Get in touch with a store or mall in your area and ask about setting up a gift-wrapping fundraising booth for their customers forValentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and/or Christmas. Just like regular gift wrapping stations, you can charge different amounts for different levels of wrapping. You will need to invest in boxes, tape, wrapping paper, and bows. You can either accept donations, or charge a fee per gift (depending on size, etc.). Usually the store will let you make announcements advertising your booth over their intercom while you are there gift-wrapping. Make sure you have enough people on hand to staff the booth during times advertised.
Remember that your “Wrap Staff” are representing your group and cooperating merchant and should act and dress appropriately. Do not waste gift-wrap material by creating “works of art” during down time. Even if you are using scraps, it gives the appearance that you are wasting supplies. Do not tape directly on the box you are wrapping. Some boxes contain collector’s items that lose their value if you disfigure the outside packaging. Be safe. Don’t use tape on the box.
We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales. They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases. All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.