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Q: Do you have any great fundraiser ideas?

March 13, 2009 | By Laura B. | 38 answers | Expired: 2067 days ago

Laura B.

Let's share ideas. What fundraisers have worked well? Give us the details-- we're all in this together!

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Elizabeth D.
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Mar 13, 2009

We had a pet photo contest at work. It cost 5 dollars to enter a picture of a pet and then it cost people 1 dollar to vote on their favorite picture. we had local business donate prizes. Anyone who voted was also entered into a drawing for the prizes. We raised 560 dollars in two weeks which is good considering the number of employees where i work.

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Dylan L.
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Mar 13, 2009

My Arabic teacher told us that her daughter and some friends did a bikini carwash to raise money for a Europe trip. They made over $400 in one afternoon!

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Tonyamurdie
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Mar 13, 2009

Last year Sasha was in a Fashion show that raised money for Darfur. Her cloths were provided by petco. Thanks Petco!

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Jenny  W.
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Mar 13, 2009

i dont know how feasible it is for you but i think pony rides would be a hit, other than that, bake sales, and things like that

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Kylee T.
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Mar 13, 2009

Garge sales, bake sales, car washes, ect...

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Nicole P.
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Mar 13, 2009

Bake sales, dog washes and present wrapping are all good options.

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J R.
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Mar 13, 2009

If you are located on a main Road in your area or if you are located in town and you have the room on your property, talk to your local lumber yard and see if they will give your organization a discount on lumber or donate it to you. On a warm summer Saturday get a bunch of volunteers together and put up a large billboard like you see along the highways for advertising. Once you get it set up maintaining it should be rather simple and not two costly. All you have to do is rent the billboard space out to local businesses for them advertise on. You should be able to bring in an extra few hundred bucks a month. Local building contractors sometimes have material left over after a project and maybe you can get them to donate it for a billboard. If you are a 501 c3 organization you can give receipts for the fair market value of the material and they can take it off of their taxes at the end of the year.

Talk to your local stores and see what they do with their animal food if the bags get ripped or damaged. Some just throw it in the dumpster and a 501 c3 can give receipts for them donating this food to the shelter. A penny saved is a penny earned and cutting costs is as good as fundraising. Grocery stores with a meat department sometimes throw away meat that is a couple days old also.

In the summer have a hot dog day. If you have slow Wednesdays then team up with the local grocery store and if they will donate a case of hotdogs and buns sell them for a $1 each. In this economy a lot of people will stop by at lunch time if your located close to their work. The grocery store gets lots of advertising for their cost of the hotdogs so they might jump at the chance if you are willing to put fliers all over.

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Andrew
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Mar 13, 2009

I know pet walks are a popular thing for many shelters. Also having fund raisers at local Petco type of stores of popular as well.

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Patty T.
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Mar 13, 2009

I always use the iGive shopping window and even when I just shop, my charity gets .02, depending on what I buy they give another percentage of what I buy to my charity. I always shop online anyway and just browsing can make money for the CMHS or whoever you want your charity to be.

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Chicodobe
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Mar 13, 2009

Our local kennel club, Butte County Kennel Club, paired with our local shelter to put on a Canine Carnival for September's AKC Responsible Dog Ownership month. We ran agility courses, rally courses, costume contests, beauty contests and junior ownership that the general public could participate with their dogs. We raised $5000 for our local shelter.

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