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Corporate Fundraising Ideas

How a T-Shirt Fundraiser Can Help Your Business Fundraising Efforts

If you’re looking for easy fundraising ideas for your corporation, t-shirt fundraising is a great idea. It’s low-cost, requires minimal effort, and it can be a great way to raise awareness and publicize your organization.

When it comes to t-shirts, it’s not just “out of sight, out of mind.” People tend to actually remember what they saw on a t-shirt, too. According to statistics, recall from t-shirts is more than 80 percent in all areas of the U.S.

But to take advantage of this powerful corporation fundraising medium, you first have to design a great shirt. Something your employers and donors want to wear, as well as something easy to see and read from afar. Additionally, you’ll want to be sure to include your corporate logo on your shirt design as well.

Use TStacker to design and sell your shirts, because it lowers your costs and eliminates hassle from the process. You aren’t required to pay any up-front fees, and your employees and donors can easily purchase the shirts online at their convenience. You don’t even need to worry about spending money on shipping because we handle that for you as well. You just sit back, and wait for that check to hit your mailbox.

Alternate Ideas for Corporate Fundraising

Corporate fundraisers take place for all different reasons. Many companies do various fundraising campaigns throughout the year. Some corporate fundraisers will go toward an employee--or an employee family member--in need, while other corporate fundraisers go toward a specific cause or charity. From small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to corporations that employ thousands, a good corporate fundraising campaign can help change lives.

The more fun and unique your corporation fundraisers, the more participation you will get from your employees and staff. No matter the reason why your company needs to raise money, here are some fundraising ideas that will help get you started:

Guess the Baby Picture
If you don’t have kids, this adoption fundraiser is a great way to practice your parenting skills, and if you already have children, they are sure to love this idea as well, since they will get to have fun with other kids at their house.

Instructions:

The two of you are probably staying in more to save money, right? You might as well invite a group of kids over and let their parents pay you. This adoption fundraiser is a win-win for everyone, you make some money and other parents get a night off. To make things easier, develop a theme--movie night, board game night, craft night. Serve inexpensive and kid friendly snacks like popcorn, trail mix or string cheese. Make sure you don’t host more children than you feel comfortable with--five to eight is usually a good number. You could even make it a monthly or every other month occurrence during your adoption process to raise money.
Cubicle Competition
This is a great adoption fundraiser because you not only raise much-needed funds for your adoption but you do something good for the environment. A lot of people get a new cell phone once or twice a year, and printer cartridges always seem to need replaced. Instead of throwing them away to end up in a landfill, encourage your friends, family and co-workers to give them to you.

Several websites offer to buy back your empty cartridges, and most also pay for the shipping costs. Do a simple search and you should find several to choose from. These sites should have a list of their buy-back prices. Empty inkjet printer cartridges can range anywhere from 25 cents to $4. Some laser printer cartridges can net you as much as $20! Each site lists all of its buy-back prices. If you like what you see, fill out a simple form describing what you have and they’ll send you a prepaid postage label. After they receive your shipment, they’ll issue you a check or deposit funds into a PayPal account to help fund your adoption.

Depending on the age and type of your phone, they can be redeemed for a few dollars all the way up to a few hundred. A search on the web will show you several local brick and mortar stores that buy cell phones as well as online options.
Casual Dress Day
This idea is a cute and simple adoption fundraiser, and it doesn’t require too much effort on your part. It also makes a great keepsake for your child.

You’ll need:
  • A puzzle that goes with your nursery decor
  • A double-sided glass frame
  • Puzzle glue
  • Permanent marker
Instructions:

Sell the puzzle pieces for a set amount--$5 to $20 each.
When someone buys a piece add his or her name on the back of it. If they live close to you, have them autograph it. If they don’t live nearby, write their name on the back of the puzzle piece and send them a picture of the piece with your cell phone. Once every piece has been sold, assemble the puzzle and hang it in a double-sided glass frame in your child’s room.

