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Fundraising Catalog 2011


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As Development Director, I found many people wanted to help but didn't know how. I researched fundraising ideas from organizations around the globe and created this catalog to share with interested groups and individuals.

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Fundraising Catalog 2011

  1. 1. Non-profit fundraising is all about multiple streams of income and that’s where you can help. Every dollaryou collect for Habitat’s cause will help house a deserving family in our community. Less than ten cents onevery dollar is used to help pay for the costs of Habitat’s operations. That means for every buck you bringin, 90 cents goes into housing families. Remember, fundraising is not only about the money; it’s also about Fundraising Catalog 2011spreading the message of affordable housing through Siouxland’s Habitat for Humanity. We want to giveyou a step by step guide on how you can create a successful, fun-filled fundraiser for our organization.F irst, pick an event that suits the talents and size of your group. Take into consideration the timing of your event; what time of year the event will happen, how long it will last and availability of teammates and participants. Also, think about how much money, if any, you will have to put forth to conduct thefundraising event. Your venue will also be a factor in determining what type of a fundraiser is going to work bestfor you.S econd, contact Habitat’s volunteer department to inform them of your event and schedule for the fundraiser. Some ideas may not be acceptable to link with Habitat’s name, so it is important to pass all information regarding the planned fundraiser through Habitat’s volunteer department. You can contactthem at 712-255-6244. Make sure to keep Siouxland Habitat for Humanity involved throughout the planning.T hird, focus your energies in getting your message out to your potential audience of supporters. These fundraiser events will do the rest. Make sure to keep your fundraiser centered around Siouxland Habitat for Humanity so that supporters will feel compelled to participate in your fundraiser. Also, don’t forget to tapinto Habitat’s resources. Many homeowner candidates who are currently going through Habitat’s program andthose who have already moved into their homes are willing to participate in fundraisers by sharing their storywith a group. If you feel this would help enhance your fundraiser, please call and we’ll put you in touch with ahomeowner or homeowner candidate willing to help. Siouxland Habitat for Humanity also has several photos anddisplays that can also be used by your group to help get the message across.L astly, remember to have fun with your fundraising event! Look to create a positive experience for everyone. You can do this by including food and entertainment with your fundraiser. Or work with local merchants to expand into offering silent auction items of donated goods and services. Hold a follow-up meeting withHabitat’s volunteer department after the event to give a summary of your fundraiser. Siouxland Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Playhouses Auctions Joy is Found in Giving the community. Since 1992, the affiliate has provided nearly 30 families with a safe and affordable place to live. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” — Jesus, in Acts 20:35Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent housing Home Runsfor families who otherwise could not afford it. Homes are sold to the homeowners at no profit on an interest-free Concerts “Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” — John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American industrialist and philanthropist mortgage, making homeownership an affordable reality.1150 Tri View Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 P: 712-255-6244 F: 712-255-7203 www.siouxlandhabitatorg
  2. 2. Fundraising Ideas Art Auction Flower Power • Deliver “flower grams” for a holidayBarbeque & Bicycles • Check with floral companies for a discount on flowers• Ride for Humanity • A “Carnation Celebration” could be hosted by a• Bikers could register to bike for Habitat in teams or school business classas individuals • Leading up to the event, teams could post fliers• Routes/trails would be outlined throughout the and handmade posters advertising the sale “Spreadcommunity The Love”• Riders would also collect donations or sponsorship • Throughout the week of the event, teams could • Feature artwork from local artistsmoney for each mile they rode have a table in school or church halls, where buyers • An artist reception could be offered an hour before• A barbeque could be waiting for participants at the could purchase flowers for $1 each and write auction as a meet and greetend of the ride