Students Against Destructive Decisions in Canadian, Texas, has a somewhat unusual cookie sale fundraising affair each December to earn money for a scholarship and other community activities. Each member of the group (75 students) bakes 5 dozen homemade cookies or candies. With that many members the variety is considerable–old favorites like chocolate chip and snicker doodles, as well as special Christmas cookies.
The selections are displayed on rows of tables. Each customer is given a plastic glove and a pastry bag and choose whatever cookies they want. Their purchase is weighed and they are charged by the pound ($4/pound). We also purchase inexpensive Christmas plates of different sizes and pile them high with a nice selection of cookies & candy, cover them with plastic wrap, and make them available to people who don’t want to take the time to go through and select their own. People jump on these platters, purchasing smaller ones for gifts to teachers, larger platters for Christmas entertaining. We have this function in the gymnasium foyer during a Friday night basketball game, so lots of people are there. Whatever cookies remain we put on Christmas plates, cover with plastic wrap, and sell at the local grocery store the next day. We never have any left, and there is little in the way of overhead cost, since the cookies are all donated. A local deli donates plastic gloves and pastry bags, and we borrow a baby scale from the local physician’s office. We buy plastic wrap and cheap holiday plates. This year we cleared $1200 on this fundraising project.Source: Mimi Duncan, Students Against Destructive Decisions (Canadian, Texas)
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.