The planning of your fundraising campaign should be thought out thoroughly and talked about amongst the community. Setting up different roles for different members of the comunity can prove to be a way of keeping tasks organized and simple. Success comes in numbers, so the more people you can involve to help, the more successful you will be. First talk about the amount that needs to be raised and set a goal that is reasonable. Next, make sure you have plenty of time to complete this goal amount. It may be a good idea to set up a scheduled plan, marking the dates that programs will take place and your goal for each. Here are a few ideas for fundraising programs you can use to gain the funds you need to reach your goal. Make sure you let fund donators know your cause as they are more likely to give more for your playground cause.
- Car wash - set up a car wash in a prime spot in your community where drivers can give donations.
- Spaghetti dinner - Cooking pounds of spaghetti is relatively cheap and easy and gives people a reason to help the community and frees them of cooking or washing dishes.
- Bake sale - your community bake sale is the oldest fundraising tool in the book, take advantage!
- Community auction or yard sale - The always popular yard sale usually gets great results, but you could spice it up by auctioning off those same items for a larger profit.
- Selling Candy - Buy candy in large quanities from local bulk store or use the help of a candy sales program such as this company here, http://www.fundraising.com/
- Pizza cards - A pizza card is a discount card with an offer tied to a single
merchant, usually a national chain. It often provides a two-for-one offer on every order and is tends to be priced at $10
for a card good for a one-year period.
- Recycling cell phones and ink cartridges - The recycling days have changed from collecting glass soda bottles for a nickel. The Funding Factory and other companies will pay up to $100 per cell phone and up to $11 per ink cartridge.
- Rubber ducky race - This is'nt your normal ticket selling raffle. Bring the community together for an entire event that you can mix several different fundraisng ideas into one event. Have your local grocery store and convenient stores sell rubber duckies for $1 for the chance to win a fabulous donated prize. Then on a specified date, the ducks are
taken to a local park with a lake. All of the rubber ducks are
emptied into the water at once and the first one to cross the
finish line wins. Not only do you make money on each duck, but provide the crowd with the option to purchase food and drinks, t-shirts, and anything else you think you can sell to the rubber ducky race fans.