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Q: Do you have any great fundraiser ideas?

March 13, 2009 | By Laura B. | 38 answers | Expired: 2068 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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Brooke F.
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Mar 13, 2009

A dog wash, like a car wash is always a good idea. You have to be careful with the animals, naturally. It is a fun way to meet people who are animal lovers and introduce them to the cause at the same time you are raising money!

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Jcolbert
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Mar 13, 2009

There is a great progam called Scrip Fund. Visit the website www.scrip.com/.

The program basically works like this....your supporters buy "gift cards" from you for things like gas, groceries, clothing, hotel accomodations, etc. Everytime a supporter buys a card, your organization receives a portion of the sale. For example, a supporter buys a Mobil gas card for $50. If Mobil pays 3% on the card, your group earns $1.50. The thing is, everyone buys gas and groceries so the earning potentially is unlimited. I did this with a group and I enjoyed working with the company, it was easy to do and the best part, we made money!

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debra t.
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Mar 13, 2009

Pet style show (dog sob stories plus high end clothes on models), Mardi Gras costume contest and dog walk (5K), drawings for car donated by car dealership, art for animals auction, garage sale for shelter to name a few.

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Tonya G.
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Mar 13, 2009

Safe Haven of Iowa County is ran on pure donations, adoptions, and grant money. We get no funding from the county or state, so we have to do a lot of fundraising. Some of my favorites are the walking all 4's (dog walk with activities in the park), and tomorrow we are having our Furball (dance, dinner and silent auction).

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Dede  S.
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Mar 13, 2009

Here at my school the Teachers post pics. of their pets and the children vote for the Teachers favorite pet. Each vote is .25 We use coffee cans for the coins with the pets name on it.

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Carol F.
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Mar 13, 2009

Work with an elementary school. Have each class adopt a different pet from the same shelter. Students can donate money or supplies. They can make posters to hang in local stores or malls to encourage adoption. It can work in tandem with "Make a Difference Day" in October.

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SISSI V.
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Mar 13, 2009

I have not done this, but read about it. A little girl actually organized this. First she organized to get stuffed animals donated to her, new and used, large and small, which she then "adopted out" at a local petstore, for an adoption fee of like $% or $10 i think. She even printed up adoption certificates to go with the adopted "pets". This is a very unique idea and I applaud the little girl for raising a lot of money for her local shelter.

Another little girl organized crafting days, during which her and her friends made toys for cats out of socks and other materials, stuffed with catnip. She donated them to the shelter for the cats there, but they could also be sold

Hold a dogie bake sale. There are lots of recepies online for all kinds of treats for dogs or horses. Find volunteers to help bake them

This one is more difficult. Find some volunteers who are handy with a saw and sewing machine and build scratching posts, play structures, dogie and kitty beds. This is a lot more work, and more difficult to sell, but they could possibly be sold during other fundraising or adoption events.

I have always advocated, if you have the space at the shelter, try and sell basic items, such as leashes or even more sophisticated items, such as beds, crates, carriers. I can't tell you how many times people came to the shelter to adopt and did not yet have a leash or crate and would have been more than happy to spend their money their. However, this could cause trouble with your local petstore, that donates space for adoption events.

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Ei
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Ei

Mar 13, 2009

St Hubert's combines animals with fundraiser activities...ice cream socials, fancy dinners...fun activiites

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Ronni S.
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Mar 13, 2009

Here in Watertown NY, for the Jefferson County SPCA, they do many fundraisers!! The best are the silent auctions and when our local DJ Johnny Spezzano was locked in a cage, and was hoiseted up above the SPCA, and the only way to get him down was to donate money. It was a great fundraiser and brought alot of attention to the SPCA!!! It was so much fun as well.

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Jill F.
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Mar 13, 2009

We do "Cookies for cats" and "donuts for Dogs" ...a local privately owned bakeries sells these for us and they've been a great success

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