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Idea: Popcorn Sales

 

Premise: Sell bags of popcorn during school events

 

Needed: Microwave or rent a popcorn machine from your local party or carnival store; bag the popcorn in small brown bags or purchase real popcorn bags.

 

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Idea: Bring & Buy sale

 

Premise: Our great British fundraiser is Bring & Buy sale. Just like it sounds you bring an item to the sale and you buy an item from the sale. You could hold this sale in a large hall/ community centre, you could charge a small fee to enter the hall ie: £0.50. Not only you are getting free items for sale but you are also gain a door fee too.

 

In theory at the end of the Bring and Buy sale there should not be any items left. If there are items left give them to a charity shop.

 

Source: T Robinson UK supporter

 

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Idea: Pancake Breakfast  [View all Popcorn Fundraising]

 

Premise: Host a pancake breakfast with all the fixings! For a theme idea, do this during the Holidays and serve "Breakfast with Santa", "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny", etc. Don't forget to have someone take pictures with the special guest

 

Needed: Have an reservation sign-up to help calculate how much you will need to serve. (pancakes, syrup, drinks, etc.) Hire a Santa or rent a suit from a local costume shop, etc..

 

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Idea: Can You Spare a Dollar

 

Premise: Dear Family & Friends: Our group is having a dollar fundraiser. The purpose of this fundraiser is to help pay for the necessities needed for our season. With your support this can be possible. Just sign any line for a dollar.

 

Can you spare a Dollar Form

 

Source: www.k12grants.org/fund_raise.htm

 

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Idea: Fundraiser Insurance Cards

 

Premise: Parents buy an insurance card stating that they are free from any fund-raisers for 6 months to a year!

 

Needed: Create a wallet size card which states that the parent is free from any fund-raiser for either six months or one year. Create a certificate of authenticity. Charge between $20 and $25 dollars, depending on the amount of time.


 


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Idea: Goblin Insurance

 

Premise: Your group can make money prior to Halloween selling "Goblin Insurance". Here's how it works. Using a computer and a printer you print up special Halloween Insurance Policies. You charge $5 per residence policy and $15 per business policy. Here's the good part. You keep all the money! Your group agrees to clean up any Halloween mess - soaped windows, etc. made during Halloween night. You do not agree to repair vandalized items - broken windows - blown up mailboxes, etc. Most people will think it's a clever idea and will donate $5. Sell a couple hundred and you have yourself $1000. Your expense will be the cost of ink and a ream of paper.

 

Needed: Paper

 

Source: KidsForOurTroops.org/ideasfromkids.htm

 

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Idea: Cowpattie Bingo

 

Premise: Create a grid on poster board with at least 50 spots or more. Number the squares and charge people to sign up for a numbered square. Transfer the grid to a grass area or parking lot. Don't forget to leave a free spot in the middle of the grid. Next, bring in a real cow and have them stand in the middle of the grid. When the cow "does his thing", the numbered square that the "cowpattie" lands on, wins!

 

Needed: A large open area, grass or concrete. A real cow. One poster board.

 

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Idea: Wing Fling / Chili Cook Off

 

Premise: Local restaurant and or individuals will compete for the "best wings" in town. Charge people to sample the food and have everyone judge the best food. Sell drinks and other items.

 

Needed: Sponsorship from local restaurants is essential. Don't forget to try the local fire departments and organizations. Ask for donations! Set up booths or tables for each restaurant.

 

 

 

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Idea: Gift Wrap table at Christmas Time

 

Premise: At a local shopping mall; Wal-mart or during school, offer to wrap Christmas gifts for a small fee.

 

Essentials: Wrapping paper, bows, scotch tape and support from students, staff and parents.

 

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Idea: Car Bash

 

Premise: At the local fair or after school finals, have students and teachers, bash a car for a dollar a hit. Have the support of a local junk yard for towing the car to and from the event.

 

Needed: One old car, towing company support, sturdy bat

 

Varition 2: The New Haven Heritage Association held a Dash and Smash fundraiser which pitted three six-person teams against one another to see which could completely destroy a car, using only hand tools, in the shortest time. A police department team, a fire department team and a team from the New Haven Heritage Association will vied for the fundraiser trophy.

 

Each was supplied with an assortment of hand tools, such as large bolt cutters, tin snips, sledge hammers, axes, wire cutters, pliers, wrenches and hacksaws, and they had to dismantle and smash a car into pieces small enough to pass through a standard automobile tire. Three donated dilapidated cars were stripped of all fluids and glass for safety. Bleachers were set up an admission fee charged for the event.

 

 

 

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Idea: Hoop it up!

 

Premise: At half time during a basketball game, offer to let people shoot 3 baskets for $1. If a person gets 3 in a row, have a small prize for them to take home or offer an item free at the snack shack.

 

Needed: Basketball

 

 

 

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Idea: Karaoke Night

 

Premise: Plan a special night either at your school or a local "hang out". Charge admission to the event and for a person to sing. (To make it even more fun, offer others the chance to pay for someone NOT to sing.) The person who sings the best wins a prize. Serve pizza and drinks or snack items for additional revenue.

 

Needed: Karaoke machine, place for the event, microphone, food and drinks

 

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Idea: 50's and 60's Sock Hop

 

Premise: Get someone to play some great 50's and 60's dance music. Add some dance lessons on the "twist", "hand jive", "mash potatoes" and have everyone come in costume. Charge admission to get in. Serve: cherry cokes and root beer floats. Take photos of dancers and don't forget to hold a best costume contest. "Queen of the Hop"

 

Needed: DJ or your own dance music. Kodak instant cameras for photos. Drinks and food optional.

