As a volunteer department, you may be experiencing the same challenges as others. While the economy is tanking, it seems fundraisers are harder and harder to put together and be successful. There are many creative ways to earn money, but in these time it seems agencies are looking to take a more “practical approach”. Here are 2 fundraising ideas which are easy to manage, quite practical, and could be very lucrative if managed correctly.
1:The flier above is an example of an upcoming fundraiser my volunteer agency is doing. It seems that many restaurants these days are looking for creative ways to spread the word and increase their traffic. Many of these restaurants, now offer fundraising events for non-profit organizations. The idea is simply to have your member base go to the restaurant during the specific timeframe, and turn in the flier. By turning in the flier, your agency will get credit for bringing in that business, and the restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds to your agency. Obviously, the more your members spread the word, the more fliers returned, and the more money your agency will make.
On the average, a family in the USA will go out to eat at least 1 time a month. It makes sense for agencies to plan one of these events on a monthly basis at different restaurants. It’s a fun way for members and their friends to get together for a meal while supporting their agency. For a list of participating restaurants, please leave a request in the comment box below, and one will be provided to you.
2: The advetisment to the left, is for one of our affiliates, The First Aid Store. One of their products is a “first aid kit fundraiser”. It makes sense for a volunteer fire department or EMS agency to have a fundraiser selling products that pertain to their profession. Leave cookies, candy and Popcorn to the girl and boy scouts.
These first aid kits are customizable (label with your agency logo), and offer a great profit margin. You purchase these kits for $4.00 and can sell them for $8.00 or even $10.00. The best part is you don’t have to lay out any money if you don’t want to. You can either pre buy the kits, and sell them at open houses, or door to door. Or if you prefer, you can order a sample, and take orders for a delivery at a later date. For more information or if you have questions, please comment below and we will be happy to assist.
If you have any other fundraiser ideas, and would like to share them with the rest of us, please let us know in the comment box, or email us. We would love to share your post.