It’s interesting how new school fundraising trends and ideas develop. Companies, schools and causes are developing inter-relationships that benefit everyone. We are seeing more inter connectivity between groups like spiderwebs where traffic is generated, money is exchanged and donations are given. Solid marketing and sales for companies which equals more donations for school fundraising.

This summer the ideas seem to revolve around drinking (read into that… healthy drinking) for a cause. Check out our post earlier this summer on Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Well  Maui Wowi is a gourmet coffe and smoothie company that are plugging in to support school fundraising at the community level. Maui Wowi christened the fundraising campaign the No-Work FUNdraiser, a relaxing and refreshing way to give back. The franchisee sets up a mobile stand at a local school and offers their all natural fruit smoothies to students and staff. With the corporate donation campaign, Maui Wowi franchisees currently donate thousands of dollars to local schools and other non-profit organizations in their community.

Erin Hicks, Executive Vice President for Maui Wowi Hawaiian had this to say of the companies FUNdraising:

We have recently implemented a new feature in our reporting system that keeps a running total of how much money our franchisees have contributed to help raise funds that go towards deserving causes throughout their communities. Since it began in June, our franchise system has given back more than $14,000 in donations. The reporting system may be new, but giving back is something our franchisees have been doing for years and for many of them, it is the cornerstone of their business.

I’m sure this will be a hit not only based on fighting the scorching summer heat but also on the win-win situation for the schools and community projects involved. We wish Maui-Wowi the best with this idea. So support your local community and kick back with a healthy cold one this summer.

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Batman is taking back Aurora Colorado

We are all aware of the intense event that happened a few weeks ago in Aurora. The only comic store owner in the area, Jeff Farnsworth has lit the bat signal and is sending out word that Aurora Rises! His Aurora Rises charity event held on August 25 and 26 will accept donations and aid for the victims and their families.

Batman and the comic book industry have been involved with helping causes in the past. Check out Batman Fights More Than Evil. He’s Now Fundraising. The comic book industry will again respond to recent events with Publishers and Artists making appearences and donating art to raise money. Online auctions will be held on August 25 and 26 for those not in the area.

The scope of the donations has expanded over the past couple of weeks to also include sculptures, posters, T-shirts and a guitar from The Zac Band. The response to this idea has been so popular that Aurora Rises events are now being planned in other cities in the nation and abroad.

If you would like to help you can donate to the Aurora shooting victims or contact us for fundraising ideas.

If you are a comic book collector or just all around geek, plan on checking this event out. It’s for a great cause and help Aurora Rise!

Lets finish this post with a fun Batman related video.

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Univeral Cheerleaders Association

We are fans of the Univeral Cheerleaders Association. They are the go to people for the cheerleading community. UCA provides programs, instruction, camps and more for the cheerleader and cheer squad.

One of the finest qualities about The Universal Cheerleaders Association is their involvement in community service. The association has a history of helping out with charity events like the St Jude Cheer for the Kids Cheer and Dance Competition, The Make A Wish Foundation, Race for the Cure and The Jerry Lewis Telethon. When we found at about all their good works, we knew we had to keep track of them!

Well today they posted this great video from their 2012 Cheer Camp. Featuring the West Point Jr High cheerleaders! The girls lip synch to Carly Rae Jespens Call Me Maybe. Check it out, it’s a lot of fun!

Well done girls, there’s great spirit here!

Don’t forget, contact us if you are looking for help with your school or cheerleading fundraising.

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Karen Klein the bus monitor we covered in the our story Justice and Fundraising for Bus Monitors has announced that she plans on retiring from her job. Don’t shed a tear for her yet though, it’s not a sad story.

The fundraising campaign started in her honor has raised over $700,000 dollars. Karen plans on donating parts of her windfall to Down syndrome and Autusim charities.

Here is a news clip as she gets to meet the man that put it all together for her:

Karen is deciding this might be as good a time as any to make an exit.

I’m not quitting because of what happened. That’s not it, I enjoyed working with the kids. I guess it’s just my time to leave. That’s what I’ve decided.

That’s going out in style Karen!

