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Michelle Rae
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Posted: 4/21/2013 1:44:02 PM
We do a cash bash that has raised $14k each time. I coordinate the football programs we sell and hope to raise another $8k this year.

Individual fundraisers are Sarris Candy Bars, hoagies and the winter fruit sale.

I'm a coordinator this year and would live new fresh ideas for individual fundraisers. This is money that goes directly into each kids account towards their trip. Whatever profit there is from what they sell they make for themselves.

Thanks so much! We do Disney in April next year.


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Posted: 4/21/2013 1:50:16 PM
We are using a trash bag fund raiser for volleyball. We wanted a fund raiser that sold an item people normally use rather than stuff they don't need.

Discount cards for local businesses are a good fundraiser for our bands and JROTC. local businesses agree to give discounts, Buy 1 Get 1 free/half price, etc. We get asked about these cards every year.

Sonic Drive Ins have a card you sell for $5 that has tear off coupons.




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Posted: 4/21/2013 2:07:41 PM

Discount cards for local businesses are a good fundraiser for our bands and JROTC. local businesses agree to give discounts, Buy 1 Get 1 free/half price, etc. We get asked about these cards every year.


THIS! Our HS Football team sold these a few years ago for $10 each. They made a killing..not sure how much exactly but I want to say close to 10K if not more.




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Posted: 4/21/2013 2:24:39 PM
candy bars. But we aren't allowed to do them anymore. Something like people will get too fat on them or something, I think the school superintendent is talking too much to mayor Bloomberg. Like if they want a candy bar they won't go buy it from the corner store. BUt it was only too easy to walk around with my box of chocolates for $1 and they sold themselves. Literally. I really miss them.

I dislike the frozen food fund raisers. too expensive and too difficult to deliver when people aren't home etc.

What is a cash bash?

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Posted: 4/21/2013 2:43:00 PM
We did a "dinner and a show" night. Carrabas will come and do dinner (Chicken Marsala, salad and bread) for $5 per person, we charged $10 or $15. The kids did a show. Great success, and pretty easy. The Carrabas schedule fills up fast, so you have to plan way in advance.

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Posted: 4/21/2013 4:05:30 PM
The best fundraiser that we did was for DS baseball team. We sold first aid kits for cars. They had flares, help sign, and the usual first aid stuff etc. We sold ads on the back of the kits to local businesses. If I remember right, it's been 15 years, we sold them for $7.00. The ads more than paid for the cost of the product, so we basically we made 100%
pure profit!

A car dealer ordered a TON of them, I think 1000, and included then with each car they sold. Many people bought more than one

We made a killing! There was 12-15 families selling them. Imagine what you could make with the number of families you have.

Good luck!


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Posted: 4/21/2013 6:06:33 PM
applebees does a fundraising breakfast.

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Posted: 4/21/2013 8:08:14 PM
As the coordinator this year, is there some sort of website or publication you can get as a resource for fundraising and other band related things?
I own a company that has a fundraising program. We advertise in national publications for ptos, all different sports, etc. Next on our list is to find the band resources. If you are interested in my company, please pm me. It is a 50% profit and extremely easy, our bands do really well.

Good luck!

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Posted: 4/21/2013 10:48:11 PM
Thank you for the ideas. Cash Bashes are huge hits here. We sell tickets for $25 each. Each ticket has two numbers for the drawings that are pulled every 15 minutes. We sell 500 tickets. The drawings are $250-$500 every 15 minutes. The ticket also includes food and beer. We then sell all kinds of tickets (King Tuts/cherries etc) we sell tickets for Chinese Auctions, Wheel Barrel of Cheer and etc. lots of fun.


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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:11:44 PM
Here every two years we run one of the city's casinos for the weekend. This generates between $80 000 to $120 000. On the opposite year we sell chocolate and sausage.

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Posted: 4/21/2013 11:25:19 PM
First Aid kits and Fire Extinguishers were our biggest.
There was a large Household Kit $25 medium $20 small $15
A Car Kit $15 it included an emergency blanket but no flares that I remember
A BooBoo Kit-basically a disinfecting wipe, antiseptic and a couple of bandaids $5 for kids backpacks or mom's purse addtional kits ran 3 for $10

For $50 you could get a Family pack- a large household, 2 Car and 3 BooBoo's

The Fire Kit had 2 Fire Extinguishers and Kitchen can and an emergency rope ladder and was also about $50.

Everything was packaged nicely and was in nice Red Cross approved bins and came with instructions on use.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 12:30:17 AM
Not sure where you live but I live in MI land of the bottle deposits, my son's high school band did a bottle deposit fundraiser they called "Tag Day." On a Saturday they went door to door and dropped off bright colored flyers explaining "Tag Day" was a fund raiser asking for returnable deposit bottles and cans and/or band instruments they no longer used and the date and time for pick up the of the following Saturday when they would be collecting them.

