Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by luvgus, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. luvgus

    luvgus Earning My Ears

    Sep 4, 2008
    I coach a soccer 3v3 team and we qualified for the Disney World Championship games in Jan. 09. Now the only problem is paying for it. We are going to do some fundraisers, does anyone have any good ideas???
  2. momo3hods

    momo3hods Mouseketeer

    Jan 18, 2005
    I have a few... coin drop, walk-a-thon...(which I have an interesting twist to)

    Drop me a pm..
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  4. Schachteles

    Schachteles DIS Veteran

    Dec 5, 2005
    I know Pampered Chef has a fundraiser program where you can sell certain items and get a percentage off of that.

    Maybe if you have a friend that does direct sales (examples: Pampered Chef, Creative Memories, Avon, Partylite, Mary Kay, etc) they could give you the commission they would earn on the sales which can really mount up. I have done that before and it really adds up and people get things that they would use more or need more then a candy bar, etc. And this would be really nice since the holidays are coming up, it would give you something different.

    GOOD LUCK! Let me know if you have questions.
  5. luvgus

    luvgus Earning My Ears

    Sep 4, 2008
    momo3hods---I cant PM because this was my 1 post --so when I get to 10 I will PM you


    May 17, 2004
    :welcome: To The Dis.

    First thing to do is start a committee. And as a group deside approx how much you are going to have to raise.

    Any fundraisers you do your profit should be nothing less than 50%.
    Also the more you can do to make 100% the better off you are. ex. car wash, bake sale, pasta dinners (have the local business donate the items).

    What alot of the teams do around here is sell ad space on a laminated business card offering discounts to the advertised business'. Have the cards made up and then each player is responsible for selling them. These are sold for $10 with 100% profit. This is a huge money maker. Everyone is always looking to save money somewhere.
    Sell ad space on a banner that you can displayed at all the games to advertise local business. And you can ask a sign company to make the banner. They aren't that expensive. Explain to them that it is a fundraiser and they may give you a discount or better donate the banner. This can be done on shirts as well.
    You can do all three of the above and offer different price levels as to which ever one they want to advertise on. I would offer a discount if they were to do an ad on all three.
    Again, almost 100% profit

    I would try to stay away from all those catalog sales ones. To much work with them.

    I'm sure you will get more posters with additional ideas. Just remember the sooner you start fundraising the less stressfull it will be in the end.

    Good Luck. If you have any questions about the above, you can PM me.
  7. cukal6

    cukal6 Mouseketeer

    Dec 6, 2004
    I know how you feel! I coach a dance team that has been invited down there in December. We need to raise $7000 in the next 3 months!!! Here are some things we are doing

    1. Silent auctions at home football games
    2. Rummage sale
    3. Bagging groceries at local grocery store
    4. Fundraiser night at Monicals. They give 15% of diners bills to us for one specific night.
    5. spaghetti dinner
    6. car wash
    7. Working at local bingo hall.
    8. We also sent out donation letters to the Lions Club, local banks, and other businesses.
    9. Working 50/50 at local racetrack.
    10. Raking leaves for donations in the fall.
    11. Selling caramel apples at lunchtime on Friday's in the high school cafeteria.

    We are also working on a few other things but I thought this list could give you a few ideas. Good Luck!!!

    Oh, we sold cookie dough at the beginning of the year as our regular fundraiser. I only have 8 girls on the team and we made about $800. I used I've actually used them a couple of years now and they're great to work with.
  8. DianeV

    DianeV DIS Veteran

    Dec 13, 1999
    I have always thought candy bars are a great way to make money. People buy them up like crazy and I believe you make a pretty good amount per box..
  9. Darcy03231

    Darcy03231 DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2006
    My SIL's preschool sells cookie dough and I know they do really well with it.
  10. Bob NC

    Bob NC DIS Veteran<br><font color="red">I am a trained pr

    Mar 3, 2000
    This is a tough one. Why do you feel people should contribute, (or buy stuff), to subsidize your 3v3 team going to Orlando?

    I've been involved in these 3v3 tournaments. They are run by a FOR-PROFIT company. This is not a community or school tournament.

    Our teams have always consisted of 5-6 kids, yours too? We qualified once to go to Orlando, but chose not to. At all the tournaments, we knew that we could qualify, and if we did want to attend the nationals, it was out of our own pockets.

    I could see a baseball team, or a large dance troop, having fundraisers to attend a national competition. I would never ask, and wouldn't really expect anyone to ask me to help raise funds for 4, 5 or 6 kids to go to a soccer tournament.
  11. starann

    starann In having children, I have lost my mind, but found

    Jun 4, 2008
    Some ideas....

