My children’s elementary class is organizing an emergency “Book and Bake Bonanza” to take place next week. They are frantically trying to collect books and baked goods to sell in order to raise money for Haiti. Obviously money is needed NOW, so they must act quickly and there is no time for an elaborate fundraiser.
Will used books sell? We don’t know, but we need to try something and one of the kids came up with the idea. Anything we can earn will help, no matter how small.
Why not organize a speedy fundraiser for your children’s school? If you homeschool, then combine a quick study of Haiti with a smaller scale family-style fundraiser.
Here are some quick and easy fundraising ideas:
- Bake sale
- Lemonade or hot chocolate or cookie stand in your driveway
- Garage Sale (if you can put it together fast, yard sales can be very time consuming)
- Used book sale
- Raffle something off
- Car wash (or an interior car detailing day if it is too cold for a car wash, or you don’t want to use water)
- A simple donation box in your school or workplace
- A penny drive in your children’s school (Thanks very much to Jen for this simple yet effective idea!)
And here are a few less obvious ones that could possibly be put together fairly rapidly:
- Board Game Competition: Charge an entry fee for each team or individual. If you want, give a small portion of this as a prize, or give a donated prize.
- Dog Wash (if you can do it indoors or you live somewhere warm).
- How Many in the Jar?: Fill a jar with M&Ms, marbles, rocks, anything small! Have people guess how many objects are in the jar. Sell guess forms for $1 or $2 a piece and split the earnings with the person who gets the closest.
- Show Up in Your Jammies Day: (For schools) Sell tickets entitling the purchaser to wear your pajamas to school for a day. Encourage teachers and administrators to join in also. Sell donuts and bagels before school for breakfast.
- Traveling Hobo Band: I can’t really explain this one, but it is pretty funny and spontaneous. Read more here.
- Windshield Washing
Who to give to?
- Partners in Health (co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer) is one I only recently learned about via my friend Wishy. PIH has been extremely involved in Haitian health care and social justice for over 20 years.
- I have also always greatly admired the amazing Doctors Without Borders.
- Do your homework. You can always check out any charity before you donate on CharityNavigator.org and NetworkForGood.org.
Remember, even a small amount of money can make a big difference!