Article describes three free fundraisers that produce fast results. Covers fundraising ideas like providing a yard cleanup service, doing a community cleanup event , or a car wash fundraiser.
When your youth group needs to raise money quickly, you need a fast free fundraiser that you can rely on to generate the necessary revenue.
The amount you make on these free fundraisers will depend in part on how much time you have before-hand to prepare, but will also depend on how well you execute your plan.
These time tested favorites are great quick projects to raise some fast cash:
- Car Wash
- Yard Cleanup
- Community Cleanup
Car Wash Fundraiser
Car washes have proven to be great fundraisers in virtually every community. All you need are willing volunteers, a high-traffic location with good visibility, and some attention getting signs.
You can put a car wash fundraiser together on short notice. Here’s what you need to do:
- Line up a location with good main road frontage
- Ensure it has water access
- Assemble supplies list ? hoses, buckets, wash towels, dry towels, squeegees
- Assign each volunteer an item from the supplies list
- Make 8-10 poster board signs in high-contrast colors
- Arrange your volunteers in 2-hour shifts
- Wash cars for six hours (Saturday preferred)
- Have dual lines so you can wash two at once
Your car wash fundraiser’s success will of course depend on the weather. If you can wash 12 cars an hour (one every 10 minutes in each line), you can easily raise in excess of $500 in one day.
Remember to put together a quick flyer that includes the reason why you’re raising funds and clearly states the price. You can even offer some extra services such as Armor-All tire treatment for an additional fee.
Alternatively, you can advertise a free car wash and just ask for donations for your cause. Often, this can raise more cash than stating a specific price, because people will see a group of volunteers working hard and having a good time, and may part with their money more easily.
Keeping safety in mind, be sure to get volunteers to hold and wave signs toward passing traffic, not just volunteers to wash cars. If you have time, advertise your car wash event in the local newspaper, or by posting signs a day or two in advance.
A yard cleanup fundraiser is extremely fast and easy to put together. Simply create a set of instructions for your group detailing what to offer, what to say, and how much to charge.
Like most fundraisers, the target market is family, friends, and neighbors. Depending on the age of your participants, your offerings can range from simple lawn care all the way up to mulching flower beds or pruning tree limbs. In many climates, autumn is a great time to do this fundraiser, because leaf clearing is always a needed service during those months.
Create a flyer describing your fundraiser and clearly list your prices for the various cleanup options. Assign a fundraising quota to each participant.
Offer some individual and group performance bonuses. There’s nothing like a team pizza party or passes to amusement attractions to motivate a youth sports group.
Another free fundraiser, a community cleanup – also known as a trash bag fundraiser, performs a valuable community service while also providing a significant revenue opportunity. Organizing a community cleanup project is a way to raise funds and send a positive message about your group at the same time.
This type of one day or weekend fundraising event is very similar to the Athlet-A-Thon or Fun-A-Thon concept. Here your group’s participants solicit pledges from the usual suspects – family, friends, and neighbors. Have local businesses donate trash bags and recruit parents and relatives with trucks to haul what you collect.
Pledges are tied to a specific attainment goal such as the number of pounds of trash collected or the number of road miles cleaned of debris. You’ll need to create a one-page overview of your cleanup program and a pledge signup sheet.
It works best if your overview specifies a suggested range for donations, say anywhere from a penny to a dime a pound for a large project. An amazing amount of garbage can be collected from a local stream or illegal dumping area, so it’s not a bad idea to also put a maximum limit on a pledge amount of $20.
Have local businesses donate trash bags and recruit parents and relatives with trucks to haul what you collect.
Do the math and you’ll be surprised at how much money you can generate. Assuming 50 participants, each of whom has five pledges of a penny a pound, if you collect a ton of garbage, your group will raise $100 per participant or $5,000.
That’s not bad money for a fast fundraiser! You’d be surprised at how easy it is to collect a ton of garbage.
Each of these free fundraisers is fast, easy to put together, and a reliable revenue generator for your group. As with any event, an adult should be in attendance for safety purposes.
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