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How do I get all our youth to camp?

It is a great time to start thinking about fundraising monies for the summer camps.  Here are some ideas and/or tips to help you.

Set your goals
The first step in successful fundraising is setting your goals.
1.    Know how much money you need and when you need it. Make sure to add estimated costs to your fundraising goal.
2.    If possible, start planning your fundraiser at least one month in advance. This way you can get letters and ads written, products lined up, and events scheduled.
3.    Set beginning and end dates for each project.
4.    Find out what types of fundraisers have been successful for your group or community in the past.
5.    If planning a large fundraiser that uses several fundraising sources, estimate the funds needed from each activity. If you can, use figures from past successful events as goal points.
6.    Use a goal chart (thermometers are popular) to check your progress.
7.    Double check your community calendar to ensure it doesn’t conflict with other community activities and/or to coordinate your activities with other community events

Fundraising Sources

There are three main types of fundraisers: Pledges and Donations, Product Fundraisers and Event Fundraisers
Finding Volunteers
1.    Ask for names of those who volunteered in past fundraisers or who serve on other committees.
2.    Let volunteers indicate their interests and assign them accordingly. (i.e., don’t make bakers out of letter writers)
3.    Ask each recruit for a list of family and friends who may be interested in supporting your fundraising efforts through either participation or donations.
4.    Motivate your team with a show of your own enthusiasm.
5.    Motivate with incentive prizes. For large fundraisers, reward the team that contributes the most (e.g. bake sale committee, walk-a-thon committee). Provide prizes for individual efforts.

Publicize Your Campaign – have a campaign kick-off.
Managing Money
1.    Use cash collection envelopes for each event team or individual that will collect money. Keep an accurate record of who collect the money as well as the amount collected.
2.    Set a specific date when all money needs to be turned in.
3.    Assign one of the volunteers to be your treasurer. Your treasurer should be both experienced and comfortable with handling money. Both of you should be present when any money is counted. In addition, both you and your treasurer should sign for any disbursements made.
4.    Deposit money in a timely manner. In between deposits, keep money under lock and key.

Fundraising ideas:
Carnival, Garage Sales, Bake and Craft sales, White Elephant Sales, Carwash, Flea Markets/Swap Meets (sell space to vendors), Door-to-Door Sales, Cookbook Sale (members “donate” their family recipes), Personal Donation Letters, Donation Containers, Benefits, Handyman Job Bank (your team offers to do yard clean-ups, painting, etc… for a small fee), Ice Cream Social, Ticket Raffles, Drives and Collections

Games and Crafts Ideas