personal notes to their friends, faculty or family • Live entertainment by local bands/individuals with• Live music and drawings could enhance the • College students could visit dorm rooms for door prizesbarbeque celebration door-to-door sales, others could walk their • Include a wine/dessert tasting/hors d’oeurves neighborhoods Decorate Birdhouses Contest • Tickets for the auction could be purchased at $25 • The team is then responsible for delivering the • Charge for birdhouse entries, with entry fees going • Ticket sales and proceeds go to Habitat flower grams the morning of the holiday to Habitat • Allow for birdhouses to be on display in a high Habitrot traffic area for at least one month • Host a 5k, 8k or 10k • People could win birdhouses by bidding with bid run/walk money going to Habitat • Sanction event • Donate decorated birdhouses to local resorts and through the MissouriMothers Day Tea & Treasures inns River Runners Club to• Unique bags, purses • Competitors vie for prizes in categories: Adult, Teen get additional help withand containers filled with (13-17) and Youth (12 & under) registrationgift certificates to hotels, • Companies could • The entries are judged on four criteria: Overallrestaurants, local theaters and sponsor run and inother items related to theme of Appearance, Originality, Creativity and Precision Doors to Homeownership return get their logo onbag are auctioned off • The entries must have size limits: not be larger than • Art students could hand-paint doors that would t-shirt for athletes on• Tea and refreshments offered 30 inches high, 24 inches wide and 24 inches deep be sold in a silent auction at the Home and Garden race day including the base Show• Light brunch available • Restaurants could • Entries should be constructed of non-perishable • Visitors to the show could place bids throughout• Door prizes for attendees provide meal for after materials the event, the winners would be announced on the race• People buy tickets for event • Within each category, prizes could be awarded last day when the Home and Garden Show closes. • Live entertainment at to a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner based upon the • Proceeds would benefit Habitat’s ReStore, which finish line overall highest scores from the judging categories. In sells new and like-new building materials withBattle of the Bands the event of a tie, the Competition Call Judge would • Registration fees would go to benefit Habitat proceeds benefiting families in need of housing make the final decision• Bands play for free and battle against other bandsfor donated prizes • Example prizes can be awarded as follows: Adult Dinner Dance Category: 1st Place Winner receives $1,000 and a two- • It could be a formal affair• Cover charge goes directly to Habitat night stay at a local Hotel & Spa; 2nd Place Winner - Utilize a school’s prom or• Winners of the contest could be determined by receives $750 and a one-night stay at local hotel; 3rd homecoming decorations theaudience vote in the form of cash donations Place Winner receives $500 and dinner for two at a day after an event to host your• A Guitar Hero contest sponsored by a retailer local restaurant own dance and dinner• Local celebrities • Teen Category: 1st Place Winner receives $250; 2nd • Bring in catered food or have acould be present to Place Winner receives $150; 3rd Place Winner receives team cook for the crowdemcee the event $100 • Use a one price covers all• Local businesses can • Youth Category: 1st Place Winner receives $150; 2nd approach, then add games ordonate door prizes, Place Winner receives $75; 3rd Place Winner receives raffles to raise extra fundsfood and drink for $50 • Use a school/church band toevent perform live music for dance or DJ the event yourself1150 Tri View Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 P: 712-255-6244 F: 712-255-7203 www.siouxlandhabitatorg 1150 Tri View Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 P: 712-255-6244 F: 712-255-7203 www.siouxlandhabitatorg
  3. 3. Playhouses Mini Golf Tournament Mystery Murder Dinner• Shop students could build playhouses to raffle • Arrange a • Book a reserved dining room at an inn or a large• Compete against other schools/students in place to play restaurant that closes during season or ask a theatercatagories Best • Offer to donate an eveningLooking, Most Original attractive • Negotiate a flat group rate that includes dinnerDesign, Earth Friendly price and dessert• Collect donations to variations • Set the ticket prices at double the designs like a flat- rate family • If you include other• Set parameters for ticket or fundraising activities,playhouse size discounts then you can reduce• Voters could donate Car Wash for advance your ticket markup anddollars for each vote • Line up a location with good main road frontage purchases keep prices lowercast • Ensure it has suitable