As for the kids that taunted her doing her ride, the school system in the Rochester suburb of Greece suspended the four middle school students for a year, keeping them from regular bus transportation.

How does Klein feel about this punishment?

“It’s fine with me,” she told the AP.

Klein said they’ll still be going to an alternative school – “they won’t be just sitting at home doing nothing.”

But the best part of her ordeal going public, and the resulting school action, “is that they have to do community service – for senior citizens,” she said, her voice rising with emotion.

“Hopefully everybody out there knows how much I appreciate everything,” she added.

I think justice has been served in Karen’s situation, lets roll on from here.

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Fitness Fundraising

Lori Dempsey from Castle Rock decided that she would do what she could to help those involved in the Waldo Canyon Fire earlier this summer. So she put on her dancing shoes…….and called some friends. Her friends happened to be Zumba instructors and all three ladies put on a 2 hour fundraising salsa session! There was no cost for the class but participants were asked to bring in donations for the victims of the fire.

“Seeing that devastation on television and with us having connections down there, I really felt they are part of our community,” Dempsey said. “We felt a responsibility to do what we can to try and help them.”

By the time the message was sent through the community 75 women showed up to help and participate in some steamy latin grooving.

Zumba is an aerobic dance excercise that teaches different dance steps such as merengue, reggaetone and salsa.  It creates a party like atmosphere that the class dances away to. The whole time burning a pile of calories.

At the end of the fundriasing activity Dempsey was very satisfied with the turnout from Douglas County.

“It’s easy to be part of a community when things are going well,” Dempsey said. “But the ties are tested when the chips are down. You really see your true colors.”

If you would like to help your favourite charity cause or hometown contact us for fundraising ideas.We’re fit, fun and groovy and ready to raise money for important things in your life.

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School Sports Fundraising Feeling the Squeeze

School is out for another year but the fight to keep school sports running is starting up again. Many schools are digging in deep for another year of keeping particular sports alive or looking at cutting activities altogether. The past few years have been rough for school sports programs and this year looks no different.

Many teams like the Cal athletic department are fighting a long battle to keep things going. Try reading this article called Cal’s smaller sports saved but not out of the woods or Modified sports restored, but kid boosters press on that talks about the Greenville Central School District’s hard decision to scrap sports activities for kids in grade 7 and 8. The decision ended well, for now but the funding is getting tighter.

For more of our coverage of school sports fundraising check out our posts: school sports fundraising ideas.

Lets keep those Friday night lights on for the kids.

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Addressing Unfair School Fundraising

 

I read this great post from Colorlines /  The Indypendant, which talks about the huge discrepency between fundraising in different school districts. Read the article Parent Fundraising Deepens Inequality in the New Public School Economy.  There are a lot of great points in the article about have and have not funding for students.

… reignited a decades old debate about persistent educational inequities and the role parents play in their children’s schools. With public school budgets facing continual cuts, individual communities face even more pressure to help sustain their neighborhood schools. Parents in wealthy neighborhoods can afford to backfill those shortfalls but parents in poorer neighborhoods, some of whom are just scraping by themselves, can’t always dip into their own pockets to help furnish their schools with extra amenities or even the bare basics.

It’s a tough situation in some parts of the nation. I wanted to add this to our own blog to see if our readers wanted to add their thoughts to this issue.

Do you see a school fundraising board doling out a percentage of funding to all schools? How would you adjust the funding gap? Would you even see it as fair to adjust it, taking money from those who raised more?

Yes I understand it is the end of the school year and the kids are almost done for another year. I understand that it would be simpler to just let this go and that I should just drop it…

But I won’t.

Drop a comment and tell us how you see a better solution to this.

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How could we be a fundraising and charity blog and not talk about this?

I’m sure that our North American readers have heard about this, but if your not from around here, this is what is sweeping the news the past couple of days. You should be warned that the video is long and rough to watch at some points:

Well after the really abysmal conduct from the kids, who for some curious reason posted the video, it caught a lot more attention than they were expecting. Here in the next video Karen Klein’s story goes local then international:

A Canadian from Ontario, Max Sidorov, decides that he’s going to create a  fundraiser Kathy the bus monitor and opens up a page on indiegogo, a social media site for causes. Max has been bullied in the past and knows what Karen was going through wanted to help out.