The premise was that they tagged their donation with the bright colored flyers and put them on their front porch. Parents would drive the band members in vans, trucks, etc. to pick up the donations and deliver them to the high school where other volunteer parents would return them to local stores for the the deposits which were given to the band. At 10 cents each the cans and bottles quickly added up.

The only issue we ever had was one year someone ripped off the returnables before the band could pick them up. We found out because a couple of kids had relatives they knew had left out bottles to be picked up and they were gone. Neighborhoods and subdivisions were assigned so kids didn't duplicate efforts.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 6:30:13 AM
Our PTA (elementary kids selling) sold butter braids and made $11K. We're a town of about 6500 in central Iowa.

butter braid

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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:45:21 AM
Our band uses "Scrip" for individual kids to raise money for their Disney trip. It's an ongoing program where you can purchase gift cards for almost any business and receive a percentage of the purchase - some up to 18%. Takes commitment for someone to be the chairperson and deal with the orders, but great profits on things people buy anyway. We earned 4% on all of our gas purchases for two years toward my DD's trip. Search Great Lakes Scrip for info.

Also, my church youth group did a gift card fundraiser through a local plant nursery in the spring. Sold gift certificates and got a percentage of sales.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:23:55 AM
We have three main fundraisers each year:
1. We host a Band field show competition at our school the last weekend in October every year. We had 8 bands participate last year. The first competition was 4 years ago and was a Senior Project for one of our Senior Drummers. It has made a steadily increasing profit each year. This year we made $8K. It's a lot of work and needs a lot of volunteers but they way we do it the groups perform twice. After the first time they perform they have a clinic on the field with the judges who give them very helpful feedback. Bands like to come to this competition as it falls before one of the largest competitions in the state and is good preparation. In the afternoon they perform in competition. All funds go into the general fund which is used primarily to fund transportation.

2. Big Band Dance & Auction. We serve all you can eat desserts (all donated by band families) and coffee/water, the jazz bands from the 3 district middle schools, the two other area high school jazz bands as well as our two jazz bands take turn performing through the evening. We have raffle baskets (donated) and a few silent auctions throughout the evening. It's a really fun family event and in general, it averages $10K. (some years less, some years more) All funds go into the general fund which is used to primarily fund transportation.

3. Butter Braids- We sell these twice a year. In the fall before Thanksgiving it is a HUGE success. We run it again in the spring and there is limited success. These make a $5 profit per unit (they sell for $12) and this money goes into individual student accounts to help offset the costs of the overnight trips. We generally make around $5K in the fall on this one. Not quite $2K in the spring.

We also do scrip (though we don't get much from it) and there are a couple of employers in our area who do a donation match for their employees.

The field show competition and the BBD & Auction are the most time consuming and require a lot of volunteers, but they're both fun events that the parents & students participate in and they serve the Band program well.

*edited to fix typos... (though I imagine I still missed a few!)



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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:35:29 AM
I'm curious how you are able to put the fundraising proceeds directly into each kid's "account." In our state, we are no longer allowed to do that as it counts as part of the parent's taxable income. Now all fundraising proceeds have to go to the group budget. It does hurt with fundraising.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 10:19:20 AM
We staff a food booth at Target Field and the Metrodome. They pay the band the equivalent of an hourly wage, plus a % of profit. It's really hard work, but worthwhile.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 10:19:34 AM

This is money that goes directly into each kids account towards their trip. Whatever profit there is from what they sell they make for themselves.


If your band is registered as a 501c3 non-profit organization, then this is no longer permissible to maintain individual athlete/musician/ etc. accounts. It is considered "private benefit" or "private enurement" and thus is not allowable for 501c3 organizations. All fundraising proceeds must benefit all equally.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 11:16:53 AM

The best fundraiser that we did was for DS baseball team. We sold first aid kits for cars. They had flares, help sign, and the usual first aid stuff etc. We sold ads on the back of the kits to local businesses. If I remember right, it's been 15 years, we sold them for $7.00. The ads more than paid for the cost of the product, so we basically we made 100%
pure profit!

A car dealer ordered a TON of them, I think 1000, and included then with each car they sold. Many people bought more than one

We made a killing! There was 12-15 families selling them. Imagine what you could make with the number of families you have.





I'd like to know more about this!! Especially the advertisement part.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 11:34:02 AM
We're starting to make plans for next school year, when DD will be in all-day kindergarten, and we won't have a regular daycare provider anymore. I was just thinking the other day that I'd sure love it if some school-related group would schedule "camp" days for "no school" days (other than holiday-related ones where you'd have more people vacationing). It could be done all sorts of ways, but I know I'd be happy to pay $50 to not have to try to wrangle a sitter for DD for the day or take a day off work!
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