FUND RAISING IDEAS
Fundraising is usually done to earn extra money for a special event, a long trip or to fund the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards work. This is generally done by Brownie troops and older.
Please remember that you must submit a request to your local Council to hold a fund-raising event and that different Council's have different interpretations including, but not limited to:
o Cookie Sales
o Fall Product Sales
o Car Wash
o Concession Stand
o Craft Booth
o Garage Sale
o Gift Wrapping
o Pool Party
o Program for Other GS
o Sell Items
OPTIONS FROM THE COUNCIL OR THE SERVICE UNIT
o signed agreement sheet for each girl
o no other permission required
o various ideas for selling cookies
o Traditional cookie booth – decorate it to catch customers’ eyes
o Give samples
o Provide recipes using the cookies
o Make tags that say thank you
PANCAKE BREAKFAST BOOTH:
o ask businesses or individuals to sponsor you for so much a car. You MUST advertise! Have a list of your donors at the event to advertise their support.
o Advertise your car wash as a Free Car Wash. Put up a sign at the event stating what your goal is (trip to....) and that donations are gladly accepted. BUT, make sure that all customers (whether they choose to leave a donation or not) are treated equally. You could even have a No-Bake, Bake Sale in conjunction.
o local sports complexes for large sporting events. Arrange with the concessions of these sports complexes to sell souvenirs or food at a local sporting event.
o Local festivals usually offer booths to non-profit organizations. Arrange to man such a booth at your local festival.
COOKBOOK BY THE TROOP:
o Collect favorite recipes, organize them and bind them.
o Outdoor cookbooks
o advertise and SELL!
o Assemble all of the non-perishable ingredients of a favorite cookie or cake recipe into a canning jar, add the recipe, decorate the jar,
o local grocery stores, bazaars, craft sales etc.
o Some good ideas are scrunchies, pot holders, Beadie Critters, and anything else that is popular with the crowd you will be selling to
o Ask for donations
o Theme booths – pets, garden, etc.
o Collect items to sale – ask family, friends, neighbors if they have things to donate for the troop sale
o Run the garage sale and collect your profits.
o The leftovers can be taken to a donation center so you help the community as well.
o especially successful during the Christmas holiday season (from Thanksgiving to Christmas).
o Many places will provide you with paper, tape, scissors, etc. and you supply the labor.
o Put a sign on a nicely decorated box or basket indicating who you are and what the donations will be used for.
o Make sure girls are well versed in how to wrap a package properly.
o Purchase pizza fixings at a local food distributor (or obtain donations if possible and if approved by your Council). Sometimes you can check with local pizza places.
o Have girls take orders for different varieties of pizzas before hand.
o On the scheduled day, make the pizzas and have the girls deliver their orders.
o Have a Junior, Cadette, and Senior pool party and charge admission
PROGRAMS FOR YOUNGER GIRL SCOUTS:
o experienced at working with the younger girls.
o Events can range from Badge or Try-It workshops to camping events and more.
o Try to pick events that do not have a lot of expenses.
o Make sure that the fee you charge is reasonable and not overly expensive.
o Each week, have girls bring in their plastic soda bottles and aluminum cans. Profits accumulate. It is also a good way to begin to teach the girls about "saving our planet".
o Sell sweatshirts and shirts that say Girl Scouts