Question: Fundraising ideas for low income area
Most of the children in our school come from low income families. How do we raise money without having these parents spend what they don't have?
Asked by christyandbobby
Community AdviceInez writes:
Hello, my name is Inez I am new to this community and still learning the layout of the site. However first thought came to mind was to encourage the parents to offer their own skills to generate interest. For example: home baked goods (simple cookies, cakes, muffins etc.) can someone knit blankets?, offer home repairs if they are a "handy-man", have car washes at someone's driveway. To sum up my suggestion: hopefully they can find something they're good at and share the skill.
Community Advicenmuscat writes:
Check out herecomesmoney.com All their products sell for 1 or 2 dollars and you make half! Plus it's stuff kids can use at school like pencils and bookmarkers.
Community AdviceRadmomincali writes:
At our school, we actually make money by holding community recycling events. We partner with an electronics recycling company in our area and hold events for the businesses/community members in our area. Our school receives payment based on the weight of the items collected and there is no cost to the school to put it on. We utilize our local high school students (who require community service hours for graduation) for labor and our parents volunteer also. Not only is this a "Green" fundraiser, but, if you do the footwork, this can be an ongoing source of income for your school and extremely beneficial to the residents and businesses in your community.
Community Advicemickeymiller writes:
First of all, congrats on getting your fundraising started! Raising support for a worthy cause can be super rewarding. But obviously, if you're not an official non-profit, it can be really tricky finding a good way to build support for your cause. One route you might want to consider: setting up a homepage for your group on a fundraising website. Having a group homepage online makes organizing and fundraising infinitely easier ... And though the majority of fundraising sites require you have official non-profit status, many good ones only require that you are a group - and will give you plenty of the tools you need. For example, one good site is Meet Up (www.meetup.com), who allow you to fundraise directly to your account, and register a group without having an official non-profit status - and they cover groups around the world, while giving you some tools to do event management. But the tools they offer are a little limited outside of fundraising. Another good option would be Empowered.org (www.empowered.org), a platform that also helps small groups fundraise and organize (regardless of non-profit status). They also work for international groups - and offer a fair amount of useful tools, like the ability to organize your group or to create volunteer activities and fundraising campaigns for more targeted ways to raise support. Or you could always try to send up your own PayPal account to link to you directly to help you fundraise, but this is a little trickier and a bit inflexible. Good luck getting started moving forward! Hope that helped.
Community AdviceLauraJan1 writes:
Great ideas in the last aanswer and may I add my personal favorite. shopforstudents.com. this is a full service online shopping fundraiser with complete support to assist you.
They give you an online shopping store that you, your parents and supporters will love. You can track the clicks and the online sales 24/7 to your very own domain name they pay for you when you start and you are up and running in usually just a few hours. Unlike others, prices are up to 80% less, free ship on many items not all and tney donate 15 (fifteen) percent triple the national average and provide support from day one at no cost to your school, team or any good reason to fundraise. 954.438.9843 LauraJan1 at aol dot com.
Community AdviceLauraJan1 writes:
Average sale is only 20 dollars, so that should go well in any low income area. Good luck.
Community Advicebemusedwi writes:
We're on our third year of our "Dine Out" fundraiser. I get as many restaurants in our town to donate $1 per entree over the course of two days. This is great because families can go out to eat to help out, anyone eating in the restaurant helps raise money regardless if they know about it or not, and the restaurants get enough of a boost so their donation is off-set by extra diners over those two days.
We're a small town and school but we generally raise about $700 and very few volunteers are needed to run.
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