Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my nephews basketball team went to the local mall every weekend. They had arranged with the mall management company for an area to have a coat check. Stores in the mall donated the temporary use of racks to hang the coats on and a secured area for people to leave packages, etc. They handed out a “coat check” ticket and shoppers left their coats, mittens, etc with them while they shopped. The asked for a minimum donation of $1 for the service. They were able to raise thousands of dollars with very little upfront cost. The only thing they had to pay for were rolls of tickets that you can buy at any office supply store, and they even got a parent to donate that. It was a very easy and profitable fund raiser that the kids had to work to get the money for their program.Contributed by Linsey B
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.