to ask you all for fundraising ideas because no one on chat will give me any

(32 Posts)
llamageddon Sat 16-Nov-13 21:05:18

What are your best fundraisers that raised the most but cost you least to hold?

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whattodoo Sat 16-Nov-13 21:06:35

Cake sale
Carol concert
Golf day

whattodoo Sat 16-Nov-13 21:07:29

Depends on your resources and likely supporters to be honest.

Quiz nights can also bring in big bucks and are dead easy

Depends on what you are fundraising for, how much you are aiming for and how many of you there are. Bag packing can raise a lot - our group raised nearly £900 in 6 hours at a small supermarket. Ladies Pamper Evenings raise between £500-£1000 in my experience. Raffles can raise anything from £30- £1000's depending on the prizes, but watch out for gambling laws and licences.

greeneyes1978 Sat 16-Nov-13 21:10:05

We are trying a craft fair next week, charging for the tables. Film night. Coach trip. Depends if you have to rent a room or have a venue already.

Milco Sat 16-Nov-13 21:10:16

Sponsored toddle/buggy push (for local neonatal unit). Cost almost nothing to run and we raised £4k. Could have been more I think if we had spent more time getting the message out.

Helped a lot that plenty of people were pretty passionate about the cause. What are you raising money for?

LST Sat 16-Nov-13 21:13:21

I'm shaving my head on the £13th of December. I've got nearly £1k so far smile

WooWooOwl Sat 16-Nov-13 21:16:41

It totally depends on your resources and Tory supporters.

Personally I have raised the most money by doing a sponsored skydive, but it was a long time ago and before people started to get sponsorship fatigue.

As a group, raffles have worked well, as well as big parties with a guest speaker and band that donate their time.

PrimalLass Sat 16-Nov-13 21:16:54

Auction at the end of a quiz, but I felt awful having to do it as people felt obliged to bid.

LoganMummy Sat 16-Nov-13 21:18:15

Race nights are good if you can get a venue for free and know lots of people who could come.

And I agree with the sponsored toddle/buggy push!

Just be very careful about things like licenses for events and Public Liability Insurance etc.

CuriosityCola Sat 16-Nov-13 21:19:56

Rather than the usual cupcakes, I held a school stand with a chocolate fountain. Messy, but made more than the other tables put together.

Will pm you my friend's idea that made mega amount as it will out me.

foslady Sat 16-Nov-13 21:20:17

See if you can persuade anyone who's employer offers a £ for £ charity match to man the best performing stall for 10 mins if they are too busy to do the whole event and photo them doing it for proof

foslady Sat 16-Nov-13 21:22:14

30 day £ challenge - give everyone £1 and 30 days to make the most cash

springyticky Sat 16-Nov-13 23:24:23

What are you fundraising for?

Cake Sale - your local Asda will let you use their store to hold a bake sale for free.

Lots of passing trade, people donate cake, you then just charge £1 per item - people will lap it up!

It's easy money.

Sam100 Sun 17-Nov-13 00:20:46

Bag2school clothes collection is probably the easiest thing we do. Send a letter and some bags out with a date for return. Then hang round until collected - few weeks later cheque for few hundred quid! Beats most of the stalls at the summer fair hands down, even cakes!

custardo Sun 17-Nov-13 00:26:07

what are you fundraising for? what total target?

gofaster Sun 17-Nov-13 00:26:51

CuriosityCola would you be good enough to pm me too if its something that would work in a primary setting?thanks

CuriosityCola Sun 17-Nov-13 05:24:25

Sorry go faster, it was a bigger fund raising event for adults.

missmarplestmarymead Sun 17-Nov-13 09:41:47

I have just read a piece in a local magazine about a company that makes plum puddings, cakes etc, and puts names of the event or cause on the wrapping.
They sell them cheaply and then the cause resells them to people with a mark up on to raise money.

I can't recall all the details (except that they also make Christmas puddings for a well known London grocer) but it sounded a very imaginative and successful way of raising funds.

QueenArseClangers Sun 17-Nov-13 09:50:12

Sponsored pegging?

MrsPatrickDempsey Sun 17-Nov-13 09:52:41

Beetle drive or bingo night.

wizzler Sun 17-Nov-13 09:57:01

Depends on the scenario... I do a football scratch card thing everytime my DS has a home game... the cards were £1.50 for about 40 (* from ebay) It takes 15 minutes each time and I raise a straight £20 profit for the club... so not as profitable as most of the suggestions above, but over a season I expect to raise almost £200

SarahAndFuck Sun 17-Nov-13 10:05:22

Depends what you are fundraising for.

Cake Sale - have done these for school, for children's centre and for Bliss Premature Baby Charity. Always very popular.

Marshmallow kebabs always seem to be a good seller. Three marshmallows and a couple of grapes on a stick for 50p.

Memory Tree/Wish tree - sell a gift tag for 50p so people can write a special message or name on them or write a wish on them. Hang them on the tree, keep it on display for a week or so.

Balloon tombola - people donate the prizes, number each prize and put a corresponding number in an inflated balloon. Pay £1 to pop a balloon, win the prize whose number is inside it.

String pull bottle raffle - you have a selection of bottles, anything from alcohol to water to fruit shoots, all with a long string tied to them. Have the bottles on a table with a big board in front of them. Thread the strings over the top of the board and through a cardboard tube attached to the board. Pay £1 to select and pull one string, win the bottle attached to it.

Lucky dip - always seems to be popular if you can get lots of little gift items in paper bags, just need a big box and lots of shredded paper to put them in.

Sponge throwing - especially popular at school fundraises if the teachers will be targets. Head teacher especially seems to be a popular target.

Guess the bear's birthday - you just need a small bear and a calendar and get people to pay 20p a date to write their name and phone number on the date they think is his birthday. Pick a birthday out of a hat once all the squares are filled or your event is over. Small bears seem more popular with parents than giant ones, although once we raffled the same giant tiger about four or five times before someone actually claimed him grin

SarahAndFuck Sun 17-Nov-13 10:06:06

Pie and peas bingo night or quiz night went quite well too.

Helenagrace Sun 17-Nov-13 11:12:05

The best school fundraisers I've done have been to invite an entertainer / magician to do an after school show. They give us a good price because it's free advertising for them. We charge £3 and give the children a drink and a biscuit and we make £200 each time. Hardly any effort and parents like it because it's cheap and minimal effort for them (just pick up an hour later).

CuriosityCola Sun 17-Nov-13 12:55:09

Alternative race night for parents is always good fun. Normally raises about £3000 after costs (paying the event holder). Throw in a raffle and some pre race games.

uhOhOhDear Sun 17-Nov-13 13:05:49

Sponsored litter pick in local area. Very popular!

RooRooTaToot Sun 17-Nov-13 18:07:38

Carol singing at a railway station or supermarket is lucrative at this time of year.

sugar4eva Sun 17-Nov-13 21:40:47

Clothes swap party ; we rented a room in local pub and asked people to donate unwanted clothes - then you pay for what you buy ; we had about a hundred folk and made several hundred pounds.

llamageddon Mon 18-Nov-13 13:28:43

Thanks everyone these are really good ideas! Small amount to raise compared to some amounts I've seen on here, only £2000. But extremely small school in a not very wealthy area. Love the sponsored head shave idea! Thank you Curiosity for the PM smile

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