This is an idea that was used by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. No finger sandwiches, crumpets or fine china necessary! All you need are tea bags, invitations, envelopes and stamps. The concept: Send an invitation for a “Make-Believe Tea Party” to your friends, neighbors co-workers, etc. Send a tea bag (inexpensive per tea bag if you buy them in bulk – or you can try to get the tea bags donated) in an envelope along with a classy, yet catchy, invitation explaining that they are invited to a “make-believe tea party” on a certain day (Mother’s Day, for example) at a certain time (high noon, for example).
Explain that on that date and time, you will all enjoy a cup of tea (using the tea bag provided) in support of your cause (or in memory/honor of someone). Remind them that they can take part in this tea party while still enjoying the comforts of their own home! Ask each “guest” for a donation in return for “attending” this tea party. Provide a SASE for their convenience. The tea bag is theirs to keep whether they make a donation or not, but the hope is that your efforts will encourage them to send you a donation. You can either ask for a donation of a specified amount as the “cost” for “attending” this tea party, or leave the donation amount open-ended and up to the individual. Be sure to send a “thank-you” to those who make a donation. Source: Melissa M, Hartford, CT
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.