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Old 12-29-2006, 09:24 PM
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Lightbulb School Fund Raising Ideas

I was recently elected president of The Family Association...Ben's school is a new charter school which has only exisited for a year. No one on the board has any clue as to where to start...any pointers?

I had a "what's for dinner raffle" and we raised $214 and I was happy about that since I planned it in a week. Thats all the money our organization has that and a bill for $600 in incorporation fees...Any help is greatly appreciated =0)

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Old 12-30-2006, 04:03 AM
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I think before we start throwing ideas at you, we need to have an idea of:

--how much money you need to raise

--how many people you have to help raise it

My kids' schools have held bake sales, spaghetti dinners, Casino Nights, wrapping paper sales, magazine sales, you-name-it-they-sell-it-sales (just kidding, but it seems like they are always selling SOMETHING)...
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Old 12-30-2006, 05:45 AM
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You could contact a local AVON representative about doing a fundraiser. You would take orders from the brochure, no over priced items, and earn a percentage of the sales.

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Along Roberta's line, local fast-food places (Chick-Fil-A in our area is one who does this a lot) will host a "fund raiser night." Special papers are given out to school families--and they are encouraged to share with friends. They bring the paper to the restaurant on that night, and a portion of the bill is donated to the school. A lot of times they allow the PTA to also have a door prize or other things like that at the restaurant during the 4 hours or so that this goes on. It's a lot of fun & brings business to the restaurant too, so everyone benefits.

You may also want to look into "scrip" or gift certificates from supermarkets. Many markets will give the school 4 or 5% back. You need a lot of startup cash to get this one going, though.
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Right now, I'm looking through MAREDY which is a catalog candy seller to see if it's suitable...Just seems like alot of our parents
aren't so gung-ho about it =0(

I've scheduled a fundraising meeting for 1/9
to get some feedback.

My local supermarket won't do a cashback...
usual problem rent is too high in Manhattan, and there aren't any local family chain restaurants...
I will look into the AVON and Dinner Night.
Thanks a bunch =0)
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First Fund raiser

So I'm going to do the spring catalog/chocolate brouchure...

wish us luck =0)

I'm hoping to go and visit local restaurants
on friday since ben & candice are oth in school

thanks again and please if anyone has
any suggestions or ideas on crafts to sell
I'd appreciate them =0)
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I know the local grocery store in our area helps with fundraising. For spending certain amts. of money in their store, customers receive receipts that count as money towards the school. (The school just needs to sign up so any customer can donate) I know Yankee candle also has fundraisers for schools as well as Avon. As for independent idea, one school I attended had a used book sale with books donated from teachers and students. Other organizations I volunteer for have things like silent auctions. I imagine with a web search and asking around you will find many ideas.
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Pampered Chef offers fundraisers and, if I remember correctly, the percentage you earn from total sales is impressive.
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A big raiser for our school is a trash and treasure sale.
Everything is donated, "please parents clean out your cupboards of useable items," books (we get heaps of books each year this way for my big reader son), kitchen stuff, clothes, bicycles, electrical (see if it works) anything within reason and sell these items cheaply $ per shoping bag, and bigger items a specific price.
We put them all in a very large classroom or hall and checked people to pay as they left the hall.
Once a bag wash paid and checked out you could not bring it back into the hall.
As the stuff to sell is all donated there is no outlay and everything is profit.
To keep people paying a flowing through you do need a few people to help.
If you can give a months notice and you have a lock up storage place (only certain people can get into) to put it all (yes people will forage before your ready to sell stuff) you will get more items in to sell and it is amazing the stuff people bring in.
We made enough to buy $125 new books for the library last time.
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the Pampered Chef's and Avon ideas are great ones. Working with Childrens' Miracle Network at work we had lunches with different themes-yours would be dinners. You could check into a carnival night with each grade or class room having it's own booth. Also used book sales go over great-we did a few and sold paperbooks 2 for $1 and hardbacks for $1-sold alot that way. Bake sales at local stores. Candy sales are good, but alot of people are burned out on those so it's hard to get people to participate. Also, my dgs's school is doing a jumprope-a-thon. People donate for each jump a child will do or a flat amount(which is what I'm doing).
Good luck with your fund raising..
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