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Groupon Grassroots Fundraising

Daily deals coupon giant Groupon offers free grassroots fundraising assistance to worthy community causes and nonprofit organizations across the country. Groupon Grassroots helps you craft a compelling message about your group’s fundraising need and then promotes it their subscribers on the Groupon website.

Groupon Grassroots fundraising team

This assistance is not for general fundraising campaigns that contribute to the operating budget nor does it help sell tickets to galas, races, or silent auctions. Its all about project-specific fundraising with measurable impact and community-oriented results.

According to Groupon: “Groupon Grassroots campaigns always have a project-specific goal and create a sense of urgency for the donor. Whether it is a matching donor specific to the campaign, an enticing registration incentive, or a particular project or program that you have an affinity for, Grassroots campaigns generate energy and excitement around the featured cause that isn’t normally available.

Groupon Grassroots helps coordinate your campaign from beginning to end. Once you’ve identified a compelling project, a Groupon Grassroots Campaign Organizer will coach you through building and launching your campaign. Throughout the process, we’ll provide you with the following resources:

  1. A creative campaign write-up crafted by our dedicated team of Groupon Grassroots writers
  2. A step-by-step promotions and public relations guide to marketing your campaign
  3. Phone consultations to discuss the best campaign strategies for your organization
  4. Access to the Groupon Merchant Center, where you can monitor campaign performance and analyze demographics
  5. A check issued to your organization for 100% of donations received (Groupon absorbs all credit card fees)
  6. Post-campaign communications guidance so you can build on your success and establish a long-term relationship with your supporters

Here is a video that explains Groupon Grassroots Fundraising:

Find out more at Groupon Grassroots.

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Whipped Cream Pie Throwing Fundraiser

Here is a cute news story I ran across about a high school volleyball team doing a whipped cream pie throwing fundraiser. It sounds like fun, but I’m not sure I’d want to be on the receiving end of a pie in the face all day long…well 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. anyway.

For a small donation, $3 for one pie for $5 for two, folks can toss a pie in the face of their favorite volleyball player.

Read more: Norwood High Volleball “Pie” fundraiser at Norwood Day – Norwood, MA – Norwood Bulletin http://www.wickedlocal.com/norwood/news/x938530027/Norwood-High-Volleball-Pie-fundraiser-at-Norwood-Day

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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.