 

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Idea: Old Fashion Movie Night

 

Premise: Hold an outside movie event. Rent the old projectors and show some of your favorite cartoons and movies. Sell tickets in advance. Serve pizza, popcorn, candy bars and drinks for an additional cost.

 

Needed: Nice weather! If this is not possible, use the cafeteria and ask people to bring blankets to relax on.

 

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Idea: Parents Night Out

 

Premise: Offer to sit the kids for a parents' night out. Serve dinner, movies and have simple craft items for kids to take home. Charge parents for sitting the kids. Don't forget to have the parents fill in an application with emergency numbers. (This idea works great around the Christmas Holidays)

 

Needed: Application with emergency numbers. Also, tell parents if they are late picking up their child that you will charge an additional cost per 5 minutes!

 

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Idea: Fashion Boutique Fundraising

 

Premise: This is a great fundraising way for people to clean out their closets! Several months prior to this Fashion Boutique sale..collect donated once-used prom gowns, wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, etc. You could have this at your local school, Church, Recreation Hall! Sell these clothing items at bargain-basement prices for $20 to $50 (most stores charge $100-$1,000!) You'll raise hundreds of dollars and you'll get rid of that bright pink bridesmaid dress.

 

Needed: Prom gowns, Wedding gowns, Bridesmaids dresses, etc.

 

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Idea: How many in the jar

 

Premise: Let your imagination run wild with this great fundraising idea. This can be done at work or at school and perfect for around the holidays. For instance, in February place a jar filled with candy hearts! People pay a pre-determined amount to guess how many are in the jar! Keep the jar out for 1-2 weeks (you do not want to keep it out too long as people may get bored!), The person who is the closest, gets to take home whatever is in the jar!

 

Needed: A Jar, candy or other item to place in the jar.


 

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Idea: Almost Anything Goes Fundraiser

 

Premise: Each class has a team compete in a variety of crazy games.Admission is charged to spectators. Another option is to open it up to any team thatpeople want to put together, and charge each team to participate. You'll probably have touse some of your money to buy supplies for the games and refreshments for yourparticipants.

 

Source: www.ksdot.org

 

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Idea: Class Clown Fundraising

 

Premise: Every class has at least one. Nominate at least one from each class(freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) and let people vote on who they think is thefunniest. They vote with money. Each penny is a vote. After a week or so see who hasthe most votes and give them a prize.

 

Source: www.ksdot.org

 

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Idea: Powder Puff Football Game Fundraising

 

Premise: Teams of girls from your school play each other in flagfootball. Spectators pay an admission charge. Guys can pay for the privilege of beingcheerleaders for their favorite team.

 

Source: www.ksdot.org

 

Idea: Faculty Members Fundraising Auction

 

Premise: Faculty members bring items associated with their subjects, theirhobbies, their travels, or their personalities. Articles are auctioned off to students.

 

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Idea: Teacher Fundraising Auction

 

Premise: Teachers agree to complete certain tasks for students. Students bidfor the specific teacher to complete the specific task. Maybe the wood shop teacher willmake a CD holder for the high bidder or the math teacher (who is a baseball cardcollector) donates a cool card, etc. You get the idea.

 

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Idea: Christmas Card Delivery Fundraiser

 

Premise: Just like it sounds. People bring you their Christmas andholiday greeting cards for people at school and you deliver them. They save a littlemoney not buying stamps and you make a little for your team or club.

 

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Idea: Door Decorating Contest

 

Premise: Pick a theme, maybe about being safe over the holidays,and see who can be the most creative. Charge a penny per vote to select a winner.


 

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Idea: Mr. And Mrs. Scrooge Fundraiser Contest

 

Premise: Couples dress up accordingly a few weeks before theholidays. A photographer takes their picture and you all vote - again using pennies as avote - for the best or worse looking Scrooges. There are probably some teachers that willgo for this one too. They would enjoy dressing up and helping you raise funds.

 

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Idea: Coat Check Fundraiser

 

Premise: Most folks don't like wrestling with their coats when they come to abasketball game. Provide them with a safe place for their coat and charge them a little forthe service.


 

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Idea: Co-Rec Night Fundraiser

 

Premise: The school gym is open for an evening, or maybe one evening a weekfor a few weeks for both students and community use. If you can't charge admission,maybe some soft drinks and concessions would raise a little money.


 

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Idea: Cedric Dempsy Cancer Center Run

 

Premise: The Cancer Center run is a great way to earn money for your club while earning money to assist cancer research. this event is held each year in the fall. Clubs receive 25% of the money that they raise from the Run and each participant receives a free t-shirt.

 

Source: http://web.asua.arizona.edu/~asua/tips.htm

 

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Idea: Car washing at area dealerships

 

Premise: Someone has to wash the cars at area dealerships after it rains. Why can't it be your Club or organization? Contact local dealerships to see if they would be willing to pay your club to wash their cars. it could save them money and they would be helping to enrich the campus community by contributing to your organization. Another area that is great for car washes is green valley, since they do not have a car wash within the town limits.

 

Source: http://hopeforacure.org/index.php?page=fundraisingideas

 

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Idea: Cleanup crew Fundraising

 

Premise: Clubs and organizations can earn money by cleaning up McKale arena after events. McKale must be cleaned immediately following the basketball games therefore, the time commitment and the manpower is quite high. In the past such programs have been attempted, but due to lack of commitment they were canceled. A Very serious commitment is needed from the organization before the Staff will agree to let the club clean up.

