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The ULTIMATE Donation List

13 years 2 months ago #156984 by Alleykitty
Replied by Alleykitty on topic Re:The ULTIMATE Donation List
Hey Tricky Tray Mom
TY for the tip on the Yanks. I am putting my request into the mail today. I live in Central Jersey. Also sent requests to NJ Devils, NY Giants, Phila Eagles, Phila Phils, The Flyers, and now the Yanks. Got some freebie tickets from Disney. Now trying Air Tran and Southwest Airlines for a couple tickets...
13 years 2 months ago #156983 by MMA
Replied by MMA on topic Re:The ULTIMATE Donation List
Regarding Airtran, from what others have posted earlier, it sounds like they do not respond until about 3 wks from the date of your event regardless of when you apply. I applied mid-Feb and no response yet.

I also just got a no from General Mills - they indicated that they channel alll donations through Feeding America organization because of the significant escalation in the number of donation requests received. No product coupons as people had posted earlier.

Also just got a response from CH Sugar - no cookbooks, aprons as others had earlier posted. She is just sending a couple of coupons.
13 years 2 months ago #156965 by anime036
TT-just letting you know I got a $25gift cert from oriental trading, it just showed up the week of our event.
13 years 2 months ago #156964 by STLMommy1
We got a yes from AirTran this week, much to my surprise. Our auction event is 4/9 - the certificates are supposed to arrive, but wondering what the time frame is for arrival with others after notice was received.

Also, what's the average expiration date from the date of your event? Trying to figure out how long the vouchers will be good for.

13 years 2 months ago #156931 by TrickyTrayMom29
Replied by TrickyTrayMom29 on topic Re: Getting local donations
Just wanted to share some ideas that we've had success with for getting LOCAL donations besides the usual local businesses. Try soliciting:

* Businesses that deal with your school, for ex. your cafeteria service, school lawyer, accountant, contractors, bus company, etc.

* Businesses that school families own...may seem obvious, but people just need to be asked

* Businesses you and your committee deal with...e.g. the company you/spouse work for, your accountant, dentist (may give an electric toothbrush system or a g.c. for a laser whitening treatment), mechanic, the clown you hired for your child's party, etc.

* Sometimes I solicit businesses that solicit ME...LOL If I get a card in my personal mail for a local landscaper, accountant, doctor, I call and thank them for letting me know about their service and ask them if they would like to donate to our tricky tray.

* Local businesses that do not have merchandise to offer, e.g. an electrician, often give monetary donations which we can then use toward a prize and we of course thank them in the program

* Independent consultants in the area for companies like Pampered Chef, Silpada, Creative Memories, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, etc. Just look up the company website then find a local consultant and contact them. They may give a g.c. and/or merchandise plus their catalog and business card. It's good business for them too!

* Local American Legion or Lions Club

* Nearby YMCAs and town pools (e.g. summer family membership)

* Local college or semi-pro sports teams

Make sure you put in your letter how the donor will be thanked/acknowledged and how participating in your event will BENEFIT them as well. And tell them what's special about your event.

Lastly, make sure you let your entire school, faculty included, the many ways they can support this event, such as donating any unused/new items they may have, spreading the word (advertising), buying tickets/attending the event, volunteering to help at the event, etc. I find that building great relationships all year long w/parents and faculty has an indirect result in that they want to volunteer for this event, and often go out of their way to also donate. Of course, I'm happy w/the great relationship part...but once they get involved, they want to be MORE involved because we are very welcoming and appreciative all year long and truly value them as people.

And definitely THANK your volunteers, donors (we mail postcards after the event), and everyone else who helped.

Good luck!
13 years 2 months ago #156929 by TrickyTrayMom29
Replied by TrickyTrayMom29 on topic Re:The ULTIMATE Donation List
School Donation Request Information
For donation requests to school fundraisers, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:
  • Your name and contact information
  • School’s name and contact information
  • School’s Tax ID number
  • Please select which donation item is preferred:
    • 20-page 8x8 photo book (hard cover)
    • A set of (12) 4x5 flat stationery cards
    • Reason for request
    • Have you created any Shutterfly products in the past? If so, what?
    • How will Shutterfly’s donation be acknowledged or recognized, i.e. in a school newsletter, blog or other publication?

      * Please note that we will only be taking requests via email. All requests will be reviewed within two weeks. Thank You.
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