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Fundraising Idea of the Month:
Coin Drops

by Doug Nash


The silent fundraiser is always the preferred option when it comes to raising cash donations. People don't have to feel like they are begging. The silent fundraiser happens 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.

  1. 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 mark.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 interesting eh?
    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 their receptacle. 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 see-through 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 a winner.

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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