Fundraising Ideas

Over 225 Money Making Events for Community Groups, with a Resource Directory

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About the Book

Check out the community calendar section of almost any newspaper and you will find it filled with a variety of fundraisers. But how do groups organize a successful money making event? And what are some new ideas, beyond the usual car washes, bingo games and bake sales?
From “-athons” (e.g., bikeathons, walkathons) to yard booths, over 225 proven fundraisers are included in this essoftcover Façadessential reference work. Each entry contains a brief description of the event, the type of workers and tools needed to ensure its success and a reference to the resource directory. Hints for organizing and developing fundraisers are also given, along with a section of “success stories” that further emphasize the basics of effective fundraising. The resource directory provides names, addresses, phone numbers, and product descriptions for companies that supply materials and information needed to implement the fundraisers.

About the Author(s)

Retired teacher, administrator and assistant principal Janell Shride Amos of St. Louis, Missouri, taught in both elementary and high schools.

Bibliographic Details

Janell Shride Amos
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 160
Bibliographic Info: photos, resources, index
Copyright Date: 1995
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0072-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0644-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     v

Preface     xi

Introduction     1

Choosing the Best Fund-raisers     1

Making the Basic Decisions     2

Planning the Event     3

Providing the “Extras”     4

Organizing the Work     5

Promoting Effectively     7

Managing the Money     8

Honoring the Law     8

Dealing with Problems     9

Concluding Activities     9

Valuing Non-Monetary Benefits     10

FUNDRAISING IDEAS     11

A-Thons     11

Accessories Booth     12

Ad Space     13

Animal World Booth     13

Antique Show     13

Art Show     14

Artist Booth     14

Auction     15

Auction-Silent     15

Babysitting Service     16

Bake Sale     16

Bake Sale Booth     17

Balloon-Animals     17

Balloon Bouquets     18

Balloons-Helium     18

Baskets Booth     18

Battle of the Sexes     19

Bazaars     19

Beauty Contest-Men Only     22

Bingo     23

Book Fair     24

Books Booth     24

Boutique Booth     25

Breakfast in Bed-Delivered     25

Cake Sale     26

Cakewalks     26

Calendars     27

Candy-Homemade     27

Car Wash     27

Caramel Apples & Popcorn Balls     28

Card Mailing Service     28

Card Parties     29

Carnival     29

Catering Children’s Parties     31

Charm Schools     31

Children’s Art-Make and Take     31

Children’s Shopping Event     33

Children’s Weekend Camp     34

Chili Cook-Off Dinner     34

Christmas Booth     34

Christmas Caroling     35

Christmas Cookie Trays     36

Christmas Gift Wrapping Booth     36

Christmas Theme     36

Circus Theme     37

Classes     37

College Finals Food     38

Color Analysis     39

Concerts     39

Cookbooks     40

Cookie Bouquets     40

Country Style Booth     41

Country Theme     41

Coupon Books     42

Crafts Booth     42

Crafts Home Parties     43

Custom Crafts Shop     44

Dance Exhibition and Contest     44

Dances     44

Delivery Service     45

Demonstration Meals     45

Demonstrations     45

Dinner Delivered     46

Directories     46

Directory for Babysitting     47

Divorced Fathers Service     47

Door to Door     48

Dress Down for Charity     48

Early American Theme     49

Elections for a Special Office     49

Entrepreneur Competition     49

Exercise Club     50

Exhibition Games     50

Fairs     50

Family Feud     51

Fashion Shows     52

Festivals     53

Firewood Sales     55

Fish Fry     55

Flea Market     55

Flea Market Booth     56

Food-Business Catering     56

Food-Concessions     56

Food-Meals     57

Food-Smorgasbord     57

Food Booth     58

Fortunes     58

Fourth of July Theme     59

Fruit Baskets     59

Garage Sale     59

Genealogy Workshops     60

Gift Wrapping Service     61

Golf Scramble     61

Good Ole Days Theme     61

Grab Bags     61

Grandparent & Grandchildren Events     62

Halloween Events     62

Hamburger Stand     63

Harvest Booth     63

Hatters     64

Haunted House     64

Hawaiian Theme     65

Hay Rides     65

Herbs and Spices Booth     65

Hobbies Booth     66

Home Inventories     66

Home Parties for Products     67

Horse Shows     67

Hot Dog and Marshmallow Roast     67

Hot Dog Stand     68

International Theme     69

Jewelry Booth     70

Kissing Booth     70

Kitchen Booth     71

Lectures     71

Lunch Delivered/Packed     71

Magazines Booth     72

Makeup Booth     72

Melodrama     72

Memorial Day Cemetery Decorations     73

Mile of Coins     73

Mobile Booths     73

Movie Benefit     74

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater     74

Music for Donations     75

Mystery Trips     75

Needlework Shop     76

Pancake Breakfast     76

Pancake Day     76

Parade     77

Parents’ Night Out     77

Personalized Items Booth     77

Pet Booth     78

Pet Show     78

Pet Sitting     79

Pet Walking     79

Petting Place     79

Photograph Props     79

Photographer-Moving     80

Photographs Booth     80

Pictures with Impersonators     81

Pie Supper     81

Pizzas     81

Plant and Flower Booth     81

Plant Sitting     82

Plays and Musicals     82

Poems for the Occasion     83

Pony Rides     83

Popcorn     83

Portrait Center     84

Professional Entertainment     84

Progressive Dinner     84

Pumpkins Painted     85

Raffles     85

Recorded Greetings     85

Recorded Interviews     86

Red, White and Blue Booth     86

Roast and Toast     87

Rummage Sales     87

Salad Luncheon     87

Sand Art Booth     88

Sandwich Shoppe     88

Sayings and Quotes Booth     88

Selling Products     90

Selling Services     91

Serenades for All Occasions     91

Shirts Booth     92

Shopping Service for Shut-Ins     93

Shows for Kids     93

Shut-Ins Telephone Check     93

Skating Party     94

South of the Border Theme     94

Spaghetti Supper     95

Spring House Cleaning Service     95

Spring Theme     95

Strawberry Feast     96

T-Shirts Decorated     96

Talent Contest     96

Talent Show     96

Tasting Parties     97

Tea Room Event     97

Theater Party     98

Valentine Balloons     101

Valentine Theme     101

Victorian Booth     101

Watermelon Cutting     102

Weekend Away     102

Wet Sponge Throw     103

Window Washing     103

Wood Products Booth     103

Yard Booth     104

SUCCESS STORIES     105

Arts and Crafts Fair     105

Auction     106

Avon Fundraiser     109

Bazaar     109

Bingo     110

Book Fair     112

Brunch and Speaker     113

Candy Sale     114

Car Wash     115

Christmas Craft Fair     116

Dinner Theater Production     116

Family Fashion Show     118

Field Party     120

Flea Market and Auction     121

Hike for the Homeless     123

House Tour     125

Men’s Beauty Contest     126

Mock Election     127

Quilt Show     128

Strawberry Festival     129

Valentine Balloons and Serenades     130

Resources     133

Index     145

Book Reviews & Awards

“suggestions and directions for special events to raise money, plus tips on planning events, promotion, and dealing with problems”—Reference & Research Book News.