Collect used golf balls from your school, friends, or golf courses. Sell the balls for $5-$10 each. Number the balls and give each purchaser a receipt with the number of their ball. On the advertised day, dump all the balls from a front end loader, crane, plane or helicopter (lot of options here). The owner of the ball closest to the designated pin or hole wins a portion of the profit. This is much easier and less expensive (ie, more profitable) than conducting a rubber duck race and easier to clean up afterwards.
Alternate: Use tennis balls instead. On the advertised day, dump all the balls down a hill. You will need a front end loader to dump the balls, or a gate to hold the balls from rolling down the hill too early. The owner of the first ball to the designated finish line wins a portion of the profit. Ask everyone to pick up a ball after the event so that there aren’t stray balls all over the neighborhood.
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.