Have you done fundraisers?

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Registered: 09-20-2009
Have you done fundraisers?
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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 1:56pm

I posted this over on the Fundraising board too, but I don't know if I'll get any replies. 

Have you done any fundraisers before?  DD has gotten involved in dance.  The school wants to do a fundraiser to help offset the cost of costumes for some kids in the group who could use some help covering the added expense.  Have you ever done any fundraisers that didn't feel like you were doing a fundraiser?  I don't like asking people for money, so I want to avoid standing outside grocery stores with jars.  I don't want to do a catalog sale with cheap things people really don't want.  I don't have a lot of ideas, so I'm wondering what has worked for you.

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 11:36am

To me standing with a jar is begging, not fundraising.  I honestly loathe that.  As far as fundraisers, just the usual - bake sales, car washes (kids have a blast with those), pizza sales (usually pizza places cut you a break if the goal is fundraising for an NFP), etc.  You could coordinate it in with some school event (an assembly, a play, orchesta performance, etc.) so that people don't see it JUST as a fundraiser - ?

Sue

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Registered: 09-20-2009
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 1:37am
I agree completely about the begging. Recently, our town started allowing high school kids to stand at each corner of an intersection and approach cars in the middle of the downtown area. It's just in poor taste. I really like the car wash idea. I'll have to keep that in mind for the summer. One of the other moms mentioned the idea of hosting a parents' night out where they can drop off the kids for 3-4 hours for a fee and we would have things for the kids to do. I like that one because the people donating are getting something of value for their contribution.
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 02-28-2013 - 6:43pm

Another thing that ds's high school did was a trivia night - people enjoy those as they do get prizes, etc. and I was on the committee that helped pull it together; there are always people in the community, even parents of kids in the school, that have things they want to donate, or work for companies that do, so that the prizes can be pretty cool.  And then if the kids are old enough, you can have them as the runners between the tables and officials for their answers, etc. so the kids get to help during that evening.