Americans are generous people. On average, they donate more than any other country. In 2008, they donated twice as much as the number two country, Germany, to worldwide causes. When organising an event for someone who is sick, many doors open; people are willing not only to give money, but will donate their time more freely, provide free advertising, maybe a free, or discounted venue and transportation. Although it makes people feel good to help, many still expect something in return; a good meal, entertainment, or even a simple, heartfelt thank you.
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Auctions are an exciting event. You can feel the excitement as people compete to outbid others. Usually, because of the scale of the auction, those donating will know the person and be more willing to donate more interesting and rarer items. An auction needn't only contain items, but services as well. For example, involve children by having them auction services such as mowing lawns or cleaning garages; get professionals to auction their skills doing renovations or a tax return. The possibilities are endless. Because it's for a good cause, people will be more willing to bid higher. Also, due to the nature of the auction, there is a good chance someone will be willing to donate the space needed for the auction. Contact relatives, even faraway ones; they can always send things by mail. Also, businesses are often willing to help a good cause.
Charity Dinner and Dance
Almost everyone likes to eat and socialise, so organising a charity dinner, with good food is a great way to raise money and give the donators something in return. Buffets are a good choice because they take less people and time to organise than a sit-down dinner. It's a good idea to mix a dinner with a dance afterwards and base the evening on a theme, such as Octoberfest or St. Patrick's Day. Organizing bands for such occasions are fairly simple too, as it's for a good cause. If possible, invite a local celebrity. For advertising, there are many good options such as local newspapers, which often run ads like this for free, Internet sites, such as Craigslist, church announcements, flyers and word of mouth.
If bottles are returnable for a refund in your area, then a bottle drive is a great fundraiser. It's best to arrange one for just after a holiday, when people will have many bottles or cans around. Often people will leave their bottles in the garage until there are enough to merit returning or they put them out to be recycled. Either way, for a good cause, people will be willing to put them aside. The key is to send volunteers around far enough ahead of the drive to ask them to hold on to them. On collection day, ask people to put them in a designated area, or to mark them with a special tag. It is possible to arrange with the local recycler to come to your house or other place to pick them up.
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