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Healthy Fundraising Events That are Good for Your Body

Phot by GraceFamily As parents and educators, we are obviously very concerned with the overall health of our children. Although it has become very easy in our society to make unhealthy choices, we are increasingly becoming aware of opportunities to opt for those things that will make us stronger, more fit, and in the long run, happier.

This attention is starting to turn toward our schools. With the vast amount of time that a child spends at school each year, this is a very important front in the battle for a building a healthy lifestyle.

Many schools are addressing the issues of soda and candy vending machines in the schools. And although candy sales have long been a successful form of fundraising, some schools are now looking for ways to integrate their desire for good health into their need to raise money to support vital school functions.

Here are a few ideas of physical activities that combine exercise, fun, and the opportunity to generate lots of income.

Golf and Walk
The golf outing has long been a staple in the fundraising world, used by thousands of non-profit organizations. However, many golf outings have focused solely on the golfer. While these events are great at generating camaraderie among those who participate, the very nature of the activity is exclusionary. If you don’t like to golf, you aren’t going to participate, and that limits the amount of money, as well as community spirit you can drum up.

However, there is a solution. The concept of the Golf & Walk event opens up the beauty of a golf course and the fun that comes from enjoying the great outdoors to everyone who wants to support your organization.

I have worked in the past with Champion Events and was very impressed by their customer service and organizational detail. They have great experience with the Golf & Walk. Here is a snippet from their website about this creative and inclusive event:

The Golf & Walk Event is a new event concept that combines a fundraising golf tournament with a unique “walk-a-thon” at the golf course. Walkers walk nine holes on cart paths at a beautiful golf course. They are kept separate from golfers in complete safety. Everyone finishes together at the end for an awards celebration.

All participants raise donations prior to the event. The Golf & Walk Event is planned on a 12-week timeline and mobilizes everyone in your network to raise money for you, not just those 15% of adults who can play golf. Because its foundation is “relational” fundraising in its most effective form, the Golf & Walk Event is currently producing the highest dollar results of the standard Big 3 fundraising events (banquets, auctions, traditional golf tournaments). continue reading

Is There a Zombie in the House?

One of the most difficult things to do in the world of school fundraising is getting people to actually show up to an event. Well, maybe getting them to show to for a planning meeting for the event might be harder. Either way, parent involvement is a challenge.

Therefore, I think you’ve got to come up with creative ideas that will capture the students’ imagination, so that they will badger and pester their parents until they agree to show up.

In this case, I have a few examples of an idea that will definitely get your students’ attention: a Zombie Fundraiser!

This is a perfect idea as Halloween is right around the corner.

Over the past few months, I have come across a few newspaper articles that have reported on different kinds of zombie-themed fundraisers.  These articles haven’t explained exactly how they would raise money, but that’s ok. That really isn’t the point. The point is that however you are going to raise money, you should figure out a way for people to dress up as zombies while doing it.

Planning a walk-a-thon?  Make it a Zombie Walk-a-thon! Car wash? Zombie car wash. (That could be freaky…) How ‘bout a bake sale? Yep, buy your Halloween themed snacks from zombies in front of the grocery store. You get the picture.

Everyone’s going to have fun dressing up and playing dead. Therefore, you’re certain to get more parents and kids to show up for whatever your event it.

Here are some excerpts from the articles I have found… continue reading

Brilliant Fundraising Strategy at the School Play

Last night, I attended the opening performance of 101 Dalmatians, put on by my local school district’s four elementary schools. My son actually had a part in this play. He was “Dog Catcher 2”. It’s not a big role, but he does get to put a net over Cruella deVille’s head and drag her off stage, so that was pretty cool.

While we were standing in line, waiting to get into the auditorium, two women from our local Humane Society arrived and began to set up a table right beside the entrance doors. Everybody walking into the auditorium had to walk past it.

