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#1 ziggo

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:15 PM

Hi,

My son has just started at a community kindergarten and I am on the fundraising committee.  

Has anyone got any tips for me?

What are the best events that make the most money for the kindergarten?  

Thanks for your help.

Elise.

#2 PrincessPeach

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:26 PM

If you have a bunnings nearby, see if you can have one of their weekend sausage sizzles.

They are a decent money spinner.

#3 ziggo

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

Thanks.  

Yes I think they have done the Bunnings before so that should be fun.  

Water play sounds fun.  



#4 123tree

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:42 PM

Bunnings always have a long waiting list so write your letter now and you will probably get a date close to Christmas.

I hate the chocolate drives but that is just me.

#5 *LiMa*

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:49 PM

Where do you live OP?

We have had success (sports club) with running BBQ's at Harvey Norman (our local supplies all the food, we only had to pay for the dri ks we wanted to sell) and Masters.  

We also run a weekly meat tray raffle at one of the local pubs.  We made about $5000 after expenses for that for the year (we live regional, so it's not a big pub)

We also run the standard slice and lolly drives, also garden seeds.  Pie drives and cookie dough works well around here too, but every school and sports club seems to do them so we haven't tried those.


#6 Lyra

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

A friend's child's kinder runs a mango drive towards the end of the year. We always buy a tray

I also hate chocolate drives

#7 ziggo

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

Thank you for all of your replies.  So many great ideas.  

The last fundraising committee has already sent our letter off for Bunnings so that is all booked in which is great.  

Hattie, can you please PM the grant details I am in Queensland.  That sounds awesome!



#8 ziggo

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:15 PM

LiMa, how do the meat tray raffles work? Do you buy the meat at cost from the butchers or is it donated?

#9 luke's mummu

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

Family photo day - we used advanced life photography. It's very easy to organise and the Kindy got the keep the $20 sitting fee. I think lots of photographic companies do similar days for fundraising.

#10 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

Can I ask what sort of money you can make with the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle?

#11 Lyn86

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:26 PM

^^ we made about $1500 from our Bunnings sausage sizzle.
Not bad for a mornings work!

#12 mez70

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

The other thing for those looking at Sausage sizzles is a lot of Woolworths stalls now have in store and just out side store sausage sizzles as well, these are free to book and they generally only ask you buy the bread and snags etc from them and if you pick the right store can be very profitable.

I don't know if you have access to the "entertainment books" these are books of coupons etc that get sold and you get a certain cut of each book sold and have been popular in our area.

Cookie Dough has been another one that has been popular.

The thing to remember is that it needs to be as labour and cost effective as possible and where ever ytou can the goal is not to spend money to earn money (sausage sizzle aside) any ideas where you are required to purchase in advance then recoup later by selling can be dicey as unless you have the option to return product you can be left with unused and unsold product that has also "cost" the kinder as well..


#13 ~Mo+Moosh~

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:37 PM

Our preschool did an art show. Each child produced at least 2 pieces of art. Some were framed and some were just on canvas (all from the cheap shop). The majority of parents purchased all their children's work. They also had a raffle. I'm not on the fundraising committee but I believed it was a decent money maker.

It was great as a parent because it was different to the normal preschool fundraisers and the children were really proud of their work.



#14 tinkster23

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:13 PM

The play group I'm president of have had some success with a cancer council sunscreen fundraiser, it's low effort but we made a fair amount.

#15 Nasty Perc

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:05 AM

I wa sonth emy child's kindy committee at the time. A family disco raised about $2k through ticket sales, sausage sizzle, lolly stall and raffle.



#16 elmo_mum

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:33 AM

trivia nights...inc silient auctions...

coming into easter - hot cross bun drive... talk to brumbys/bakers delight etc

the entertainment books are great, but you have to pay for them first, and then hope u sell em all... so there needs to be cash in the bank....

movie night - in the kindy.. show a family movie... charge a few buck, make popcorn and ice cream cones.. sell em

good luck

#17 madmother

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:39 AM

I second the Trivia Night. $4000 in one night for small rural school.

Always ask for donations, buy the least you can. Goes for meat trays too.  cool.gif

If you have the room, car boot sales are good too.

#18 ACO

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

Our school does one major fundraiser with a live auction and smaller silent auction items. For a school of 500 students, we usually raise between $60-80K. It does take a lot of prep work, but as it's only a once off, it works out well.

#19 ~J_F~

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

We do a quiz night.

Cake stalls always make lots if you get lots of donations.

We do a mothers day luncheon which is always well attended and most of the food donated.

This year we are also going to do a murder mystery night. Should be a fun night and make a bit. Also going to try a mother and fathers day gift stall.

#20 netballgirls

Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:17 PM

I receently bought a growi-in-the-bag kit organic coriander from a kindy fundraiser. I thought it was a great idea. I hate chocolate drives.


www.livingfundraisers.com.au

#21 ~Kay~

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

Have a cake stall or sausage sizzle on (Federal) election day.

We are lucky, our community hall is a polling booth but work out where your local polling booths are now & contact them.


#22 nik_klinger

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:55 PM

This won't make thousands, possibly hundreds, but it's SO bloody easy to add to any stall- spiders. All you need is 1 cup, fill with 1/2 cup of fizzy drink, add a scoop of ice cream, sell for $1ish.

#23 *LiMa*

Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:00 AM

For our meat tray raffle we get meat froma club sponsor, so it's cheap, another sponsor donates farm fresh whole chickens.  For 2 meat trays and a chicken we spend about $40 a week.  Sometimes if we sell enough tickets we through in $15 6packs

#24 JinksNewton

Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:23 AM

I think our kindy's top fundraisers last year were the disco and entertainment books...they also sell t-shirts,  windcheaters and hats with the kindy logo and picture on them, they're not compulsory but are advertised as taking the decision work out of dressing your child in the mornings!
The current fundraiser is buying spring bulbs, 40% of the cost price goes to the kindy.




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