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Fundraising Ideas

Jonagold | Posted in Gather For A Chat on


I’m in dire need of some ideas that are new!  It seems with the wide diversity of this board there should be some novel ideas.  The specific project at the moment is for funds for a swimming pool which is owned by the city.  We were given a $400 gift but must match it.  I’m approaching burn out and hoping to be inspired by an idea that is new to our community.  We are auctioned out.  We have many retired people in our area.  Most don’t want to add to their stash.

Thanks so much!



  1. Tatsy | | #1

    A really simple one is to take cheap silk flowers, pull them off the wire stems, use a crochet hook to pull green ribbon through the hole (with the ribbon doubled over), tie a quick knot in the folded end, and sell them as bookmarks for a couple of dollars--or five, since it's for charity.  I usually use the flowers that look something like morning glories.  They look so elegant draped through a book that people won't mind adding to their stash.

    If you've got a committee that can help you, make quiet books, or little kits with crayons,  and small pads of paper.  Most people will buy anything for their grandchildren.

  2. jatman | | #2

    Hi Jonagold!  Along the lines of the last post - that people will buy things as gifts that they wouldn't buy for themselves - since the holidays will be approaching, what about fabric covered boxes (regular kind or chinese take-out type boxes) or fabric wine bags?  Both would be good for gift giving.

    This may be well covered territory with what your community has already done but maybe not?


    Edited 9/2/2007 10:47 am ET by jatman

  3. JanF | | #3

    I presume - u mean ideas for things to make to sell - briefly set out what you've done already then others can add - otherwise i suspect u might get loads of ideas for things you have already done.

  4. Teaf5 | | #4

    Especially in an area of retirees, services are popular:  coupons or vouchers for 1 hour of computer tutoring, window washing, photo sorting, delivered dinner, etc.  Often, professionals will donate one hour to a fundraiser event in hopes of attracting future business, and supporters don't have to buy anything they have to store. 

    Singing telegrams, holiday choral mini-concerts, and floral deliveries provided by talented volunteers are also popular around the holidays.

    Several of our local restaurants host fundraiser evenings (on less crowded days or hours) which are heavily advertised and attended by the volunteer organizations, who get a certain percentage of the profits.

    Our high school also has an "Un-fundraiser," which touts all the things that a supporter usually would have to do--subscribe to magazines, buy candy, work a snack bar, etc.--and includes an envelope for a pledge with no other obligations attached.

    Our town is so fundraiser-crazy that I think we're all just shifting our paychecks around to different causes every week....

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