Why limit Christmas to just one month of happiness and get-togethers with friends? Plan a Christmas party for a small-scale fundraiser any month of the year! (This shouldn’t require as much effort as one might normally put into a Christmas party. i.e. No need to set up your artificial tree or decorate the entire house.) Send invitations to friends to come to your Christmas party in (month), wearing Christmas colors. Be sure to tell them that, in addition to enjoying Christmas lights, cookies and music, (and anything else you feel like doing) there will be an auction of some small but fun gifts to raise funds for your project.
When I plan to do this next month, my gifts will include: small candies, jewelry, photo frames, bottles of bubbles, small candles, etc. (My guest list is female.) Just for kicks, I’m also going to throw in some small cards that list jobs I could do for my friends, such as buying her a cup of coffee, cleaning her kitchen 3 times, baby-sitting twice for free, etc. This way, your presents are not only fun but personalized, and your guests could feel you are also willing to work a bit to earn the money that was raised for the gift. Wrap the gifts before your guests come, and try to remember what’s in each package so you can share hints about its contents as you auction it off!Source: Mandy R, SPHI-Sentul
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.