Fundraising Ideas

 

Welcome and thank you for your interest in organizing a fundraising activity for

Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana. As you know, in order to build homes, 100% of the funding must be raised locally. While Habitat has an excellent brand name, we still have to work at raising the funds. Your willingness to help puts your support into action.

 

This book contains ideas and instructions on how your group may run a successful

event. It is organized into Parts. Part 1 is a summary of fundraising ideas. It is

designed for your group to review. Part 2 is more detail of the items found in Part 2 and is your instruction manual.

 

All fund‐raising ideas must be approved by the Executive Director. You can submit your fundraising plan by sending an email to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Depending on the fundraiser and the timing, we may be able to assist you.

 


List of Ideas

The following are ideas for fundraisers. One hammer  is very easy to organize and run; whereas 5 hammers     would be more complex. The more complex does not necessarily mean a greater return. 

  

Buy a Board/Sign a Stud –A quantity of 2x4s are supplied by HFHCFC. For a donation of $ (you set the price) the donor signs their name, well wishes or draws a picture. These boards are then used in the construction of a house. Typical amount raised: $200‐400.

Ease of project:  

 

Buy a Square Foot ‐ A Blueprint of the house is framed and numbered to reflect a square foot at the house. You sell the framed print for the price of the house’s square foot.

Ease of project:  

 

Penny a Square – Ask for a donation of a penny for each square foot in someone’s home or business.

Good for a congregation or corporation where your goal is to cover 100% of all square footage.

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Penny War – Have teams compete on who is able to raise the most pennies. Teams win points for the type of coins brought in. Give the winning team a prize.

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Holiday and Special Day Cards ‐ Design cards for different holidays and special Days. Put together a special gift giving card for Mothers Day, Birthdays, Christmas… and donate money in lieu of gift giving.

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Flock of Flamingos ‐ A “flock” of flamingos—about 5‐10—are placed in the designated person’s front yard, and they must pay $25 to have them fly to somewhere else. Or residents can pay $50 for 90 days “insurance” not to have them put in their yard. Good for school groups.

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Build a Shed, Playhouse, or Doghouse – Build and auction of a garden shed, playhouse, or

doghouse. In the building designs, builders have incorporated as many construction techniques as possible. This also gives volunteers practical building experience before construction begins on the actual Habitat house. Good project with senior youth group.

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Sponsor Dinners/Spaghetti Dinner ‐ Invite a speaker or a dance performance. Partner families make great speakers. Youth groups prepare the meal.

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Organize a Hike for Humanity – Hike a special walk, climb or mountain. Donors can sponsor an

individual; collect pledges.

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Tips/Change House. Give local sub shops, takeout restaurants or convenience stores a cardboard house for customers to put change in.

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Bake sales – Put a spin on it and have the men (include your local pastors, business

owners etc.) do the baking and put a cookbook together of the recipes.

Ease of project: 

 

 

Sponsorship/Pay My Wages for a Day – Organize a group to ask for sponsors during a special build day or– Find sponsors who will pay min wage to build for a day.

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Recycle Cans – Collect bottles and cans with a deposit and turn them in to the redemption center. Proceeds go to HFHFNEI.

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Parents Night Out – Youth can provide babysitting services in return for a donation to Habitat.

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Rake Leaves/Shovel Snow – Put up posters offering to rake leaves/shovel snow/weed a garden in return for a set donation to Habitat.

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Calendars – Use local pictures or personalize with your building days.

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Sleep Out – Organize a sleep out and have participants get sponsors for the night. You can have a lot of fund with this one. Depending on the kids’ ages, you can have a bon fire, sing songs, play games, have snacks, etc.

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Note Cards/Specialty Cards – Create note cards and specialty cards using drawings, photography produced by children. Cards may be general or holiday specific.

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Build a Birdhouse/Planter – Birdhouse kits can also be put together and sold to groups.

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Fundraising Detail

Buy a Board/Sign a Stud

Target Donors: Church groups, group gatherings, civic organizations

Endeavor Details:

Habitat will supply 2x4 studs for your group to sell to individuals who would like to sign well wishes, their name, draw pictures and other messages.

Many groups set a price of $5 ‐ $10. This will vary depending on your location.

Cost Analysis:

Cost of permanent markers ‐<$10.00

Endeavored Revenue:

Set your goal and let your audience know what it is. Do you want to raise enough to cover the

cost of windows, doors or the cost of a room? Typical sales generate $200‐400.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Links donation to a specific building project and cost association – is personal.

Marketing Approach:

Easy fundraiser which a youth group can manage.

Church/youth committees can offer it as a campaign approach to support HFHCFC.

o Make posters and inserts for church bulletins announcing the event.

Set up at all Habitat Fundraisers – i.e. town common events, Buy a Board events etc.

 

Effort Required:

Coordinate the delivery and pickup of boards with Habitat

Create a sign announcing the event,

Encourage all ages to participate,

Signage for fundraising locations

Food and beverage for social event.