The table was complete with brochures, a stand up display board with attractive photos, and a laptop computer that showed a continuous Power Point presentation. There was a stack of humane society coloring books to hand out to the kids. Pictures of stray dogs being hugged by new owners, that sort of thing. They even thought to bring with them a very handsome and well-mannered black mutt to show off as a living, breathing example of the kind of love families could find at the shelter.

As I watched these ladies unpack their display items and set them up, I thought to myself, what an excellent idea! Here we are, waiting to see the play 101 Dalmatians, and we’re all thinking about adorable black and white spotted puppies. We’re here to support our children, and we’re in a good mood- why not make a donation to the Humane Society?

It was so natural.

This is the stuff non-profits have to do to survive these days. They need to find partnerships, even temporary ones, that are a good fit, like the Humane Society teaming up with the 101 Dalmatians play.

By bringing the dog with them, the folks from the Humane Society were able to “break the ice” with the people in line, who might not have otherwise stopped by the table or even made eye contact. But, put a little doggy with sad eyes in front of them, almost nobody can resist. And then the conversation can begin. Brilliant.

If you are a school or a non-profit, take a few minutes to think about how you could replicate this kind of interactive fundraising approach. What assets do you have and what creative ways could they be used to promote your organization?

Ideas? I’d love to hear them in our comment section. Thanks!


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How to Calculate Profits from a Bounce House and Other Inflatables

This is a guest post written by Nate Jaehnig.  Nate is the owner of AZ Bounce Pro in Arizona, which rents inflatables for school carnivals in his local area.  With his experience in this field, Nate has become very knowledgeable about how many people can actually participate on individual inflatable per hour and how this effects your overall carnival income.  Not all “bouncy castles” have the same earning potential, so read carefully to make sure you are making wise financial decisions. – Jim Berigan

The primary goal of almost every school carnival or fundraiser event is to raise money for a specific cause or organization. Many carnival organizers do not realize one of the best and most effective ways to raise the most amount of money at a school carnival is by maximizing throughput at each ride or activity at their carnival.

What is ride throughput? Throughput is a simple measurement of the number of participants a certain ride, game, or activity can register per unit of time. Throughput is typically measured as a number of participants per hour. It is the single factor that can have the greatest impact on the profitability of a fundraiser or carnival.

You want throughput to be a high number in order to maximize profitability. A high throughput also results in shorter and faster lines at each activity!

When you are assessing which rides or activities to have at your school carnival, throughput should be at the top of your list when evaluating your ride choices. How many participants can you register per hour on any particular piece? Should you go for the inflatable slide or the sumo suits? Throughput will be your guide when you need to make decisions about which activities you want at your event. continue reading

An Awesome Idea to Generate Buzz for your School Fundraiser. Everyone will be talking about it!

Here is a neat idea to generate excitement in anticipation of your school’s next big fundraiser.

This idea comes from an article I read about a fundraiser held at the University of Maryland. However, with a few minor tweaks, it can be utilized in a middle or high school setting, as well.

Here’s the excerpt from the article:

Student organizers launched an “Ask Ryan” campaign last semester, where they chalked the phrase all over campus sidewalks, leaving students to wonder who Ryan was.

A few days later, those working with [the fundraising group] wore shirts that read, “I’m Ryan,” to get curious students to ask about the event.

So, for the cost of a box of sidewalk chalk or a few sheets of poster board, plus some cheap t-shirts you could really create some buzz in your school about your upcoming dance-a-thon, carnival, or auction- whatever event your school is holding.

Of course, the people who are organizing the “Ask Ryan” campaign will need to keep their information totally to themselves for the few days the buzz is growing.

And when they put up the poster boards or write “Ask Ryan” on blackboards, white boards, bulletin boards, bathroom mirrors, etc, they’ll need to do it before school starts, so no one sees them do it. Of course, the school administration should be informed, so they don’t accuse some poor kid actually named Ryan of vandalism.

This is a great way to get word of mouth advertising going for your event. And in this day and age where kids are hit with so many marketing messages each day, anything that will legitimately catch their attention and pique their curiosity is golden.

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