A marathon board game tournament may be a regular occurrence for some families, but imagine being able to raise money at the same time.
You could do rolling weekly events with a different game each week or you could organise a massive event with lots of different games going on at the same time. Whatever the case, the bigger the better. You could set up a special event at your kid’s school, community centre, or parish. You can split competitions into age groups so no one has to struggle, you could even do kids vs parents!
Be creative with how you organise your games day to inspire as much fun as possible. Funds are raised by paying to play or getting sponsored to enter.
A classic fundraiser that also helps declutter your living space. Start by cleaning out the items you don’t need from your house, attic, or garage. Remember, if you forgot you even had it, chances are you probably don’t need it lying around gathering dust.
Team up with other parents or homeowners and have a community garage sale. With more for sale and more power to spread the word, you’re much more likely to have large numbers of people coming by to see if anything interests them.
Set prices lower than their current used value and be wary of overpricing your stuff that has sentimental value. Remember - you want to encourage bargains, easy transactions, and lots of sales.
A perfect opportunity to organise a fun event for the kids and socialise with friends, neighbours, and members of the community.
Whip up some cucumber sandwiches, dust off the picnic tables, and crack open some Pimms. If your garden’s big enough, organise some games or set up a football match. There are so many ways to make your garden party a success - just cross your fingers for the weather to stay nice.
To raise funds, charge a small entrance fee and organise a collection during the fundraising event.
Guess the weight is a great fundraiser that can be done alongside any of the events mentioned in these tips. Fill a jar with something desirable - perhaps sweets, biscuits, or toffee popcorn - and ask people during your event to pay a small fee (50p or £1) to guess the weight and potentially win the whole jar. Write their guess down and announce the winner later on.
You’d be surprised how much money you can raise when you let your family and friends pay to see you fight your addictions. You could give up smoking or all forms of refined sugar - things like biscuits, chocolate, cake, or ice cream. It’s easy to get your kids involved too - they could sacrifice TV or video games for a month.
Set yourself a time period to do this and ask people to sponsor you. Somewhere between one and two months is a good challenge. Or you could ask for a small amount of money every day until you cave and eat that chocolate bar you desperately want.
A gingerbread sale is a fantastic idea to get kids involved with fundraising efforts. You could do this for a class or entire school year if you’re organised. Make sure the gingerbreads are decorative as you could hand out a small prize for the best entry.
Show them creative ideas in advance of funky, wacky or amazing gingerbread. They can decorate them as their favourite superhero, sports person or fictional character. With lots of attention to detail and tasty gingerbread, fundraising will be super smooth and successful.
These are just a few ideas to get your gears turning. And don’t forget about our previous blogs with ideas from A to F!
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