Once you have an estimation of how much your reunion will cost, you need to estimate how much revenue you would like to bring in from fundraisers. A higher amount made in fundraising can bring down registration costs to those attending. Take a look at some of these fundraising ideas that can help pay for your family reunion.
Plates to go
Everyone likes to eat good food, so a lunch or dinner fundraiser can be very successful. Decide what will be on the plate and who will cook. Buy plates or containers so people can take the food to go. Set a date and time range that people can come pick up their dinners. Sell tickets ahead of time so you can get an idea of how much food you will need to make. Tell everyone you know about it and post it on facebook. The price should be set to cover your costs and provide a profit.
Ask family and friends to donate items. Get the kids involved by having them make the signs for the sale. Be sure to research information specific to your city such as the cost of a license.
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This type of raffle involves selling raffle tickets with the proceeds being split evenly between the winner and the hosting organization. This type of raffle could be done at one of your other fundraisers such as a garage sale. You can also do this type of raffle online. A website with the ability to take online payments and print out a raffle ticket will be needed.
You have to know your audience when it comes to choosing prizes. Things such as sports memorabilia, a weekend getaway, electronic equipment, gift certificates, or art can be used. Try to get items donated or use money from a previous fundraiser to buy an item. Find good deals on websites such as www.woot.com, www.livingsocial.com, and www.googleoffers.com. The raffle ticket price should be high enough to reflect the value of the prize and raise the funds needed, but should not be so high that nobody will buy a ticket.
You will need plenty of volunteers, a high-traffic parking lot, and some signage. Get permission to hold the car wash from the real estate owner. Let people know about it in advance. You could even sell tickets in advance. Check with your local department of water conservation and city hall to see if a permit is needed for holding a car wash fundraiser.
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