 

Source: http://web.asua.arizona.edu/~asua/tips.htm

 

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Idea: Spring Fling Fundraising

 

Premise: Spring fling is the largest student run carnival in the country and is designed to help clubs raise money. Clubs and organizations can raise money by selling items or conducting games at Spring fling.

 

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Idea: Work concession stands at Convention Centers or Areans

 

Premise: Groups can raise money by selling concessions at the TCC for events like hockey games and the like. This requires a time commitment of an evening and a sizable group of people.

 

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Idea: Mall Vendor sponsorship

 

Premise: Sponsoring organizations must receive a mutually agreed upon minimum amount or percentage of the profits from the vendor.

 

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Idea: Las Vegas Night

 

Premise: Casino nights are relatively easy and an inexpensive way to raise funds. The members of your organization can be the dealers and run the other games of chance you wish to run. Since it is illegal to gamble real money, you can charge a cover and give out funny money that may be used to gamble. At the end of the night the funny money can be used to bid at a silent auction or to by door prizes. Such prizes can be donated by area vendors or each member of your group could contribute a prize to the pot. Funny money may not be redeemed for us currency after it has been purchased as that would be a violation of state gambling laws.

 

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Idea: Yogurt night Fundraising

 

Premise: Contact local ice cream parlors of yogurt shops to see if they would be willing to give you a portion of their profits for every customer you bring in on a given night, the members of your club can have fun socializing and the shop will gain publicity and name recognition on the university campus. No one looses.

 

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Idea: Baby Competition fundraising

 

Premise: Ask colleagues or friendsto bring in baby photos of themselves. Peoplepay to guess who's who - great fun and prizesfor the winners.

 

Source: http://hopeforacure.org/index.php?page=fundraisingideas

 

Idea: Goat Insurance Fundraiser

 

Premise: Volunteers and Board Members hold a "goat insurance" fund raiser that people can't resist because they can't stop laughing. Flyers are mailed to civic groups to announce that the Hospice will raffle off a donated goat. For $10, a person can send in the names of three people. Letters are then sent to those three people, telling them they have a chance to win a goat. But, for $10 they can buy "goat insurance" to protect themselves from being entered in the raffle. The winner of the raffle does get the goat, but after the fun wears off, the goat's returned to its owner. Possible revenue: $2,000 Hospice Care of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

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Idea: Pass the Can Fundraising

 

Premise: Run the aisles of the Coliseum and pass bottles through the rows of the stadium collecting cash donations from Trojan fans, alumni, and students, all of which go towards our camp costs.

 

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Idea: Dunking booth Fundraising

 

Premise: Rent a dunking booth and dunk committee members, local celebrities, team captains, etc for a $5 donation for 3 attempts

 

Source: Mike C, FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Fireman/EMT race

 

Premise: Have your local firemen come down and have a race at the Relay. Have people make donations to bet who will win, and give the winner a nice prize, while the donations raise more for your Relay!

 

Source: Mindy M, FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Glow Necklaces Fundraising

 

Premise: A team brought the glow necklaces and in exchange for a donation gave them away at the event.

 

Source: Cindy F, FundraisingDeals member

 

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Idea: Kissing Card

 

Premise: For a donation, let people put a lipstick kiss on a card. The best lip prints wins a prize!

 

Source: www.ksdot.org

 

Idea: Miss Relay Penny Paegant

 

Premise: The University Relay For Life in Baltimore held at Johns Hopkins had a Miss Relay Penny Pageant (it was called something like that...) - we had men dress up as "Miss Relay", and then walk around for 1 hour (this was at about 1am, to keep the party going) collecting donations... For every penny they collected, they got a point, and all other coins counted against your total (in other words, 100 pennies minus 40 cents of other coins leaves you with 60 points)... It was very successful. Publicize the paegant before the event to all the teams, and go for it!

 

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Idea: Nickel toss

 

Premise: Have kids toss a nickel into a jar to raise money - all nickels tossed go to the ACS, and the winner(s) get a nice prize

 

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Idea: Your own Idol

 

Premise: Schedule a Singing contest for the morning of Relay (the 2nd day)… This will keep people around… Have a great prize for the winner and runner-up (you could get a local music store to donate $x of CD's or a studio to donate time to record a song!… But bottom line, make it fun! One example from the Bluffton Relay For Life (thanks to Christa!) - "We used [Relay Idol] to increase attendance on Saturday morning. Our event ends at noon Sat and the first year everyone was gone by 10 AM....Relay Idol (and a few other changes) keeps them around until noon now. I took all of our rules from a former national talent contest that I used to be affiliated with and just modified them to fit our event....feel free to post a link to them or anything else on our site. Another item we thought was important to the Idol contest was to require entrants to be students of the school district, residents of the school district, or members of a Relay team at our event. (It's a very local event - just two towns, one school) This keeps the local flavor of the event and encourages people who aren't from Bluffton to join a Relay team so they can enter. I got a local bank (not-so-coincidentally my employer) to donate US Savings bonds for prizes, but anything could be used for prizes."

 

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Idea: Jump Rope for a prize

 

Premise: Have people jump rope if they make a donation to the event… Have great prizes for the most times skipped.

 

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Idea: Car Stop Fundraising

 

Premise: This is one or the easiest and most profitable fund-raising ideas. Find a busy intersection and get permission from the city to solicit funds from passing motorists. Malls, shopping centers, and other heavy traffic areas can be used also.

 

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Idea: Donkey-Basketball Game

 

Premise: Organize donkey-basketball games to raise needed funds. Student athletes or club members play basketball against the faculty while riding on the backs of donkeys!

