Great Fundraising Ideas and Tips

If your child's baseball team needs to travel half-way across the United States to participate in a National Tournament, you may wish to hold a fund-raiser to gather enough funds to make the trip. Likewise, if your neighbor is suffering from a rare disease and needs additional funds for medical bills, the neighborhood may get together and fund-raise to help out. The same type of  fund-raising event is useful when the company you're employed with wants to have a pig-roast. Form a committee to raise money for the event.

Fund-raising is a great idea, and what's more, it works!

Raising funds for a child's ball team is easy. One simple, method is to hold a flower sale. Talk to local nurseries and find out if you can purchase a certain amount of flats at a discounted rate. Explain what organization you are  with, and where the money will be going. Have each parent sell flats of flowers to their neighbors, family and friends. Raise the price a notch. Make sure the  fund-raiser is bringing in a profit of at least $2 per flat. Let everyone who purchases flowers know it's a fund-raiser and where the cash will be going.

If an event requires a lot of money, you may want to begin your fund-raising early. If you have a year to plan out your strategy, that's even better, but six months is a good lead time, as well. Sell annuals and perennials in the spring,  hold yard-sales in the summer, bake sales in the fall, and sell Christmas wreaths in the winter. The work is rewarding and the cash immediate.

Yard-sales are perfect fund-raisers. When you hold a yard-sale, everyone on  the team can pitch in, bringing their old or unwanted items to a central location. Everyone works, either tagging items, running the cash register, or baking and/or handling the food for the day. (If everyone on the team bakes at least two items, you should have enough for a good-sized sale.) Remember that cupcakes and cookies should be sold separately, as they are easy, quick  one-person snacks, and will sell for more money individually. Organize a  lemonade stand as well. People enjoy yard-sales, and helping out, especially when the cause is for children.

Christmas wreaths are easy to sell. Nearly everyone hangs a wreath on their  door during the holidays, so there is always a big demand. Find someone on your team or committee who has evergreen trees in their backyard, or purchase a  couple of bundles of greens. Wire coat hangers, reformed into circles, are the  perfect size, and come with a built-in hanging hook.. Purchase wire at the local hardware store. The wire will be used to wrap the individual fist size bundles of greens to the ring. Add a red bow and pine cone decorations, or leave the wreath plain. Either way, wreaths are economical, easy to make, and beautiful  decorations. Wreaths can be sold for anywhere from $8-20, depending on decorations, size, and quality.

When raising money for cancer, arthritis, or other disease research, use a different approach. At a recent 24-hour relay for cancer, my team erected a mock movie studio and sold popcorn and pop for $1 each. We also constructed a wall with the words: Star Search... searching for the cure, and sold different size stars for $1 apiece. Each star regardless of size was one dollar. The purchaser could write their name on the star or the name of a loved one who might be battling cancer, or who may have lost the battle to cancer. The stars were then stapled to the wall. The stars were cut out of corrugated cardboard and spray  painted a variety of bright colors. As the walk continued throughout the evening, we ran a couple sets of white lights through the cardboard so people  could see their stars as they walked.

Another good way to raise cash for a worthy cause is by selling stars for  support, and hanging them in a centrally located Christmas tree. Preferably a store or mall will allow your organization to erect a Christmas tree in their lobby and keep it on display for the remainder of the holiday season. This kind  of fund-raising works well when raising funds for various events. For a  different twist, try using a bare or "stick" tree for Easter and sell eggs. The person who buys the egg can have his or her name printed on the egg in bright  colored shades.

Written by Helen Kay Polaski