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Summer Block Party Fundraiser

Summer Block Party Fundraiser

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A block party fundraiser is ideal for community organizations, neighborhood associations, and any other group offering services in a specific area. Get some tips on turning a neighborhood party into a fundraising opportunity.


A block party is a great chance for residents to learn about your organization, meet each other, improve the bonds in the community, and take a day to relax and have fun while spending little money. Make this a real community initiative by partnering with other local organizations serving the community so residents can find out about all the local resources available to them. Most importantly, make sure that the reason you are raising money is very clear, and is something that everyone in the neighborhood can get behind.

There are many great block party planning guides available on the internet, which include a planning timeline, ideas on organizing your planning committee, food safety tips, and more (see the link in the Resources section at the end). But how do you put a fundraising twist on this kind of event?

Here are four fundraising ideas to help you make your block party into a fundraising opportunity. Be sure to keep in mind your neighborhood demographics to be sure that everyone can afford to participate. If you are in a particularly low-income area, you might need to rely more heavily on sponsorship than on selling items at the event itself.

1. Food

The most popular element of a block party is the food, and the most popular food for a block party is barbecue of course! Ask for donations from a local grocery store for hot dogs and hamburgers to grill up, as well as soda, paper plates, napkins and cups. If you have a family restaurant or grill in your area, you might be able to get them to sponsor this part of the event as well. If your grocery store can’t supply drinks, you can approach soda companies for donations, or get the famous orange drink donated from your local McDonalds!

Always contact the manager directly to ask for donations, and arrange a meeting in person so they can learn more about your organization and the event you are planning. Most grocery stores are happy to get behind a community event like this, as it offers exposure to potential shoppers in the area and reinforces their relationship with current clients.

Be sure to provide a formal donation request letter with outlining who your organization is, what the event is for, and how much of each item you will need, as well as a brochure or other information on your organization, so they can see you are prepared in your planning – showing that you will be prepared for the event! If your organization serves the community, have the meeting there so they can see exactly how their support will help.

You can also set up a snack bar and sell fundraising products – snacks like candy bars, lollipops, and beef jerky that are specially priced for fundraising groups.

Even if you sell it at a low, affordable price, if you can get these products donated, you will be able to raise money by selling food and drink to your hungry neighbors. Allow your sponsors to display banners/signs, or hand out flyers, coupons, or other promotional pieces if they wish.

2. Raffles

Get prizes donated for a raffle and sell tickets throughout your event. This is a good way to get people to stick around too, since they will want to know if they won a prize! Step by Step Fundraising has a lot of great information on organizing fundraising raffles that you can use in your planning.

If you can’t get any prizes donated, go with a half-and-half where half of the money you raise by selling raffle tickets goes to your cause, and half goes to the raffle winner. When planning raffles, always be sure to check with your state laws, since some states have very specific rules about doing raffles and some states require a permit.

3. Sponsorship

In addition to donations for food or prizes, you can approach local businesses to sponsor your event, giving a donation in exchange for allowing them to promote their products or services at your event. Allow them to set up a table at the event or display a banner, and be sure to include their logo on your fundraising flyer and other fundraising event publicity. Follow the tips in #2 to get your sponsorship request prepared.

4. Bazaar

Expanding on the idea of having tables for sponsors, if you have the space and equipment available, why not have a bazaar/block sale area? While planning a bazaar or block sale can be a complete event in itself, if you have the resources to put this together, this adds a fun twist to your event, gives residents the chance to get rid of unneeded items, and is a great chance for local merchants to meet residents that may have never set foot in their store. Setting up a bazaar also offers a great opportunity for talented residents who don’t have a store to sell handmade arts and crafts.

Charge a set amount per table: if you have space for just 10 tables and charge $30 for each, that’s an extra $300 raised. Plus, get just one or two items from each of your tables and use them as prizes in your raffle.

A Few Planning Tips

– Know your Liability – In addition to local permits, be aware of liability issues. Work with your municipality to make sure you have the right liability coverage for your event.