 

Source: www.educationworld.com

 

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Idea: Car Parking

 

Premise: A parishioner owns a large parking lot near a park where there are major city activities. He allowed us to park cars and keep the income for 2 activities (this brought in lots of money).

 

Source: Mike C, FundraisingDeals.com member

 

Idea: Car Hopping

 

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Premise: We have a local fast food restaurant (Sonic) that still has car hops that deliver food to cars. They let groups come in and deliver the food, with signs up near the cars informing people that the tips go to the Youth Group.

 

Source: Mindy M, FundraisingDeals.com member

 

Idea: Rent - a - Youth

 

Premise: Parishioners contact us to rent for projects (raking leaves, babysitting, car washing, garage sales, etc.)

 

Source: Cindy F, FundraisingDeals member

 

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Idea: Decorator Show House

 

Premise: Arrange to use a large estate home for this benefit. Interior designers can bid to decorate and furnish individual rooms. Signs should give credit to the decorator and tell where each piece can be bought and for how much. A landscaper can refurbish the grounds. The show house should be opened for a period of a few weeks, and visitors pay a fee for the tour.

 

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Idea: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic

 

Premise: This is a good way to celebrate while raising money. Picnic tables and planned fun events can create atmosphere. Chicken-in-the-basket lunches or bar-b-qued hot dogs and hamburgers provide good eating for the people who pay the entrance fee and attend the fundraiser.

 

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Idea: Basketball Marathon

 

Premise: In such an event the sponsoring group agrees to take on all corners in a basketball marathon. The group can raise money by charging an admission fee and selling refreshments. This can be a daylong event running anywhere from 5 to 7 hours.

 

Source: Dave K, FundraisingDeals.com memeber

 

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Idea: Chocolate Lovers Festival

 

Premise: Invite restaurants, bakeries, chefs, etc… to submit a chocolate entry. Charge a fee to the public to attend and taste lots and lots of chocolate. You could even charge the restaurants etc. a small entry fee. Have the spectators vote on their favorite chocolate entrees, and award a plaque to the winner and publish it in the press. This is a great one to do around Valentines day!

 

Source: www.metrojaycees.org

 

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Idea: Beat the Market

 

Premise: This is a month long fund-raiser that allows participants to play the stock market without any risk of losing real money. A $25 donation entitles a participant to $50,000 worth of "credits" with which to buy and sell stocks. Professional stockbrokers volunteer to take the orders and to keep track of how the participants do in their financial wheeling and dealing. At the end of the month, donated prizes are awarded to those who've "made most money" and to the person who "lost" the most. The loser is advised to stay out of the Market.

 

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Idea: Consumer Testing

 

Premise: Some manufacturing firms or market research companies will pay money to organizations that guarantee a certain number of participants in a day long product evaluation session. Try contacting the Public Relations department of local companies to see if they'll make similar arrangements. An agreement might be made to provide a number of testers for the day. A sum of money is paid in return for the group of testers' services.

 

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Idea: Sponsored silence

 

Premise: Ask your parents to sponsor you to be silent for a set length of time - they'll love it!

 

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Idea: Keepy uppy

 

Premise: Do a sponsored keepy uppy - how long can you keep a football in the air without it hitting the ground?

 

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Idea: Baked bean competition

 

Premise: How many baked beans can you eat with a cocktail stick or tooth pick in a minute?

 

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Idea: Three-legged day

 

Premise: Spend a day tied to your best friend!

 

Source: www.sids.org.uk/fsid/fr_eventideas.htm

 

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Idea: Yo-yo competition

 

Premise: Have a yo-yo competition - who can do 'round the world' for the longest time?

 

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Idea: Rollerblade backwards fundraiser

 

Premise: Have a sponsored backwards rollerblade race - without falling over!

 

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Idea: No TV fund raiser

 

Premise: Get sponsored not to watch your TV or sports match on TV

 

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Idea: Give it up Fundraising idea

 

Premise: Get sponsored to stop nail biting or smoking!

 

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Idea: Unwanted Christmas presents sale fund raising

 

Premise: You know that CD you'll never listen to in a million years, or those shocking 'comedy' socks? Someone might like them. Bring them in and sell them to your mates. Give a prize for the most awful pressie.

 

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Idea: Demure day Fundraiser

 

Premise: You undertake not to swear, use vulgarity, innuendo or indulge in raucous cackling for one whole day. Set a day and publicise it well in advance. Appoint an independent arbiter to monitor your performance/s. If you lapse - no cash!

 

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Idea: Blindfold ten-pin bowling fundraising

 

Premise: Some people actually play better this way! Participants pay to enter and the winner gets a prize.

 

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Idea: Aerobics marathon fund raiser

 

Premise: Do you go to a really good aerobics class? Why not ask your instructor if they'd consider organising an aerobics marathon?

 

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Idea: Golf swindle fundraiser

 

Premise: Now you've got an excuse to cheat on the golf course! Set up a 'swindle' with your fellow players. All this involves is the payment of a fee by any player to buy shots to add to their handicap. A shot could cost between $1 and $3. Alternatively, try setting up a sponsored Stableford - and a cash prize could then be offered to the winner.

 

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Idea: Angling swindle

 

Premise: Similar to the golf swindle. If anyone is lagging behind on their catch they could substitute cash - a dollar for a pound, perhaps?

 

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Idea: Hopscotch marathon

 

Premise: A great way to occupy the children over the summer holidays! Adults can join in too.

 

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Idea: Teddy bears' picnic fundraiser

 

Premise: For a small charge, invite neighbouring children and teddies( and adults) round for a picnic. Give a prize for the best dressed teddy.

