Fund Raising Ideas

Time for some new fund raising ideas for your group? Many school groups and nonprofits look for new fundraisers come Fall. So, what kind of new ideas are out there?

Here are some small-scale fund raising events worth trying:

  • Mini-golf tournament
  • Scrapbooking fundraiser
  • Karaoke or Lip Sync contest
  • Movie premiere fundraiser
  • Donkey basketball
  • Chair-ity event
  • Here are some new product-based fund raising ideas:

  • Seasonal fundraisers
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Jewelry
  • Pizza cards
  • Rather than make this a really long post by explaining all these topics, just use this link to read more about each of these fund raising ideas.

    High School Fundraising Controls

    Tennessee passed some new legislation this summer to tighten controls on high school fundraising, specifically taking aim at booster clubs.

    In a move to erase illegal fundraising, fraudulent accounts and the misappropriation of booster club funds, the new laws are aimed at creating a system of checks and balances that will require each individual school and county school system to be held accountable for each dollar spent.

    Each school and school system has until July 1, 2008 to be in complete compliance with the School Support Organization Financial Accountability Act.

    For years, high school booster clubs have operated to provide financial assistance to high school athletic programs, as well as school clubs and organizations.

    But as money continued to flow from outside sources into the school and through booster club presidents, treasurers, school principals and even athletic coaches, how that money is spent and exactly how much is furnished has sometimes been difficult to track.

    Booster clubs are not the only organizations affected by the act. Educational foundations, PTA/PTO and any other non-government organization supporting students are under the umbrella of this act.

    In an effort to keep money raised by parents who represent a booster club separate from students who raise money for their own clubs, organizations or athletic programs, the law stipulates that two accounts be set up — the Outside Account and Student Centered Fundraising account.

    I think this is a good move by the State of Tennessee to bring accountability back to high school fundraising and would hope to see similar legislation adopted in other states.

    Unique Fundraisers

    Looking for some unique fundraising ideas?

    Over the years, I’ve come across quite a few good ideas for unique fundraisers. You can find a lot of them being discussed in our forum and learn how to raise maximum funds with any of our fundraising event ideas.

    Here’s a short list of unique fundraiser ideas:

  • Pig Rasslin
  • Cow Plop Bingo
  • Machine Gun Shoot
  • National Poetry Slam
  • Breast Impressions
  • Parrots Of The Caribbean
  • Climbing Mount Everest
  • Church Toilet Paper Sale
  • Outhouse Fundraiser
  • Hopefully, these ideas will get your creative juices flowing so you can come up with your own unique fundraising idea!

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    A’s For Africa School Fundraiser

    Read a news story about a cute idea for a school fundraiser.

    In this one, students get pledges from sponsors to donate a certain amount for each A grade they get on their report card. The middle school students are using the concept of good grades to raise money to help students in Africa.

    A’s For Africa sounds like a great fundraising idea because it motivates the children to do well in school in order to help others. And of course, that approach encourages even more supporters to pledge significant financial incentives.

    School fundraising doesn’t get much better than that!

    Fundraising Scams Becoming More Prevalent

    It seems like every day there’s a new story about scammers taking people’s money by pretending to be helping a charitable group or worthy cause. This morning I read a disturbing article about a new scam using the death of a California Highway Patrol officer to steal money.

    It got me wondering just how big a negative effect these scams have on regular fundraisers by giving all fundraising appeals a black eye.

    Next time you mail a donation request letter, better include proof of your nonprofit credentials on the envelope. Otherwise, you’ll make it no further than the wastebasket!