I volunteer with a children's charity in Texas. What are some unusual, but legal, ways we could raise money?
Event doesn't matter. Victoria's Secret fashion show and gift bags with dead fetuses.
Sponsorship from [...].
Sponsor a carnival
Silent auction for kid art. Most of the time it's better than what passes for contemporary art these days.
n00b @ R3/6
Not really a n00b, I just never thought to type that before. I didn't realize it was...forbidden. Lesson learned.
Boosterthon, google it.
Full Monty Show with a lot of weiner
Put on a show!
Football players. Lots of them and the bigger the better.
Do a "Dolly and Me Tea" for all the little darling dears with their American Girl dolls. I do one every year and it is quite successful.
M.A.C. cosmetics does greeting cards made from children's artwork.
I know you asked what to do, but what not to do is one of those three dimensional metal Christmas Tree ornaments. They are a great way to lose money
Silent auctions are fun, and if you've earned your gay card at all you have at least a dozen talented artists and crafts people in your circle of friends and contacts.
[quote]Silent auctions are fun, and if you've earned your gay card at all you have at least a dozen talented artists and crafts people in your circle of friends and contacts.
Silent auctions, tricky trays, Chinese auctions, what ever you call them, have been a staple for fundraising for years. The problem today is that nobody wants to take the effort to wrangle the donations.
I do a Gala every year. We raise about 75,000.00 after expenses. The majority of that is from a silent auction and a live auction, but each year the volunteers whine about it being sooooo much work. Can't we charge a higher ticket price. Can't we do a Kickstarter campaign.
My favorites are the corporate types who do a labor vs profit analysis and argue that we are not making enough money based on the time involved. That is the fucking point of fundraising! You volunteer your time and labor to do something or create something that would not be cost effective otherwise.
Another vote for the silent auction of children's artwork.
it's texas you can
auction off illegals
have a raffle for rifle (or ak 47)
You should have a big poster with asians of all types and the person who guesses how many are from korea wins!!
I think a mashed potato martini bar would be ... well, bless your heart.
A vote for silent auction but AGAINST children's artwork. It's a bunch of fraus pushing that in this thread, right? Let's cut the bullshit, ladies. No one will actually pay for your kids' crayola scribbles. They certainly won't be clamoring to outbid each other on it.
Get your artistic friends to donate real art. You're not going to raise any money with Jayden's refrigerator art.
R21, as much as a hate to say it, R21 speaks the truth. Christmas cards with children's artwork is really over done, and quite frankly, I don't imagine there is much profit in it. No one is really going to spend big bucks on kids artwork.
What does get high bids (at least in the North East) is use of a vacation home for a weekend. Anytime we have someone offer a vacation home in PA, VT, NH, or ME, we rake in the dough. I don't know if that would translate to TX.
So, what does TLPG stand for? What else is banned? I know about the E-word.
I did a fund raiser once that set up a big room and had everyone do a survey. Instead of getting paid for it they gave money to everyone who took the survey.
It was pretty painless taking it. I'm not sure how they found a company to set it up though.
Get ten or twelve married women on your committee, and have them force their husbands into doing a drag pageant. It's really irresistible. Sell tickets to the event, then sell "votes" at the event during intermission for the audience to stuff into the "ballot box" of their favorite.
You'll make a fortune, and have a lot of laughs.
Is OP even reading these?
Bump for the shut down.
I'm not satisfied with any of these ideas.
children=free labor. That's why in the olden days, car washes were the preferred charity moyen for helping children. Sadly, liability issues put paid to that.
R29, we still have car washes by high school kids here in NJ. The liability issue must be a local thing.
That said, all fundraising is about free labor. As I mentioned up thread, that is kind of the point of fundraising. Even the auction items often boil down to giving to the charity and getting free XXX (Interior design advice, cooking classes, yoga instruction, etc.)