Hi and welcome to Better Fundraiser - Issue Number 5
I hope you have had a great summer. My family and I spent a great holiday camping in Devon (South West England). Really good fun and plenty to do in that renowned tourist area.
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In particular my daughter had a ball and made a lot of new pals to explore the campsite and local woods with. Kids are great at finding some mates to knock around with. We also made friends with the parents of course, as all the families spent time round the communal camp fires in the evening. On hearing about our website we had lots of discussions about fundraising particularly for schools and plenty of new suggestions and ideas.
Most of the parents were very enthusiastic about their schools' fundraising and, rather than see it as too much of a chore, view it as part and parcel of school life. It seems that more adult events for parents are particularly popular at the moment. A glass of wine helping overcome newcomers' inhibitions and shyness!
As the schools start back for the new term we will see plenty of parents getting engaged with their local parent teacher organisations for the first time. As with all fundraising organisations being welcoming and non-cliquey is the best strategy for getting them on board. Also simple things like a PTA table staffed by a couple of volunteers at kid collection time is a simple way to break down barriers and get talking to new mums and dads.
This time of year is also the traditional start of many teams' sporting seasons. We have lots of ideas for sports fundraising but always love to hear about any fundraising events or successful fundraisers you run for your team, so do send them in to us.
Whatever the good causes, clubs or organisations you are raising funds for we wish you lots of success
This certainly seems to have become a real feature and annual fixture for many villages in the UK and scarecrow festivals seem to be popping up all over the place. Is the same true for other parts of the world? Let us know.
It seems it a great way of including a whole village for a fundraising event; enthusiasm, I am sure, being stoked by friendly rivalry as families compete to have the best scarecrow in their front garden!
There seemed to be plenty of scarecrows with a royal theme this year......something to do with a certain wedding perhaps?
The success of scarecrow festivals does show one thing however. Fundraising events work really well when there is a clear idea at the heart of it. Come up with a good concept and creative ideas for how you can fundraise from it will flow.
How will you make your annual event a bit different next year?
Saints Alive - Are you missing something right under your nose?
Is your church or school named after a saint? A great many are. Why not use "your saint" as a handy excuse for some inspired fundraising.
All saints have a special day allocated to them and what an excuse for a fundraising party or event.
It could be the perfect theme for a whole afternoon or evening of fundraising fun. If you wanted something a little simpler how about the St. So-And-So annual raffle, or selling St. Whats-Is-Name cookies to parents as they collect their kids from school (or your church's congregation as they leave Sunday Service).
A little bit of research about your saint might prompt all sorts of other fundraising ideas. Most saints are associated with something or other. Could you plan an event that incorporated your saints association or trade
Patron Saints Trades and Associations
Take this idea one stage further - could you find a trade and get them to put on a fundraising event (with your help) in support of you on their patron saints day ie:
- St Gabriel - Postmen
- St Martin - Hairdressers
- St Vincent - Hospital Workers
- St Fiacre - Taxi drivers
You don't have to be too literal but saints can provide a good hook and an opportunity for local tradespeople to promote and market their businesses whilst raising funds for you.
Still stuck for ideas You can find 3 more unlikely saints days to celebrate here
3 Saints Days With A Difference
A happy day on the beach with my daughter Loveday turned up a great fundraiser we are looking forward to trying out at the next school fair. We collected these limpet shells. They are perfect for hiding a "treasure" such as a coin £1 / £2 (or other currency). A "prize every time" sweet under all the others and we reckon people will love to pay for 3 tries to find the lucky shell.
Bake Sale Recipes - Fruity Flapjacks
These flapjacks are so easy to make its not true. Very tasty though and a guaranteed hit at any fundraiser
- 140g Rolled oats
- 115g Demerera sugar
- 85g Raisins
- 115g Melted butter
Pre-heat the oven to 190 C and lightly grease a shallow 28cm x 18cm baking tin.
- Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well to combine.
- Turn the mixture out into you tin and press down into all the corners with the back of a spoon.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Mark (firmly) into 14 bars but leave in the tin. After about 10 minutes turn out the bars onto a wire rack
Do you have a bake sale favourite?
Send the recipe in to us and we will try to include it either on the web site or in a future edition of Better Fundraiser.
Send Us Your Ideas
We really do love hearing about good little fundraising ideas and love to add the best to the site. Our site statistics show us that lots of our visitors enjoy reading these ideas sent in by readers too.
So if you have a good fundraising idea either that you have seen somewhere or done yourself please send it in.
Don't forget to include all the details of your idea. Lots of the people who visit our site are looking for ideas because they are "newbies" who suddenly find themselves on the fundraising committee of their school, church or local charity. They want all the details experienced "old hands" like yourselves can give them.
Of particular use are the little tips and wrinkles that make an idea (even a well known one) work that little be better. So please don't be shy. Your idea could end up helping a fundraiser the other side of the world. You can read other peoples ideas and send us your own (and photos if you have them) at this link.
Take Care and we hope you continue to have a great Autumn of fundraising success.