 

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Idea: Sponsored knit-in

 

Premise: How many squares could you and your friends knit in two hours? Make a blanket together and raffle it.

 

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Idea: Voicemail Fundraising idea

 

Premise: Change your voicemail and answering machine messages to announce the fact that you are unable to get to the phone because you are busy getting sponsors for your upcoming event. This will be news to some and a reminder for all

 

Source: Tom V, FundraisingDeals.com members

 

Idea: Canoe Joust fund raiser

 

Premise: Bowers Beach Fire Company hosted a canoe joust fund raiser. Participants register for a chance to be the best canoe. The canoes don't exactly evoke the image of a charging steed - they glided a little hesitantly toward each other - but in a short time, the foes were within striking distance. A jouster must cleanly hit their opponent straight on; no swinging is allowed. While the jousters try to keep their balance atop their mid-canoe platform, the two paddlers on each team maneuver the boats around.

 

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Idea: Equipment Swap Fundraising

 

Premise: The Swap is an event to which vendors and public consign their equipment for sale. It is in turn sold to the public for a small commission. You also charge a small admission fee.

 

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Idea: Gas Station Attendant Fundraiser Idea

 

Premise: Contact the owners of the gas station and ask to operate gas pumps and squeegee windows for tips.

 

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Idea: Plane Pull Fundraising

 

Premise: MS Plane Pull at the Portland International Jetport, in conjunction with the Jetport Aeronautical Exposition. In this unique event, teams competed pulling a FedEx 727 down the runway by hand! corporate teams compete in a tug-of-war match against a Boeing jet. Federal Express provides the plane, which has an approximate total weight of 145,000 lbs., is 153 feet long and 34 feet high. Teams pulling fastest are awarded trophies - and bragging rights

 

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Idea: Polar Plunge Fundraiser

 

Premise: Costumes, prizes...and sprinting full throttle into the icy waves off the Virginia coast what more could you ask for? Raise as little as $50 in pledge donations and you can jump in! Along with the customary goose bumps and adrenaline rushes, participants also are eligible to win prizes for raising the most money in pledges, donning the most original costume, and having the largest team. Bathing in the frigid winter ocean not your thing?

 

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Idea: Spring into Art Fundraiser

 

Premise: Our annual fundraiser is called " Spring In to Art" . It's a fun-filled day of hands-on crafts and carnival booths. We ask each class to donate a craft item. We have built up a supply closet full of craft supplies that help out the following year. Community support is what makes it happen. Tile contractors will donate extra tile and the children paint them as tile trivets. We have sand art in baby food jars, etc... each year it is new crafts. We requested each class send in as many stuffed animals as possible. We had an adoption critter center. The Humane Society had a booth next to it for educational purposes. A Silent Auction with donations from community businesses drew in a large crowd. Our event cleared $12,900. The kids loved it. It was a family event. We loved seeing families having fun for a good cause.

 

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Idea: Albertson's Community Partner Card Fundraising Program

 

Premise: Albertsons donates a percentage of purchases made by the supporters of non-profit organizations (schools pre-12, churches and those directly benefiting youth). As supporters of qualifying organizations purchase products, they also help their organizations. At the end of each fiscal quarter, we total the supporters' purchases and donate a percentage of the dollar amount of their purchases to the participating organization. When supporters of participating organizations pick up dinner, rent a movie or fill a prescription at one of our stores, they also help strengthen youth programs in their communities.

 

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Idea: Tyson's Project A+ Fund raiser

 

Premise: Tyson Foods is demonstrating its commitment to education through Project A+. All you have to do is register your school for the program, then encourage your students, their parents and others in the community to clip and save Project A+ redemption panels from boxes of Tyson Chicken Patties, Chunks, Tenders and Fillets (all varieties). Set up a collection point at your school where the Project A+ panels can be deposited. Then redeem them for cash (20¢ each) from Tyson.

 

Funds earned, up to $10,000 per school, can be used in any way your school chooses.

 

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Idea: Target Fundraising

 

Premise: Target credit card users may designate registered schools to receive 1 percent of the value of all purchases made with their card. Target, a discount department store chain, issues checks to schools twice a year. Funds received through the program may be used however the schools wish. Any K-12 public, private or parochial school that has a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) nonprofit tax-exempt designation is eligible to participate.

 

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Idea: Voicemail Fundraising idea

 

Premise: All accredited U.S. K-8 public, private, parochial and military schools are eligible to participate in the General Mills Boxtops 4 Education program. Each boxtop from eligible General Mills products is worth 10 cents. General Mills issues a check to schools when they submit collected boxtops. The maximum amount each school can earn is $10,000. No restrictions are imposed on schools for use of funds received through this program.

 

 

 

Idea: Campbell Soup Fundraising

 

Premise: Schools in the United States (with any of the grades K through 12 and pre-schools), licensed child care centers, public libraries, religious educational centers, Head Start centers and United States military installations are eligible to participate in the Campbell's Labels for Education™ program and submit labels/proofs for redemption. The Web site offers steps for success, information on publicizing your program, a catalog of available products, and more.

 

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Idea: Can You Spare a Dollar

 

Premise: Dear Family & Friends: Our group is having a dollar fundraiser. The purpose of this fundraiser is to help pay for the necessities needed for our season. With your support this can be possible. Just sign any line for a dollar.

 

Can you spare a Dollar Form

 

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Idea: Paw Painting Gala Art Show Fundraiser

 

Premise: Animals available for adoption from the rescue will create professionally styled paintings. The paintings can be done on canvas and professionally matted and framed. These paintings are then given names reminiscent of great works of art and described as one would describe a work created by a master such as Monet, Rembrandt, Kandinsky or PAW-casso. Cite examples of shadowing, chiaroscuro, the artist's sense of playing with light, the interesting uses of color, and the detailed 'paw-strokes' used.

