The 5 Best Aussie Fundraising Ideas

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The costs for teams and clubs to operate, host and travel to events can be phenomenal and fundraising is often necessary. As well as raising money, a successful fundraiser will up your club’s public profile, engender community spirit and be a cracking good time. Check out these five ideas for beaut Aussie fundraisers.

1. HOLD A CLASSIC AUSSIE SAUSAGE SIZZLE

There’s nothing quite so enticing as the smell of snags and onions on the barbie as you go about your Saturday morning shopping. The sausage sizzle is perhaps the oldest fundraising tradition in Australia: and it is still one of the most effective. It’s cheap, easy and lots of fun.

Some companies, such as Bunnings and Woolworths, support community groups by providing the spot, the barbie and the gas. You have to get in quick though, the sausage sizzle calendar is often booked up six months in advance. You could also consider holding your sizzle at a local sports field, shopping centre, farmers’ market or event – just make sure you have permission from whoever’s in charge.

Sausage Sizzle Tips:
– Ask nearby wholesalers and butchers to sponsor you by donating the food for your barbie.
– Sell cold drinks. A can of coke goes really well with a sausage.
– Be hygienic. Your state will have specific food safety laws. Follow them.
– Make awesome signage so that punters know who and what they’re supporting
– Drink lots of water: it’s hot work.
– Serve ‘em with a smile!

The sausage sizzle is number one on this list because it is the cheapest, easiest way to fund raise a lot of money. It’s also a great way to get your club into the community and have a chat over a saucy snag. There are no losers!

2. RUN A RAFFLE

Raffles are another common form of fundraising. People get to donate money to the cause but they also have the chance of winning something cool. Local businesses are sometimes willing to donate items or services as prizes in exchange for publicity. You need a good prize and lots of volunteer power to maximize ticket sales. Perhaps invite a well-known personality (the mayor? an athlete?) to draw the raffle and make sure you have the paper there to take a photo.

Some Raffle Ideas:
– A mystery holiday
– Cold, hard cash
– Grocery hamper
– Vouchers
– A working bee (your team mucking in for the day painting the winner’s fence or pruning their back garden).

It is essential to ensure that your raffle is legal: you don’t want to lose your profits to a hefty fine. Each state has its own particular laws around raffles. For example, in New South Wales registered clubs do not need a permit to run a raffle, whereas in South Australia, a licence is needed if the total prize value is over $5, 000. There are also guidelines around transparency, drawing and the publishing of results, which differ state by state. This information is available on state government websites and you must make sure you’re well-versed before you start.

3. HOST AN EVENT

Fundraising events can take a lot of work, organisation and advertising. But a well-run event will bring lots of people (and their wallets) together and it gives everyone in the club a chance to get involved. Ring around local businesses to see if they’d like to donate spot prizes in exchange for advertising on posters and programmes. Create hype around the event. And, for goodness sake, delegate! Too often, most of the organisation ends up on one or two people’s shoulders, nerves fray, resentment builds and all of the magic is taken out of the event. Spread the load and use the planning and running of your event as a team-building exercise!

A Few Event Ideas:
– A fun run/walk
– A variety concert
– A quiz night- A charity auction
– A competition (think “[Insert Your Club's Name Here]‘s got Talent” or “Masterchef”)

The best thing is, people will probably want to eat at your event! Why not up the profits and put on a sausage sizzle?

4. SELL FUNDRAISING MERCHANDISE

There are many companies which provide merchandise for fundraising: Cadbury Chocolate, Scratch and Support and Billy G’s Cookie Dough, just to name a few. This is a fairly headache-free way of fundraising and can be really effective if you’ve got a large enough group to make a lot of sales.

The risk with merchandise fundraising is eating your products (can you resist a box of Caramellos sitting on your bench?) and having to fork out for them, which defeats the purpose. Or, a bunch of unused scratch cards that you can’t sell and can’t return. Make sure you’ve got good strategies to sell all your merchandise.

You could try:
– Taking it along to work.
– Selling it at a community event.
– Harassing friends.
– Beating the feet and door-knocking.

Just Google Australian fundraising companies, find one which works for you and go through the ordering process. Read the fine print.

5. HARNESS THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Sites like Facebook have given us an almost global audience and many members of your club or team will have friends and family all over the world. It is increasingly popular to seek sponsorship from people you know by setting up an event page and asking for donations. It is as simple as explaining what you are fundraising for, stating an account for deposits and sharing with everyone you know.

This doesn’t sit well with everybody. Asking for something and giving nothing doesn’t seem like the spirit of fundraising. But, loved ones who are far away may be very glad of the opportunity to support you in your venture. Especially grandparents, aunts and uncles helping out youngsters. The return’s in the good vibes.

Social media is also a powerful advertising tool for any of the fundraisers mentioned above. Get your mates along to your sausage sizzle or event, talk them into another bar of Cadbury or sell them a chance to win that mystery holiday. Facebook gets millions more viewers per day than your local rag. Use it.

With any of these fundraising ideas, it is important to check the legalities in your area. Cross the t’s, dot the i’s. Always be completely transparent about who and what you are fundraising for and where the money is going. Most of all: make it fun!

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