Course:6: Optional Materials
Lesson:Fundraising and Grantwriting
Topic:Fundraiser Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

There are many unique and interesting fundraisers used throughout the community. We have selected a few of our favorites to get your creative thoughts started about potential fundraisers for your program.

Friends of the Sinking Spring Public Library

From their newsletter:

“Our next fundraiser will be our Mother’s Day flower sale, with orders needing to be placed by April 5. Further information on this will be available in March at the Library. We will also be having our traditional bake sale at the Sinking Spring Fire Company poll site and from the number of members offering to bake, the selection will be spectacular!

Miss out on Valentine’s Day? Currently in the Library we are having our Valentine’s Day candy guessing contest. Hurry and stop in and enter by the end of February to win a basket of sweet stuff.

Need some green? In March we will have a free raffle of a “Luck of the Irish” basket full of green or Irish goodies.  Visit the Library and enter your family by the end of the month.”

Winston Salem University Friends of the Library

"What's Hot Fundraisers"

From their web site:

“During an executive board brainstorming session, [the] former president, said that the Friends' new fundraising activities had to be 'hot' and different. ' What's Hot?' became a reality as the planning committee saw the potential by adding different subheadings and including a variety of activities.

'What's Hot?' themes are flexible and fun. A Fall Cabaret was based around the 1920's time period. Line dancing, audience participation, and great raffle items were the mix that made the Cabaret a success.

An Evening of Mystery, the second in the series, also included audience participation, a raffle, live music, and a great meal. The new twist was a fashion show, and the audience participating in solving a mystery - "Who killed King Henry?" Sufficient funds were raised to continue the previously started extracurricular library projects.”

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"Small Change Club"
A Library Fundraiser for Kids The "Small Change Club" offers young library users the opportunity to help their community build a bigger, better library for the City of Orange. Each youngster who donates $1 will become a "Small Change Club" member and will receive recognition for participating in fundraising efforts to expand the Main Library.

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Coarsegold Historical Society

(From their web site)

CHS Annual Dinner – A Family Affair
Saturday, March 6, 2004, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Coarsegold Community Center. Lasagna, salad, garlic bread, beverages; $7 per person, $1 dessert. (This is one of our major fundraisers. Please join us!

Walking Tour of Raymond
Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m. More information to come regarding meeting place. Watch the Calendar section of the Sierra Star and the EMCCC Web site.

Walking Tour of Coarsegold
Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m. Meet near Rudy’s Coffee in CG Historic Village, 41 & 415. We recommend visors and walking shoes.

Music in the Meadow
Saturday, June 5, at Willow Glen Museum. Back by popular demand: The String Bandits—Playing country and western music. Museum opens at 5 p.m. with music from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 and includes dinner (barbecue pork sandwiches, coleslaw, beans, beverage) and music. Bring your own comfy chair or use one of ours. This is one of our major fundraisers. Please join us!

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Monroe Historical Society
From the November, 2003 Newsletter

Christmas Fair
”We are right in the middle of getting ready for our annual Christmas Fair held each year on the first weekend in December at the Old Schoolhouse on Wheeler Road.

This year we will be adding two additional shopping days. A special preview day will be Saturday, November 29, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. We want to extend a Welcome Home invitation to all former Monroe residents who are here for Thanksgiving and give them a chance to purchase remembrances of Monroe. All of our Monroe Historical Society collectibles and books will be featured on this day.

We are also adding Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for those residents and members who were not able to attend on the traditional weekend and also for those who need to return to finish their Holiday shopping.

As always, the first weekend in December will feature all of our Society collectibles and books, a tree raffle, baked goods, many handmade and donated gift items, small vintage collectibles, and much more. Please call to arrange for delivery or pickup of items to donate for sale, to volunteer time to help decorate and display items in the Schoolhouse and/or to work during our sale days. Sale days will be

·        November 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

·        December 5, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.,

·        December 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

·        December 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

We are asking for baked goods for the weekend of December 5 and 6. Please call to arrange for delivery or pickup of your homemade food items; or, bring them to the Schoolhouse on December 5 anytime after 11:00 a.m. Our baked goods are one of the top reasons people visit our fair year after year.

A very special feature of this year's fair will be a collection of vintage ornaments for sale. These ornaments were donated by a Society member and have been collected by her over the last several decades."

Join us on one or more of these weekends and show your support for the Society.

Monroe Historical Society, Monroe, CT

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