Shower With Flowers – This event is similar to the flamingo flocking. Scatter 40-60 brightly colored flower pinwheels (also works with other objects) throughout the front lawn of students homes. We charge a $5.00 donation for simply removing the flowers, $10.00 to remove and select someone to send them to next, and $15.00 to remove, resend, and find out who sent them to you. Most people choose the $15.00 option.
Ugly Tie Contest - Allow the children and youth of your church to each decorate a man’s neck tie. Use all sorts of tacky things to glue on the ties - buttons, lace, small toys, flowers, etc. Display the ties in a prominent location in your school. Put a jar or bucket beneath each tie. One penny equals one vote. The tie which receives the most votes at the end of a month is the winner. The principal/teacher gets to wear the winner.
Bagging For Bucks – Some grocery stores will let you go into their stores and bag and carry groceries for tips. Have a coffee can sitting at the end of the checkout and give the kids some basic bagging lessons beforehand (no bread on the bottom, etc). It's a great time and the donations are pretty generous. Make flyers to hand shoppers at the door when they walk in explaining why you’re there, and if they choose to make a donation, please feel free to drop money in the decorated coffee cans provided at each register. The students bag the groceries and load them into the cart after the cashier has rung them up and offer assistance to load them into the customer’s vehicle.
Valentine Bows Fundraising - This works well for groups of people who know each other e.g. schools, church, social clubs. Sell red (love), pink (like) and white (friendship) bows with a message. Use card stock (business card size) for personalized and anonymous messages attach desired color of bow with pin – sell them for $1.00 each. Each person can "send" as many messages as they want and the recipients get to wear the bows. Great for the ego! How to do it: 1) Have the sender write their name (if they want to); the recipient's name; brief message and attach bow. 2) The organizers of the event distribute all bows and messages (i.e. cupid) 3) Recipient receives bow and message, wears bow, keeps message.
Favourite Photos - Use photos of babies, dogs, etc. - anything that relates to your organization. Entrants submit a photo (specify maximum size accepted), and may also submit a 3x5 card with a few sentences as a description to create more interest. Photos are mounted on a display board or inside a sponsoring merchant's window at a sidewalk fundraising festival. Each photo is numbered and a jar is numbered for each photo for votes. Votes are made with coins, dollar bills, or checks (made payable to your organization). The picture with the most "votes" (total money collected) wins a prize.
Movie Night - Many organizations rent a movie and hold movie night fundraising events. This works especially well if you have a large room and projection/large screen TV. Make money by charging a single price for the movie and refreshments; provide the movie free but sell refreshments; or charge nothing and just ask for donations. Make sure you select a movie that will be of special interest to your group. Allow plenty of time for socialization before and after the movie. Some groups have held all-nighters where movie-goers bring their sleeping bags and blankets and have a movie marathon.
Candy Cane Grams – Students can purchase a candy cane for another student, teacher, secret admirer etc. It comes with a card you can write a note, put their name, grade and home room. Charge 50 cents for each Candy Cane Gram.
Skip a Meal – Skip a meal and donate the value of a normal lunch/dinner and donate it.