 

A bio of the animal artist and a photo of the animal will be provided in a smaller frame that will accompany the artwork when sold. The paw paintings can be sold for $100 or more during the auction time or sold individually as part of an art show.

 

Needed: Animals, canvas, paint.

 

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Idea: Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser  

 

Premise: The idea is to fill a person's yard with a flock and then, for a donation, the flock will be removed and sent on to another house the homeowner recommends. One Wisconsin church averaged $25 per flight, with donations ranging from $10 to $200. The church raised $2,000 toward its summer youth servant trip.

 

Variation 2: Get a bunch of pink flamingos (we paid $5.99 for six flamingo driveway reflectors through Oriental Trading Post) Other resources might be Walmart - I've been told that they can order them for you in the Spring; some garden stores also have them in stock or can get them for you. If you decide on the large plastic birds, expect to pay about $10 for 2.

 

The idea is that the yard will look so hideous with the pink birds that the church member will be more than happy to give a donation toward the fund raiser to get them out of there.

 

Some options to consider are:

 

*pre-sell flamingo insurance to prevent yards from getting flocked;

 

*when a church member gets flocked, they get to pick the next victim; and

 

*have a map at the church that charts their progress.

 

We found this fund raiser to provide benefits far beyond what was expected.

 

Letting the member whose yard is flocked chose the next yard included far more members than we expected. Not only members who attended worship every Sunday were flocked - we used it as an outreach tool. We flocked people who rarely attended, or who had only just started visiting! We discovered that no one was willing to be the last one to pass them on!

 

Everyone was interested in where the flocks were (we had four flocks out). Conversation between members on Sun. morning usually started with, "I saw the flamingos in your yard...." The birds really brought the "family" together. And we even heard, "I'm glad they came to our house. I thought we were going to be left out."

 

Allowing for donations instead of a set fee increased our income. The average donations was $25, but donations actually ranged from $10 - $200! We were able to raise close to $2,000 for our summer youth servant trip.

 

Give it a try - we had a GREAT time with the cute, pink, little birds!

 

Needed: Plastic flamingo(s)

 

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Idea: Demolish Something Fund raiser

 

Premise: If you know of a building in the area that is going to be demolished, sell raffle tickets to win a chance to push the "button". Coventry Myton Hospice in the UK did this as a fundraiser and had great success. They mention that the media exposure helped increase the number of donations.

 

Needed: A building or home that is going to be torn down.

 

Source: Coventry Myton Hospice

 

Idea: Womanless Beauty Pageant Fundraiser

 

Premise: Recruit men to dress as a "beautiful woman" and participate in a womanless beauty pageant. Contestants wear makeup, evening gowns and even have a talent competition. Area contestants turn into raving beauties and the crowd never stops laughing. Donations come from ticket sales as well as food items. It is a hilarious evening that has raised thousands of dollars.

 

Needed: Men to dress up as beatiful women.

 

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Idea: Pajama Day Fundraiser

 

Premise: This is a great fundraising idea where the kids can get involved. Pajama Day at school! Students donate $1 to wear their pajamas on a designated day at school. You could have little grab bags and give them as prizes to the child with the "best dressed" pajamas, most creative, etc. Even the teachers could donate and get involved. Great way to raise school spirit and kids love it.

 

Needed: School permission.

 

Source: Sandy S. FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Hunt for Jewels

 

Premise: For our small school we had a few local jewelers donate un set gem stones and about 200 fake cz's. We put these is plastic easter eggs and hid them around campus. We charged $10 to be able to participate in "the hunt". We had advertised thu school paper and ads in local paper. We made out extremely well and so did the jewelers who donated the stones because even the people who found the cz's wanted to have them set in rings. To add to the excitement a gemologist tested all the cz's to help identify the two real diamonds ... what fun. We also sold refreshments

 

Needed: Local Jewelers, 200 fake and 1 or 2 jems, plastic eggs

 

Source: Carol T. FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Soup swim

 

Premise: The Good Samaritan Inn in Ontario, Canada offered a Chevy Silverado up for grabs. For a $5 donation each participant is given an opportunity to dive into a 2.4 m x .7 m swimming pool filled with warm chicken soup and nearly 100 unmarked keys for an opportunity to win the truck.

 

Needed: Car, Soup, Small pool, Keys

 

Source: Joyce Hunter, The Daily Press

 

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Idea: Name Tag

 

Premise: A name tag (the plastic kind you slide a business card size piece of paper into with the pin on the back -you can buy them at any office supply store) and put a small picture of my son with a little line - Ask how you can support our team in this year.

 

Needed: Name tag

 

Source: Seth S., FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Cobwebb Chase

 

Premise: This idea is to search out historical buildings or homes in an area. Map the course and take a bus load or two of people to visit these places. A tour inside is a must and get permission of course. You either get a spokes person to tell the history or search it yourself if no one else is available. Have a bus commentator, preferably someone who knows the area and some history. Make one of the venues a stop for morning tea and lunch. Seek giveaways for passengers according to the theme. 20's, 30's or whatever. Timing is crucial and must be constructed before the actual day. This is a fun day and a great profile for your cause.

 

Needed: Bus/Van, Map

 

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Idea: Sports/Craft/Cooking Clinic  

 

Premise: The Westview Dance Troupe conducted a Dance Camp Clinic. This two-day intensive dance clinic for all experience levels will include technique classes covering several dance genres, lunch, drill downs, and a halftime performance during the Westview men's basketball. This same idea could be used for the various sports teams. Have the players work the clinic.