– Have a Plan B (as in Bad weather!) – Try to partner with an organization that is well located in the area where you want to have your block party. If you have a community center in a local park, your block party could be a Day in the Park instead. If you work with an organization that has a facility where you want to hold your event, it will be easy to move activities inside in case of bad weather. Be sure to consider your plans for food: if you have to move inside, is there a kitchen or indoor grill available?

– Survey your Neighborhood – If this is your first community event, you may want to do a survey in advance to see what kind of activities your residents would be most excited about. This is a good way to reach out to your community in advance to get them excited about the event, recruit volunteers, and maybe even stumble across some hidden talent in your area that might want to provide some entertainment on your big day!

– Get Entertainment – Local radio stations will often help with community events by getting radio personalities out to host and DJ the event, and will help to promote the event over the radio.

– Promote your Fundraising Event – Get tips on publicity for your fundraiser, and learn how to create a fundraising flyer .

– Do a Post-party Evaluation – Get your planning committee together after the event to evaluate the event, and what you could improve for next year (yes, next year! These are the kind of events that will keep growing and residents will look forward to all year long)! Be sure to thank all of your sponsors, city officials, and partner organizations that helped make your event a success. Get ideas for thank you letters.

Block Party Planning Resources

– That’s The Spirit: Four Steps to a Great Summer Block Party

– Step by Step Fundraising: How to Organize a Fundraising Raffle

Go Green Fundraising

Go Green Fundraising

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3 exciting and successful fundraising ideas to help you and your group reach your goals while making a difference in your community and the environment.

Everyone’s going green these days with earth-friendly products, recyclable materials, reusable containers, and even low-emission cars.  So why not have a “Go Green Fundraiser” to raise funds, promote awareness, and teach kids and your community about earth-friendly practices!

What is a Go Green Fundraiser?  It’s pretty much any sale or event that promotes earth-conscious choices.  Here are some great ideas for your Go Green Fundraiser:

Adopt-a-Tree

An Adopt-a-Tree fundraiser is a great way to raise funds, teach children about the role trees play in our everyday lives, and do something meaningful for the environment.  Supporters adopt a tree for a pre-determined price.  You then hold a tree-planting ceremony for supporters to attend.  Supporters can help with the planting, and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of games and refreshments.

Green Motion Marathon

Green motion means that participants can take part in your marathon using any type of transportation they wish, as long as their vehicle of choice is 100% earth-friendly.  That means bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, your own 2 feet, or any other means of getting around that has a low impact on the earth.

Community Cleanup

One of the biggest pollution problems we have is littering!  City parks and other public gathering places are often full of trash and graffiti.  Raise funds by choosing a public area in need of a good cleanup, and get members of the community to sponsor your group.  You only need a few supplies, and lots of energy and dedication for this event.

Make your next fundraising campaign your ‘greenest’ yet with a  Go Green Fundraiser !

Fundraising on Facebook

Fundraising on Facebook

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Facebook fundraising is an exciting new venture in the fundraising industry!  Find out how easy it is for you to start fundraising on Facebook.

John has invited you to join his fundraiser.  20 of your friends are already supporting John.  John is grateful to everyone who’s reached out in support of his cause!  John is so close to his fundraising goal!

Don’t you want to join John’s fundraiser now too?

If you’re one of the millions of people using Facebook, the above narrative is undoubtedly familiar to you.  In fact, you’re probably scanning your Facebook news feed right now in between reading fun and informative USA Fundraising articles.  You’re probably checking to see who has an event coming up, who’s posted new pictures, and if any of your friends have upcoming birthdays so you can be the first to post a “Happy Birthday” wall post!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could harness the power of this remarkably engaging (and slightly addictive) network for fundraising?  You can!  Using the “Groups” and “Events” applications, you can boost your fundraising results, and raise awareness about your organization.

Groups and Events

The Events and Groups applications are both automatically supplied for you by Facebook.  They can be found listed under your profile picture.

Setup is the same for both:

– Click on the application
– Fill in the required information and choose your preferences
– Click “Create Event/Group”
– Follow the steps to invite your Facebook friends to join your Group or Event

Choosing Between a Group and an Event

Events provide a date, time and location.  Events are temporary and are removed from Facebook once the event is over.  If you’re having a bake sale, dinner, auction or other one-time fundraiser, this is the ideal choice.