water access • Get local businesses to sponsor a hole. Keep the • Work with a local prices reasonable, such as $25 to $75 per hole. theater group to get • Assemble supplies list – hoses, buckets, wash performance at a low Sponsors would get signs acknowledging theirYard Sale towels, dry towels, squeegees contribution beside each putting tee cost or create your• Choose a high-visibility location like a school or • Assign each volunteer an item from the supplies own murder mystery • Encourage sponsors to offer a two-for-one couponchurch parking lot. Put up signs around area list script (you can also find to all players that will bring business mystery dinner theater• Group your items together by category - kids’ • Make 8-10 poster board signs in high-contrast • A business could offer a prize to everyone who scripts online at aclothes, tools, toys, books, pictures, music, etc. Place colors beats a certain score or gets a hole in one on the reasonable price) and have your group performgeneral price signs around items instead of pricing • Arrange your volunteers in 2-hour shifts 18th holeeverything individually; this will save time and work • Get silent auction items and services donated by • Organize your group into teams - Promotion, Sales, • Ask businesses to donate items or services to use local businesses and place them on tables for bids• Recruit outgoing types Wash, Dry as prizes for lowest score, best bank shot, etc. • Offer a wine tasting along with dinner by workingwho can be enthusiasticabout these odds • Promotion team attracts new clients with signs • Sell raffle tickets for a donated prize or conduct a with a local wine merchant. Charge extra for theand ends. Make it a • Sales team explains offer (use flyer for quick info) 50/50 cash raffle wine tasting and seat those people in one areafun time with some and up-sells clients with extra features or secondary • Offer food and drink sales, with course owner • Sell sponsor ad spaces on your event menu/helium balloons for offer permission, you could even run your own program or look for corporate contributions to helpsmall children and have concession stand offering grilled hot dogs, offset costscoffee and doughnuts • Wash team soaps, scrubs, and rinses each car - Dry team gets water residue off, vacuums, does tires, etc. hamburgers, sodas, etc.available for adults • Use at least two lines and wash two or more cars at • Offer silent auctions of donated goods and once servicesOnline Yard Sale • Ask for donations from players Bake Sale • Wash cars for six to eight hours (Saturday 9:00 to• A variation on the yard sale fundraiser is to sell the 3:00 preferred) • A holiday sale (ie: Christmas cookie day, a Mother’sitems online. The best place to sell Day pie event) • Remember to put together a quick flyer thatlarge quantities of lower-priced • A seasonal sale (ie: harvest/citrus theme)items is on eBay or Craigslist includes the reason why you’re raising funds and Bingo Night clearly states the price. You can even offer some • Have local bakers or cooks donate goods to bake• You’ll get more for books, music, extra services for an additional charge such as • Family Bingo Night, Young saleand consumer electronics that providing high-gloss tire treatment or vacuuming Adults Bingo Night, Youthway, plus it’s easier to do for very interiors Group Bingo Nightsmall groups • Find bingo game forms • Sell car wash fundraiser tickets in advance• You’ll need to spend some time online or buy them from party • List all prices concisely in large, bold type supply storescreating the listings. Having online pictures postedseems to help with higher-priced items • Partner with another group to get more workers • Charge a small admission fee • Increase revenue with an extra offering such plus a dollar or two per gamePancake Breakfast as a 2-for-1 pizza savings card or selling boxes of • Keep things moving by using doughnuts an experienced caller and a PA• Charge for all-you-can-eat tickets • Play upbeat music. Provide soft drinks and snacks system so they can be easily• Offer raffle tickets and sell ad to keep the energy level up heard above the crowd noisespace or sponsorships on yourplace mats • Keep safety in mind when trying to attract • Make extra money through food and beverage customers. Be sure to get volunteers to hold sales, silent auction items, or raffle tickets• Hold on a Saturday morning and and wave signs toward passing traffic, not justschedule sponsors to say a few • You may need a license for this event, so be sure to volunteers to wash cars check local regulationswords during breakfast hours1150 Tri View Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 P: 712-255-6244 F: 712-255-7203 www.siouxlandhabitatorg 1150 Tri View Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 P: 712-255-6244 F: 712-255-7203 www.siouxlandhabitatorg
