with the characters and make their own Hunger Games outfits. Adults enjoy it because its new and different. Organizers see a Hunger Games competition as easy to promote and get sponsorships from local businesses.

And most importantly, its a huge draw for the event itself because everyone gets to passionately root 0n their favorites in all the different phases of the competition.

Big crowds + fun events = Successful fundraiser!

To see for yourself how successful this could be for your group, read the full article on FundraiserHelp.com along with my tips on how to get publicity and all the different ways to monetize your event.

If you are looking for something new and different for your next fundraising event, then I’d definitely recommend doing a Hunger Games fundraiser.

Categories
Fundraising Ideas

Car Wash Fundraiser With Coupons

Car Wash Fundraiser With Coupons – A new twist on the traditional car wash fundraiser is to partner with a local car wash and just sell coupons for their service offerings.Your group negotiates a discounted cost basis for the various car wash offerings on the Coupons that you create. You want the coupon deal to have value for the business and  the customer as well as your group.

For example, a $10 basic two-for-one car wash coupon would cost your group $5 and a $15 full-service deluxe two-for-one car wash coupon would cost your group $7.50. Your group then sells the numbered coupons at full price and keeps the profit. The customer gets the value of two car washes for the price of one and the business owner gets your group out there selling his services for him.

Another benefit of this approach is that your group doesn’t have to do all the manual labor involved with the traditional car wash fundraiser. That means this would work well for smaller groups as well as those not physically able to do the work.

Instead, its all about reaching out to the largest number of people you can find who would be willing to purchase your coupon. Selling large amounts of discount coupons or any type of fundraising product offering works best if you go where people are already shopping.

You want to set up a sales table outside a high-traffic retail location such as a grocery store, home improvement store, WalMart, etc. Peak times are best such as Saturday mornings. Your sales table should have good visibility as people approach the entrance and should also be available to people who are exiting the business.

You will want to place several large posterboard signs with easily readable wording that tells who you are, what you are offering, and explains why you are fundraising.

Example Sign:

BAND FUNDRAISER

FREE Car Wash Coupon (with purchase)

Please Help Because We Need New Uniforms!

Work your sales table with a two-hour shifts of a multi-person crew. Stay active and move about. Engage approaching customers with a wave, a friendly smile, and a warm welcome.

Pitch people with a short message like this: “Hey there! We’ve got a two-for-one car wash coupon that’s good for a year. Can you help us out because we’re raising funds to buy new band uniforms?”

You can also remind people that they can pick up a coupon on their way out.

And that’s how to do a car wash fundraiser with coupons.

Categories
Fundraising Ideas

Sticky Note Mosaic Fundraiser

Courtney Pisano came up with a great fundraising idea – creating a giant sticky note mosaic at a local mall – to raise funds for her own non-profit organization called Children’s Lasting Power.

Courtney, 16, is a rising junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, NC. The money raised will be donated to the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh and the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, NC.

She found out there was a world record for creating Post-it note mosaics and she instantly knew it was the perfect match for her fundraising efforts.

“I wanted something no one had really done before,” Courtney said. “And I wanted something where a lot of people could come together and help.”

The giant mosaic created in the main hallway at Triangle Town Center Mall needed 44,000 sticky notes and took a volunteer crew almost eight hours to complete.

Courtney raised $5,000 from corporate sponsors and from mall shoppers who donated $1 to sponsor a sticky note in the world record mosaic.

Courtney enlisted the help of volunteers to carefully place the colored squares in patterns.

“She comes up with good ideas, but I’ve never heard of anything like this before,” said Galen Pischke, a volunteer who spent six hours on the floor sticking down the squares.

“I’m taken by her creativity and enthusiasm, and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Carroll Cope, another volunteer, as she placed dozens of blue sticky notes into a row. “It’s admirable, and she is laying the groundwork for other people to think outside the box with fundraising.”

“Whether we break a record or not, raising money is a great thing,” said Leigh Pisano, Courtney’s mother.

The mosaic project is the largest fundraiser so far for Children’s Lasting Power, but Courtney doesn’t intend for it to be the last.

She’s already thinking ahead to next year when she is going to partner with another organization to try to raise $11,000 to build a kitchen for a school in Malawi.

Gotta love how she came up with an awesome fundraising idea linking a world record attempt with raising funds for orphaned children.

Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/2012/08/21/2280713/outside-the-box-fundraising.html