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Fund raising for choir budget needs

Jan 29, 2014 7:40pm

I've seen my fund raising efforts decline the past few years. This is the only source of budget money allotted for my choral program and yet I know parents/students are weary of the efforts it takes to sell product from catalogs. We sell cookie dough in the first semester which does pretty well and then fashion jewelry/food products/magazines in the second semester which seems to wane. Then, of course, there's the 60% profit the fund raising company takes from the sales. Just wondering what others use and have found to be successful and that are actually ENJOYABLE for parents/students alike.

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    • Jan 30, 2014 6:40am

      Another thing you could try is a silent auction or raffle - perhaps in conjunction with a special trivia night like Katie suggested. If you ask around the class, there are probably lots of talents/skills/resources just within your class and their connections as to what people could donate.

      • Jan 30, 2014 9:33am

        Thank you, Katie and Lauren! Great ideas and I appreciate them!

        • May 1, 2014 9:45am

          Try crowdfunding. You can find out more about it at sites like http://www.adoptaclassroom.org, http://www.donorschoose.org http://www.gofundme.com or http:/www./incited.org . Write up what you are looking for money to do and how much you are looking for, and let people donate based on project merit, locational proximity, or just because you sound like a good person to work with.