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How about running a 'baby photos of the staff' competition for your school?  Entry can be a gold coin and the baby photos of the staff are put up on a big board.  Students fill in an entry form to see who wins.

A great way to bring the students and teachers together, while also raising money at the same time!

This fundraising tip is brought to you courtesy of  the Fundraising Directory

This tip comes from New Zealand!

"We recently made $6,000 for a local fashion show with high quality designer clothes to rival Wellington fashion week.  We got beautiful students from college, built a catwalk down the centre of the college hall and got five local fashion designers to show their winter collection.

We provided music, a glass of bubbles and nibbles and had stalls selling accessories, jewellery, t-shirts and beauty products - all of whom donated prizes for a raffle and spot prizes during the night.  The local designers were delighted, we made lots of money and everyone said - let's do it every year."

A great way to get local businesses involved.

This fundraising tip is brought to you courtesy of the Fundraising Directory

How about holding a digital photo scavenger hunt for your next club or school fundraiser?  Teams seek sponsors for their adventure, and the pictures will be a great memento for the contestants, not to mention handy for a Facebook page and the newsletter.

The Hunt List can include physical challenges, team photos with local landmarks, identities and wildlife.  You can customise your list for the time available, the age of the participants, and the locale.  Finish off with a barbie and awards ceremony.  A great way to bring people together, have fun and raise funds!

This fundraising tip is brought to you courtesy of the Fundraising Directory

 Scouts Raffle 2015  read more

Scouts Victoria in 2011 launched 'Our School Raffle', offered to all Victorian schools as a community service to help schools raise funds. 

"The main aim was to provide a top value fundraiser to schools that would be welcomed and widely used. 

Benefits to Schools.  Schools can sell tickets offering great prizes and keep almost all the money.  Compared to organising their own raffle, there is much less work. less admin and no financial risk.  Whether a school sells one or one thousand tickets, the school will receive $1.50 for each ticket sold - there is no need to cover the cost of prizes etc."

For information, Q & A, visit the Our School Raffle website. 

Car Boot Sale as a fundraiser

1.  Make certain you have relevant permits - check with  your council if the car boot sale won't be held on your own grounds.

2.  Charge a fixed amount per car and let your families make all of their own money from their sales.  $20 per car is a good amount.  You might also want to ask for a gold coin donation for the shoppers to enter on the day, as long as you have identifiable entry points (or you may just want to hit them all up for raffle tickets).

3.  Safety first.  Make certain you have thought of an organised way to safely get all the cars lined up in their appropriate spaces.  A lot of kids get excited at events like these so there is an extra duty to be safe.  One idea is to have 'car parking 7.00-7.30, set up 7.30-8.00.

4.  Coffee.  You must have coffee.  You can book a coffee van who should give you a percentage of sales (often 50c per cup) without having to do any of the hard work yourselves.  

5.  A cup cake stand is a good idea.  You might as well take advantage of your captive audience!

6.  A bouncing castle and face painting are always a good idea.

7.   Sponsorship is the thing that differentiates the best from the rest in fundraising.  Get  your sponsorship team onto getting a naming-rights sponsor for the castle (a real estate agent perhaps) and then let the kids have a jump for a gold coin.  A naming-rights sponsor for the event can also be a valuable opportunity for a local business (orthodontist?  pharmacy? shop?) to get their name in lights.

8.  Invite local party-plan businesses to purchase a stall - you may ask for an item to be donated for a raffle also.

9.  Raffle.  Send someone around selling tickets to the newly cashed-up car boot sellers!

10. Promote the car boot sale around other local organisations like churches and kindergartens / schools.  Everyone loves a bargain.  You can also (if you have ample space and want to make it huge) invite those organisations to piggyback on your fundraiser and sell spots - they keep half, you keep half.

This fundraising tip is brought to you courtesy of the Fundraising Directory

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