Turn Fundraising into Friendraising

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It is about forming and growing relationships within your community.

I am constantly in search of ideas to help out my fundraising friends.  Through my searches I have learned that fundraising is not just about raising money.  It is about forming and growing relationships within your community in an attempt to change lives…to make the world a better place to live.  This is because as human beings we do not respond well to being a number.  We need to feel like we are a person who is a part of a community.  The other day I came across a term that is new to me, friendraising.

What is Friendraising?

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Raise Even More Funds at Your Event with a Wine Pull Raffle

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A wine pull raffle is a novel way to add excitement to a fundraising event while raising extra money for a worthy cause.  Valentine’s Day is one of the few days out of the year where we go out of our way to make it a point to spend time with our loved ones  wine-ing, dine-ing and dancing; therefore, why not add a wine pull raffle to your Valentine’s Day fundraiser event?

What is a wine pull?

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Paint and Sip Fundraiser

Laugh, Relax and Have Fun with a Paint & Sip Fundraiser
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I was recently invited to a painting party at a friend’s house. I thought that I would love to help them paint their home while having a good time visiting with everyone.  I soon discovered that I was not helping them paint their home, but instead I was sharing an evening of wine and art with friends.  Something that I don’t do often enough!

wineA Paint & Sip event is a new trend that is popping up around the country.  It is hard to imagine a better way to bring people together than sharing an evening of wine and art in a relaxed setting.  A Paint and Sip combines the fun and relaxation of a party with the challenge of a class.  The best thing is that NO experience is necessary!  EVERYBODY can do it!  I saw a 7 year old boy’s picture of a snowman (Olaf) turn out just as beautiful an experienced painter!

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Do-Si-Do! An Old-Fashioned Square Dancing Fundraiser!

It has been said that square dancing is friendship set to music. Square dancing has been integral to American social life for centuries. It is believed that country line dancing came from square dancing.

rtsschooldanceI remember in middle school square dancing was a required unit in gym class.  The boys usually hated it; they had sweaty hands and rolled their eyes a lot.  But I think secretly, they had fun and so did us girls.  It definitely got everyone socializing!

One of my friends parents belonged to a square dancing club. They would go square dancing every Saturday night. I was able to go with them a few times and experience the fun. I thought the women all looked beautiful in their fancy Western outfits. Everyone had a great time at these events.

November 29th is Square Dancing Day. Why not host an Old-Fashioned Square Dancing Fundraiser for your next event?  Here are some ideas. Continue reading

Holiday Fundraiser Ideas That Help Lessen The Burden On Families

holiday fundraiser ideasPreparing for the holidays can not only be stressful, but often overwhelming for many families. Your organization can help with holiday fundraiser ideas that offer a number of useful services and can help keep Mom and Dad’s to-do list short.

Amid the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas – all the shopping, decorating, and travelling adds up – it’s easy to lose track of time. Your group can help busy families enjoy home-baked goods by offering baked holiday cookies that members of the community can purchase by the dozen. Decide on two or three basic, popular varieties, such as sugar cookies or snickerdoodles, and begin taking orders at least two weeks in advance to give your group time to prepare and bake. If time, skill and interest allows, you could even offer pies or cakes. Continue reading

A Holiday Fundraiser That Will Feed Your Sense Of Community

turkeydinnerReady or not, summer has officially ended and fall has begun. As the holiday fundraiser season approaches, thoughts turn toward preparing for gatherings of family and friends … but for many, this is when a busy life is made even busier and more stressful. You can help alleviate some of the crush of the holidays and help foster a sense of community while getting the word out about your organization by hosting a Thanksgiving feast for everyone. Continue reading

Halloween raffle ideas to make your event spook-tacular!

halloweencrafts-for-kidsAs the leaves begin ever so slowly to turn colors and the temperatures start to cool off from the height of summer’s glory, thoughts naturally turn to the glories of fall … hoodies, hot cocoa, football scrimmages and – arguably the most popular of all – Halloween. October’s increasingly popular holiday can help your organization raise money to support its charitable work.  Continue reading