Imagine sitting down with your child when he or she is older and showing him or her all the names of the people that helped bring them home! This adoption fundraiser not only creates something for you to treasure, but an item that your child will want to keep for their lifetime as well.
Donated Day Off
If you are adopting your child from another country, you can host a Heritage Potluck adoption fundraiser using foods from your adoptive child’s home country. Get cookbooks from the library or find recipes online. Don’t forget to look for recipes of all kinds including side dishes, beverages and desserts. Print or photocopy the recipes and distribute them to the people you invite to participate in the potluck. If someone doesn’t feel comfortable cooking, let them know that they can bring plates, drinks or silverware, or even buy already prepared food from a local ethnic deli or restaurant. If you are having a larger gathering you may want to check places that you can use for free or low cost--community centers, city parks or a local church. Many of these facilities already have tables and chairs that you can use. Charge for admission and/or leave a donation jar out at the potluck where people can drop their spare change.
Manager/Supervisor/Director/CEO Auction
Vera Bradley, DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Lilly Pulitzer and Kate Spade are some of the recognizable brands you may have lurking in your closet. Grab those shoes, purses, blouses, accessories, etc. that are still in good shape but are a few seasons old--or maybe those you just don’t wear or use any more and have a silent auction to raise money for your adoption fundraiser!

You’ll need:
  • Designer and popular label shoes, wallets, purses, clothing, etc.
  • Labels
  • Silent auction sheets and pens

A silent auction is an auction in which bids are written on a sheet of paper. At the predetermined end of the auction, the highest listed bidder wins the item. This auction is often used in charity events, with many items auctioned at the same time and then close at a common finish time.

Instructions:
  • Set a date for your adoption fundraising event, and get the word out to friends, neighbors and loved ones by using printed flyers and/or social media like Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to include the time, date and purpose of the event, as well as where the event is being held. See if a local church or community center will let you use one of their rooms for free or at a discount. Come up with a fun and catchy name for your event.
  • See what these used bags, clothing and shoes usually go for by searching online auction sites. Make sure you check to see what these items actually sold for, not just the asking price--check auctions that have recently ended. Once you’ve done this set your opening bid for half or even a fourth of this price. Lower opening bids will cause more interest and more participation. Some items may go for less than their value. But if all they were doing was taking up space in your closet instead of being used and enjoyed, it shouldn’t really matter--you’re raising money to give a child their forever home!
  • An important step is to label or have a description for each item. You’ll want to include as much information as possible--the designer, shoe or clothing size, year made, etc.
  • Although it may be time consuming to do, the more information people have about an item, the more likely they are to bid on it. For a good template, go to an online auction site and see what information sellers include. Don’t copy from those with one blurry picture or a two-line description!
  • If you are able to, you may want to recruit a couple of volunteers to help set up as well as walk around the auction site answering questions that anyone may have about the items. This will also discourage any items from getting “borrowed” or going missing.
  • Don’t have time to do a silent auction? Take the clothes, shoes and purses to a nearby consignment shop and see what the shop will give you for them. The amount probably won’t be as much as you would get from an auction, but you should still make money for your adoption none-the-less.
Get Social!
You’ll Need:
  • Suitcase or backpack
  • Permanent markers
Whether or not you have to travel for your adoption, the suitcase or backpack used for this adoption fundraiser can be used by your child as a special keepsake bag.

Instructions:

For every donation someone makes, “tag” your suitcase or backpack with the donor’s name. If they don’t live close by, take a picture with your cell phone of their name on the bag and send a copy to them through email or text message. People that live nearby can come over to your house and personally “autograph” the suitcase or backpack if they would like to.

You could name a specific amount if you want, but you might get more donations if you leave the dollar amount open, especially if other children can participate in this adoption fundraiser.
Children want to give too, but may not always be able to afford to. Knowing that they have helped another child sets a great example and encourages them to give their time or money in the future. Set a time limit for this adoption fundraiser--maybe two weeks or a month--this will get more people to donate at one time.

Some other items you could use:
  • Tag the crib
  • Tag the car seat
  • Tag the diaper bag
  • Tag the high chair/booster seat
  • Tag the stroller
Mini Indianapolis 500
A lot of people have had very successful adoption fundraisers using this method. After all, your items can get exposure from all over the country, which means more buyers than your average yard or tag sale. Go through your garage, shed, attic and house for unused items that you have forgotten about or no longer use. Don’t forget clothing or shoes still in good shape. Ask friends, neighbors and co-workers for donations of items they don’t want any more. Selling these items online through auctions can help you raise a good amount of money for your adoption. Use a popular and secure service like eBay (www.ebay.com). Setting up an account for an adoption fundraiser is easy. Take one of their tutorials or ask a knowledgeable friend that has sold online to help you. If you aren’t sure what price you should charge or the lowest amount you will accept for an item, check and see what similar used items have sold for on line. Remember to take lots of pictures of the item you are selling and provide detailed descriptions. If you don’t want to bother with packaging items and shipping them, you may want to use a local site like Craigslist and arrange to have the items picked up directly.
Valet/Reserved Parking Raffle

You or your family members probably have a birthday coming up, or maybe there is a popular holiday just around the corner. Instead of gifts or gift cards, ask them to use the money they would normally spend to help fund your adoption. Don’t forget to write thank you notes to those who gave!

