Autumn: Promote A Harvest Festival
Everyone loves a good harvest festival or Oktoberfest! Your organization can easily start and nurture a small annual festival event of your very own as a fundraiser. Essential to any such fest is a healthy supply of delicious fall foods and fun seasonal activities. Maybe arranging a pick-your-own pumpkin patch or offering evening hayrack rides and a bonfire would work out well.
Of course, if planning and hosting your very own fall festival from scratch seems a bit over-ambitious, you can always find a partner. For example, many orchards, farms, and wineries already offer all kinds of festive autumn activities-your organization could team up with these folks for a day or a weekend to kind of make the event your own or maybe just to set up your own booth.
For all of the folks out there who purchase holiday wreathes and trees for decoration, it’s always fun and festive to actually do the seasonal decorating-but having to undo it all is, well…not so fun. A great winter season fundraiser for a capable group or organization involves a little Christmastime cleanup.
Why not organize a tree and wreath disposal fundraiser? It’s simple; just set up a post-holiday weekend for everyone to chip in, and with a few trucks, pick up disposed greenery and transport it to your local area compost site for a reasonable donation. Start by calling friends, family, and neighbors a few days in advance (and ask for referrals too)-you’ll have a solid weekend worth of pick-ups in no time at all!
Spring: Host A Plant Sale
Hosting a plant sale fundraiser is absolutely perfect for the springtime! A time when people get excited about driving to the nurseries and garden centers to plan their seasonal landscapes and gardens, your organization can easily carve its own little niche within the popular pastime.
One way to do something a bit different than all of the home centers-and make a little bit of extra profit for your fundraiser while you’re at it-is to have members of your organization donate their own cuttings or plant bulb splitting (like hostas or hydrangeas, for example). Sometimes perennials like these can be quite expensive to purchase from a nursery, while many home gardeners are eagerly looking for a suitable way to thin out their plantings. It’s a win-win for your group!
Summer: Sell Your Own Custom Flip Flops
As popular as flip flops are these days, a great beginning of summer fundraiser for your group could be to have your own custom flip flops created and sell them to raise money. You could use your group’s logo or message to help spread the word-or you could even come up with some other snappy slogan that matches the demographics of who you’ll be selling them to.
Another idea that fits the theme could be to host a BBQ or swim party and offer your custom printed sandals for sale there (or even give them away as a welcome gift to those registering for the event). After all, you’d be surprised how inexpensively customized flips can be printed in bulk-and who needs another T-shirt in their already overfilled dresser drawers?
Hopefully one of these seasonal fundraising ideas will work for you, or at least help inspire your own creative ideas. Best of luck with your group’s next fundraiser!