Q: I would like some ideas/suggestions for great fund raisers
February 23, 2009 | By Rhonda T. | 9 answers | Expired: 2023 days ago
I would love to hear what other shelters are doing to raise funds. Some suggestions on great fund raising efforts that have really been successful would be great
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Mar 08, 2009
We have learned you should not plan on having over 15% of your income from events, as the ecomony/weather/etc can greatly influence the results. We get the majority of our income from longtime donors who continue to support. We send a newsletter out in Dec just before Christmas and include an article about a special animal that needed more care than most. We put an addressed envelope in the newsletter and get really great results.
We also do 3 dog washes every summer, and a summer /fall festival for dogs and people called Paws in the Park. T-shirt and food sales, craft things animal related, and games are fun. Games are best dressed, newspaper fetching, etc. We have demonstations from local dog drill teams and training facilities. Local trainers, vets, dog related people pay to have a booth for people to visit. We are careful to invite all dog alumni to come.
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Mar 04, 2009
We donate a portion of our profits to select animal welfare organizations and local welfare organizations and charities. Just a few of our local animal organizations that are close to our hearts can be found on our Community Corner page.
We think every doggie and kitty cat should get a gift, so we keep our prices pretty close to our cost.
It is our idea that with excellent service and customers' re-orders and telling others about us, that we will grow slowly but in the right way. :)
As we grow we put a lot back into the local and national rescue groups that need our help so much! They do so much with so little.
We would love to work with you and help raise funds.
We can do a spotlight about your shelter on our Community corner and you can post upcoming events on our message board, we also can send you a code for you to place on flyers, your website etc, that any sales that have the code listed at the point of sale, we will donate 10% back to your shelter.
We have lots of gifts we can design and create labels just for your shelter and sale them on our site and give 50% back to your shelter for each gift sold. :)
Just check out our site here:
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Feb 24, 2009
For three years our shelter has put on an animal festival/animal expo at our local fairgrounds. But this is a lot of work, needs a strong chairperson and a lot of willing volunteers to recruit the vendors, exhibits, and demonstrators to draw in the people, as well as local media helping to promote the event. There are drawbacks and problems that will come up, but each year is a learning experience, and so far has been profitable. We have also held bake sales at our huge county Christmas event in the nearest town, which brings in thousands of visitors, and at our local 4th of July events. We have brought some of our animals to a couple of these events, but find such large events can be stressful to them and people are subject to 'impulse' adoptions, which has resulted in some of the animals coming back to us. So we don't include our animals at these occasions, but make up a large book with full-page photos of the animals currently in our shelter so people can look them over and, if they are interested, can come out to the shelter and really look the animal over. We have held several random
"adoption days" in the parking lot of some local businesses which helps get some of our smaller pets and our cats adopted and adds money to our funds by donation jars. Folks hear about the event on local radio stations and will stop by and drop in cash even if they aren't looking for a pet to adopt. Our latest fund-raiser is a jewelry party open to the public with a portion of the proceeds donated to our shelter, as well as future orders for an indefinite time if the buyer stipulates our shelter by name. And for the last three years we have heal an "Open House" in the spring so people can come to our shelter, see our small facility and our needs, and adopt a pet. Our donations jars are put out, we'll have some kind of food available like BBQ plates, hot dogs and burgers, all food goods donated, and the sales going to the shelter. It's fun, it's profitable, and it gets the shelter attention and visibility to the general public.
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Feb 23, 2009
A lot of shelters put on walks and charge an entry fee. Our biggest fundraiser is a black tie dinner. A lot of these things take an incredible amount of work. One of the fundraisers that does well, without quite the effort is our Tree of Love. We get people to donate in honor or memory of pets at holiday time and let them make an ornament with a sentiment for the tree. It is awesome. Everyone doesn't go to the tree lighting, but a lot of people donate.
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