Groups are great for using Facebook to start a network for your organization.  Through your Facebook Group, you’ll be able to post updates about ongoing fundraisers and other group events and notices.

Using both is a great idea.  Create a Group, then use Events for your fundraisers and other events.  You can invite everyone in your Facebook Group to also join your Events and post updates about them on your Facebook Group page.

Using Your Group or Event to Promote Your Fundraiser

So you’ve created your Group, Event or both.  You’ve invited everyone you know, and many have joined.  Now it’s time to promote.

As the date of your fundraiser approaches, use the Event or Group tools to send reminder messages, and encourage everyone to participate or attend.  Provide information like news, goals you’ve reached and exciting fundraiser updates.  You can even post pictures or videos of your organization or from past events.

Using Your Group or Event to Promote an Online Fundraiser

Another great way to use these applications is to promote an online fundraiser.

Let’s use eFundraising’s online magazine fundraiser as an example.  When you register with MagFundraising, you get a free online magazine store with a unique URL exclusively for your organization.  You can post this URL on your Facebook Group page, and on your profile page and send emails to your Facebook contacts encouraging them to visit your online magazine store.  You can even create an Event for your online fundraiser and set a deadline for your goal to be reached.

Learn more about eFundraising >>

Using Fundraising Applications

There are a variety of applications on Facebook designed specifically for fundraising, such as the Causes application created by Project Agape.  These are primarily donation fundraisers, and are as easy to set up as the Groups and Events applications.

Why Facebook?

– Facebook makes it fast and easy to get the word out to an entire network of people.
– It’s a great addition to other promotion tactics like flyers, notices, letters, posters and emails.
– You can engage supporters and participants by adding photos or videos, and posting regular updates.
– Every time you change or update something, it will be posted in your friends’ news feeds for extra exposure.
– Friends can check in on your fundraiser to see the progress and see what other people are doing for the fundraiser, which could encourage them to participate.
– It’s a great way to share your fundraising experience with friends and family.

Think of John’s fundraiser at the beginning of this article.  Getting all those updates sure generated some interest, didn’t it?  You could have the same effect with your fundraiser!  Your friends will see that you’ve started something new.  They’ll want to join too and when they do, all of their friends will see that they’ve added something new and they’ll want to join in as well.

And all that hype isn’t just good for your bottom line – it’s also great for getting the word out about your organization!

Unique Ideas for Church Fundraising

Unique Ideas for Church Fundraising

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Here are some unique church fundraising ideas which will allow you to preach God’s word and fundraise at the same time!

Looking for some unique church fundraising ideas? Believe it or not, we’ve got a few that will get your congregation really anxious to start fundraising!

T-Shirts
How about a fundraiser that will help your church raise funds, and at the same time you will be able to pass on God’s message to people? Pretty neat, hun? Well you can do so with a t-shirt fundraiser. The average t-shirt is read around 3000 times before it’s thrown out; imagine how many people you can reach. There are t-shirts such as: Abreadcrumb & Fish, Isaiah 40:31, God’s Property, Thy Will be Done..and you can even personalize the t-shirt with your own church’s message. Check it out at GoodNewsClothing.com

Cookie Dough
What about a cookie dough fundraiser? It’s always great to have your fellow brothers and sisters pass by, you always want to stay close with those who share your beliefs. Not prepared for their surprise visit? No problem, you can just get some frozen cookie dough out of the freezer and in minutes serve some freshly baked cookies. These are great to serve after your bible studies, for your church bake sales, or just whenever you would like some great cookies to give you energy to do God’s will. Come on..try them..you’ll remember us!

Pumpkins & Prayer Rocks
We found some other great church fundraising ideas at FoodgrainsBank.ca  Of all the ones mentioned, these were our personal favorites:  Grow some  pumpkins in time for Halloween or Thanksgiving and sell them to your community members. We all use pumpkins at these times of the year!!! And the last one for today…prayer rocks! Get some children from your church to help a farmer pick up the stones before he seeds his field. Then, the children can paint the stones and glue prayers or scriptures on them. These prayer rocks can then in turn be sold to raise money for your church.

Happy Church Fundraising 🙂

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

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At USA Fundraising, we’d like to wish you a happy Fourth of July weekend!  We hope you enjoy a weekend full of fun and sun!

