What are the most popular ‘Aussie’ fundraising ideas?
Whether you are raffling a meat tray, a dozen bottles of wine or a huge hamper full of gourmet goodies, a raffle is a sure-fire Aussie winner.
Raffles can be one component of a larger event, or a standalone fundraiser in itself. It is a good way to use up small donated items by including them in a hamper, and also an opportunity for local businesses to promote themselves by donating items or vouchers.
Raffle hampers can be made by allocating themes to each class or year group, and asking them to donate items that fit the theme. Check out some fun ideas here.
A sausage sizzle
Whether you are feeding the crowds at Bunnings, hosting a BBQ at your end of season game or making election day worth the long queue, a sausage sizzle is Aussie-as. A sure bet all year round, a BBQ fundraiser simply requires some basic equipment, some willing volunteers and a bit of elbow grease.
You can mix things up by deciding between white bread or rolls or whether you need mustard as well as tomato and BBQ sauce. If you’re starting early, maybe introduce a bacon and egg roll, but part of the beauty of this fundraiser is that it is incredibly easy and doesn’t require too much organisation. Lean more here about the iconic sausage sizzle.
A cake stall
One of the original fundraisers, cake stalls will never go out of fashion. From the super-posh stalls selling handmade macarons in large jars and elaborately iced cupcakes on tiered stands, to basic stalls with cakes wrapped in plastic on a paper plate, cake stalls work well because they have close to zero costs – because everything is donated! People do eat with their eyes though and making a cake stall attractive is a sure fire way to earn extra dollars, as well as breaking outside of the (cake) box and selling different items such as savouries, jams and chutneys. Click here to get some top tips about running a successful cake stall.
A white-elephant stall
Also known as a second-hand stall, everyone loves these because we all know one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. What better way to find a new home for items you no longer want, while at the same time helping out your school, club or favourite charity. The best advice for white elephant stalls is to keep the price low – after all, everything is already donated and you don’t want to wind up with unsold stock at the end of the day. For more tips about running a white elephant stall, click here.
A quiz night
A quiz night is a way of injecting personality into your fundraising event, which you can do by theming the event (at our school fundraiser, each table is given the name of a local street), the questions you choose and the prizes you give away. There are plenty of sites where you can find quiz questions for free, or you can search for themes and then write your own. Quiz nights tend to be adults-only and you can keep them in-house (for your school/club community only) or advertise widely and invite the local community. To learn practical tips for running a quiz night, click here.