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Size:  6.5 KBWe're issuing a new Budget101 Challenge, one of our members has PM'd me and her child has an opportunity to travel overseas to Spain for a class trip. Each of the 18 students must raise $3,700 in order to attend the trip.

    Share your best Fundraising Ideas (be as detailed as possible!) for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. (See, it really IS a Fundraiser!)

    (You can read more about Challenges here)

    1. They have 3 Months to Raise the Money
    2. High School Students, mostly juniors/seniors
    3. They are fundraising on their own as well as with the school.



    B101 Challenge Update Notification  Although this thread is open for discussion, this Challenge has ended and the lucky recipient was announced in the thread at the close. 

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    More info please. When is the trip, how long do they have to raise the money, will they be working as a group or are they on their own? What is the age of the children and just how hard are they willing to work?

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    Many moons ago, a local class hooked up with a local Avon Rep, and they had a fantastic fundraiser.
    At the time, Avon offered schools or groups some kind of deal...from what I remember of that one, it was a pretty lucrative deal for both the Rep and class. They easily reached the needed goals.
    I honestly don't know if that program is still in place.
    Isn't 'Mos' involved with Avon? I'm sure she would know...

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    Oh, Liss, this is right up my alley...giggle... Have the person contact Avon for her closest representative! Avon has numerous fund-raising programs. It is a known product -- if nothing else for Skin So Soft...giggle... I have sponsored several projects like this and have helped a lot of causes -- from personal health conditions to school projects. The funds raised were 0-,000 -- depending on the project. Have the person go to Avon.com and select 'Find a Representative,' then select 'Recommend a Representative Near Me.' She just needs to follow the prompts and she'll be given a list of people in her area. Suggest that she contact all and state what she needs to do. Not all reps will do fund-raisers as they are little nervous. Me?! Since I was the chair of fund-raising activities for my DD's entire academic career...I promise you that Avon's program is a piece of cake and wished that I had known of Avon's programs for all of those 13 years (don't forget kindergarten...giggle...)

    AND thanks Mrs. Paws for remembering and thinking of me...

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    Every Halloween our church puts on a Harvest Festival as a safe, fun alternative with Christian values. When my husband and I were the Children's Ministry Directors we noticed that at times it was difficult to get enough adult volunteers and sometimes the event lacks the teens and young adults.

    We decided that every ministry in the church could have their own booth (donation $5 to Children's ministries - the fundraiser wasn't for us, it was for the ministries sponsoring booths - we just covered the candy and goodie bag costs for the kids with the $5 booth charge)

    Each ministry got to create games that had something to do with their particular ministry and each had a can with a slot in it. For about 2 months in advance we told everyone to save their change (only change counts) and the goal was to give all of the money collected that night to the booth with the highest value in change - as an added twist, if someone dropped a bill in the can it counted against the change total.

    By the end of the night Prison Ministries won with their booth appropriately decorated like a prison cell and a handcuff toss game, that the kids just loved. The Youth group came in second, and even though they didn't win, there were people of all generations present. Prison Ministries received all of the money, including the bills. In one night, with a small church, several hundred dollars was raised.

    The best thing was seeing everyone involved. Even grandparents were slipping bills into the cans of the competition! We had lots of volunteers for set up and clean up, got home at a reasonable hour and no collecting money door to door! Give it a try!

    As a fundraiser to benefit individuals - get a school or church involved and make it a carnival theme, sell hot dogs, nachos and soda and all money can be split evenly between the students going on the trip - works for trips to DC, or any other trip and lots of fun!

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    One of the best things about an AVON Fundraiser is that you can make it both a community and online event. As an online event your AVON representative sets up the event on her personal website, shipping is free directly to the customers home, and depending on how generous the representative can afford to be, the amount collected can be up to 50% of the total sales before tax.

    There are also Jewelry Parties, and other product Parties that can be done online. Benefits are no collecting, and no delivery of the products for website orders. If you collect the product cost and tax in advance, your representative can put in the order as part of the fundraiser to ship to the customer. Major credit cards (except American Express) and PayPal are accepted on the Representative's website.

    Hi mos, I'm also a UL! Good to see another AVON ISR building the dream!

