The “Pass the Can” fundraiser during the University of Southern California homecoming football game in 2003 raised $21,000, setting a new fundraiser record for Troy Camp, a group that takes local schoolchildren to camp. During halftime, volunteers, wearing yellow and blue shirts, go around the coliseum with milk and orange juice jugs and pass them from row to row, similar to a church collection plate. After expenses, including the $4,000 it cost to make the t-shirts for everyone to wear, the camp made a profit of about $17,000.
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.