In order for pregancy care centers to avoid having to constantly work on fundraisers and solicit money and donations, it is best to try to have larger fundraisers where a great deal of money can be raised at one time. A community baby shower is an ideal fundraiser if the center is in need of baby items to help their clients. A baby--bottle campaign is an easy way to raise funds because you ask only that people donate small change. These are just two of the options for raising a lot of money quickly and easily.
Community Baby Shower
Organize a community baby shower. Find a location for the shower that can accommodate a large number of people. Advertise the event through churches, private schools, community organizations, newspapers, local cable stations, radio stations, and anywhere else that seems reasonable. Direct everyone back to your organization's website. On the website you should have a "registry." Although you won't actually be registering at a store, you can provide a list of items the center needs. At the baby shower, people can bring their baby items to donate. Through the help of volunteers and donations, you can provide refreshments and either entertainment or a game. Although not a traditional baby shower game, bingo would be ideal for the large group setting.
Baby Bottle Campaign
Approach several local churches and community organizations to see if they would be willing to participate in the baby-bottle campaign to help raise money. Advertise the baby-bottle campaign through the churches' weekly bulletins, other organizations' newsletters, and, if possible, speak at as many church services and group meetings as you can to get the word out. Purchase plain plastic baby bottles through a wholesale outlet to save money. On small sheets of paper print out the name of your orgainization with a request the people fill the baby bottles with their loose change. Once the bottles are prepared and the campaign has been advertised, deliver empty baby bottles to each of the churches and organizations that agreed to participate in the campaign. Check back with each group or church within a week of the bottle being passed out to see if they needed more bottles to pass out. Have notices put in the organizations' weekly bulletins or announcement boards reminding people when they need to return the bottles. Stay in contact with each church and organization so as the baby bottles are filled someone from your organization can pick them up. Particularly if there is a lack of storage space, you don't want the people trying to help raise money to be burdened by the project. Remind as many people as you can the week the baby bottles are due back. Plan a big pick up trip around to all the participating organizations on the designated return date. Let people know if thy forget to return their baby bottle where the bottles can be dropped off. Have volunteers ready to sort and roll the coins to be counted and deposited. You can choose to use a Coinstar machine to count the change, but they charge 8.9 cents for every dollar counted. Once all the change is counted and deposited, let all the churches and organizations know how much was raised. If possible, print a public thank you in the local paper and list each of the churches and organizations that participated.
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