Let's Go Fundraising! forum: Now here's a scary topic - but it needn't be........

 
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Feb 22, 2010 10:14 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Alright - you've come up with some fundraising ideas, and you're all excited.
You've gone to the Church Board, or the Ladies' Group (whatever your church calls 'em - they, with the help of your religious leader, RUN the church), and you have their gracious approval to do a fundraising.
They've asked you - all the Wheres, Whys, Whens Whos and Whats
where the funds will be allocated to (General, choir, M&P, CD (Christian Development), Memorial, or other specific fund)
where and when you'll have the event (on, or off-site)
who is on the committee (just you? tsk tsk)
who provides food, refreshment, equipment
who takes in the monies

You've scrambled around, and you need more ideas.........

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Feb 26, 2010 11:40 PM CST
Name: julie
Dellroy Ohio Zone 6a
Freelance Writer and Avid Gardener
Sell seed packets, bulbs, and starter plants! yeah I like that idea.....especially if the starter plants are herbs!!!
ImageTallulah_B
Feb 26, 2010 11:52 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
ah - now that it's coming up to Spring, you're so right! I've seen other churches do that - they get a donation of soil, too, and people buy a bag of soil!

Thank you, Julie - now This is what we're talking about!
Another lady & I are gardeners, and I look after the regular garden, while she and her DH have created a memorial garden for people to plant things in past or living memory. She & I would be good ones to get something like this going. I'm sure there are a lot of people with plants of one kind or another they could sell....

Thumbs up Lovey dubby

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Feb 27, 2010 8:20 AM CST
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada
One group at my church sold Vesey's bulbs a few years ago and they proved to be a disappointment.

Mostly I'm lurking as my church is looking to raise $1,000,000 (above the nearly $1,000,000 we already have or have pledged) for a major renovation. If I come up with any good ideas they haven't already thought of, I'll pass them on.

Ann
ImageTallulah_B
Feb 27, 2010 11:48 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
hmmmm never thought of purchasing bulbs from a company. I guess I was thinking "cheap" and "home-grown".
Good idea, Ann! Thank you ^_^

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Feb 27, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
We've started a "Cinema Night" with Movie Wars.
Last night was our first night, and it was a dismal showing (one person came). Probably because everyone was watching the Olympics! ^_^
We played Sister Act, and our next one will be Sister Act II. We're going to have Movie Wars which, simply put, is that we present a movie for viewing that everyone hears about, and another person offers to bring a secondary one that they tell no one in advance about. They tell the committee, and after one is offered, the choice is closed to those two.
On Cinema Night, the audience is asked to choose between the original one, and the secondary one. The one that's voted in is the one we watch.

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Oct 7, 2010 2:53 PM CST
Name: Sue Stokes
Lambertville NJ
I just found this thread and hope it can become active again.

I am an elder in a small Presbyterian Church in central NJ. We are trying to raise funds for a new roof. Spring storms caused major damage, which has been repaired. But it was decided that the roof really needs to be replaced to the tune of $100,000.

My committee has been working on some fundraising ideas. We did one flea market in June that raised about $550. Another is planned for Oct. 23. We set up the bake sale just inside the church so that people had to go in to purchase baked goods, hot dogs, or drinks.

Many of the people attending had never been to our church and were impressed with the quaint, friendly atmosphere. It was a great way to get people to come in and see what we are all about.

We also did a Mum sale a few weeks ago. We did pretty well for putting it together so quickly. We worked with a local greenhouse. We took orders for 5 different types of mums and went to the greenhouse to pick them us. The mums cost us $3 each and we sold them for $6. They were great looking plants. We will certainly do this again next year.

I would love to hear other ideas for fundraising.

ImageTallulah_B
Oct 7, 2010 3:02 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Good for you on the Mum fund-raising. I tried to get our church to do a plant fund-raising, but I'd suggested they bring their personal favourites from their house (indoor and outdoor). It seemed like too much work for them, so the idea was tossed out!
I really like your idea of buying from a local greenhouse. Did they discount the plants because of volume and the fact it was for a church?

We're doing a "Rent-a-table" sale on the 16th, whereby people (congregation, or those in the neighbourhood) pay $10 for a small table and $15 for a large one, then bring their yard sale treasures to the church to sell. We also have a church-run bake table, and one of our ladies makes this absolutely wonderful soup which is part of a lunch we put on for $5/plate. We used to have a clothing sale, but usually ended up donating the stuff to a charity. People simply didn't buy many of the clothes. It was a lot of hauling stuff somewhere else when it didn't sell. This way, all the other people's stuff is taken home by them if it doesn't sell.

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Imagefarmgirl2761
Oct 7, 2010 3:15 PM CST
Name: Sue Stokes
Lambertville NJ
Isn't it frustrating when you come up with a good, simple idea and just can't get support for it.

We tried a kits clothing swap one time. No money involved. Parents bring outgrown clothes and swap for what others have outgrown. It fell flat. I think I had 1 other person show up. Had lots of donations though.

We just rent outside spaces (10' x 10') for our flea market. People bring their own tables and chairs. We also make them sign an agreement that states the size of the space and clearly state that they must take everything they do not sell home with them. Nothing is to be left behind.

The greenhouse we use is a wholesale greenhouse. We have used them for our Easter lily memorials for years. They have fundraiser programs for local organizations. I had never seen anyone in our area do a mum sale and that's why I think it went over so well.
ImageTallulah_B
Oct 7, 2010 5:15 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
well good for you!

