- The key to a successful fundraiser is in the planning.
- Bake sales, car washes, yard sales, oh my!
- Your signage can make or break your sale.
So you’ve decided to get involved with organizing events to raise money for good causes you are passionate about by donating your time to help with a fundraiser? That’s great news! Feel free to bask in the glow of community involvement, and doing your part to improve the world around us!
And now, to the task at hand. It turns out that saying “yes” to your planning a fundraising event in order to bring awareness to your cause and attract donors was the easy part. Now it’s time to deliver.
A Few Great Fundraiser Ideas
Keep calm. With a little bit of planning, you can not only raise those funds, but have fun doing it.
1. Organize a Bake Sale
Ah, yes. The old standby. But don’t dismiss it just because it’s been done a thousand times. Bake sales are a classic for a reason. They work!
In order to be successful, you’ll need to get volunteers to donate their time, talents and ingredients. You are also going to need to promote your fundraising sale both in advance of the event in order to alert the community when and where your sale of baked goods will take place, and on the day of the event to advertise the variety cookies, cakes, and other goodies your volunteers bake for the sale.
Consider enticing your local community by selecting one of our custom templates from our Pre Made Bakery Sign Collection and easily customizing your baked goods fundraising message using our online customizer. Not only will this help make your community aware of your coming bake sale event, but by using multiple signs to reflect the variety of baked items and confections you will have at your sale, your donors will be more motivated to arrive and grab up their favorites before they are gone.
Bake sale items sell better when there’s a variety of them, they’re homemade, and you don’t have a set price. Studies show that people actually spend more on average if customers choose how much to donate.
Here’s a great tip. Put kids behind the table to help selling. Just imagine this: “How about a cupcake my mommy and I made? It’s for new books for our library!”
That’s how you make $5 on a cupcake.
2. Make a Splash with a Car Wash
Another oldie but a goodie, the car wash is all about location and promotion. Find a spot with lots of traffic and visibility, and don’t forget that you’ll need access to water. (So important, but often overlooked!)
You’ll want to divide your volunteers into 3 teams: one to attract people with eye-catching sign designs promoting your car wash, another team to wash and rinse, and a third team to dry.
9am to 3pm is the ideal time for a car wash. Keep the volunteer’s energy up by making sure shifts are no longer than 2 hours.
By the way, this is another great opportunity to try letting customers pay what they want. Advertise the car wash as free, then put out a nice, big tip jar! Be sure to put someone specifically in charge of motivating your customers to maximize their tips to ensure your car wash fundraiser is a huge success!.
School Drama Charity Event
You’ll need some extra help from the faculty with this one, but it’s worth it.
Ask the drama or music teacher to help the kids write their own 10-20 minute play about why they’re raising money. Don’t worry about winning any awards!
Fairytales and other public domain stories are a great place to start. How about the school principal (played by a student, of course) gets visited by 3 spirits who show him how much better the school will be if only they can raise money to complete the new playground?
Now all you have to do is put out charitable signage requesting donors purchase tickets. Parents and grandparents will be the first on board!
4. Lemonade Stand… with a Twist
The humble lemonade stand is already a great, inexpensive way to raise cash, but how about putting a twist on the location?
Instead of a street corner stand, get permission to set the little volunteers at venues and events where a crowd of people are attending. Whether you negotiate concession space in your local high school stadium or basketball arena, you obtain the privilege of setting up at a popular festival, or you talk the weekend flea market owner to allow you to sell fresh lemonade to their patrons, your lemonade fundraiser is sure to be more successful in front of a huge crowd. People are already there and looking to buy snacks and drinks. Then they spot a local kid’s colorful lemonade sign selling fresh squeezed lemonade to raise money for a good cause. Who’s going to say no to that?
Don’t forget to make arrangements with the venue where you will be holding your lemonade fundraiser so you won’t be taking too much from their sales. They’re trying to raise money too! You might even be able to strike a deal to let your kids sell some of their concession stand’s existing products. If that happens, be sure to include their additional products in the messaging of the signage you print.
5. The Mighty Yard Sale
Perhaps the mother of community fundraisers. All of the items are donated. Your cause gets all the cash. However, there are some important things to keep in mind.
You’ll want to put the word out early by designing a few custom yard sale donation accepted signs to ensure your attendees will know that you’re accepting donations at convenient drop off locations.
Make sure that the bigger items are close enough to the street to draw attention from passing drivers. Other items can be grouped by type (all of the yard decorations together, etc.) or by price range.
Don’t worry if things aren’t perfectly organized. It’s also called a “rummage sale.” There’s a reason for that!
You Can Do This!
That brings us back to promotion. You’ll always need eye catching signs and vivid colorful vinyl banners to draw customers to any fundraising event.
That’s really the secret to making any of these ideas successful. You’ve got to get the word out! How many times have you driven past a kid with a sloppily hand-written poster board sign that can barely be read? It just doesn’t work.
That’s why you need to have good quality signs in the budget of any fundraiser.
If you want your fundraisers to succeed, you’ve got some real work ahead of you. But promotions? Leave that to eSigns.com.