Fundraising Part 2

Small Group Fundraising Ideas

Here is a list of the most common and successful fundraising events that small groups have successfully worked at over the years.


Car washes, perhaps the most consistent and best fundraiser. It is important to find a location and set up some dates now. Also, try and pre-sell as many tickets as possible prior to your carwash.


Other washes, some groups have gone to dealerships and washed cars. One group even went to the post office and washed mail trucks!


Candy sales, this issue comes up each year. We have found that professional fundraising organizations that help you arrange candy sales are quite expensive. The best place to get bulk candy to sell is Costco. Buy it as you sell it. You are not required to buy a large quantity up front. When you approach people tell them you are trying to raise money for a trip to China and ask them if they would be interested in buying a candy bar for $1.00. People do not care where you bought the candy.


Soccer games, the best place to sell candy and pop is at the local schools on weekends. Each school has soccer games going on all day long during the fall. During the spring baseball will take its place. This is a good place to go around and sell pop and candy. If anyone is interested in selling Bangers at these events please let me know as I can get you as many as you want.


Ferry sales, if you are interested in this, sign up now for the spring. Contact the Washington State Ferry system and make a reservation. When your date arrives you are provided an opportunity to sell candy and pop to the cars waiting to get onto the ferry as they wait in line.


Holiday flowers, some groups have been very successful pre-selling flowers for certain holidays.


Rest area sales, again, you will have to sign up for a weekend reservation for later in the year. I believe the selection process is by lottery as to which group is finally selected. This event requires a commitment of people to maintain an open stand for 24 hours straight and provide coffee, pop and donuts for a donation.


Painting house numbers, the groups that have done this activity over the years have done very well financially. They go around and ask various homeowners if they can paint the house number on the curb for a donation. If you do this please make sure you check with the city to make sure you are conforming to city code.


Raking leaves, some groups, but not many have gone around and raked up leaves in the neighborhood for a donation.


Garage sales, the Mill Creek Garage Sale is held twice a year. Groups have done very well at these if they plan ahead and are organized. Some groups have even held monthly garage sales at home located outside Mill Creek City limits. Students have gone home to home requesting items to donate for their garage sales.


Pizza sales, each of the local Pizza establishments have a fundraising program. Each are somewhat different, but do provide another way to help generate money.


Magazine sales, we will work with an outside organization to set up a magazine sale. This usually is held during the month of February. Students who participate in this sale will receive 75% of their total sales.


Internet, a web search for fundraising ideas will also provide you with many new ideas and links to companies who specialize in fundraising.


Creativity, I have just listed some ideas here for you to think about in your groups. By know means is this list complete. The real success to raising money is being creative, being motivated and following through. You would be surprised at how easy the process is.



Much has been discussed about group fundraising. Please keep in mind that in addition to the group ideas; it is perfectly acceptable for students on their own to use any of these ideas to raise money for themselves. Some students have arranged for car washes and had their family help.


Go Fund Me

GoFundMe allows users to create their own website to describe what they are raising money for.[2] During this process, members can enter the fundraising cause, the amount they hope to raise, and even upload photos or video. Once the website is created, GoFundMe allows users to share their project with people through integrated social network links (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and email. People can then donate to a user’s cause through the website and track the progress of their funding. Those who donate can also leave comments on the website in support of the project. GoFundMe generates revenue by automatically deducting a transaction fee from each donation a user receives. If the user
does not receive any donations, then no charge is made.


In Conclusion

What you are embarking on is more than a trip to China. It is more about setting a goal and problem solving to figure out how to reach your goal. We have approximately seven months to raise the money. Students just like you have done this many times over the past eight years. We have found that the more assertive students who really want to go on this trip raise the money with minimal effort. Likewise, we understand that students who are not motivated and procrastinate usually struggle to raise the money and end up dropping out of the trip. Therefore it is all up to you! We are here to help you in anyway possible. We are not here to do to it for you though. We can provide ideas, support and various resources. However, this is your trip and if you want to go you have the means to help raise the money needed. The trip in late June is the reward for all your hard work.