 

Buy a Square Foot

Target Donors: Medium sized individual donors and small business

Endeavor Details:

Donate the cost of building a square foot of designated project.

Cost is determined by taking anticipated cost of house divided by square footage. Cost per square foot is currently $100.

Habitat CFC has materials to help you with this.

A framed blueprint can be presented to donors.

OPTIONAL:

An open house social for all buyers of a square held after closing in of house construction.

A grid is mapped out on the floor of the house and the buyer is invited to sign a message of

good will in their square.

Cost Analysis:

Framed blueprint estimated at <$5

Cost of support materials $25.00

Endeavored Revenue:

$150,000 – Cost of a home.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Way for small businesses and organizations to be involved with small donations. Framed print

approach will showcase HFHCFC and the type of house we build.

Way to create awareness (possibly press coverage) at public locations. Showcases the house

and the cost associated with it.

Marketing Approach:

Community Partnerships to determine how to market within each respective town.

Church committee can offer it as a campaign approach to support HFHCFC.

Set up at all Habitat Fundraisers – i.e. town common events, Buy a Board events etc.

Effort Required:

Create brochure, posters, church bulletin inserts, etc.

Invitations to Social Event for donors

Food and beverage for social event.

 

 

A Penny a Square Foot

Target Donors: Individuals, Organizations and Businesses in a respective town

Endeavor Details:

The donation requested is a penny for each square foot of their own respective house or place of business (or church, town building, school etc).

Try to engage local press in the campaign.

Need volunteers to help run.

Cost Analysis:

E‐mail campaign or personal appeal—IT’S FREE!!!

Endeavored Revenue:

Approximately 10‐20% of towns square footage.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Makes donation personal. Also ties into feeling of appreciation for your own home and

reminds us that there are those who do not have homes.

Low cost of donation – 2400 square foot house is $24.00.

Can allow for youth committee activity.

Marketing Approach:

Follow up with big square footage owners

Press activities, photo opportunities, kick off campaign, follow up status, milestone

achievements

Church and organization involvement

Effort Required:

Volunteers

 

A Penny War

Target Donors: Schools, Scout Troops, Youth organizations

Endeavor Details:

Assign teams. Schools may choose to have each grade compete against

each other or teams with a grade.

Create posters and a thermometer chart for teams to track amount raised.

Set the rules: Each coin counts at face value. However, additional points can

be given for coins or bills that are not pennies.

Winning team earns a prize. Pizza party? Ask pizza shop for donation

Cost Analysis:

Volunteers to manage the effort

Cost of prize if not donated

Endeavored Revenue:

Depends on size and number of groups. $100 to $10000.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Reinforces to youths of the need to give to someone in need.

Low cost of donation – Shows “Every Penny Counts”.

Way to create awareness.

Engages youth.

Sets up healthy competition

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Create a pamphlet to be given to youth and parents

Ask school and adults to support and give guidance

Effort Required:

Need Habitat CFC Logo—available from Development Department

Team of students and parents to count money

 

 

Holiday and Special Day Cards

Target Donors: Churches, Schools, Scout Troops, Youth organizations

Endeavor Details:

Create posters and inserts for bulletins.

Have youth design Cards for special holidays such as Mother’s Day,

Father’s Day, Get well, etc.

Cards may also be personalized in memory of or in honor of someone.

Cost Analysis:

Cost of supplies (card stock, envelops and ink, stamps)

Endeavored Revenue:

Depends on number of cards sold. Cards sold to honor or in memory of someone may vary

depending on donation. Could see $100‐200.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation.

Way to create awareness.

Engages youth and adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Ask adults to support and give guidance

Effort Required:

Create Cards.

Need Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County Logo and info for back of card.

 

 

Flock of Flamingos

Target Donors: Churches, Schools, Scout Troops, Youth organizations

Endeavor Details:

Place Flamingos on target groups’ lawn and charge them to have them removed. Insurance could be sold to protect you from having Flamingos on your lawn.

Cost Analysis:

Volunteers to manage the effort

Cost of flamingos

Paper supplies

Endeavored Revenue:

$500.00.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation.

Engages youth and adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Create flyers and insurance certificates

Effort Required:

Drive around to various locations.

Keep calendar of dates/locations and who has insurance.

 

 

Build a Shed/Playhouse

Target Donors: Senior Youths

Endeavor Details:

Create posters.

Decide how you will sell raffle tickets, when, where, set price and minimum amount needed to cover cost.

Determine amount of time needed to build and deliver.

Have adults committed to supervise the project

Cost Analysis:

Cost of lumber and supplies

Endeavored Revenue:

Depends on size and number of groups.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation

Way to create awareness.

Engages youth and adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Choose location for selling raffles

Ask adults to support and give guidance

Effort Required:

Obtain building plans and create materials list

 

Sponsor Dinners/Spaghetti Dinners

Target Donors: All ages/all groups

Endeavor Details:

Create posters.

