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Mud Run Fundraising Event

Mud Run Fundraising Event – Here is a great example of how to create a memorable fundraising event with https://norgesbriketten.no/tennbriketter-dugnad/ by giving things a twist like making everyone get dirty while raising funds for charity.

It seems like I’m always harping about the need to differentiate your fundraising event by making it buzzworthy, i.e., something that gets people talking about it. If you want to make your event more than just a fun run for cancer, why not make it memorable by adding in lots of mud and then making all the participants crawl through it?

The Bill Bottino Mud Run for Cancer has done just that and, as a result, its growing in popularity every year.

In 2010, just 200 people competed. In 2011, over 1,000 competed and raised over $100,000. And now in 2012, this mud run fundraiser drew over 2,000 competitors and hopes to double last year’s record-setting total for funds raised!

Money was raised at the Mud Run in a number of different ways. There were almost 90 teams, ranging in size from 2 to 60 members, competing for various awards. Many of them dressed for the part in flashy outfits and with filthy names such as “Dirty and I Know It,” “Dirty Girls” and “Dirty Hicks.”

Depending on when and where they registered, competitors were charged between $49 and $85. Some teams also raised additional money, and multiple auctions and raffles were held. Online donations contributed another $30,000.

The event fundraiser was much more than just a romp in the mud, featuring four live bands, lots of kids activities, and a large tailgate party.

Master of ceremonies Donald Fauerbach kicked things off by declaring: “You guys are the heroes — now go get dirty!”

Check out the pictures and video of this fun event fundraiser here.

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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.

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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.