Fundraising Success #51

Fundraising Success #51

Fundraising Success – Issue #51 – Article: “Mardi Gras Fundraiser”; Supplier Spotlight: “Funding Factory”


Fundraising Success #51 – February 2007


=> Kimberly’s Column: “It’s Mardi Gras Time”
=> Reader Q & A: “Relay For Life Fundraising”
=> Feature Article: “Mardi Gras Fundraiser”
=> Supplier Spotlight: “BAKE & Co. Fundraising”
=> SiteSeeing: “Turn of the Century Posters”

Kimberly’s Column: “It’s Mardi Gras Time”

Hi everyone!

Well Valentine’s Day is in the rearview mirror and that means that it’s Mardi Gras time! It’s not just switching from one party theme to another, it’s a fact that the Mardi Gras is the biggest theme party in America.

No since missing out on a good time, so check out this months article for tips on putting together your very own Mardi Gras Fundraiser!

Fundraising events are becoming more and more popular as groups look to put the focus on having fun. The right event done right can be your major fundraiser of the year.

Readers Q & A: “Relay For Life Fundraising”

Question:  I need some help with ideas for fundraising for Relay For Life. Our team would like to do several fundraisers before the actual event to help raise the money pledged for our Relay team. Can you give us some fundraising tips?
Steve G.

Answer: Steve, I’m a big fan of Relay For Life and have participated in quite a few myself. Most adults find it easier to raise funds by hosting an event versus selling something, so you might want to look at this list of

You can also take look at my blog because I’ve posted links to a dozen or so Relay For Life fundraising ideas that other teams have put into use.

Happy fundraising!


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FEATURE ARTICLE: Mardi Gras Fundraiser

New Orleans Style Fundraising Event

Looking for a fun fundraising event to raise money for your nonprofit, church, or favorite cause? A Mardi Gras Fundraiser could be just the thing.

The basic premise is fairly simple – a fun night where adults can enjoy good music and great food while letting their hair down with some outrageous costumes and the requisite major bead necklaces.

Getting started
You’ll need a large meeting hall with room for live music or at least a DJ booth. Use a local party rental shops for tables and chairs, etc.  and book everything you need well ahead of time.

Contact a local restaurant with New Orleans style food with a partnership offering – they provide the food at a reasonable cost and get some great exposure to potential patrons. You might also want to look into conducting a live Cajun cooking demonstration if local regulations permit it.

Arrange for music with a Mardi Gras flavor and if you can find a live act, feature them in your promotional activities.

Fundraising tips
There are lots of ways to raise money at your Mardi Gras Fundraiser. Price your admission tickets to cover all your expenses. Consider offering two different price levels – with dinner and without.

You can add a wine tasting to your event where guests pay extra to sample wines with a New Orleans link. Include a cash bar provided local regulations permit one.

Approach local business for items to auction. For the more expensive items, conduct a live auction with a professional auctioneer. Use silent auctions for other items by placing them on tables with bid sheets. Encourage everyone to bid early and often!

You can sell raffle tickets for a grand prize drawing at the end of the night. You can also offer multiple prizes which allows you to price the raffle tickets higher and raise more money.

Raffle tickets can also be sold before the event with winners not being required to attend. This works particularly well if you have a worthy prize such as trip to New Orleans.

Put together a press release announcing your event and get it to all the local newspaper, radio, and television stations. Highlight your them, promote your cause, prominently feature your restaurant partner, and play up your live band.

Be sure to provide full contact information as well as the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the event. If you’re doing pre-event raffle ticket sales, mention that as well.

Follow up your press release distribution with a phone call to the top media outlets. Ask for the person who screens them, such as an associate producer at a radio station. Try for some on air coverage with a unique newsworthy angle.

A Mardi Gras night makes a fantastic fundraising event where a good time is guaranteed for all attendees. This theme allows lots of additional fundraising activities such as auctions, wine tasting, gourmet food, and raffles.

A good location, excellent food, and a live band will make your Mardi Gras Fundraiser a night to remember!

Supplier Spotlight: BAKE & Co. Fundraising

(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)

Supplier: BAKE & Co. Fundraising
Phone: (800) 535-2253
Fax: Unknown
Address: 6523 California Ave SW #312
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip: 98136

Description:  QUALITY USA-made products for groups of all types and sizes in 48 states.

Catalog Sales:  Cookie dough – frozen & non-frozen mix;
coffee/cocoa/tea/smoothies; safety & first-aid, flower bulbs, candle jars, tins
& scriptured candles.  Fresh wreaths in WA State only.

Direct Sell Items:  First-aid kits, safety whistles,
magazine subscriptions, fire starters; breast-cancer awareness flip flops;
milk-chocolate awareness-ribbon lollipops, chocolate hearts & roses; variety
pack candy, meat sticks & jerky; shortbread, granola bars, fruit snacks; gourmet
dog/cat treats.  Car wash tickets in Western WA.

Donation Programs:  Recycling (laser/ink cartridges & cell
phones), Scratch cards, Belgian Chocolate.

Product Lines: Candles, Candy, Candy – Case, Candy – Catalog, Card – Scratch, Catalog
Sales,  Cheesecake, Coffee, Cookie Dough,
Cookies, First Aid Kits, Flower Bulbs, Fudge, Gift Items, Inspirational,
Popcorn, Recycling, Safety Items, Scratch Card, Snacks, Wreaths

Terms:  Prepay with check, money-order, VISA or MasterCard.  Credit with P.O. or
qualifying credit history.

Notes: Wreaths and Bottled Water fundraisers available in State of Washington

This company profile is an excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success, which provides complete how-to information on all aspects of raising funds for schools, churches, youth sports teams, and nonprofit groups.


Places To Go, Things To See


Places to go:

Turn Of The Century Posters

This digital exhibit begins with an illustration of a group of urbanites all in
a state of advanced concentration as they consider the latest issue of Harper’s
magazine. Created sometime in the 1890s, this particular poster by Edward
Penfield was one of the first art posters published in America.

This online collection from the New York Public Library is full of such
images, and visitors will enjoy looking over the hundreds of art posters from
the turn of the century offered here.

Visitors can view posters created by dozens of artists, and they can also
search the entire collection, if they so desire. There are a number of gems
here, including the poster advertising the novel “The Involuntary Chaperon” by
H.R. Boehm and Edmund Henry Garrett’s poster for “Romance and Reality of the
Puritan Coast”.

Things to see:

Take One Step For A Healthy Heart

There’s been a great deal of talk regarding the prevalence of diabetes and
cancer in the United States, but there’s at least as much concern regarding
heart disease.

Working with WGBH and PBS, the noted producer Elizabeth Arledge has created an
insightful documentary about the state of heart disease in America. This website
is designed to complement the television program, and it does so with a mix of
helpful fact sheets, suggestions for keeping the heart healthy, and some
heart-healthy recipes.

Visitors may also elect to view the entire program, which is contained here in
ten segments. The site is rounded out by a very well done audio and video
podcast which features Dr. Michael F. Roizen and Larry King.

That’s all for this issue. See you next month.


Copyright 2007 by Kimberly Reynolds. All rights reserved.

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