Fundraising Idea of the Month:
by Doug Nash
The silent fundraiser is always the preferred option when it comes to
donations. People don't have to feel like they are begging. The silent
when you have donation receptacles placed in strategic places so that
passer-bys can drop
in coins at their convenience with out feeling hassled. While it's is an
excellent way of
raising cash you can make it more appealing by using your imagination.
here are some
thoughts for you to consider.
- Consider what kind of receptacle you will use. Can you make it
unique like instead
of just using any old can have the receptacle shaped like a wishing well
or a famous land
- If you are using this at a school or some place similar consider
using the "Day
Drop" idea. It works like this: On the fifth day of the month ask
people to drop in a
five cent coin, on the tenth day of the month ask them to drop in a ten
cent coin, on the
twentieth day of the month ask for a twenty cent coin and on the last
day of the moth ask
for a fifty cents coin. If a person was to meet all these requests by
the end of the year
they would have donated $44.20. Multiply that by ten or a hundred and
you can see how
quickly and easily the dollars add up.
- Again this is for a groups at a school or similar situation only
the added twist
here is competition. The idea is to have different groups vie to have
the highest total at
the end of a set period. Nothing new here so far but what if you add the
ability of groups
to reduce the amount of their competitors while still adding to the
overall amount? Gets
How it works is like this, in Australia five, ten, twenty and fifty cent
coins are silver
and one and two dollar coins are gold in colour. Give the
different coloured coins a
positive and negative value, silver coins add to their total and the
gold coins a negative
value, reducing their total. The way to have the highest total is to
have more silver than
gold, or by making sure that your opponents have a lot of gold coins in
So those involved are encouraged not only to drop silver coins in their
own receptacle but
also to drop some gold coins into the other receptacles. Whether you use
receptacles or not is up to you and what resources you have at your
disposal. This means
that the overall donations are higher than what would normally be the
case. A fun way to
raise money in small donations and a lot of fun when it comes to the
counting to determine
So here you have a few options to consider. Silent fund-raising can
be both fun and
effective if you use your imagination. There are many more ways of using
coin drops as a
fun and interesting ways of raising funds, so get your minds together
and get going!
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About the Author:
Doug Nash lives in Logan City in Queensland, Australia. He has graciously consented to share a fundraising idea with us every month. Although many of the ideas aren't new, each of them has a unique flair that comes from being developed and refined half a world away from ours. Visit his web site at http://www.home.gil.com.au/~dnash/ for more fundraising ideas.
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