There's no point in us renting outside areas because of the weather...
Also a lot of our people are elderly and they don't want 'too hot; too windy; too cold"
We're trying to take over from them (we are 56 & 60, my DH & I, so are the younger ones of the church), because the younger ones (not only us - there are a few in our age-bracket) are bringing new ideas, and our better health to the church.

What is the size of your usual congregation?

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Imagefarmgirl2761
Oct 8, 2010 8:02 AM CST
Name: Sue Stokes
Lambertville NJ
We have one member, bless her heart, who is 93 and still does tons of crafts. We will probably set her up inside. In June, we put her under a shade tree and she was happy as a clam. Did well too. We are still fairly warm here in October.

Our usually Sunday attendance is anywhere from 30 to 40. I'm a young'un at 49. There are only a few members my age or younger. This is another challenge we have, how to get some new, younger people into our congregation. I'm always trying to come up with ideas, but its hard to get others to volunteer.
ImageTallulah_B
Oct 8, 2010 8:32 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
My goodness, Sue - you & I could be in the same church! Our attendance is about 30-40, with others in care homes, etc. The pastor goes to these once per month (3 different places) as well as the obvious hospital visits, etc.
The attendance includes the pastor, choir, and children (of which we only have 5 at the most).

I tried to get a quilting bee going, but unfortunately that didn't work because of the arthritis some suffer from.

On the 25th of Sept our church had a Fall Supper (30% of the food was purchased, and 70& was donated) and the members of the church cooked turkeys (in most of their homes, due to space of course) and had a "peeling bee" to get the vegetables ready. Of course there were days to set up, etc, etc. We had 2 seatings and 220 people attended overall. It was a very successful dinner. The next day, we sold the leftovers for a profit as well. Tickets for the dinner were $12.50 for adults, and $5.00 for children.

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Imagefarmgirl2761
Oct 8, 2010 8:49 AM CST
Name: Sue Stokes
Lambertville NJ
Ha! we have 5 children also, and 3 of them belong to the Minister. Unfortunately, sports compete with our Sunday School program. When I was a kid, no one scheduled practice or games for a Sunday morning.

Congratulations on the success of your supper. We used to do a roast beef supper, but don't have enough hands to do that these days. Also we would have to use the facilities at the fire house since we don't have the space. The fire house ladies are not that keen on anyone else using their kitchen.

I'm not good with my geography, but you are in western Canada, correct? I have only been to the Ontario area.
ImageTallulah_B
Oct 8, 2010 9:03 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Yes, I'm in western Canada - right above Montana.
Ha - You're not good with Geography? hmmmm that makes TWO of us...... You're somewhere near the eastern seaboard, right?

We have a large basement where we do the dinners. We had to do it in 2 seatings, because this dinner is one of our most popular ones of the year. We do 3 - a Robbie Burns one in January, a ham dinner in the spring (near, but not AT Easter), and the Fall Supper.
For the Robbie Burns (Scottish) one, we have a piper who volunteers his time, Highland dancers (a young girls dance group), and most of the people dress up in their tartans. We have an overwhelming amount of Scottish people in our church. It's a running joke - you're either from Winnipeg, Manitoba, or Scottish, or BOTH lol. Even our Icelandic pastor is from WInnipeg lol It's hugely successful, partly because of the entertainment, and partly because of the ethnic foods we serve.

Do you have an ethnic group for which you do a special dinner each year? If not, it may be an idea......

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Imagefarmgirl2761
Oct 8, 2010 9:15 AM CST
Name: Sue Stokes
Lambertville NJ
I am about 1 hour away from the Atlantic Ocean. Smack dab between New York City and Philadelphia. We are a fairly rural community for NJ.

A friend's church does a Pennsylvania Dutch dinner and it is very successful. They go out to the Amish country get some of the goodies they serve. It is a really good meal.

We have not done a dinner for several years, but it is something worth thinking about again. Your Scottish dinner sounds interesting and fun.
ImageTallulah_B
Oct 8, 2010 10:00 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
It is fun!
Here are a few pictures from one of them
The piper:
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People came for dinner:
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One of the Elders carrying the Haggis
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My DH in his kilt (not such a great picture as his back is to the camera)
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Oct 8, 2010 10:04 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Here are my DH & I at our Renewal of our Vows (with our piper), for our 10th anniversary two year ago
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And here we are after the service, with our Pastor
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Oct 11, 2010 8:45 AM CST
Name: Sue Stokes
Lambertville NJ
Sorry for not getting back sooner. Busy few days. We had a family reunion yesterday. And the day before, I took two of the grandkids shopping for winter coats. We ended up going to a few yard sales and finding a bunch of clothes for the 4 mo. old. I do love to find good bargains.

Thank you for sharing the pictures Smiling Looks like a really fun event.
ImageTallulah_B
Oct 11, 2010 12:19 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Thanksgiving day, so very busy today. Chat atcha tomorrow......
Blessings on you!!

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ImageTallulah_B
Oct 11, 2010 10:42 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Hi Sue - sounds like you and the dgk had a good day.
We had a good weekend, too - our 12th anniversary on the 10th, then Thanksgiving dinner on the 11th Smiling
We had 3 friends over for dinner. One of them is a music teacher, and she gave us a "concert". How very lovely it was! She is Japanese, and has learned piano since she was 4 years old (I think she's in her 20's....... but don't know for sure).
The other 2 are friends from church. Had a huge turkey, and lots of leftovers.
I guess we're going to be eating a lot of turkey over the next while Whistling Hurray!

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