Author Archives: Gail Schalizki

Carnival Style Walk-A-Thon

carnival walk_a_thonWhy a carnival-style Walk-A-thon?  Because I am always looking for ways to help people naturally get and stay healthy. Especially since studies show that people tend to be healthier when they have a sense of community.   I began thinking about how awesome it would be to promote a health conscious fundraiser that involves the whole community while helping to promote local businesses.  And As spring starts to approach the thought of nicer weather entered my mind and so did  a carnival style walk-a-thon. Continue reading

Everyone loves a compliment, why not have a Compliment Fundraiser?

Everyone loves a compliment.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a world where we receive more compliments than Compliment Fundraisercomplaints? It sure would be a brighter place to live!  Have you heard the saying, “You reap what you sow?”  So if you put out (sow) good energy (such as a compliment), then good will be attracted (reap) back to you. You can help create this positive energy and raise money for your cause by having a Compliment Fundraiser. Continue reading

Turn Fundraising into Friendraising


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

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!

Why not turn this opportunity into a fundraiser? 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