Fundraising

Fundraising is an effective way to reach your budget goals for a playground or recreational project. There are many different ways to put together a fundraiser. When planning a fundraiser, it is important to keep in mind that everyone’s goal, budget, and community are different—what works for one community might not work for yours and vice versa. We suggest holding community meetings and discussing all potential fundraising options. We’ve put together some ideas and key points to address when setting up your fundraiser:

Fundraiser Options

GalaOne-Time
Events
Yard SalesAuctionsCrowdfundingCoupon
Books
Car
Washes
Gift
Baskets
RafflesMarathon/
Walk-A-Thon
Phone-A-ThonBake
Sale
Food Sale/
Contest
BingoNewsletter/Magazine
Subscriptions
Fashion
Show
Music
Performance
Art
Exhibit
Play/
Musical
Talent ShowSports
Events
Community
Events
SponsorshipDonations

Setting up a Fundraiser

When setting up your fundraiser, there are four key aspects to ensure it is successful:

GOALS
Set clear goals at the beginning of your fundraising adventure. Talk with members of your community and discuss what you all would want out of the fundraiser.

BUDGET
Your budget will be one of the most important aspects of your fundraiser. Choose a budget that can be replaced by funds from the fundraiser without losing out on your goal.

FUNDRAISER TYPE
Choosing a fundraiser should not be based on one person. Your committee of volunteers and community should have an input. Keep in mind that some goals may require more extensive fundraisers.

CONNECTIONS
Making connections with people in and around your community is fundamental when implementing a fundraiser as these are the people who will be participating. Reach out to community members in person, through social media, and letters.

Key Players

When implementing a fundraiser, there should be key players who help lead and manage the event or activity, regardless of your goals and committee size.

LEADER
This person should be in charge of managing the committee, decision making, budgeting, and mediating. They are the idea generator.

MARKETER
This person should be friendly and creative—they will get the information to the community and grow engagement.

TREASURER
This person should advise the committee on budgets and finances, and ensure the money that is collected is used responsibly.

MANAGER
This person should manage the fundraising event. They will be in charge of making sure every person and thing has its place.

Resources

If you need some help establishing your fundraiser or are looking for other options for funds, we have provided a list of resources for ideas, funding, grants, and recycling:

RESOURCES & GRANTS

Fundraising Ideas & Products Center
Fundraising products, fundraising companies, DIY ideas, and fundraising news

Gofundme – Crowd Funding for Everyone!
Crowd Funding website

MyEvent, Fundraising made easy
Crowd Funding website
877.769.3836

BluePrint For Play Planning Guide
Blueprint for Play
800.727.1907

Grants for School Playgrounds
Grants for School Playgrounds
800.858.0519

Learn more about grants here.

RECYCLING OPTIONS

Eco-Cell
Cell phone recycling program
888.326.3357

Empties 4 Cash
Inkjet cartridge recycling
800.456.4320

Phoneraiser
Cell phone and inkjet cartridge recycling
800.873.8908

Funding Factory
Cell phone and inkjet cartridges recycling
888.883.8237

Kartridges for Kidz
Inkjet cartridge recycling
866.543.9465

*Check your state’s policies on bottle/can recycling.

Follow Up

From volunteers, to hosts, to donors, always follow up and thank everyone involved in your fundraising event.