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    Default New kinds of Fundraising.

    Was wondering if anybody could give myself and my department some new fundraising ideas. We are a small fire dept, and we get no money from our borough, and the only means of us gaining income is by our annual Fund Drive (Donations), and our annual festival. Those are our two biggest fundraisers. We also do hoagie sales, a pie sale, a weekly ticket, and new this year we are doing a memorial day ticket.

    Was wondering if anybody had some different ideas, as we need to raise as much money as possible. We do have a social hall which is a nice size which includes a bar, bathrooms, large tile floor, kitchen, etc. I was considering possibly hosting a concert, or a dance at the hall? Anybody have suggestions, or have some feedback from past fundraisers like this that their department has done?

    Thank you for your help in advance.

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    Although most everyone is in a lot of the forums here, you might have better luck over in the Volunteer Forum. I know there's a Fundraising thread going on over there right now.

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    The hottest one around here are Texas Hold-em Tournaments.

    $50/person Buy-in
    $25/one-time buy back

    Pay out generally about 50% of buy-in monies, but you can designate any amount.

    Sell food and drinks as well.

    I have seen departments and other local organizations make between $5K-$20K in an afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfd599
    The hottest one around here are Texas Hold-em Tournaments.

    $50/person Buy-in
    $25/one-time buy back

    Pay out generally about 50% of buy-in monies, but you can designate any amount.

    Sell food and drinks as well.

    I have seen departments and other local organizations make between $5K-$20K in an afternoon.

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    Better wtach out for your local "gambling laws" there! Down here, they would be locking everyone up unless you were actually on a gambling ship or in a casino.Check you local laws before doing that, raffles etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfd599
    The hottest one around here are Texas Hold-em Tournaments.

    $50/person Buy-in
    $25/one-time buy back

    Pay out generally about 50% of buy-in monies, but you can designate any amount.

    Sell food and drinks as well.

    I have seen departments and other local organizations make between $5K-$20K in an afternoon.

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    I know of two departments, first hand, that had the games shut down. Arrest was threatened if they continued. I believe they were offering non-cash prizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quint1officer
    I know of two departments, first hand, that had the games shut down. Arrest was threatened if they continued. I believe they were offering non-cash prizes.
    In my previous career ( LEO) I had occassion to shut down several illegal bingo games, raffles and casino nights fundraisers because the departments or vetereans organizations did not check the gambling regulations first. I can recall one incident shutting down an illegal weekly poker game that had the mayors of three local cities and several of their council members involved.

    Be aware folks! Before you try anything related to gambling, no matter how innocent it may seem to you, in most states it will be illegal.
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    If these types of events are legal in your state, make sure you have the proper permits. Remember, the state may be looking for its share of the pie, make sure you file any paperwork and send them their money.

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    after seeing what my wife went through for PTO fundraising - permits, tax forms, public notices, disclaimers - not worth the risk

    two good events - Valentine's and ST pat's dinner dances. you supply the music, locale, good food and soda, ice and mixers - everyone else - BYOB's.

    price it so you make about $15 a couple - we charge $55 capped out at 180 people.

    then have doors prizes - a basket of cheer, Tv, Stereo system etc. - doubles your profit and then some. we raffle off weekends to Atlantic City - get them for nothing from the casinos as a donation - profit is almost 100%

    a good sized room can net $5K

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    To all:

    It is always advisable to check your local and state laws regarding gambling, food preparation, raffles, etc.....

    We are located in a rural part of the state and Poker Tournaments, Card Parties, Stags, Raffles, Auctions, Pancake and Sausage Breakfasts have been part of the local fundraising scene for as long as I can remember. To my knowledge, eyebrows have never been raised regarding these issues. Local and county law enforcement has a good relationship with the fire departments and usually you can find find local leaders and law enforcement participating in these activities to assist in the fundraising efforts.

    For those that have been in the volunteer ranks for a while, you can relate to my experiences.

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