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Ultimate Donation List (Fundraising for Non Profits)

MelsmomMelsmom Registered User Posts: 1,040 Member
edited May 2011 in Parent Cafe
Hello CC Peeps!

I am hoping to start a list where people can go to get/post their fundraising results, both pros and cons. Would appreciate mostly national ideas due to all of us being sepated geographically. I know there are local ones that won't necessarily help anyone else unless they too are from my area. I am a member of two non-profits both having to do with education and am having some luck fundraising for an event in July (golf tournament), but don't want to miss any good opportunities! We need goody bag stuffers and raffle/silent auction events. Any ideas former PTO'ers??



Disneyworld parkhopper ($500 value)
Dicks (60 day notice) $50 gc
Derek Jeter
Peyton Manning
Stampin' Up (Awesome gift basket)
Kuerig Coffee (brewer & 4pack worth $175)


Six Flags
Webster Bank
Apple :(
Calloway Golf Products
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Replies to: Ultimate Donation List (Fundraising for Non Profits)

  • MelsmomMelsmom Registered User Posts: 1,040 Member
    By the way, this should probably be listed under "what to do with an empty nest..."
  • frazzled1frazzled1 Registered User Posts: 5,582 Senior Member
    This doesn't really apply to goodie bags or silent auction items, but it's an excellent low-effort fundraiser: Scrip Fundraising Programs - GLSC

    Basically, you take orders from people in your organization/community for gift cards from a wide variety of retailers and other merchants, and receive a portion of the cards' face amounts from Great Lakes Scrip. My not-for-profit has raised $1600 in less than a year. We do plenty of other fundraisers as well, but this is absolutely the easiest (and therefore my favorite :D). As good as this is, I'm frustrated because we've only scratched the surface of what's possible.

    It requires some planning ahead. If my husband buys $1,000 of stuff for his next home improvement project at Home Depot, but uses gift cards he bought at my not-for-profit instead of cash or his credit card, he still gets to spend $1,000 - and my organization receives $80.

    Depending on the retailer, you might receive 16 percent (Land's End), 12 percent (Gap), 9 percent (Barnes & Noble), 4 percent (Amazon), etc., of the face value of each card. It's a very easy fundraiser once you file the initial paperwork - the hard part is reminding people to plan ahead to buy gift cards.

    A good way to get some nice silent auction items: my group does a gift basket auction every December. Each board and staff member takes responsibility for assembling one basket - which means that no one person has to do all the soliciting and assembling. Some of our board members hate fundraising, but everyone can come up with the contents of one gift basket.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 65,042 Senior Member
    When I was doing fundraising, we had good luck getting gift cards from the local grocery stores...$25 each. Not huge but folks loved them.
  • amtcamtc Registered User Posts: 2,863 Senior Member
    I never even thought of the Disney item - love it, thanks!
  • my2sunzmy2sunz Registered User Posts: 665 Member
    Our K-8 school has a huge auction fundraiser every year. Off the top of my head, I remember them getting from American Girl Dolls. I'll think about where else....
    Good list; I'll have to share it with this year's auction chair!
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