Many Parent Clubs will be asking, "How can we fundraise in this crazy time of remote learning, reduced incomes and uncertainty?" Our friend Mandy the Fundraising Whisperer has some answers. She has published a list of 'Covid-friendly' fundraisers that she says will still work in these difficult times. Tea-towels, books, gifts with kids' artwork on them... there are still fun ways to build community and raise some cash!


Looking for an alternative to lolly fundraisers? Ecostore offers "Good Soap for a Good Cause" - a convenient fundraiser with plant-based soaps instead of sweets.

Good Soap for a Good Cause uses their popular bar soaps and works exactly like your traditional candy fundraiser. Each soap sells for $2.50 and you raise $1 for every soap you sell.

The soaps come packed in handy carry cases so you can get straight to selling them.

Even better, the box has space for the kids to decorate and add their own message, for a uniquely personal gift.

Read more on the ecostore website.

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

This website is run by Mandy, otherwise known as 'the Fundraising Whisperer'. Mandy's website is packed with tips, practical ideas, resources and a huge directory of suppliers. It's a one-stop-shop for fundraising!

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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

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

 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. 

Our friend Mandy at Fundraising Directory has put together a list of quick and easy fundraisers that you can get underway without too much fuss:

  • 5 cent Challenge – Very easy to set up with very little outlay and a nice easy way to kick off the year. For the who, what, when, where and how, click here.
  • Guessing games - Games like ‘how many lollies in the jar’ (variations on the lollies could be legos, marbles, chocolate eggs for Easter) or ‘guess the weight’. Charge $1 per guess and the winner takes home the jar and contents.
  • Photo competition – Ask students to submit a photograph that they have taken themselves and maybe have a guest judge (a local photographer perhaps) choose winners for different categories. Charge per entry and winner could receive something as simple as a voucher or certificate or a photography lesson with a professional.
  • 50/50 raffle – These are very easy to do. All you need are some raffle tickets. Sell your nominated number of tickets and the winner takes half the money. For example, if you sell 100 tickets at $1 each, the winner gets $50. Sell 100 tickets for $2 each and the winner gets $100. Another way of running this is ‘lucky squares’. Draw up a grid of 100 squares on a large piece of cardboard and set aside a $50 note in an envelope. Sell each square for $1 and the square that matches the last two digits on the $50 note wins it. You can do for a $100 note as well and sell the squares for $2 each or run both together and give people more chances to win.
  • Best seat in the house raffle – Purchase a couple of tickets to a popular concert, sporting event, or musical and raffle them. Popular events could net you a sweet profit, especially if you can find a sponsor to donate the tickets.
  • Envelope fundraiser – Small outlay for potentially large returns. Click here to get all the info on this one.
  • But wait there's more! - Mandy has more ideas if you click through to the full article!


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