The Hormel Historic Home fundraiser in Austin, Texas, netted more than $10,000 for their building expansion project with their “goating” fundraiser. At least 150 people were “goated” — a pair of 3-year-old pygmy goats was placed on their lawn, and they had to pay $50 to have the animals removed. For a $40 donation residents could request a “goating.” Once removed, that resident could donate $40 and select a different target. “Goating insurance” was also available for a $40 donation. Many victims never even saw goats — they paid the money upfront when notified they were “next.” Fourteen volunteers set up the “goatings,” hauling the animals from lawn to lawn and collecting donations. The 3-year-old pygmies were on loan from Stephanie Stark, a volunteer at the Hormel Home.Sources: Michel Carty & Tina Moyer, South Shore Junior Women’s Club of New Jersey
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.