Teeter Totter Fundraiser

A teeter-totter fundraiser is a fun way for schools and church youth groups to raise money. The best way to do this type of seesaw fundraising activity is to make it a marathon and have each participant get financial pledges from family, friends, and other prospective donors.

Sometimes called a teeter-totter-athon, this unique fundraiser can attract a lot of attention if is well publicized and held in a highly visible location.

Set the duration of your teeter-totter fundraiser for something like 24 hours or 48 hours. Divide your participants into small groups and assign them to hour-long shifts based on their availability and preferred time slot.

Each participant should signup at least ten pledges. Each pledge should tie to either the overall duration of the fundraiser or the number of minutes a particular participant is actively on the teeter-totter.

For example, a pledge could be either $24 for the 24-hour seesaw marathon or $48 for the 48-hour marathon. Or, an individual could pledge $0.25 per minute that a child was actually on the teeter-totter, which would mean $5 pledged for each 20 minutes of activity.

When asking for pledges, it’s very important that the potential donor knows the exact reason why your group is raising funds. They should also be specifically asked to help your group by stating your need in a certain way that is psychologically compelling.

Here is an example of how to ask for a pledge: “Our group is doing a teeter-totter marathon to raise funds BECAUSE we need new playground equipment. Can you HELP us out with a small pledge?”

For more information on why it’s important that you should explain your specific need, properly use the word “BECAUSE” and ask for their “HELP”, read this article on the psychology of fundraising and this one on candy bar fundraising explaining the importance of using the word because and asking for help.

Because the cost of the fundraising activity is so low – mostly just the cost of snacks and some publicity – this fundraising event can bring in a lot of much needed funds. You should plan for raising roughly $5,000 net from a 24-hour session or up to $10,000 from a 48-hour marathon.

And of course your group can do all sorts of different add-ons to the main fundraising activity such as selling raffle tickets for a small prize like a $250 gas card, conducting silent auctions for gift baskets or donated items, or offering fundraising cards for discounts from local businesses.

So, that’s how you put together your own marathon teeter totter fundraiser.