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Katie Atiyeh
07-30-2001, 12:03 PM
Hi,
I know it seems early to talk about fundraising, but some teams (like us) start in August. My question to everyone is what do you do for fundraising, and what is most sucessful? We start in August, thatís where we kick everything off. Last year we had 2 car washes (pretty successful!), a booklet where local businesses paid to put in adds, the booklet was a summary of the 2000 season, we sell candles (we do it during the holiday season late November/early December) it works really well, and that is really all I can think of. Thanks. Good Luck!
-Katie

mike o'leary
07-30-2001, 12:32 PM
its really never occured to us to do fundraisers like carwashes and stuff. mostly we try to get money from companies (unsuccessfully)

Carolyn Duncan
07-30-2001, 04:59 PM
Last year we didn't have too much trouble getting money from sponsors, I think that was due to our contacts. Other than that we sold tye-dye t-shirts we made and had a donation jar out at large school events (back to school night stuff). The best thing I can think of is to get a non-profit status and ask for donations or do exhibitions and have a donation jar out. Sometimes you can get paid for doing exhibitions.

A. Leese
07-30-2001, 07:32 PM
Besides our adults going and begging companies for money, we have all sorts of different fundraising things we do. One thing we're doing soon here is going to Publix (a FL grocery store) and showing off our bot/asking for donations during Kid's Day. We also have done car washes, spaghetti dinners, and sold Papa John's Pizza coupons. Our rumage sales are the best, though. We have people donate stuff to sell then have a big rumage sale twice a year in my school's front parking lot.

~Angela who didn't do any fundraising herself this year and still didn't have to pay more than a deposit to go to nats..hehe :)

EddieMcD
07-31-2001, 01:13 PM
We have a few car washes and last year, we held a dance and a speghetti supper.

What I like about the car washes is that usually, it's snowed befor one, so all the cars are dirty, and we do ours indoors.

David Kelly
07-31-2001, 01:25 PM
Originally posted by EddieMcD
We have a few car washes and last year, we held a dance and a speghetti supper.

What I like about the car washes is that usually, it's snowed befor one, so all the cars are dirty, and we do ours indoors.

what kind of place allows you to do it indoors?

hmmm... maybe i got an idea

mike o'leary
07-31-2001, 04:15 PM
car washes indoors?

EddieMcD
07-31-2001, 08:24 PM
It's a huge (and I mean huge) garage with 3 entrances & 3 exits. We only use 2 of each, but still, at mid day, we are packed.

Clark Gilbert
07-31-2001, 08:32 PM
I wish the "TechnoKat Shop" had a big drain in it....then it would be really easy to have a car wash.. :)

mike o'leary
07-31-2001, 08:53 PM
around here we always do them in parking lots

Carolyn Duncan
07-31-2001, 09:08 PM
In Virginia it was common to take over a gas station. Free water, plenty of space, and traffic.

EddieMcD
07-31-2001, 09:27 PM
The garage we use is off a busy road. Plus, when it snows, cars get dirty, and we don't have to be out in the cold to wash them.

Libby Ritchie
08-03-2001, 10:40 PM
Besides writing many grants and getting some corporate sponsors, our best fundraisers are dances. This past week we had our annual town "festival" and we built mini robots and did a battle bot booth. We came up with a very simple game and you could play for two minutes for a dollar. It went well. We also set our robot at the booth with a can on it. We made about $80 in a day and a half just with donations in the can!

(I also want to say that our float that we entered in the parade won TWO prizes!! Now that was exciting!) :rolleyes:

Joe Ross
08-03-2001, 11:50 PM
Our two main fundraisers are garage sales and a spaghetti dinner.

We typically bring in between $500 and $1000 per garage sale. We do several each year, generally one in the fall, one in early january (usually the day of kickoff) and one after florida. We ask for donations from team member's, their friends, family, as well as the school in general.

Our other big fundraiser is a Spaghetti Dinner. We do this in the fall and mainly advertise to the school. A lot of the food is donated from local businesses, so our cash outlay is minimal. Along with the dinner, we raffle off a DirectTV system. One of the parents on the team works for DirectTV and is able to get a system a year to donate to a NPO. Between the raffle and the dinner, we get between $1500 and $2000

patrickrd
08-04-2001, 11:11 AM
Last year, our team tried a number of small fundraisers (can drive, spaghetti dinner)... These were successful since we brought in money, but in a very limited amount. This fall, we may try some fundraisers with much larger potential such as raffling off a laptop computer or palm pilots (in addition to raffling off many small prizes donated by local companies). I have heard of teams that have brought in more that $5000 w/ a raffle.

In addition we will be placing equal effort into making public demonstrations and seeking out corporate sponsors.

Patrick :cool:

GregT
08-04-2001, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by patrickrd
Last year, our team tried a number of small fundraisers (can drive, spaghetti dinner)... These were successful since we brought in money, but in a very limited amount. This fall, we may try some fundraisers with much larger potential such as raffling off a laptop computer or palm pilots (in addition to raffling off many small prizes donated by local companies). I have heard of teams that have brought in more that $5000 w/ a raffle.

In addition we will be placing equal effort into making public demonstrations and seeking out corporate sponsors.

Patrick :cool:

Raffling off a labtop... boy i sure do love fresh meat... errr i mean college freshmen.

mike o'leary
08-04-2001, 08:05 PM
speaking of raffles...remember that raffle some team had at nats for a ps2? i wonder how that did...

Clark Gilbert
08-04-2001, 08:08 PM
Wasnt that your team David??? or was that something you were going to do at your school or something??? just wondering:confused: :D

David Kelly
08-05-2001, 10:38 AM
Originally posted by Clark Gilbert
Wasnt that your team David??? or was that something you were going to do at your school or something??? just wondering:confused: :D

we were gonna do that at our school but it never went thorough. we jsut ran out of time to do it. we are planning on "raffeling" off a laptop sometime in at the beginning of the school year

Sean_330
08-05-2001, 06:14 PM
One of the fundraisers my team did last year was a spaghetti dinner. We went around to multiple local italian restaurants seeking donations. We got all the food donated to us. We sold tickets for $5 and held a drawing for a Direc TV dish that we got donated to us. Anyway, thanks to the donations that made our expenses for this event minimal, we raised over $2,000 in one night. My team has done that for several years now and it continues to be successful.


Sean