  4. 4. Chair Affair Chair-ity Event Fashion Show Walk-a-thon• Supporters put together a unique chair for your • Charge • Walk throughout a local mall to raise awarenessgroup to auction off. Donations can be rocking admission and and moneychairs, kitchen chairs, children’s chairs, computer show off a • Walkers are sponsored to participatechairs, recliners, car seats, bar stools, etc. retailer’s new line • Walkers could take shifts in walking throughout• Each chair should have a theme and be decorated the dayand accessorized accordingly; its chairs with flair • Get a few• A computer chair could people withinhave a new monitor, your group toprinter software or other make articlesaccessories with it. A of clothing orkitchen chair could have reach out to aa cookbook, a grocery local seamstressstore gift certificate, a new • Add silent auctions for clothing and other donatedblender, or Tupperware items or services such as spa treatments or private Lego Blitz Buildcollection, a child’s chair lunches with top designers.would have a teddy bear, • Set up at a mall or shopping centera rocking chair could have • Ask a toy store like Toys-R-Us to donate the Legosan afghan, family photo Raise Money to Reuse for this fundraiseralbum, case of lemonade, • Raise awareness about Habitat’s ReStore andor new slippers. A car seat educate the community on the advantages of • Have people build their own Lego dream homescould have baby food, reusing items during a weekend when there are many people indiapers, play toys, or baby the shopping center • Teams will pick items from Habitat’s ReStore andstore gift certificate. The make them unique • This could also give kids something to do whilebar stool could have drink recipes, a box of assorted Talent Show parents shopliquor, drink glasses, bartending lessons, or similar • Set the items up in a place with lots of traffic, could • Sign up groups from local be at a fair, in a shopping center or parking lot; pass • Each builder would pay an entry fee, such as $5, toitems. The recliner could be accompanied by a case schoolsof soda, pretzels, deluxe remote control, or big out fliers through shopping center or fair to bring build a house with Legos and enter the creation in a • Include raffles with one big contestscreen TV people to items item (ie: a trip worth $1,000.00) • Bystanders can enter a raffle for one of the items • Shoppers can pay $1 to vote on their favorite Lego• Arrange your chairs around the perimeter of • Book a local or nationalyour room in an attractive display and place silent by paying a certain amount or pay to vote on the home most unique item they would like to take home celebrity to perform or host theauction bid sheets next to each one. Note the retail eventvalue of each package on the bid sheet • Include music and food and other raffle prizes Create Your Own Shantytown • Have dinner available, face• Give award ribbons to top award-winning chair centered around the thrift store creations to draw • Raise awareness of homelessness while also people in painting and a silent auction topackages to increase bids. Give the creator of each encourage more participants raising money for Habitat by living on the streets incategory’s winning chair a gift certificate donated who may come just to watch cardboard houses, best done on a weekendby a sponsor the performers • Participants create cardboard/paper homes using• Consider doing a live auction of the most • Consider creating an ‘American Idol’ type show materials they find on the streetsdesirable chairs or auction off donated items • Get people to pledge donations for number ofunrelated to the theme. Have a central focus of the hours participants stay in their houses or get aevent that keeps people at the event and bidding donation for the entire weekend, rain or shineright up to the deadline (ie: live entertainment) Read-a-thon • Or teams of people could compete in a ‘creative shack’ contest using just cardboard and duct tape • Get friends and family to pledge donations forCookoff • Hold the every book read or every• Could be chili cookoff or a page read during event contest ingeneral dish a shopping • Have school staff work center parking• Cost of a ticket could be curriculum into thea free-will donation or a lot to draw challenge crowdsstandard $5 for all you can eat • Get a local restaurant • People could• Tasters could give tips for to provide lunch for thefavorite foods or favorite chefs pay to vote participating students on the most• Prizes could be awarded for • Get the staff involved by attractive,Most Original, Hottest, Tastiest, having them pledge to most durableMeatiest color their hair blue for the or saddest day looking shack1150 Tri View Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 P: 712-255-6244 F: 712-255-7203 www.siouxlandhabitatorg 1150 Tri View Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 P: 712-255-6244 F: 712-255-7203 www.siouxlandhabitatorg