Q: Need help starting fundraisers

May 3, 2008 | By marlene D. | 4 answers | Expired: 2825 days ago

I am a member of a resuc group and we need to raise funds what are the best ways to do it.

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May 15, 2008

When I used to run my own shelter, we had an annual bowling fundraiser. $30 a person included 2 games of bowling and food. Check out local bowling alleys by you. They all have some kind of special. Plus, it's a lot of fun for the people who do go, and generally the ones who can't make or afford it will make some kind of donation.

Also, the easiest thing in the world is making donation cans. You can put them in local stores, shops, etc. Lots of people will drop their spare change into a can if it's right in front of them.

Also, if you do adoption events, have a donation can there too. We used to have adoption events at Petco, and most everyone that stopped by our booth to pet the dogs or cats always left some money behind. The key to this is making it look like people are giving money. I always put a $5 and a couple $1's in the can (it was open) of my own money, and then people would just start dropping money in there as they passed by. One guy even gave us $50! If you leave the can empty, most people will ignore it.

Good luck!

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Carly T.

May 06, 2008

Parties and Dinners are great ways to fundraise. To raise money for marching band we have people make food and bring it to the firehall. We then have people pay about $7 per person. We live in a very small town but we still raise a couple thousand dollars. As long as you advertize it and have a lot of food you should be able to make alot more. Do a good job the first time so you can do it annually. If people really like it you are bound to make twice as much the next year.

Good Luck fundraising. I hope I helped you out a bit!!

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May 05, 2008

We recently started a fundraiser to help our area shelter. It is a deck of cards... Pet owners bring their pets for a photo shoot. They pay a certain amount depending on what card they get. They alos get photos like 8x10s and wallets etc. Then their animal is featured in the deck of cards... very unique idea... check out newtscards.com

Also, the answer above has some great ideas. Something yearly is a great way to go. to keep funds coming in.

I use to be a band director - we fundraise a lot.... Check with local grocery stores. Some of them have on-going fundraisers that they donate a certain % of a reciept amount. All you have to do is have people give you their reciepts... send them in, and get a check in the mail.

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May 04, 2008

There are lots of different ways and it depends on how large your groups is and how many people there willbe available to help. I think our shelter has found that the most important thing is to find several set fundraisers and stick with them so that you build a following.

As you know, there are all types of fundraisers from membership/annual campaigns, dinner/auctions, walks, etc. We have on-going fundraisers - can collections, paper recycling and they generate a surprising amount of income with little to no effort (see the reviews on paper retirever bins under services). We have a devoted group of bakers and a retired person who runs them at a bank about 4-6 times per year. You may alos consider a sonsor a cage or a pet as a way of raising funds

SO, look closely at your group, your rescue and the area you live in and then plan fundraising accordingly. It helps when you start out to choose 2-4 fundraisers for the year and develop a calendar so that everyone knows they are coming up.

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