Our thoughts and experiences with fundraising...
Track and publish participation. We found this
to be a great motivator for our fundraising efforts. We believed that
it didn't so much matter the money brought in for an event, but how many
hours each person contributed to the effort. 5 hours selling popcorn
was the same level of effort and commitment at 5 hours of flipping pancakes
or selling hot dogs. Make this information public to everyone.
Boys first. We decided early on that the bulk
of the money received from fundraising would go towards defraying the cost
for the scouts; adults pay full fare. IF there was extra money left
over, we had the option of giving rebates to the adults.
worked great, but you can't go back to that well very often. As a
matter of public record,
we pulled in a little over $7,100 dollars. Some amount of that
went back to reward our donors, and we did have deliverables we had to do,
but this was absolutely worth the effort.
Consider a garage sale. It took a few weeks of
effort, spearheaded by one family in particular, but the impact was amazing.
We netted about $2,500 from the 2 day sale. We limited the sale to be
non-clothing items only, and had a professional auctioneer company come in
and help set pricing. In return, they got a cut of the action and took
away all the stuff that didn't sell.
Start a year long bottle drive program.
Specifically, do an outreach to several local restaurants and businesses and
make arrangements to pick up their refundable bottles every week. If
you do this on a rotating basis with your adults and stick to it, you can
make $2,000 or better.
Fundraising is a team-building exercise. This
is important! Don't overlook the importance of getting everybody involved.
Everyone should have some sense of ownership in the process and the end
result. Some fundraising efforts might take all day and bring in only
a couple hundred dollars ... do them anyway. It all adds up, and it
helps impress upon the boys the sense of teamwork towards a common goal.
Credit where credit is deserved.
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