Ask The Swag Gal – February 9, 2011

This week’s question comes from a Swaggernaut seeking useful ways to fundraise…

Hi SwagGal,

I’ve decided to try to fundraise $8,500 for this charity (so they can build a school in Sierra Leone), but I’m not sure exactly how to achieve that amount. Do you have any ideas?

Thanks so much!

Well, first off, I think it’s wonderful that you are trying to raise money for such a great cause. Raising money is always tricky, especially a large amount, such as $8,500. But, I have faith that with some help you can definitely pull this off!
One of the most important things that needs to be done is making sure people know about your cause and why you are raising money. Nobody can help if they don’t know about it. Send out e-mails, post it on your Facebook, tweet it, etc. You might even want to put up an ad on Craigslist or at your local grocery store. However, make sure there is a viable option for donations – supply an address, a website, or a location where your fundraiser will take place.
Of course there are the obvious options like having a bake sale or a garage sale. Both of these are great ways to make some cash. Perhaps you may want to leave a jar at your sale where people can contribute to your cause.
You can also try hosting a house party where you charge an entry fee or ask your guests for donations. Along the same line, although a bit more involving, create a carnival or circus in your backyard and charge admission. This can include simple ideas such as a ring toss game, musical chairs, face painting, cotton candy, an obstacle course, etc. The kids will love it!
Have a car wash! Set up signs in your neighborhood, and charge $5-$10 for each car. People who love their cars can never resist a cheap car wash! Again, you may want to set up a jar for donations.
Start your own awareness walk. Reserve a location, charge admission, and have people sign-up to participate in your walk for a cause. Make sure you inform everyone of the charity before you ask them to participate.
I now look to my intelligent Swaggernauts – what are some fundraising tips that you have used or someone you heard about used?
To CorruptedPov, I wish you the best of luck in your fundraising. This is a great cause, and I truly hope that you exceed your goal of $8,500.
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