 

Variation 2: Ask a local chef to donate their time and hold a cooking clinic. At the end of the clinic perhaps you could have a dinner featuring all the creations you learned to make. At the dinner you could also ask for donations.

 

Needed: Plastic flamingo(s)

 

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Idea: Singing Christmas Cards Fundraiser

 

Premise: Set up a booth at a fall Parent-teacher conference session, sporting events, or after church services to sell "Singing Christmas Cards." People pay a fee to have you go to someone's home and sing Christmas carols. A card would be given to the recipient with the giver's name.

 

Source: carolinask.org/kcb/kc7p2.htm

 

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Idea: One Day Vacation

 

Premise: Choose a popular destination within two or three hours of your hometown and organize a one-day outing to it. It could be a theme park, gigantic shopping mall, or historical sight. Charge a fee for the trip, charter a bus, and publicize the trip in your community newspaper. Offer a box lunch or box supper for added revenue. Along the way, hold funny contests and mini-raffles to entertain your captive audience.

 

Needed: Bus/Van

 

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Idea: Lifesize Monopoly

 

Premise: A Maryland youth group and its leader invented Giant Monopoly, a great indoor, winter fund-raiser. The group created a "board" by laying out a 35x35-foot square from a roll of butcher paper, then painting it with the property names. A layer of heavy plastic protected the paper so kids could walk on it. They made title deed cards from poster board, giant foam-rubber dice, and a jail out of a nearby storage closet. Paper bags filled halfway with wadded newspaper, folded over, and stapled became houses and hotels-one bag (painted green) lor a house and two taped together (painted red) for a hotel.

 

The game is played in three-person teams with people as the tokens-one person throws the dice, one keeps track of the money and deeds, and one moves around the board. Group members collect pledges for the time they intend to play in a 24-hour Giant Monopoly marathon. In addition, outsiders are invited to drop in and play for $5 a half-hour.

 

Source: Don M. FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Invest in the Future

 

Premise: Give each group member $10 to $25 and challenge them to find ways to double or triple the money in three months. For example, they could buy seedlings, grow the plants, then sell them. Or they could invest in a snow shovel and clear driveways and sidewalks for a fee.

 

Source: Kristie S. FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Play-Dough Fundraising

 

Premise: Our pre-primary school have been making its own play-dough for the kids to play with. We are now selling it as a fundraiser. It is pre-packed in 25 gram containers. We make different colors and sell them individually, in packs of 3 colors and packs of 7 colors. This has proven so popular that other schools place orders with us (special price per 1 Kg), churches are buying from us and re-sell it for their fund-raiser. We then give them a percentage of the profits. This is a wonderful way to involve parents. They pack the play-dough and help make it as well. This is a sure winner!!

 

Source: Sarah S. FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Kid's Recipe Book

 

Premise: Involve the whole school in writing a book of the children's favorite recipes. This is a hilarious and profitable fund-raiser. Ask each child in the school to tell you: 1. What they are going to cook 2. What ingredients they will need 3. How do they make their recipe 4. How do they cook their recipe 5. Draw a picture of what they want to cook Write the children's responses down exactly as they tell them to you. Compile the recipes into a book and sell them to parents, friends, etc.

 

Needed: Could be incorporated with schools english and art class

 

Source: Daylene M., FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Quilt Fundraiser

 

Premise: Each year we do two fund-raisers. We go for the "big bucks" because I do not like continually going to my parents for more and more money. We make class quilts each year that have the participation of each student and the parents divide up the cost of making the quilt. We then use a silent auction method and auction off the quilts at the end of the school year. We have them open for bids during our graduation/spring program and the entire week following the program. They usually go for anywhere from $200-$800. It depends completely on the size and quality as well as the "art" value of the particular quilt. We have five classrooms so it makes a nice little bit of change.

 

Needed: Fabric and sawing machines.

 

Source: Lindsey M., FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Give and Take Fundraising Board

 

Premise: Our preschool is currently conducting a great fundraising project. We call it "GIVE & TAKE". On a big foam board located outside of the classroom families can post services they are willing to GIVE or services they want to TAKE. Each service has a pledged donation amount that will go to the preschool. When a family selects a service they remove the pledge card and present it to the author. Examples are: to GIVE - babysitting @ $5 an hour, a home cooked meal delivered to your home for $20, a day with the teacher for $30. To TAKE - furniture moving @ $75, Saturday babysitting for a $25 donation, "taxi service home" for two children @ $10 a week. And because these are donations to the school families can claim them on their taxes. The list continues to grow and is a perfect fundraiser for our cooperative preschool.

 

Source: Mike T., FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Big Truck Fundraiser

 

Premise: In a town near where I live, the public library raised allot of money with this simple idea. They asked town workers and private citizens--everyone and anyone in town who drove or owned a large truck, tractor, earth mover etc. to park their vehicles in the library parking lot on a Sunday afternoon. They roped the lot off and charged admission. They posted flyers and signboards around their town and neighboring towns and sent out news releases. Hundreds of families came with their young children to see fire trucks, ambulances, dump trucks, backhoes. Some proud owners polished up their vehicles for the occasion and stood bye to answer the kids questions or even let them climb in or on the vehicle.

 

Needed: Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Dump Trucks, Backhoes.

