Basically, a balloon-o-gram is a telegram with balloons. This youth group ran this fundraising event for many months so that it included many holidays (Mothers Day, Fathers Day, etc.). Anyone could order a balloon-o-gram at anytime. The deliverer would take a bunch of five to six balloons, a card and sing a song for the receiver. The cost for the balloon-o-gram was on a donation basis.Source: Close to You, Inc. (Gillette, Wyoming)
A telegram with balloons. A message with each balloon, or you could even have a color code: Red is love, Blue is Get Well Soon, Yellow is Friendship, Green … well, I think of M&Ms, but maybe something calmer like Thinking of You or Just Saying Hello. Make up your own. Run this fundraising event for a while, including holidays. From February to Memorial Day would give you Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Mothers Day, as well as birthdays. You need a delivery person who knows the area. A real estate agent is great! The driver takes a bunch of balloons, a greeting card, and maybe sings a happy song. Source: DCLA (Englewood, Colorado)
Variation:Lollipop Bouquets containing five lollipops: Charms, Tootsie Pops, Valentine Suckers, etc. Tissue paper is used to make the lollipops look like flowers. They are held together with a rubber band and a gift tag is attached. Sell these bouquets by pre-order in the morning and during the lunches. They are purchased as gifts and are delivered on Valentine’s Day. Great for school groups. Source: Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (Chester Springs, Pennsylvania)
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.