Ø Wine tasting event - Have everyone pay a cover
charge to come and sip different wines and cheeses. Ask the facility if they do
“custom labels” If so, consider taking orders for EDNF custom label wines. They
would make great holiday gifts.
Ø Ask a store to contribute a gift certificate to
use for the wine.
Ø Happy hour - Ask a local bar to charge a cover
on a particular night and the proceeds go to you, or offer a percentage of the
total sales to EDNF.
Ø Tip/Donations Jars - Set up buckets at local
restaurants and stores with the EDNF logo. A picture is often helpful. In
they have allowed this at places such as: Smoothie King, Tom Thumb Grocery,
Wal-Mart.) Check in with them weekly.
Ø Car wash - Gather friends to volunteer their
assistance. This is a good opportunity to get a community or school group
together for a good cause. A high school leadership group, etc. are always
looking for volunteer service hours and they could help at the garage sale. Don't
forget to display printed information about EDS. Ask if you can sell water
bottles during the garage sale. You can get cases very cheap at Sam's and
you just need coolers and ice. Remember to put out "tip jars” as many
people are willing to give you a donation without even having their car washed.
Ø T-Shirt Sales
Ø Spaghetti Dinner ($15 tickets with donated
Ø Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Delivery - - Krispy Kreme
offers cards that you buy for $5, sell for $10 and it gives the person a free
dozen for a dozen purchased. Many teenagers in my area use these Krispy Kreme
cards to raise money for mission trips and such.
Ø Pump Gas - Ask a gas station if they will let
you pump gas and ask for tips for a day.
Ø Silent auction - Collect donated items for the
Ø Bachelor auction - Gather up your boys and ask a
bar to donate their space for an evening. Some have had great success with
Ø Progressive dinner - Each of your friends host a
course and your guests pay $15-$20 to participate.
Ø Ask a church group or other social club for
Ø Garage Sale - Gather items for a garage sale
from neighbors and friends. Advertise all over the Metroplex. Sell ice cold
water bottles for shoppers. Don't forget a donation jar so that people can make
a contribution during the garage sale for EDNF.
Ø We solicited people we knew to make donations of
items to sell in our garage sale. You can put up flyers at your place of business,
church, neighborhood, etc. Many people do not want to hassle with their
own garage sale and are more than willing to donate their "junk". We
highly recommend a pick-up service (YOU are the pickup service!!!). We raised
over $1,500 for our garage sale. This was cash, and we were lucky to have a
matching Grants company that doubled our money. Special Note: Check on required
permits in your city!
Ø Basketball/softball/volleyball tournament - Find
a free ball field and host an all day tournament.
Ø Golf round robin.
Ø Raffle local professional sporting team tickets
or invite friends and up the price of the ticket. The Texas Ranger organization
allows non-profits to purchase tickets for designated games at ½ price so that
the organization can sell them full price and keep the profits. You can do well
if you go to your church, synagogue or schools looking for large groups.
Ø Ask school age children to sponsor a child
diagnosed with EDS. Have the class bring spare change to raise money for you. Give
the class with the most money raised a pizza party.
Ø Corporate Matching - ALWAYS look for people that
will help you match funds.
Ø Recipe Book - Collect recipes and make a book,
sell them in local stores, churches, social clubs, etc.
Ø Casino party - Get a casino kit and charge
individuals $1 a chip to play. Get donations for prizes. Rent a room or use a
big house to throw the party. This might be fun in neighborhoods that have a
central meeting room or clubhouse as a community event.
Ø Be a guest server at a restaurant or bar.
Ø Sonic - car hop on a Sat. afternoon (w/ a small
group of 8-10) and get all tips! Ask the manager if your local Sonic will
Texas, the Sonic
stores are always willing to let groups do this and the least we have made is
$700. If you have animated workers who are willing to "sing for
tips"or dance for tips¦ being cute & funny ... we have made as much as
Ø Wal-Mart - Ask for donations at your local
Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart management has the discretion to match donations that you
raise. You must make arrangements with the management prior to your
fundraising, and it is management's choice to match donations. Wal-mart local
management has a fund for this and give $1000 grants. Timing is very important
so if you write a request and take it into your Wal-Mart and they don't have
funds please ask them if there is a better time of year to get on the radar
Ø Jeans/Casual Day - If your office is business
formal or business casual, arrange to allow co-workers and employees to wear
jeans for one day if they donate $5 to EDNF. You can go one step further with
larger companies and ask the company if they would match, dollar for dollar,
the amount of money collected from employees for jeans day.
