Fundraising ideas for youth
you know you can donate online?
Have a free car wash. Most money will come from donations. Get volunteers
to provide towels, soap, etc. Everyone loves something free!
You can help the Red Cross by holding your own fundraiser to benefit
disaster relief. With the following fun and easy ideas, you can gain
valuable experience organizing events while making a positive impact.
Businesses interested in holding a major fundraiser for the
Red Cross should email
details of the planned event to us to apply for approval. Ideas for
business-oriented events include:
- Hold a lunch, concert or gala for your clients,
- Encourage staff & client participation in existing Red Cross
golf or tennis tournaments or hold one of your own tournament,
- Add a line on outgoing email stating your support for the Red Cross
and including a hyperlink to our website address - http://www.redcross-cmd.org,
- Add our logo and a hyperlink from your site,
- Match your employee's donation in full or by a percentage
- Add a line to your paychecks stating the company's support for the
Red Cross and encouraging employees to do the same.
- Put a secure box or can with a small opening in the top on the receptionist's
desk or the front desk [as long as it is safe and emptied nightly].
To partner with the Red Cross on your preferred fundraising event,
just complete our volunteer inquiry
form. You will also need to complete a form to verify compliance.
Conduct a garage or yard sale in your community. Invite all volunteers
to bring items to sell for the Red Cross and offer to pick up large
or bulky items. Contact the Red Cross to
determine the percentage you will be donating.
This is one fundraiser that the pubic will look forward to each year.
There are a couple of growers which specialize in providing citrus fruit
from Florida. This is usually available from December to February. Try
Similar to the Talent/Bake Sale. It was a costume party/bake sale/activity
booths with games for the young children to win easily. (The costume
portion puts everyone in a good mood!) Everyone is invited to bring
any homemade or purchased baked item to be auctioned off. There are
always some favorites which everyone bids up high. The activities would
promote first aid and safety.
Selling Holiday Decorations
Get involved with a flea market or holiday craft show set up a booth,
selling poinsettias, bows, wreathes, etc. Add a little note about holiday
safety, such as fire prevention, with each purchase.
Solicit favorite recipes from submit forms (provided by Red Cross)
with their favorite healthy recipes. Cookbook is then compiled and
taken to a corner copy center for mass production. Sell the cookbooks
to the public, possibly at a dinner where some of the favorite recipes
have been prepared.
Are you ready to volunteer?
Bake Sale/Talent Show
Sell or auction off baked goods and treats. Try a silent auction where
a bid sheet is posted next to the item and customers write their bids
down, each one topping the one before. Larger items can be auctioned
off with a lively round of bidding. Snacks such as popcorn and drinks
are also sold during the show. People are free to move around during
the show to bid on items and purchase snacks. As part of the talent
show, slides and videos are shown of Red Cross activities so the public
can see what the Red Cross does. It really helps kept the public in
touch with what Red Cross is all about.