Sunday, February 18, 2018

Put The Fun Back In Raisin Mutual Funds

By Debra Edwards

You can make money from anything these days. Buckle down and start brainstorming, a way to collect money for mutual funds or charity. But in a fun, fresh and exciting way that will get people opening their wallets and purses. Your imagination is the only limit, be brave and take it with fun.

Reading is past time that is enjoyed by many, a lot of people have a book that they have read a countless amount of time and are willing to donate those. Think about having a book sale. Ask your friends and family to look around their homes for things they no longer use that could be sold. Asking different people will ensure a variety of genres and things that can be sold alongside the books

Have a room or area designated for the collected items, perhaps go to your local supermarket and collect boxes that you can hand out to your friends and family for them to place the items in before they hand them over to you. Make sure people know about your event, invite friends, family, and your community to come by and support your market.

A book and jumble sale are relatively easy to create, as they use things you already have in your house but if you really want to go the extra mile, why not roll up your sleeves, get some friends, and with buckets and ample soap and water, hold a neighborhood car wash. This idea is always welcome as most people are welcome to the idea of an affordable car clean-up. Another opportunity is host a food stall or tea garden on site to raise extra money while neighbors wait for their cars to get cleaned.

People are always keen to engage in physical activity for a good cause. Organise a fun run, rope in a gym or sports club for some participation. Have a sponsor system in which people sponsor participants. Or simply host a run, make it inviting so everyone can join.

Fun runs are lovely but maybe some participants would like the companionship of their pet dogs, have the option for people to bring their dog for a particular fee. Perhaps even host a dog walk in which participants can pay a fee to enter a best-dressed dog competition.

Pets are peoples weakness. Why not use this for more fun. Host a pet show, in which you invite your community to register their pets for a fee, then give them an opportunity to show off their pet, you could also have a collection plate circulating during the show.

Charity tins may seem outdated but they are an effective way to raise money. Have a tin at your fundraising event for additional donations. Visit your local shops and ask if you can place a tin at the check out points. This will get a word out and cover more ground. Take and give tins to friends, family, school events, work and your religious gathering. All these ideas will lead to a successful charity fundraiser.

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