This is a straightforward cash collection fundraising at local merchants. Here’s what you do. Save old coffee cans and cover them in bright color paper with your organization’s name and logo prominently displayed. A catchy slogan never hurts. Visit all local merchants and ask if you can leave a can at their cash register. Don’t forget to visit all participating local merchants once a week and collect all proceeds. Your organization gets 100% of the profit. Specify on the can where fundraising donations will specifically go. Example: “to purchase school supplies for under privileged children”. This helps those donating feel like they can associate their donation with an ongoing program, and if it happens to be one that warms their heart, they’ll be more likely to give!
There are several commercial companies who sell fundraising donation containers in different materials and styles. They look “nicer” but reduce your profits. However, the printed labels can help ‘legitimize’ your drive. People tend to believe printed labels mean what they say. Submitted by Mary M, Atlanta, GA
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.