- Customize the Conference Fundraising Template Letter and share it with everyone in your network, including relatives, neighbors, and local business owners.
- Ask your local pharmacy or grocery store if you can place a jar at the register. People really do contribute! Choose a place that doesn’t have a tip jar for employees – you don’t want to compete with your classmates.
- Organize an Orange Crush sale. Students can send an Orange Crush with a note to their “Crush” for $1. Recipients can then pay a $1 to find out who has a crush on them.
- Ask local companies for a donated item (MP3 player, Discman, digital camera, set of movie passes, $50 worth of pizza for a party, etc.) and sell raffle tickets for $1.
- Think food: bake sales, ice cream sundae sales, popcorn sales, hot dog sales, etc.
- Partner with other clubs and organizations and sponsor a “Battle of the Bands” at your school.
- Host a car (or dog) wash, spaghetti dinner, school dance, or movie night.
- Make Valentine’s Day cards and sell them. Design a few cards, make an order form, send to schoolmates with an explanation of what the money is being raised for, fill the orders, and collect the money.
- Conduct a community bottle/can recycling drive.
- Hold a student services auction (babysitting, typing, yard work/cleanup).
- Offer face painting at the local mall or grocery store.
- Have a contest during the regular school day – during lunch or recess. Student vs. faculty sports contests, team spelling bees, or faculty baby picture identification contests are fun events to sponsor.
- Host a local sporting event. These events will generate the most funds if they are held on a Friday night or a Saturday, when family members are more likely to attend and when students are looking for something fun to do.
- Have members of your SADD chapter write personal letters asking for donations from local business people.
- Ask your fellow SADD chapter members to gather the contact information for their parents’ employers and ask permission to send your contribution request letter to those contacts. You may want to make follow-up calls to these business leaders as well.
- Charge people to participate in a mural painting activity.