We go to the local Dollar Stores and look for cute containers we can fill with dog treats. We really got lucky at “only $1” when we found ceramic containers with paw prints on them (absolutely darling and only $1 each – unbelievable!). Then we go to grocery store and buy some natural dog treats (the ones we get are heart-shaped and pretty unique) and put 10-15 depending on size in zip-lock plastic bags and put them inside the containers. We end up with less than $2.00 in each container and we sell them for $10. We have lots of teens and pre-teens who are willing to do fundraisers for us, so we have them take about 25 of them and set up in front of different stores or during different community events. If the teens are pretty good at talking to people, they usually end up selling most or all of them, so it’s a very easy $150-200 bucks (net), plus it helps to get your name out to more people.
We always give out brochures about our shelter while we are out there, so we get more bang for our buck. If you can get the biscuits and/or containers donated, you would make even more. Source: Barb
Alternative:Make homemade dog biscuits. Find a recipe online and put them in baggies to sell for a dollar. It cost us about 6 dollars for all the supplies and we made way more than that. Plus they sell great because its not your usual fundraiser. Source: Angela Z, Seguin Seventh Day Adventist Church
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.