Ø Candy/Food sales - Various candy companies will
let you keep a % of profit to use toward your fundraising goal.
Ø Pampered Chef Party - Gather your friends or
acquaintances that like to cook or prepare food. Similar to a Tupperware party.
Ø Host a Superbowl party - Instead of the usual
betting squares, sell betting squares such that a 50% of the money goes into
the pot and the other 50% goes towards your fundraising goal.
Ø Golden Globes & Oscar Parties - same concept
as the Superbowl party, but put together a sheet of all the nominees for all
categories and get everyone to select who they think will win. The person with
the most correct entries wins the pot.
Ø Extra Change in my Pocket - Create little boxes
for your friends and family and have them place it on their dresser. At the end
of the day they can drop that spare change in the box. Before your deadline, you
can gather the boxes and add the money to your fundraising.
Ø Answering Machine Message - This will let
everyone who calls you at home know that you are up to something special! Let
them know that you need their support.
Ø Hair Salon - Ask your barber or hairdresser to
donate $1.00 of every haircut they complete over one weekend or set up a tip
jar for TNT.
Ø Mow-A-Thon - Get your kids involved in this
weekend activity. Check ahead of time with all your neighbors and ask them if
you can mow their lawn for $25.00.
Ø Baby-sitting - Offer up your services and let
your friends have a nice, quiet night out of the house.
Ø Pet sit - Offer up your services and charge them
what they would have had to pay at the facility.
Ø Neighborhood Chores - A lot of your neighbors
would probably rather pay you than someone else. Place signs around your
neighborhood advertising your services (watering gardens, cleaning roof
gutters, painting, oil changes, etc.)
Ø E-Bay.com - Remember the garage sale idea? How
about rounding up the goods from your friends and putting it all in Ebay.com to
be auctioned off?
Ø Curse jar - Place a curse jar in your office and
whenever someone says a bad word they have to open their wallet, grab a dollar
and put it in the jar.
Ø Find a school (or schools) in your area that
will allow you to place fundraising jars in each homeroom class. It helps if
you know someone at the school or your child attends the school. Many schools
have organizations that require service projects (i.e., student council,
National Honor Society). Make it a competition between classes or grade levels
to see who can raise the most money per student. The reward we gave was a pizza
party to the class in each grade level. We had our pizza donated by Pizza Hut. We
had the Student Council members go to each homeroom and share the cancer facts.
Then, the students had two weeks to collect money. We did it by grade level and
sent "challenge letters" to the other classes. It raised over
$7,400 at one local school. Your best contact is a teacher you know at the
Ø SQUARES FOR EDS. This is a football pot. You
make a grid with 100 squares and people buy squares. On each side, you label
the team name. Once the squares are filled with people's names, you draw
numbers 0-9 for each side of the pot. Drawing the numbers after the squares are
full makes it fairest for everyone. At the end of each quarter, you look at the
last number in each score. The person on that box wins! We charged $10 each
square. We paid $125 a quarter, and made $500 for fundraising.
Raffles and such ...
Ø You can visit businesses and ask for donations
that you can then use to create a raffle basket. Many places are much more willing
to donate services than money. Then you can raffle the products. Some
examples would be tanning salons, beauty salons, lube and tire stores,
restaurants (larger chains require more work), and nail salons.
Ø One VERY successful raffle idea that I have done
- I went around to local restaurants (and in
there are HUNDREDS!!) and asked if they would be willing to donate a restaurant
gift certificate. At first I thought I would try to get 12, but the restaurants
were SO willing to donate that I changed my goal to 52. I got 52 donations -
some of them were pizza places that donated 3 certificates for one large pizza
each - but I put together a basket with the theme "Dinner out each week
for a YEAR!!!" I printed tickets and sold the tickets $10 each or 3 for
$25. In just that one fundraiser I earned $4,000.
The KEY with any kind of successful fundraising is
to get community involvement. If you do things only within your local groups
you are not tapping into the community and so many people are willing to donate
to a good cause. In the case of something like the "dinner out weekly for
a year" raffle basket really think about ways to sell the tickets. You can
offer tickets to other local groups and allow them to keep 50% of what they
sell. You can see if you can get permission to set up a table outside a
Blockbuster Video, Grocery, Wal-Mart (Target does NOT allow it) etc - and sell
tickets to the public. You can send an email to EVERYONE in your address book
telling them what you are doing and why and ask them if they would like to
purchase tickets. You can go door to door in your neighborhood - just think