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    Many of our schools will sell pies from a local cafeteria that is very well known in the are. the pies are made and frozen and sold. the school gets 25%. 2 years ago, the cafeteria had issues and couldn't supply the pies so they went to GFS. they were given order forms and the hole 9 yards. the pies were much better than the cafeteria. again, they came frozen. the school did it in time to have the pies delivered the week before Thanksgiving. Here is the link to GFS Fundraiser. you can build your own with no up front cost. If they don't want to do a one for just her. tell them she runs a daycare and they are raising money for the daycare... I have always had my kids in an in-home day care and we always had fundraisers. If that doesn't work, you could make your own order sheet, sell the pies at a mark up and then buy them from GFS.

    good luck with what ever you decide.(you could always do several...one after another). I hope it is successful.

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    Spaghetti dinners are always good. Collecting cans...it adds up. A penny drive. 50/50 raffles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmitchell View Post
    Spaghetti dinners are always good. Collecting cans...it adds up. A penny drive. 50/50 raffles.

    What is a penny drive? Do you have to have a permit for a 50/50 raffle, here that's considered gambling. . .
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    I don't really know of any fundraising ideas in particular but I do know of some fundraising tips that work on EVERY fundraiser:

    1. KNOW who your target audience is- are you selling whatever it is to high schoolers, parents, or a bunch of grandmas
    2. Foot Traffic- you need foot traffic so organize the fundraiser around other events like craft shows, fairs, carnivals, sports games, etc- the more people that see it the better off you are
    3. Be specific- dont generalize and say things like "Bake Sale' Say something like "Costa Rican Trip of a Lifetime Bake Sale"- you want people to know WHAT and WHO they are helping and why. Nothing turns me off faster than when I go to the grocery store and there are little beggars on the sidewalk trying to sell stuff and you have to stop and ask what it's even for
    4. Be Detailed- make sure things are well organized, have plenty of bright easy to read signs and lots of kids helping out
    5. Set Mini-Goals- especially if you have a large amount of money you have to raise
    6. Itemize Expenses- if you have something showing an itemized list of expenses for the trip you will get more donations because people will know exactly what their money is going to and it won't seem like a wasted dollar to them
    7. ALWAYS Emphasize your Cause- whether your selling food/drinks at an event, etc
    8. Make a Facebook Page for the Cause with a link for people to donate digitally


    Hopefully these tips will help your fundraiser!

    Oh I almost forgot, I attended a Cook Off Fundraiser that was fun- it was a chili cook-off and each of the contestants brought a pot of chili and paid $10 to enter. Each of the tasters paid $5 each to vote on their top 3 favorites. The winner received half of the money generated by the Entrance Fee and the remainder of the money went to the Charity that held the cook-off.

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    Car wash, bake sale (people always like food)

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    I do fundraisers all the time! there are many that you can do.. for high volume return. a dinner and auction is a good idea. Golf tournament are also a good one! I am a jewlery rep and offer fundraisers for that to! Almost all direct sales companies will do them. just make sure that your initial investment is worth the return.

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    Best fundraiser ever....It always seems that us moms are doing all the hard work so why not make it something we will enjoy. COACH purse raffle. Yes a lot of investment up front $200 for purse and wallet and scarf (of course using a coupon, now available on facebook). But you can make big money EASY!!! Sell your tickets $2 each or 6 for $10. Hello who wouldn't try for a COACH purse for $10. We just did this with my sons football team and made $750 after the cost of the purse. You can also use this same concept to raffle off an IPAD mini. Friend is doing this for her sons bball team and they are already over $800 in a week. Utilize facebook and all your friends and family. Good Luck!!!

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    Hello,
    Our fundraiser is to organise a baking competition where the cakes are sold after being judged and the winner gets part of the sales money as a prize.The entry fees and the rest of the sales money are for the school.
    It does'nt need any funds to start off and the prize intices more people to enter.
    All the best in your venture.

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    What about a school wide penny war? Classroom against classroom. Each classroom decorates their own jar. For every penny you have in your jar you get a point...for every silver amount you subtract points (example...a quarter is -25 points). The idea is to fill your own jar up with pennies for points and your opponent's jar with silver (to take away points). A little friendly competition and bragging rights could get the whole school bringing in their loose change. You could offer a pizza party or sundae party to the winning classroom.

    1/2 and 1/2 raffles are good. They involve very little investment (cost of raffle tickets) which you can make yourself. The more you sell the bigger the jackpot...winner gets half the amount raised, the other half to your cause.

    It also depends where you live...we live in a pretty rural area...so it is quite safe for our kids to set up car washes, door-to-door empty can drive etc... I wouldn't want to do that in the inner city however

    Just a few thoughts off the top of my head, I will keep thinking!

 

 
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