September 19, 2006 2:50 PM Subscribe
Help me come up with fundraising ideas for my local chapter of Literacy Action.
posted by starbaby to Grab Bag (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've read the past posts for fundraising ideas, but this has to be specific to the organization. They are looking for an annual trademark fundraiser, and are coming up blank.
Here's some backstory:
Last spring, I was looking to volunteer somewhere. As I work in the local library, the logical conclusion was to volunteer for Literacy Action, an organization that teaches people to read and speak English, located in my library. They decided my boyfriend and I could be used to help them organize the fundraiser they had planned. The fundraiser--pre-selling tickets to a local play centered on literacy--was a horrible, horrible failure. I think they may not have even broke even.
The organization has very little money, very little clout to their name, and very little resources. They only have the funding to pay two employees, so volunteers are relied upon for everything else.
Aside from small amounts of grants and other such funding, the only source of income they seem to have is their participation in the annual Literacy Festival. However, this event is sponsored by many organizations, including the larger Arkansas Literacy Council, and features authors, books, companies, etc., so the local chapter of Literacy Action is somewhat overlooked as far as being responsible for the event. They are looking for something bigger; they want to get their name out there. As I mentioned earlier, something unique would be wonderful, as well as something they can repeat annually or even semi-annually.
I have been asked to brainstorm, but, honestly, I can't come up with anything, either. All of my ideas seem to be too small [bake sale], too inappropriate for Literacy Action [bachelor/ette auction], or just too overdone [carnival].
I would also appreciate the names of books that have personally helped you with ideas like this. I [obviously] have access to fundraising books, but wouldn't even know where to start as this is so far out of my area. Links to good websites are also wonderful.
I would also like to mention that the library itself holds used book sales every quarter, so this would be totally out of the question.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give.