Lets talk about a cause going viral with a capitol V! Initially Max’s goal was to start a little fundraiser for Karen, who doesn’t make much on her bus monitor salary and send her on a little vacation. So he’s picturing a couple of thousand I guess. After the deplorable video and the story get picked up by  radio and social media sites, local TV, international TV his social media fundraising campaign explodes!

Non Profits have been talking about this forever: The power of a compelling story and the means for people to contribute easily will equal a successful campaign.

As for Karen Klein, shes’s kept a level head through the whole affair and is not looking to press legal charges.  After some of the  boys have apologized and the anger from the situation has drained Karens’ quiet little vacation fundraiser has blossomed into much more! At the time of this writing the total in now $647,991.

If you would like you can contribute, check out Max’s Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation! fundraiser.
In the meantime, everyone is getting some love out of this, an online fundraiser for Max Sidirov has been started to thank him for his efforts in correcting this situation.

Great to see a good fundraiser and social media being put to good use.

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5 Tips for running your next fundraiser

Simple tips to outline your next successful fundraiser. If you are looking at raising money this year for schools, sports teams, churches or non profits you can use the following tips to help reach your goals.

 Clear Goals – As a fundraising leader you have to know about numbers and ideas. How much do you need and how are you going to raise it?

Before your fundraising begins and your students or volunteers start meeting the public make sure they understand what they’re raising money for and can speak with authority on the topic.

Presentation  – It’s not about a sales pitch for the product but an emotional plea for the cause that’s going to make the difference. Your donors donate for the difference they’re going to make to their community, to help the needy or those in need. Use the product as a thank you for their contribution and spend less time using “sales” to move the product.

Solid Products – Even if you spend all your time in front of a potential talking about what your going to do with the money raised they’re still not going to give you a donation for a poor item. The product has to be a quality item. If you can show an interesting product that saves them money, feeds them or can be used as a gift. Quality products also increase your chances the donor may purchase more from you.

Broaden Your Appeal  - Not every type of product or promotion is going to appeal to everyone. If you are a fundraiser it’s best to run a several major events through the year.  You can hopefully reach more people with multiple campaigns. Consider broadening out with a sales promotion and a fundraising event later in the year. Events held at different times of the year gives your donors time to recoup and allows you time to show how that you have handled their contribution responsibly.

Motivate Your Street Team – In order to keep the people motivated and the work fun create a competition between teams. The street team that can raise the most or hand in their tickets early get rewarded with prizes. Choose a little age appropriate token for the age group to keep things interesting.

 

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Summer is ramping up and there are exciting and interesting fundraising stories happening. Lets get into one that I discovered last week.

First lets meet Alex:

It’s amazing the change little Alex was able to start in just a few years. It seems that her idea is catching on because it’s growing strong .Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is partnering with some big name stores to fight childhood cancers.  The corporations already aboard over the past couple of years are a roll call for huge name businesses. Here are just a few:

Applebee’s

Volvo

Country Time Lemonade
( kinda appropriate isn’t it! )

Walmart

Kohl”s

Old Navy

Starbucks

7-Up

Bank of America

In addition to these corporations Toys R Us is partnering with ALSF for the second year to run a fundraising promotion called Help Fight Childhood Cancer One Cup at a Time.

“As a direct result of the funds raised over the course of our partnership with Toys R Us, ALSF has been able to finance critical scientific pediatric cancer research projects as we continue to raise awareness for this heartbreaking disease,” said Liz Scott, co-executive director of the foundation, in a statement.

Toys R Us will also utilize its Facebook page to provide updates, fun activities, and more for those interested in finding out more about the endeavor. In addition to all their other means of support Toys R Us has also put up a page on their website for online donations where you can donate any amount.

“We’re proud ot join ALSF for a second consecutive year,” said Sloane Lucas, director of corporate philanthropy for Toys R Us. “Through this campaign we look forward to helping kids and familes across the country make Alex’s dream of one day finding a cure, a reality.”

If you would like to help you can  put on you own lemonade stand or  fundraise to fight cancers in children.

Drink up…it’s for a great cause!

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