Homecoming is one of the most elaborate events put on by any student body. It is a time for school spirit and camaraderie but can be quite expensive with decorations, dance location, food and drink. While few truly enjoy fund-raising, the homecoming cause can get a lot of people on the bandwagon to do what they can. The key is to make fund-raising easy and fun.
Massive Garage Sale
Talk to your school administration and see if the school parking lot or gymnasium can be opened up for a weekend event. This is a great time for everyone to do some spring cleaning at home and give the proceeds from a massive garage sale to the school homecoming fund. Make it bigger than just a family garage sale by adding some refreshments for sale. You school may also have some old equipment to donate to the cause as well.
If garage sales aren't your thing, maybe a car wash is. There are a few ways to hold a school car wash that can make a lot of money for your homecoming events. The old fashioned way is to get a bunch of signs with guys and girls on the street corner hooting and hollering for customers to pull into the school parking lot. Add to the festivities with members of the marching band playing some jazzy tunes. These are great fun in spite of the work. The more modern way is to contact a local car wash center and see if they are willing to let you use the facility for the car wash. Your school gets part of the proceeds and everyone gets a much better car wash.
Planning a special event to raise funds for the homecoming may seem daunting, but this may be a very effective way to start the school spirit train going and get much needed capital for your homecoming events. Plan a battle of the bands night where school bands compete. Sell tickets to the event and refreshments. You can also hold a casino night. This may actually be something for your classmates or parents who love the idea of a night on the town at the poker table or roulette wheel. Have the students run the event where people pay real money for play chips. If a person wins, they get to choose a prize so you aren't breaking any gambling laws.
Lots of local businesses and vendors are willing to help your cause. There are often two requirements to this: 1) they must know about your cause and 2) they must know you are looking for donations. This is where you come in. Ask local businesses for gift certificates or gift basket items to raffle off. Sell tickets in advance and hype the prizes. Great raffle items are restaurant gift certificates, spa treatments or electronics. Businesses love the tax deduction as well as helping the community. It is good publicity for them, so make sure to include their names on a thank you banner.
If time is really a problem and you don't see being able to put together a mass special fund-raiser event, look at other fund-raisers used as the bread and butter by school organizations. These include winter gift wrap and candy fundraisers or a community discount book fund-raiser.
You may also ask local restaurants if they will host a school night fund-raiser in which patrons presenting a flier will have a percentage of their bill donated back to the school. These are easy to arrange and great community builders.
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