    Yankee Candle does fundraising

    Local resturants have work nights or fundraiser nights....I know Texas Roadhouse does it (on a weeknight, everyone who brings in a flier, 10% of their bill will go to the group) Others have the kdis come in and 'help' the servers and get the tips for the night

    Basket Bingos....usually take some planning and putting out some $ upfront, but I know here in PA, they are usually BIG $$$ makers (cause in addition to the BINGO there can be 50/50's Chinese auctions, additional BIG prize raffels) You can ask local busniess to 'donate' a basket to keep your costs down, or donate a service or prize for the CA. Usually tickets for the BINGO are $20. You can also do a bake sale and 'snack' sale here too to make more $.

    Basket Lotto....make up calendars with the days with a basket someone can win on a day....then each lotto sheet is assigned a 3 or 4 #. Watch the daily numbers and if their # comes up, they win the basket (then you only have 1 winner). Tickets are usually $5.

    Good luck...let us know what you choose.
  12. DianeV

    DianeV DIS Veteran

    Dec 13, 1999
    I'm confused why someone would have a problem with any kind of fundraising for kids no matter what the function?? If you dont want what they are selling fine but if its something you could use, you wouldnt buy it anyway??
  13. fiveforall

    fiveforall DIS Veteran

    Dec 17, 2002
    Pizza Hut has a good fundraiser with their coupon cards. Avon is a good seller too.
  14. iNTeNSeBLue98

    iNTeNSeBLue98 DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2000
    Personally, I will buy from Joe Corbi's pizza and Market Day fundraisers, maybe the $1 candy bars.

    We had a neighborhood yard sale earlier this year. One house was grilling hot dogs, and their proceeds were going to breast cancer research.

    Car washes. I often see athletic teams washing cars around here. Find a site that will let you use their lot and water (maybe you have to pay towards use) and charge between $5-8, depending on the norm in your area.

  15. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=

    Feb 28, 2007
    It's a little out of season but my kids did lemonade stands and raised a pretty penny for the U of U burn center this summer.

    Maybe, some sort of seasonl treat sale? I like the carmel apple idea.
  16. Promomx2

    Promomx2 DIS Veteran

    Jan 5, 2008
    My ds's baseball team sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts this past sat. We made over $1600 profit. Took presell orders and then went and sold in front of Krogers and Lowes, had 4 stations. Got rid of all but 4 boxes. Plus our chick-fil-a does a thing where once your organization signs up, they give you slips to give the cashier everytime someone goes in to eat and we get 20% of the proceeds. Good luck>
  17. eatatmidnight

    eatatmidnight DIS Veteran

    Feb 5, 2007
    I may not be much help, but these are the things I ALWAYS buy if kids are selling. Mind you, I don't know what is involved in organizing it. I think I'll always buy them because they are less than $10 and I have the cash in my pocket.

    1. Worlds Finest Chocolate Candy Bars ( I will normally buy a whole case of them)
    2. M&M's
    3. Krispy Kreme discount cards (although I haven't seen any in a while)
    4. Frozen Pizzas
    5. Girl Scout cookies

    Things I almost never buy from kids selling
    1. Magazine subscriptions
    2. Gift wrap and candy in those books.
    3. Pizza restaurant discount cards (the coupons in the mail are usually better)
  18. Tinker'n'Fun

    Tinker'n'Fun Apple peaches pumpkin pie, not ready holler "I"

    Mar 27, 2005
    My daughter's dance team sends out letters to local businesses and asks for a small "contribution/sponsorship". They take out an add in a local paper and thank their sponsors... This may work for you.. Make sure to ask the paper to be a sponsor, thus getting the ad for free!!
  19. Shmily1

    Shmily1 DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2007
    The HS band that my DS played for always sold Score Cards. They are the credit card type card that you sell for $10 each and they have discounts to local businesses attached. I don't see a website on the card but do have the number at 904-620-9971. The first year he was in the HS Band, I sold 38 cards. He graduated this past year so this thread reminded me to contact the school to get one!:thumbsup2
  20. mncherokee

    mncherokee Mouseketeer

    Nov 23, 2007
    I am deeply involved with fundraising for raising scholarship money for my DD's Suzuki group.

    -1st off... determine how much you need to raise... then you can determine what will give you the biggest bang for your buck... my experience with groups where you sell items (like candles, gift catalogs, etc) is that you only get a few $100
    -We did a garage sale this summer and made $1400
    -We do an annual dinner where businesses donate items... we made over $1000 last year
    -We sold candy bars last year... much better profit margin but still only a few $100
    -Make sure you aren't asking people for money when other local groups are... people are less likely to buy when they have just been asked by other groups

    Hope this helps!
  21. marcyinPA

    marcyinPA <font color=blue>I'll never forget the strong, pun

    Apr 2, 2001
    Our middle school band has done a Pampered Chef fundraiser for the past three years now. It's been very successful. It's easy to sell...people like Pampered Chef! It goes over so much better than selling hoagies and wrapping paper! The consultant the band uses donates her entire commission to the band, plus each person who sells gets 20% of their total order towards their "fair share".

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