Each volunteer writes on a 3″x5″ card what they would be willing to do for fundraising for pay (i.e. painting, car washing, cleaning, yard work, babysitting). These cards were placed on a table during our spaghetti fundraising supper so adults could take note of the youths’ abilities and areas of interest. The kids got paid better by not setting a fee and letting the “purchaser” make a freewill donation.
Variation: Our preschool conducted a “GIVE & TAKE” fundraising event. On a big foam board located outside of the classroom, families can post services they are willing to GIVE or services they want to TAKE. Each service has a pledged donation amount that will go to the preschool. When a family selects a service they remove the pledge card and present it to the author. Examples are: to GIVE – babysitting @ $5 an hour, a home cooked meal delivered to your home for $20, a day with the teacher for $30. To TAKE – furniture moving @ $75, Saturday babysitting for a $25 donation, “taxi service home” for two children @ $10 a week. The list continues to grow and is a perfect fundraising idea for our cooperative preschool.Sources: Mennonite 1999 Youth Convention (Elkhart, Indiana) and The Perpetual Preschool (Upland, California)
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.