Fundraising

Fundraising is a massive topic, but we've compiled some resources to get you started and good articles to help.

Fundraising regulations

See our information sheet on licensing requirements for common fundraisers.
School-based P&C fundraisers involving food also come under the Education Directorate's Food and Drink Policy.

**COVID & fundraising**

COVID regulations and lockdowns have made it trickier to find appropriate fundraisers; and money is tight in many communities. But in the 2020 lockdown we saw parent associations adapting - read what two P&Cs did or how another took their fete online

The good news is that many fundraising companies have adapted to contactless, and actually made the fundraisers easier to run. And you can work with the COVID-world...

Working with the COVID world

Cast your eye over what life looks like right now. What have COVID lockdowns turned attention to in your community? What are people looking for that you could sell to them?  Perhaps cooking or baking or art or gardening is where people are turning their attention. Leverage that!

Perhaps you could create a school cookbook (with help from a specialist fundraising company, or like this ACT P&C did), or hold a baking competition with a small entry fee - if you can't taste the entries, it could be the best looking cake or tallest loaf of bread; or perhaps every one who enters goes into the draw for a prize. You could sell Gingerbread house kits or Cookie dough.

For boredom-busting at-home art activites, think decorating a tea towel (or here) or anything from calendars to tote bags, or plates. Local gardeners might appreciate a Bulb Fundraiser.

Leverage online

Some things work really well online.  Like an online auction if you can get items donated. Online exhibitions and competitions can work well too - photography, drawing, lego-building or cake decorating. You can charge an entry fee, or use it as a community building activity rather than to raise funds.

Other ideas

Some of our P&C have had great experiences with an online raffle run by Rafflelink.

We're excited to see someone try a walk/run-a-thon where kids pledge to walk or run a certain number of steps or kilometres in their suburb, then gather sponsorship, record their efforts and call in the donations. Text-to-donate (where people can donate via a text) could be a useful technology for this or other fundraisers.

There are many very practical fundraisers out there, selling thing that people always need - Socks, meat trays. Some new 'background' fundraisers are worth considering.

There are more COVID-friendly fundraisers here that could work depending on the level of restriction.

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Keeping it Healthy

See this comprehensive guide with great ideas.HealthyFundraising

Fundraising ideas and resources

The Fundraising Directory has great resources. You can sign up for free email tips or join a growing Facebook community for ideas and advice.

We also have a couple of articles to help: 

Fetes and Fairs

The Fetes and Festivals site is really excellent. Their Fete in a Box has everything fete organisers could wish for.
Their template for seeking sponsors is handy.

We have a template to help you manage risks at your next event (word doc)   NEW!!

Here's an article to step you through promoting your big event.

Our article on making your big event low-waste may be of interest.
ACTsmart have free signage and bin lids so you can recycle at your events.

Sausage sizzles

The Fundraising Directory have a great Sausage Sizzle Guide.
Nutrition Australia and ACT Healthy have created Think Outside the Snag which looks at planning your sizzle, food safety and alternative foods to BBQ from chicken wraps to corn!SnagGuide
We have also found a healthier sausage so that your BBQ is not automatically a "red" food event.
See also this Food Safety Factsheet for schools.

Disadvantaged schools

Schools Plus has fundraising assistance for low-SES schools.