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2014 Ultimate Donation List

10 years 1 month ago #165681 by Susan
Replied by Susan on topic Re:2014 Ultimate Donation List
Epola - the previous page has great advice about finding locations near you.
10 years 1 month ago #165680 by Epola
Replied by Epola on topic Re:2014 Ultimate Donation List
I am not with a school I am with a non profit organization raising funds for special needs families and this site has helped me a lot. I was just wondering if anyone knew about my area Pasadena or south Houston texas area. I got donation from stampin up and Disneyland. We are having an auction in July.
10 years 1 month ago #165679 by jandbmommy
Replied by jandbmommy on topic Re:2014 Ultimate Donation List
Crusader Congrats on your successful school fundraiser! The event I am working on is coming up in about 3 weeks also in Iowa! We are adding the addition of a dessert auction and just wondered how you did yours and what you would recommend with it.

Our plan is to have a bidding sheet on each table and basically the table is buying the dessert to be plated upon winning the dessert of their choice.
Highest bid will pick their dessert and then on down. We had saw a fun dessert dash where once the bids are announced people can run up creating a frenzy but out location does not really provide room for that kind of event for fear of people getting hurt.
Thanks for any info you can share!
10 years 1 month ago #165676 by fundraiser mom
Replied by fundraiser mom on topic Re:2014 Ultimate Donation List
Crusader - maybe you can get local businesses to donate food (pizza, casual food) at your auction and sell plates of food as well and that $$ can go towards raising funds to your friends' son. Also, as a separate idea, it would probably be easy to dedicate 1 lunch or dinner time at a local casual /fast-food type restaurant for 1 day to raise funds for this child - with a portion of the profits going to their medical expenses. Flyers, etc. to all local contacts, any teams the child is on,….etc. People usually will come out to help.
10 years 1 month ago #165674 by Crusader
I don't know exactly how many hours I put in but my job is easy and I actually have about 9 hours of doing nothing but watch a boy sleep. I just know that I spent endless nights at work doing nothing but researching, emailing, filling out forms etc for our school. I try to make really good notes so the next year would be easier but I always
find more to do. I just need to figure out how to fill out those forms faster. I need a magic button that will fill in the blanks automatically.

Thanks for the idea of what to look for on google. I did email the family a tons of out of the box ideas that mostly are from people volunteering their skills. I also told them to look into "Go Fund Me" website. I think that is where they might raise the fastest money.

Fundraising is a lot of work but I love seeing what I receive from the companies and then how much money I get for them. Its my thrill.
10 years 1 month ago #165667 by donationmatch
An interesting statistic... did you know that it takes, on average, 2x as many hours to plan a fundraising event/gala as it does a wedding? About 600 hours vs 300 (I believe that the additional 300 is spent on multiple people's efforts soliciting items, entering data, wrapping, bidding supervision, and checkout for auctions, raffles, and gift bags). Now go pat yourselves on the back!

I also second using LinkedIn and Facebook--you never know who your network knows that may help you.

Renee Zau
Co-founder DonationMatch.com
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