As a Fourth of July treat, we’re highlighting a few of our most popular posts of the summer so far:

Top 10 Summer Fundraisers

Our top 10 favorite ideas for summer fundraisers.

See all 10 summer fundraising ideas >>

Win Breast Cancer Fundraising Bracelets

You can win a supply of breast cancer awareness bracelets!  Use them to raise funds and awareness in your community.

Find out how to win breast cancer fundraiser bracelets >>

5 Team Fundraisers

For the sports fan fundraiser, five customizable fundraisers that raise funds and show of your team colors.

See all 5 team fundraisers >>

 

All You Magazine Fundraiser

All You Magazine Fundraiser

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All You magazine has exploded in popularity thanks to the combination of an economic crisis, coupon websites, and shows like Extreme Couponing. All You magazine can only be bought at Walmart or online.

** Click here to start your own online fundraiser at eFundraisingOnline with All You and over 600 other magazines.**

Groups and savings websites all over the country have caught on to the fact that eFundraising offers the best prices on over 600 magazines, including All You magazine at just $20 for 15 issues. That’s just $1.33 for every issue of All You, stocked with coupons and easy tips on saving money – at Walmart, the magazine sells for $2.50. And it gets better: a 24 issue subscription costs $30 or just $1.25 per issue.

Whether raising money for disaster relief, sports teams, or schools, the popularity of All You magazine has groups flocking to eFundraising to start their own online fundraiser. Even though there are over 600 magazines on the online fundraising store, we are seeing dozens of groups posting about their All You fundraiser, because the coupons and deals are so useful.

Along with All You, there are over 600 other magazines at discounted prices. Everything is there – People, Time, The Economist, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Parenting, Redbook, InStyle … pretty much any magazine you can think of.

The online magazine fundraiser can be started by any group that needs to raise money for a cause.

Don’t miss out on the popularity of extreme couponing – start your free online fundraiser with All You magazine and more.

Take Advantage of the Savings Craze With Your Own Online Fundraising Store

Take Advantage of the Savings Craze With Your Own Online Fundraising Store

 Create a fundraising flyer

How Your Group Can Earn Money With Magazine Fundraising While Your Supporters Save

Do you buy magazines at checkout? Subscribe to one or more of your favorites?

Nearly every American reads magazines. That’s why magazine fundraisers are at the top of the list of fundraiser best sellers, along with the classic candy bar fundraiser.

But did you know your group can have their own free, personalized online fundraising store, with over 650 different magazines – everything from Sports Illustrated to People magazine? And your supporters save money, since the fundraising store gives super special rates.

Most recently, with the show Extreme Couponing, and coupon websites popping up left and right, All You magazine has been selling like crazy.

All You is available only at Walmart for $2.50, but through the magazine fundraising store, it’s $1 or less per issue (15 issues for $15 or 30 issues for $25). Even the coupon sites are telling all their readers about this deal, while raising money for local food banks and other organizations.

There are plenty of combo offers too. With the example of All You, you can double up with Cooking Light and get 12 issues of each for $24 – again, just $1 per magazine. And for the sports fan, Sports Illustrated magazine is LESS than $1 per issue.

With your group’s online fundraising store, you can also sell Restaurant.com ecertificates, cookie dough, and other top fundraising products.

So if you aren’t taking advantage of the coupon craze, start your store for free now, and invite your friends and family to save money on their favorite magazines while your group gets their support.

It’s free and as easy to set up as Facebook. Set up your group’s free online fundraiser now and start earning on the savings.

5 Reasons Why Cookie Dough is the Fastest Growing School Fundraising Product

5 Reasons Why Cookie Dough is the Fastest Growing School Fundraising Product

Tray of Chocolate Chip Cookies1. No Risk!

Cookie dough fundraising through facilitators like Fundraising.com often have no-risk or low-risk methods of bringing the dream of your cookie dough fundraiser to life. There is no payment up front, and no investment to be made outside of your supporters and team members’ responsibility to turn in the payment for their own purchases. You will only be invoiced for what you order, when you order, and only when you’re ready to order!

