Fundraising in a bad economy can be a challenge for small, local clubs. Convincing an already-struggling public to donate funds requires persistence and careful strategy. Clubs working with limited budgets to begin with often turn to simple fundraising ideas. Look for ideas that require very few resources yet can yield high returns if executed properly. Ideas that concentrate on collecting many small donations from individuals appeal to local societies collecting directly from the communities they serve.
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This idea works best when fundraising in a single building, such as an office or a school. Set up a table at the main entrance of your building where donors can sign up to have £1.30 to £1.90 "cookiegrams" delivered to a colleage on a specific date. Bake and decoratively wrap cookies, attach the donor's custom message with a decorative gift tag, and deliver the cookiegram directly to the office or classroom of the recipient. This works great around holidays, though everyday cookiegrams can be sent as appreciation gifts. Cookiegrams can be repeated weekly by simply putting a sign-up sheet in the board room and rotating baking duties amongst club members.
Mini Film Festival
Collect short films from local independent and amateur filmmakers (ask your local access channel for sources) to screen in a two-hour mini film festival. Charge for admission and/or sell refreshments. Cindy T. Rizzo of the Arcus Foundation points out that creativity and strong storytelling are important aspects of fundraising, so if possible include a short film telling the story of your organisation.
Classic House Party
Host a house party at the house of one of your club members. Send invitations that clearly state it is a benefit party and solicit donations from the attendees. Have a presentation prepared that explains your club and how either donors or the community will benefit from funding.
Take advantage of your online social network by creating a Facebook group for those who pledge a certain amount of money to your club. Create a small image to be a "badge" that donors can put on their social networking pages and websites to show off their philanthropy.
Sponsored Bake Sale
Get twice the funding by having a local business sponsor your next bake sale. Have a small business make a donation in exchange for covering your next bake sale with their logo. Hang up posters and flyers for the company at your bake sale table and decorate baked goods with their logo. Sell the items for a dollar or two.
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