Youth groups stay active, and need extra funds for special equipment, out of town trips, or for fun theme nights. Instead of knocking on doors or running up to your car window and asking for a donation, youth groups have come up with some innovative ideas to raise money. Consider giving generously, and remember, your donation will go to a worthwhile cause.
One popular money making idea for youth groups is to sponsor a dessert fundraiser. Most people have a sweet tooth, and since most desserts are frozen, the product can be stored for a long time, and thawed when desired. Once the youth group decides what desserts to sell, the company sends brochures and order forms that detail what the products are, and the cost. Selling desserts around the holidays may increase sales, as some people might give desserts as holiday gifts. Depending on the number of sales made, expect a profit of about 50%. Shipping and brochure costs must be factored in, but some companies may offer free shipping with a minimum amount of orders. Since products are usually frozen, orders need to be delivered immediately, or available for immediate pick-up at a designated site.
Free Car Wash
A free car wash may not seem like good money making idea for youth groups, but offering a free car wash can raise more money than a regular car wash, if the youth group has enthusiastic volunteers. Volunteers solicit pledges from community businesses, friends, and family, for each car that the volunteer helps wash. In addition to pledges, volunteers can tell each customer about the youth group fundraiser, and ask for donations. Since the car wash is free, most people will feel obligated to make a contribution. Pledge sponsors may also offer to provide needed supplies or signs to publicize the car wash, and youth group volunteers can sell refreshments such as homemade cookies or brownies.
Movie nights not only work well as a money making idea for youth groups, but gives friends a chance to socialize before and after the movie. Designate a place to show the movie, preferable in a large room with a projector or large screen TV. Moviegoers can pay one price for the movie and refreshments, view the movie free and pay for refreshments, or leave a donation of their choice. A movie should be selected that will appeal to the group. For added fun, moviegoers can participate in a movie slumber party, where guests bring sleeping bags and pillows, and have a movie marathon.