Decide how you will sell tickets, when, where, set price and minimum amount

needed to cover cost.

Determine amount of time needed to advertise and run event.

Organize kitchen help and servers.

Cost Analysis:

Cost of food (or ask for donations).

Endeavored Revenue:

$200‐400.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation.

Engages youth and adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Choose location for dinner

Ask adults to support and give guidance

Effort Required:

Organize help

Ease of Project:

 

Organize a Hike Team

Target Donors: All ages/all groups

Endeavor Details:

Create posters.

Create sponsor sheets.

Cost Analysis:

Cost of food (or ask for donations).

Endeavored Revenue:

Teams could generate $500 and up.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation.

Engages youth and adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Ask people for sponsorship

Effort Required:

Ask people to sponsor

Collect pledges

 

Tip/Change House

Target Donors: All ages/all groups

Endeavor Details:

Ask local restaurants, pizza shops, convenience stores if they would allow a house bank for customers to put change/donations in the house.

Determine amount of time needed to speak with shop owners

Cost Analysis:

Materials for house banks.

Endeavored Revenue:

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation.

Engages youth and adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Make collection boxes/houses.

Contact local stores and restaurants

Ask adults to support and give guidance

Effort Required:

Organize help

 

 

Bake Sale

Target Donors: All ages/all groups

Endeavor Details:

Create posters.

Decide on location and date

Signup bakers and group to sell the items

Put a spin on the event and have men do all the baking (include local pastors, selectmen, businessmen..).

Think about taking orders ahead of time (such as for pies)

Cost Analysis:

Very limited – supplies

Endeavored Revenue:

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation.

Engages youth and adults/ families.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Choose location

Ask people to bake

Effort Required:

Organize help

 

Sponsorship/Pay my wages for a Day

Target Donors: All ages/all groups

Endeavor Details:

Create posters.

Organize a group and ask people to sponsor a special build day.

Think about asking sponsors to pay your wages for the day (minimum wage would be an amount to ask)

Cost Analysis:

minimum

Endeavored Revenue:

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation.

Engages youth and adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Work with HFHGL to organize a day

Ask adults to support and give guidance

Effort Required:

Organize help

Ease of Project:

 

 

Recycle Can Boxes

Target Donors: All ages/all groups

Endeavor Details:

Create posters.

Obtain a recycle box from HFHGL

Determine how many you will need.

Will need volunteers to empty the boxes and bring

cans/bottles to recycle center

Cost Analysis:

None, just your time

Endeavored Revenue:

Depends on number of cans collected

Benefits of Endeavor:

Engages youth and adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Choose location to place recycle boxes

Ask adults to help with collection and recycling.

Effort Required:

Minimal

 

Parent Night Out

Target Donors: Parents

Endeavor Details:

Create posters.

Spread the word – Will this be a town wide event or for a smaller audience.

Organize a group of babysitting age youth and some adults for supervising

Think of games, crafts, movie (age appropriate), snacks which will be needed.

Location – depends on target group

Advertise

Cost Analysis:

Minimum, snacks and art supplies

Endeavored Revenue:

Depends on number of children.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation.

Engages youth and young adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

Choose location

Ask adults to Chaperone

Effort Required:

Organize help

 

Calendars

Target Donors: Parents

Endeavor Details:

Decide on a theme for your calendar.

What type of pictures will you use (drawings, photos…)

Where and to whom will you sell them

Create posters and flyers advertising your calendars

Cost Analysis:

Cost of printing supplies and binding supplies

Endeavored Revenue:

$200‐$500.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost.

Engages youth and young adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters.

How you will sell them

Ask adults to support and give guidance

Effort Required:

Organize help

 

Note Cards/Specialty Cards

Target Donors: Youth

Endeavor Details:

Create a theme of such as “Home”.

Ask youth to draw pictures with 4 different Home themes

Pick the pictures and create a series of cards.

Pictures should be scanned into computer and a card created. Leave inside blank. Add information about Habitat and your group on the back.

Each gift bag will contain 12 cards (6 different designs)

Cost Analysis:

Paper and printing

Endeavored Revenue:

Example: Sell each pack for $10.

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation

Way to create awareness.

Engages youth and adults.

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters announcing the project and ask for drawings.

Choose location for selling cards

Ask adults to support and give guidance

Effort Required:

Will need to scan pictures and create the cards.

 

Build a Birdhouse/Planter

Target Donors: Youth

Endeavor Details:

Will you build a birdhouse or a planter or both

Find plans for each project

Design posters promoting project.

Decide if you will pre‐sell or offer for sale at an event.

Buy materials

Cost Analysis:

Building material

Endeavored Revenue:

Benefits of Endeavor:

Low cost of donation

Way to create awareness.

Engages youth and adults

Marketing Approach:

Make Posters announcing the project. May want to ask for donation of materials.

Choose location for selling birdhouses and planters

Ask adults to support and give guidance

Effort Required:

Will need to involve an adult to help with cutting wood.