Fundraising With Your Community!

15 Jun

From everyone that I’ve heard from, it seems as though the 3-Day fundraising is what keeps people from signing up. The $2300 minimum is really intimidating to a new walker; I totally get this. I waited years before I signed up for my first 3-Day walk because of that minimum. But I’m here to tell you that you can do it! Fund raising for the 3-Day was so much easier than I thought it would be. So here are some tips for some creative fundraising within your community!

1) Hold a fundraising night at a local restaurant – Most restaurants are more than happy to hold a fundraising night for you to support your efforts. I’ve done one for the past two years and really enjoyed the turnout and the results! There are a couple of different ways to go about it. You can either ask the restaurant to give you 10% of the proceeds that come in for the fundraiser (this is what I have done). You hand out fliers to your friends and family and ask them to come that night, and then the restaurant will give you 10% of the proceeds that come from people with the fliers. The other way which my sister did for a fundraiser, is to ask the restaurant to donate a stack of $10 gift cards to you. Then one night you hang out at the restaurant and whoever comes through the door, you ask them to buy one of the $10 gift cards from you. They give you $10, you give them the gift card. This worked really well for her because she kept the cash, the person who donated the money really wasn’t out any money because they were going to spend it anyway, and the restaurant gets a bunch of new patrons that night who came out for the fundraiser. It’s a win-win-win.

2) Hold a yard sale! – I’ve seen this in a couple of other 3-Day blogs, including the Breast Buddies website (Seattle walkers) and I think it’s a great idea! We all have stuff lying around our houses that we’ve been wanting to get rid of, so why not do it for charity! Ask your friends and family to donate items to the yard sale and then advertise it as a fundraiser. Increase the price of the items just a little bit, and explain to everyone that comes why you’re doing it, they may even give you an extra donation!

3) Hang out outside of a supermarket – With the supermarket’s permission, of course. By standing outside of your local supermarket, you’ll not only get to know your local community a bit better and you’ll get some donations along the way! This one takes a bit of courage, to ask strangers to give you money. But put on your best 3-Day gear, set up a pink table with information and you may find that people will come to you and you won’t have to go to them.

4) Ask your kids for help – I read Tammy K’s blog once where they had asked their kids for help, and worked with their kid’s school to hold a fundraiser! The particular fundraiser, which I remember very well from my high school days, is called Penny Wars. You create groups of kids that have to compete against each other, and they have to collect pennies for their team. So you set up the jars somewhere and everyday the kids come in a dump their pennies into the jars for their team. It doesn’t sound like it would add up to much, but here’s the catch, other teams can take points away by adding silver coins into other team’s jars. Those quarters definitely add up!

I hope this helps you with your fundraising! Feel free to leave your own creative ideas in the comments!


2 Responses to “Fundraising With Your Community!”

  1. Kristen June 18, 2010 at 8:34 AM #

    All great ideas! I’ve never heard of the $10 gift card approach – very creative!

    ~ Kristen


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