2. Free Shipping!

Can you imagine how much it would cost to deliver, for example, 20 cases of cookie dough? For 120 boxes (at 6 per case) the delivery fees would border on over $100 just to mail it to a commercial address, if not for the benefit of free shipping policies. As an example, Fundraising.com will offer free shipping for 20 cases or more. The best part is that it’s only $4.50 for each case you’re short, in the off chance that 20 is too many… yet another reason cookie dough is a fast growing fundraising opportunity among schools—Schools rarely order fewer than 20 cases. In some schools, 20 cases isn’t even enough for one classroom! A free shipping policy is always one worth taking advantage of and this is trending with many schools today.

3. Up to 55% profit

Cookie dough has a very high profit return among schools for a few key reasons. For one, schools have children and children love cookies! The profit generates itself with that kind of demand. What’s more, the low priced bulk ordering and free shipping services jump start the revenue potentials right from the beginning.

4. Choice and Variety!

Popular cookie dough brands that cater to the Fundraising business, like Otis Spunkmeyer, give their clients the choice and selection to suit the needs of parents, supporters, groups, teams and students with a specific preference for their palate! You might even have the option of pre-portioned ones, meaning they’re oven-ready. If that kind of convenience is what you’re looking for, you won’t need a cookie cutter… not even a spoon! The choice is yours.

5. Getting started is FREE

Most fundraising businesses will give you the ease of addressing all of your inquiries with one telephone call. One call to 1-866-891-0053 will yield free cookie dough fundraising brochures and kits that can be distributed to dozens, even hundreds of members within your campaign. If you don’t end up doing the fundraiser, just send the brochures back.

How to start:

Get your free cookie dough fundraiser brochures by calling 1-866-891-0053.

How To Fundraise

How To Fundraise

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5 Fundraising Ideas
for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime!

Fundraising isn’t limited to small businesses, charities, and non profit organizations. You can fundraise, whether you’re a parent, student or a child with a dream!

There are tons of smaller fundraising ideas out there that people can implement on an ongoing basis and at their convenience. Here are five easy ways to fundraise that anyone can do!


Bottle Return

Did you drink a soda? You’re sitting on the elementary principle of fundraising. If you take your empty can back to the store, you just might be holding proceeds of five cents, in some places. Double your profits by returning a beer bottle instead! You can also help the environment while raising funds by staging a neighborhood cleanup and recycling any refund applicable items that you collect.

Yard Sale

There’s an old saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and since treasure has value, a yard or moving sale is an opportunity to take advantage of. The untapped gold mine of your own household items might be a fortune waiting to be cashed in on. Take the time to use and identify the resources around you! Spring is around the corner and what better way to clean house than turn clutter to coin!


Services

Products aren’t the only potential cash cow, services have value too! From walking your neighbors dogs’ to neighborhood odd jobs such as raking leaves or washing cars, your skills can generate income from your supporters.

Self-Publishing
You have talents; put them to use by publishing them. All you need is a body of work that you find worth selling, and the people to sell it to. Whether it’s a cartoon drawing, a novel, a recipe collection or specialized information to distribute, it’s at your disposal to use. If you don’t have your own word processor utilize your local library’s computer and while you are there check out what other fundraising resources they may have. If you are stuck on how to approach potential supporters with your product you can always couple this idea with the yard sale fundraiser and set up a table specifically for your self-published work.

Fundraising has been a prosperous and practical thing for ambitious and motivated people for centuries. Just ask the little guy at his lemonade stand!

Pink Glove Dance: A Fun Way to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Pink Glove Dance: A Fun Way to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Employees of the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland OR are raising awareness for breast cancer through their Pink Glove Dance video on YouTube.


You may have seen this undeniably fun employee-made YouTube video catching a fire on Facebook or Twitter over the past few weeks.

The Pink Glove Dance video made by employees at the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland OR. The video was made to generate awareness within their own medical center, but has rapidly spread across the internet, with over 2.3 million views on YouTube.com (not counting people who have reposted the video).

The Pink Glove Dance is an example of a simple, fun idea that catches on fast. This is important to remember in fundraising too – fun and focused can often get you there fastest!

Has your organization created any fun videos, whether for fundraising, team spirit, or community awareness?