Everything you could possibly want to know is available in a free 46-page booklet titled ‘How to Run a Successful Car Wash Fundraiser‘. A complete step-by-step guide to preparation, the wash itself, and follow-up.
Chapter 1 – Preparation: Picking dates and times, rain dates, finding volunteers, pre-sale tickets, wash-a-thons, organizing (person in charge, publicity coordinator, location & site locator, supplies person, ticket sales captain, shift scheduler, post car wash person and environmental coordinator), agendas for meetings, picking a location, insurance requirements, ticket graphics, and hours for the wash.
Chapter 2 – Environmental: History, storm water discharge, what’s in the water, choosing car wash products, water conservation, and using a pressure washer versus a garden hose. This was written for California residents so you may need to make some adjustments.
Chapter 3 – Presale/Donations: Motivation/pep talks, incentives, parent’s help, teams, divide and conquer, overlap problems, other sales locations, and profits/goals.
Chapter 4 – Publicity: Public service announcements, local newspapers, cable stations, newsletters, faxing, and flyers.
Chapter 5 – Day of Event: Set up, layout, supplies, supervision, organizing washers, signage, public address system, donation cans, hot dogs, bake sale, pancake breakfast, traffic flow, flyers, cash, media, counting cars, and vacuuming.
Chapter 6 – Post Car Wash: Clean up, towels, announce your earnings, thank you letters, certificates, property owners, city hall, fixed site car wash owners, letter to the editor, collecting pledges, evaluation, and setting a date for next years car wash.
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.