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Unique Fundraiser – A Cardboard Arcade

Watch this inspiring video about a 9-year old boy who built a cardboard arcade inside his father’s auto parts store and how it developed into a unique fundraiser that has so far raised $164,000 for his college education.

Note: This video has been known to make grown men cry…

You can find out more on the website: http://cainesarcade.com

You can like it on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/cainesarcade

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Halloween Fundraiser

Halloween Fundraiser – For schools having a Halloween Fundraiser is a great way to raise money for the PTA or other school group.

A Halloween Fundraiser is great for schools
A Halloween Fundraiser is great for schools

A Halloween Fundraiser is perfect timing because school has recently started and everyone is still gung-ho and full of energy.

A Pumpkin Patch is popular for Halloween Fundraisers
A Pumpkin Patch is popular for Halloween Fundraisers

One of the most lucrative Halloween fundraiser ideas is to have your own pumpkin patch.

You can hold your pumpkin fundraiser in conjunction with a school fall festival or as a sole fundraising event.

Publicity will be crutial to your success, so be sure not to skimp on that. Signs, letters home, a eyecatching post on the school website, even a press release will get more traffic.

Decorate your pumpkin patch to make it appealing to passers-by. Twinkle lights and the decorative use of bright fall colors go a long way toward people stopping at your pumpkin patch rather than the one around the corner.

Order your pumpkins locally if you can and don’t over buy, having too many left overs from your halloween fundraiser will cut into profits.

And those are some quick suggestions for having a Halloween Fundraiser.

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2008 Fundraising Calendars

2008 Fundraising Calendars – A great fundraiser for schools, sports teams and other groups is selling scenic or custom calendars.

For 2008, fundraising calendars are easier to create than ever.  Simply choose digital pictures of your team or group and submit them to your calendar supplier.

Calendar fundraisers are fun!
2008 fundraising calendar photo

Things to consider when doing a calendar fund raiser:

  • How many could you sell?
  • Price ranges
  • Profit margins
  • Do you want custom or general?

Sales tips
Some suppliers don’t have minumum purchase requirements so if you have a smaller group, look to those companies.

Pricing
Pricing can vary wildly depending on how colorful or creative you want to be.  Typical cost for a calendar for fundraising is about $4-$5. 

Profits
Calendars sell well at around $10 to $12 for a high quality product.  Anytime you can get 50% to 60% profit on a fundraising product, you’ve done very well.

Selection
Think about what your potential customers will want in a calendar.  If you are selling to only your group, a custom calendar is the way to go because everyone likes to see pictures of themselves!  If you are selling to the general public, a calendar with popular scenes is the right choice.

Additional information
We have hundreds of fundraising advice articles on the best ways to raise funds.  Read this article for specific sales tips and this one for including a raffle with your calendar fundraiser.

One supplier we recommend is Falling Leaf Publishing because they have high quality calendars, there are no up front costs, and no minumum purchase is required.

Fundraiser Help advice on doing 2008 fundraising calendars.