Family reunion fundraising brings in start-up money and helps offset the charges to your guests.
We know we will start off with zero money when planning a first family reunion event. So how can we pay for the upfront expenses that are necessary to get everything going? We know there will be:
So, where can we get money to set up the checking account? PayPal, ING Direct or ALLY Bank are very good online financial organizations to consider.
First of all, if someone in the family just hit the lottery and is willing to pay for the entire event - GREAT - but we all know that's not going to happen! Then you may find some family members willing to donate money to get started with and that is wonderful – but you will need more.
Let’s look at family reunion fundraising options. If you are planning your event well in advance, you may want to hold one or more of the following:
Garage, yard or rummage sale - get family members to start cleaning out closets and gather eveything for a GREAT sale. Whatever items aren't sold, try listing them on eBay.
Car Washes - teenagers LOVE to do these, especially on a warm day.
Baked Goods Sale - cookies, cupcakes & cakes. Get those aunts to make some goodies from their favorite recipes, then don't forget to copy the recipe and put it into the Family Cookbook.
Popcorn Sale - Tins of popcorn from Popcorn Palace are good fundraising items.
Casino and Bingo Nights - who doesn't LOVE these fun events?Get Free Shipping on Casino Party Supplies at Shindigz
If well organized, these fundraising events can be lots of fun and could net some very good results.
Consider a card reader app from Intuit to be able to accept credit cards
for any of the above functions - very convenient.
So, now you have some money in your coffers. You are getting a better idea of what to charge your guests. Checks are coming in, but it looks like you are coming up a bit “short” – YIKES! What to do??
RAFFLES and AUCTIONS can be planned during the event.
Family heirlooms and old pictures are great for auctions and remember Granny’s old quilt or Grandpa’s wine barrel make excellent raffle items.
Another way to offset expenses is to sell reunion memorabilia or keepsake items. Of special interest would be items with the reunion logo on them, such as:
The Genealogy and Cook books can be on display and orders taken, with a deposit. This holds the cost of printing until you have the money to pay for them.
So now, with your family reunion fundraising, raffles and auctions, it looks like your budgets are well under control and you are going to be able to pay for your reunion expenses.