Want to help support FBSJ but don’t know where to start? Here are 10 ideas to help you raise funds to support our hunger relief programs.
- House/dinner party: This is a sure-fire way to raise money. Collect donations and entertain at the same time. Create a theme (like a costume party) and host a dinner party. Invite 10 or more of your friends. Have each guest donate $50, spend no more than $20 per person on food and you’ll have $300 or more in donations by the end of the night.
- Corporate matching gift: Ask your company to match the amount of donations you receive from your coworkers and ask all donors if their company has a matching gift program.
- Company grants: Find out if your company offers grants through employees who volunteer their time for charitable causes. If so, you can volunteer your time and the food bank can be compensated with grant money for your work. You may need a letter from us stating when you volunteered, which we’d be happy to provide.
- In memory of: If you’re raising money in memory of someone, include a picture of you with your loved one in your ask letter, on posters, etc.
- Bake sale: Become Julia Child or Mrs. Fields and host a bake sale with your friends. Hold your bake sale at a garage sale, work, school or religious organization’s function.
- Your local restaurant: Ask if you can place a money jar at the front of the restaurant. Check with the manager – they may be willing to place the jar in a high-traffic area so lots of patrons can see it.
- Host a movie party: Pick up a new release, make some popcorn, and invite your friends and family over for the night. Charge $5 per person and have a donation jar ready!
- Birthday or holiday gift: It will be a lot easier for your friends and family to write you a birthday check instead of spending hours trying to shop for you.
- Gym: Ask your gym to place a donation jar at the front desk! Leave information about the food bank at the counter as well.
- Clubs and organizations: Send a solicitation letter to your local Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, etc. They support individuals in their communities.
And remember: ask as many times as you can, then ask again! For more fundraising ideas, please contact our development office at 856-662-4884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.