 

Source: Mona C., FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Teeter-Totter Fundraising

 

Premise: Although this may be hard for preschool children to do it would be hilarious if you could get their parents to participate. you have the children or parents get sponsors and see who can teeter-totter (or you can do rocking chairs) the longest. this can make for some great laughs and money. you could perhaps have parents and children trade off. (one group that did this had a break policy but you had to get someone to take your place and hope they can continue while you use the restroom, etc.) you could also give food to the people rocking (perhaps charge for this) and provide entertainment.

 

Source: Elizabeth F., FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Clock Face Fundraising

 

Premise: Have your kids sell clocks in which you have taken out the original paper, traced the shape onto another paper. Have each child put their art onto it. Next insert it back into the clock. Photos would work too.

 

Source: Ruth B., FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Vacation Donation Fundraising

 

Premise: Toni Schiavo was mulling a trip to Las Vegas to see her parents. Suzi Moczygemba planned to use her time off for an extended Thanksgiving visit with her daughter in Boston. Instead, both women will be back at their desks in coming weeks and donate their accrued vacation time, reflecting new efforts to direct money to charities aiding victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The pair's employer, Health Net Inc., is one of a growing number of firms that have launched vacation-donation programs in recent weeks in what some say is a direct response to requests from charity-minded, but cash-strapped, workers.

 

At Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, employee donations of vacation time in late September translated into checks for a total of $76,047 to the Red Cross and United Way attack relief funds. Employees of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente donated vacation time worth about $400,000 in a program that ran from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5. The money is headed for relief funds set up by the Red Cross and the AFL-CIO."I haven't been here very long and I don't have a lot of time accrued and usually I guard mine very closely,'' said Gail Florian, a payroll department employee at the health maintenance organization's Portland, Ore. office who estimates her two-day donation will be worth $322. ``But this seemed like a good reason to give it out.'

 

Source: InsuranceJournal.com

 

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Premise: Host a Happy Hour at a local Bar/Restaurant at the end of the month where 10% of all the money raised between the hours of 6 and 9pm go to your group. I'm going to have balloons to let people know a little about the organization

 

Needed: Bar/Restaurant

 

Source: Kristie S., FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Yard Sale Items Left at Colleges

 

Premise: At the end of the school year there are often many items left in the lost and found. Contact your locals schools and ask them what they do with these items. Mention you are having a fundraising yard sale and see if they will donate the items. Most of the time they end up just throwing out anything left behind.

 

Needed: Local schools

 

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Idea: Climb Stairs

 

Premise: An Alberta Wilderness Association annual fund-raising event held at the Calgary Tower. People pay a registration fee and collect sponsorship money which allows them the unique opportunity to climb the stairs inside the Calgary Tower. This event is a great opportunity to get some exercise, to learn about environmental work in Alberta, and to have a lot of fun!

 

Needed: Building with a lot of stairs

 

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Idea: Tuck-Ins

 

Premise: For a dollar or two, a person can "hire" members of your group will go to a person's dormitory room, sing them a lullaby or tell them a bed-time story, and tuck them into bed with a small stuffed animal. Sorry guys, no good-night kisses! Sounds corny, but it makes money. The same type of delivery service could be provided with roses or carnations on St. Valentine's Day or with mistletoe at Christmas-time, or with a singing telegram for birthdays.

 

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Idea: Fashion Boutique Fundraising

 

Premise: What started as a miniature building project to teach the books of the Bible to Sunday School children at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., turned into an event that raised $5,400 to build real homes in Mexico. The children decorated 66 miniature houses, one for each book of the Bible. The class got enthused about the project and included other buildings, parks, lakes and streets in the town. We were teaching the kids to arrange the houses in the order that the books are organized in the Bible.

 

The church has worked with missionaries in Los Mochis, Mexico, for several years, and the children decided to raise money specifically to build houses for the homeless in the area. The children advertised in the church newsletter and displayed the Bible town on tables for everyone to see over a two-week period. Bodenhamer said the children hoped to make more than $100 by selling their houses when the kids explained how the money could specifically help families in Mexico, the donations for the Bible town houses began pouring in.

 

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Idea: Best Seat in the House Fundraising

 

Premise: A monthly raffle for "best seat in the house" for school events like graduation or local events such as a hot play or concert in town.

 

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Idea: Y.C.J.C.Y.1.D

 

Premise: Above each television in your Post, put up signs that say Y.C.J.C.Y.1.D. When people start to ask what it means, tell them for $1.00 they can find out. After they pay the dollar, give them a card and tell them they cannot tell anyone else. The card says, "Your Curiosity Just Cost You One Dollar".

 

Needed: Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Dump Trucks, Backhoes.

 

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Idea: Driving for a Difference Fund raiser

 

Premise: Does someone in your Post or Auxiliary know a local car dealer? Oftentimes, a dealer will need to swap a car from their dealership with another dealer in another city or state. The auto dealer can make a tax-deductible contribution to your group for the and does not have to tie up staff for the task. Remember to follow insurance regulations in your state, just in case!

 

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Idea: Shave Fundraising - Johnny Damon

 

Premise: Does someone in your Post have a beard that they are willing to part with? How much money is that hair worth? Set a goal and collect donations with a guarantee from the member that he will get their beard shaved if the goal is reached.

 

Source: John S., FundraisingDeals.com member

 

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Idea: Cakeless Bake Sale Fundraiser

 

Premise: Instead of having a bake sale for the National Home, consider abstaining from sweets and collecting donations for a "Cakeless Bake Sale" instead. Your sisters at Blue Hen Auxiliary to Post#6483 in Milford, Delaware sent a letter to all Auxiliary members asking them to donate what they would have spent on supplies for a bake sale. They raised $217 - and so could you!

 

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