Finding new fundraising ideas for schools, churches, clubs, and charity events can be challenging for organizers. Thousands of fundraisers are held every year. When kids are in school, they often participate in several different fundraisers during any given year.
Some fundraising events are the same year after year. Girl Scout cookies are an example. But most organizers want to come up with a few new ideas so that people will stay interested. The kids are often selling to the same people, year after year. Having something new to sell helps increase their chances of success. Here are some of the more unique fundraisers that I have found.
Chick-fil-A franchise owners and operators typically offer a variety of fundraising opportunities for schools and clubs. In 2013, there was the cow calendar program and the customizable mini-plush cows. The way the programs work vary from one location to another. You can talk to the restaurant manager to find out what programs are available in your area.
Other small and franchised restaurants may be willing to partner with you. Some restaurants will donate a portion of a customer’s bill to the organization when specific nights are selected for members and friends to visit the restaurant. Usually, this works by telling the server the name of the organization.
5K runs have become very popular. Avid runners are always looking for one to run in. Saturdays are the most popular days. You just want to make sure that there are no other runs happening on the day you choose because new events may not attract as many runners.
Here's how it works. You make money with 5Ks by charging sign-up fees for runners and by getting advertisers to buy banners to line the track. You may need to make an investment because you will need a prize for the winners and numbers for each runner to wear when the race starts.
5K walks are also popular and healthy events. You can even do a “walk-run” event. We have held some of those with our local club and been quite successful.
One reason that car washes are so popular is that they are nearly 100% profit. The kids can make signs. They do all the work and they have fun doing it. Plus, everyone needs a car wash and they can never have too many. One of the twists we have used is to offer vacuuming.
I hope one of these three ideas will work for you. There are plenty of others to choose from. If you have an idea, go ahead and give it a try. You really have nothing to lose.