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Ideas for Fundraising

 

If you are interested in partnering with us by sponsoring a child, giving gifts such as shoes or books, assisting with the cost of operating TOLO, or funding your volunteer visit, try some of the ideas below. Some of the best fund raising ideas come from being creative and do something unique.
“A fine young man by the name of Taylor Scheidenberger at age 10, decided that he and his two friends wanted to help the children here at TOLO. They produced some drawings and then sold them for nearly $30 dollars so they could do something to help the children here. They have sent these funds to Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas on our behalf. This was followed by a fully packed box of children's books, items of clothing and toys. The kids here are so excited and thankful for Taylor's warm-hearted offer of help. To date Taylor is by far the youngest donor ever to get involved in this wonderful outreach. In our minds and hearts we wish to acknowledge the magnificent effort of this young man and his two friends. They were students in Seoul Korea where his mother Captain Rachel Besemen is serving her country so proudly.”

“Last year we had one of the most delightful volunteers by the name of Jessica Bouquet come stay with us. Jessica hails from Perth Australia and at the tender age of 20 she is an incredible lass. Jess has done something so marvelous--- she has decided to help fund some of the expenses here by creating monthly fund raisers in Perth. So far she has raised from two such events $1,200 US Dollars for TOLO and she has several more activities planned.”
Taste Of Thailand
Partner with a local restaurant and hold a “Taste Of Thailand” benefit dinner. Also you can do this yourselves and hold this event at your church or organization.
Book Drive
TOLO is always in need of children’s books in English. Almost everyone has children’s books that are in good condition. Buriram has over 1,100 schools in our area. TOLO desires to give each school at least 50 children’s books.
Garage Sale
Know all that stuff that's been hanging out in your garage... in your attic...in your basement? Gather it up and ask your friends to do the same. Put it in your front yard and sell, sell, sell.
Bake Sale
Pull out your favorite recipes and start baking. Ask your friends to do the same. You can hold your bake sale at a local school, church, or you can even have it in conjunction with your garage sale.
Loose Change
Label old yogurt cups and pass them out to your friends and family, asking if they’d deposit their coins and return a full cup for a good cause. Set out your own Loose Change Jar. Keep it in visible place where guests traffic, or on your desk at work. Others will likely contribute to what’s near and dear to you.
Office Fundraising Challenge
Speak with your colleagues and get them to challenge each other to raise the highest amount. Give the winner a prize… maybe movie passes and/ or a gift certificate to dinner.
Ask your local bartender to donate a portion of one day's tips.
You can create a sign for the bartender to place on the bar stating that "All tips collected tonight will go directly to Tree Of Life Orphanage in Thailand.”
Theme Party/Dinner
Hold a theme party for 10 (or more) of your friends. Donation: $50 per person. Spend no more than $20 per person on the food and you'll have $300 (or more) to donate.
Movie ticket donation
Ask your local movie house to donate several movie tickets. Sell them and put the money toward your pledges.
Local theater to donate tickets to a performance
Ask a local theater to donate a couple tickets to one of their plays or musicals and auction them off.
Birthday Bash
Throw yourself a birthday party and ask your friends and family to write out a check to TOLO, instead of spending hours shopping for you.
Delegate
Give 10 of your friends 10 pledge forms each and ask them to help raise money for you.
Artists in the house
Find a local artist or ask a creative friend if they would donate a piece (if art or some jewelry that you could auction off.
House Warming Party
Are you moving anytime soon? If so, ask your friends to make a pledge instead of purchasing a gift for your new place.
Travel Agency
Do you always make your travel plans through the same agency? Ask them to donate a travel voucher. You can auction it off at one of your parties.
Doctor/ Therapist/Veterinarian/lnsurance Agent
Ask him/her to make a check out for you instead of the other way around.
Radio Station
Call your favorite radio station and ask them to make an announcement on the air. They may even interview you. Pledges can be sent directly to the pledge office.
Gym
Ask you gym to place a Donation Jar at the front desk.
Meet the Press
Does your company distribute a newsletter? Does your company have interoffice e-mail? Take advantage of these. It's a perfect way to get the word out.
Baby sitting
Offer up your services and let your friends have a nice, quiet night out of the house.
Pet sit
Are your neighbors going away and they don't want to leave "Spot" at the boarding facility? Again, offer up your services and charge them what they would have had to pay at the facility.
House sit
Friends going out of town for a while? Maybe they need a warm body to stay in their place in their absence.
Neighborhood Chores
Are you a Mr. or Ms. Fix-it? A lot of your neighbors would probably rather pay you than someone else. Place signs around your neighborhood advertising your services (i.e. watering gardens, cleaning roof gutters, sweeping the driveway, fixing an easy plumbing problem, painting a room, etc.)
Karaoke Night
Who cares if you can't carry a tune? Spend a Friday night at a Karaoke Bar and sing your guts out. Have the announcer tell the crowd that you're singing for donations.
Talented Friends
Do you have a little piano bar in your neighborhood and a talented piano playing friend? Ask the owner to let you bring some friends in one night for a cocktail and piano night. Charge anyone who attends and let them know that it's a fundraising event for the Brain Injury Resource Foundation.
Ebay.com
Remember the garage sale idea? How about rounding up the goods from your friends and putting it all in Ebay.com to be auctioned off?
Company Vacation Days
Ask your boss or human resources director if they can swap one of your vacation days for a day's pay.
Host a poker game
Call your serious (or not so serious) card-playing' friends invite them over for poker night
Bowling Nights
Plan a fun night of bowling at your local lanes. Ask the owner to waive the cost of bowling and you can collect that money and turn it into a donation.
Local Stores
Ask a local store manager what the hot selling item is, and then ask if he or she would donate a percentage of the sales from that particular item.
Benefit Concert
If you know any musicians, ask them to perform a benefit concert. Tell people that tickets sales from concert will be going to TOLO.
Children's Party
Throw on that Barney outfit and get out there. The kids will be having fun while their parents are writing you pledge checks.
Pizza Party
Check out your local Pizza Parlor. Do they have a great deal to help you fundraise.
Clubs and Organizations
Send a solicitation letter to your local Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, etc. They support the causes of individuals in their communities.
Raffle
Sell raffle tickets to win a special item such as a homemade quilt or entrance to a sporting event.
Contact your local paper
Tell them your story, why you're taking action to support TOLO. Make sure that you put in information about how people can contribute to TOLO.
Send a letter or e-mail asking for support to everyone you know.
Don’t put off good intentions. Start today. Ask. Invite. Get involved. Think creatively. And have fun while you help TOLO and the future of Thailand.