Book Sale

Most of us have already-read books lying around our house that we don’t plan on reading again. Instead of throwing them away or have them take up valuable storage space, why not use these to make money for your favorite charity or cause?

Instructions:

  • Send out an email or post a flyer announcing that you are looking for book donations. You may also want to specify what types of paperback and hardback book donations you DON’T want--encyclopedias, textbooks, books older than 10 years, etc.
  • Put a large moving box someplace where employees gather--the cafeteria or break room is a great choice--and have people deposit their used books there.
  • Sort the books into hardback and paperback. This will also give you the opportunity to make sure that all books are in saleable condition.
  • On a specified day, set up a table or two and hold a book sale. You can have someone stay at the table to take money or use a secure donation box on the honor system. Charge $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks.
  • Any leftover books can be donated to thrift stores or be given to charities that want them.
Candy Sale

Everyone loves food, especially sweets or candy. But admit it, sometimes the food sold by fundraising companies just doesn’t taste as good as your favorite name-brand candy bar or snack. Up the ante by going to a local warehouse or discount club--or even ordering from your office supply company--and getting bulk name brand candy bars or individually wrapped snacks.

Instructions:

  • Send out an email and/or post a flyer advertising your candy sale. Hold it at least for a week or two so everyone can have a chance to buy something.
  • You can have a central person who keeps the candy bars or snacks in their office--if they can avoid the temptation to eat them--and takes money for them. Depending on your organization’s size, you could also set up an unmanned table or booth and take money on the honor system.
  • Estimate your cost per piece of candy and make sure that you charge enough to make a profit for your charity or cause.
  • If it doesn’t violate company policy, you can even go from office to office once a week--maybe during lunch time--with bags or containers of candy asking people if they would like to purchase any for your designated cause or charity.
Brown Bag Days

This event can be held several time a year, even as many times as once a month and requires very little planning or effort.

Instructions:

  • Designate a specific day as “Brown Bag” day. Send out a reminder email or post flyers about it showing statistics on what the average lunch out usually costs.
  • On that day have employees bring their lunch from home and donate what they would usually pay for a lunch at a restaurant or fast food joint to a designated charity or cause.
  • Make the day more exciting by having an expert--maybe one of your own employees--come in and lecture about a timely topic in a central area like a break room or cafeteria.
  • If the weather is nice, give employees a treat by letting them eat outside.
Catch Some Zzzzzs/Leave Early

Some mornings you just don’t want to get up early and go to work. Other times you might be watching the clock the entire day and biding your time to go home. Why not let employees pay for the privilege of coming in an hour or two late or leaving a bit early on a certain day? Just make sure that the time is approved with human resources or a supervisor first. Mondays and Fridays are popular days for this fundraiser since everyone likes an extended weekend.

Corporate Fundraising Letter Template

When fundraising, you often need a fundraising letter or email – something that describes your mission, your organization and your plans for the collected funds. You’ll then send this off to employees, clients and others throughout the community once your fundraising activities get off the ground.

Of course these letters should typically be customized to your exact needs, organization and audience, feel free to look at the corporate fundraising letter template below:

Dear [XX],
The estimated costs for [EVENT/CAUSE] are [$XX]. Though we have currently raised [$XX] from prior fundraising engagements, we are still in need of [$XX] to meet our goals. We hope to raise these funds by [DEADLINE.] As such, we are seeking help from our co-workers, clients and others in supporting this worthwhile cause.

A donation on your behalf could greatly help us in our goals. Though we will certainly accept cash or check donations, the [COMPANY NAME] will also host a number of fundraising events and activities to help us reach these goals. These events include [LIST FUNDRAISING EVENTS, DATES AND TIMES.] Information can also be found on our website, [INSERT WEB ADDRESS AND/OR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES.]

We need the support of people like you to keep our organization strong. To learn more about our fundraising efforts, please contact [EVENT COORDINATOR] at [PHONE NUMBER/EMAIL]. HE/SHE would be glad to answer any and all questions.

Thank you for your time and continued support.

Sincerely,
[COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE]

Make sure that you customize this letter or email to reflect your exact activities and fundraising efforts, and send them to any potential donors you can think of. This should include prominent community members, clients, employees and friends and family.

Good Luck!

You can also download this corporate fundraising letter here.

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