Are you searching for a fundraiser idea for your organization, school or sorority? Are you needing a fun way to make profits for a charity? Do you work for a non-profit organization and are looking for an annual fundraiser? One fabulous idea to consider is to sell Singing Valentines.
Singing Valentines involve a recipient being surprised with a live presentation and musical message. Groups of two, three, or four singers will sing one song to the special someone and present her (or possibly him) with roses or chocolates. They can be surprised at their workplace, or even at their place of residence. It will usually last no more than five to ten minutes. It is a unique way to raise money for your charity or organization.
As with all fund-raising events, this takes extensive planning and dedication. But, with lots of hard work, it could be a fantastic fundraiser for your group. If you are considering selling Singing Valentines for your organization, here are some tips for you.
Form a Committee
The first step is to form a committee to organize the fundraiser. While it is possible to plan the event alone, a fund-raising committee can make it go more smoothly. If you are a sorority, encourage members to be on the committee. If you are a non-profit organization, the committee will consist of both board members and paid employees.
Find Volunteers to Sing
The trickiest part might be recruiting volunteers to sing and deliver the Singing Valentines. If Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday or Sunday, contact high school choir students. You can also try to recruit college vocal music majors, or anyone you know who loves to sing. Remind them that it is for a good cause.
The amount of volunteer singers that you need will depend on the amount of orders you get. However, to be safe, try to find as many volunteers as possible. If you do not get enough orders, you can combine the singers into one group.
Decide on the Packages You Will Sell
Next, decide on the Singing Valentine packages you will sell. The first package could include one song, and the delivery of one rose and a Valentine’s card. The second package might include singing one song, delivering a dozen roses, plus a card. The third package could include a song, roses, and a chocolates. If you would prefer to keep things as simple as possible, only have one package available.
The prices depend on how much the supplies cost. Because you are trying to make a profit, consider setting the price between $30 and $60, plus the cost of flowers and chocolates.
You should allow the customers to choose from different songs, or even, for an additional fee, sing a requested song. Ask the singers which songs they would prefer to sing. One simple one to consider is “You Are My Sunshine.”
It’s now time to find some customers! The most effective advertising method is to ask potential customers in person or on the phone. Yes, that might mean telemarketing. Start by asking everyone that you know. Encourage all members of your organization, or anyone affiliated with it, to ask people they know to purchase Singing Valentines.
Next, try to find the phone numbers of local doctors, attorneys, businessman, city-officials, ministers, school principals and more. Be polite, yet remind them that you are raising money for a good cause. Try to ask the husbands and wives of school teachers, receptionists, store clerks and more.
Other ideas are to post fliers in guy’s college dorms, and workplaces with a staff lounge. You might also consider placing a newspaper ad. It will be expensive, but could be an effective method of advertising.
Another idea is to contact civic organizations such as the Lion’s Club, Kiwanis and the Optimist Club. They might allow you to promote your fundraiser at a meeting.
Collect Payments and Finalize Details
Be sure to collect payments at least one week before Valentine’s Day. Have each customer fill out a form with the location, ideal time, and an emergency photo number.
Singing Valentines are Presented
Now, it’s time to get the show on the road! The Singing Valentines are presented and many people will be surprised and honored. The singers should be dressed well, preferably dressed in nice suits or dresses/gowns if possible.
These are just a few basic tips on how to organize a Singing Valentine fundraiser for your organization. It will take lots of hard work, but the profits will be worth it.
If you are needing additional fundraiser ideas, please read “Fund-raising Idea: How to Organize a Bridal Fair” and “How to Host a Kid and Family Expo.”