Ok, in the segway forum our acedemic advisor posted this note, I just cut and pasted it here for you info. As you can see we work our tails off. Ninety percent of fundraising is PR and projecting your image and showing the community what you do and where thier money is going.
Please share ideas on fundraising. Include unique ideas, and how you organized them and pulled them off. Also include # of people involved, prep time, PR time, and how you made it a success.
We have had to be very creative, especially when there are so many fundraisers being carried out by other groups and organizations.
Some of our ideas are:
Have a Sponsor Appreciation Dinner and share the many ways that your community leaders can help the kids.
We are doing gift wrapping in an empty store in a local mall. The Mall coordinator is letting us use the space for free, and in return we are wrapping the Toys for Kids drop off donated toys as a community service. We will be open Thanksgiving weekend, and the 2 weekends before Christmas.
We do leaf raking.
Sell the fabric stretchy bookcovers at our school-- turtle company
Sell flashy magnetic lites at ball games— extremeglow.com
Sell school clothing–sweatshirts, faculty shirts, and monogrammed coats
sell frozen slabs of bbq ribs from local BBQ restaurant
Take pre-orders, set up in a large room, make and deliver hot BBQ meals (bbq meat, potato salad, cake, beans, bread) and deliver to work sites.
Have pre-game meals at your high school cafeteria.
Sell commemorative bricks and put them in a place at your high school that needs beautifications. Fill in a flower bed that has weeds in it.
Sell ad space on your robotics trailer (if you have one)
Contact local kid play center (the kind with indoor jungle gym) and set up a mom’s night out, and babysit the kids for f$10-$15 for the evening. Feed them Pizza.
Deliver food on Super Bowl Sunday
Sell smoked brisket, turkeys for Thanksgiving & Christmas
Have a local Photographer come into the school around a holiday. He can set up a background and do pics during lunchtime–the kids will love it. Have him/her do buttons, keychains and locker frames.
Have a booth at each local festival. Even if it is to demo last year’s robot. The more publicity you have the better your other fundraisers will do.
Hope these will help you this year–it is tough economically!
I would love to hear your ideas too!
Ponca City, Oklahoma