The following is a guest post from Candice, who is passionate about supporting a cause without breaking the bank. She has some great tips on how to fundraise on a budget.
Every year my daughter and I try to do something to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Walks can get very expensive in this type of economy. If you can afford that’s great but if you can’t there are tons of ways you can support a cause without breaking the bank. This year I wanted to try and do something my daughter would truly enjoy in hopes that she will always support causes when she grows up.
My daughter’s school has a Fall Carnival every year and they always send out requests for vendors. Well this year I requested a booth that will support Breast Cancer Awareness. To my surprise since my booth was supporting a cause the booth fee was waived. I was thinking this is going to be a tall order and I need to make sure I spend as less as possible so that most of the funds if possible can go towards the cause.
First we decided we would sale cupcakes, cookies, pink lemonade and Breast Cancer Awareness wristbands. I started calling local bakeries and to my surprise they were willing to donate cupcakes for free. I was able to get 7 dozen cupcakes for no cost at all. I was also lucky enough to contact an old friend who is willing to donate chocolate suckers in the shape of the Breast Cancer Ribbons.
I sent e-mails out to all my friends and family and they have all have been sending donations and we haven’t even had the fundraiser. For decorations I was able to get Breast Cancer Balloons donated for FREE from our local grocery store who knows I am a BARGAIN SHOPPER! Our little booth will be decorated with items I found at the dollar spot at Target for one dollar each.
I can’t wait until October 30th and I am so excited that my daughter is really excited about supporting a cause that has affected my family more than once. So when you think fundraising is hard work and expensive, don’t forget about your frugal ways and don’t be afraid to ask for a manager and ask for a donation! And when one person says no, there’s another person out there that will say yes!
Key Points to Remember:
- When hosting a fundraiser you want your booth or table to look good but you don’t want to spend a lot of money. Example: I could have paid $3.19 for a Breast Cancer Awareness tablecloth but I went with a solid pink table cloth I found for $1.00.
- Never be afraid to ask for a donation. I called three grocery stores before I found a manager willing to give me balloons for free.
- If you are including the kids, make sure you make it fun and give them jobs they will enjoy doing.
- Last but not least don’t forget your frugal ways. Always try and spend the smallest amount.
- Involve your friends and family and remember lots of businesses like giving a donation, you just have to ask.
Do you have any tips on Frugal Fundraising to share?