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    Default What Fundraisers does your FD do?

    i am looking for information on effective fund raisers that departments do. As of present the only thing we do is a once a year letter drive that gets ok, results, i am just looking for more ways to generate funds, and intrest in the department.

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    Not that this has anything to do with the Federal Fire Act Grants, but here you go:

    Monthly Meals
    Chicken BBQ's
    Antique and Classic Car Show Weekend
    Gun Raffles
    Longaberger Basket Meals (Like a 200 drawing with baskets)
    Craft Show
    Sub Sales (monthly)
    Hall Rentals
    Catered Meals
    Fire Police / Security at our local High School
    Only thing we haven't tried is prostitution!! May have to come down to that though. Trust me, with a body like mine, we would get better results with Turkey Bingo!!

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    The biggest thing we've been able to do is have better luck in finding and winning grants (thanks to this forum, Brian and Kurt).

    Our major fund raiser is our annual BBQ. Typically we're out the food and such (we smoke brisket and pork shoulder). Our Explorers have a raffle of prizes donated from local merchants, the FFA has a petting zoo with all kinds of critters, and several other school and church groups will put up booths/games. One of the local bands will usually donate their time to sing (since it benefits the FD).

    This year we're getting pretty fortunate. The local telephone co. is talking about buying all the meat and such, so that's a lot of overhead cost we won't have to bear. All we'll have to do is put in the time of chucking wood into the smoker, slicing, and pulling. The band that played last year offered to take care of the entertainment fo the entire day (one more headache gone).

    This is ony like our 5th year of doing it and it's getting bigger each year. Typical profit (town of 1100) without much publicity (which we plan to change this year) is between $2-4K.

    We'll also do a carwash for a fundraiser about this time of year and another later on. We don't do a set price, just leave a boot out for donations. In our experience people are a bit more generous than if we ask for a set price.

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    Prostitution - Great Idea!

    But seriously, can you explain the gun raffle ? Its about the only thing we haven't done.

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    bingo.

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    We do a yearly mailing as well as a coin toss at the local walmart. I've heard that they'll match donations but haven't followed up on that. We tried a spaghetti dinner once, but even with some of the supplies donated we barely broke even. I've heard of some hosting comedy shows, I have no experience with that but did find this website http://www.comedyworks.org/.
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    Prostitution - Great Idea!

    But seriously, can you explain the gun raffle ? Its about the only thing we haven't done.
    A gun raffle is just like a regular raffle, except the prize is a firearm. Sometimes an individually numbered calendar is sold and each month a number is drawn, if your number matches you win that month's firearm.

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    We do an annual poker run. We usually have about 150 bikes on the run. We also do a picture fund raiser about every other year.

    Other popular events in the area are Golf Scramble and Night Golf (lots o fun). The other event that is really steam rolling right now is Texas Hold 'Em tourniments. There are departments that are charging like $50 per person and $15 or $20 of it goes to the department and then on top of that they will offer a meal for an additional $10 per person and then they get all of the food donated so the money for the food is pure profit.

    The local AMBUCS did barstool golf as a fund raiser for the 5th year in a row just recently, but I'm sure that you would have to have a huge liability insurance plan...not to mention that it takes a lot of time and effort to coordinate. It was a lot of fun though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RotoRay02 View Post
    Prostitution - Great Idea!

    But seriously, can you explain the gun raffle ? Its about the only thing we haven't done.
    The last Gun Raffle we did brought in over $4000. We had 15 guns on the ticket and sold 800 tickets at $10 each. This ticket got you in the doors the night of the drawing. We did supply a ham dinner for all those in attendance. We had another table of door prizes with a few more guns that we sold tickets for as the people came through the door. 12 chances for $5 or 72 chances for $20. We also had 4 guns that we went around and sold chances on. We would sell for one then get the winner prior to selling the chances for the next. On the main ticket, we would pull a winner every 10 minutes, but the people felt it was getting drawn out too long. 5 minutes would probably be better. We also sold tip boards for sides of bacon and hams and other small games of chance. A lot of work selling the tickets, but a nice payout if you can get a local sporting goods store to give you a good deal on the guns.

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    In March every year, we have a "Fireman's Dance" where we sell raffle tickets for $3/each or 2 for $5, which includes admission to the dance. Lots of items raffled that night, many guns which go over very well.

    In July each year, we have a hamburger fry at our hall, we serve hamburgers, brat patties, chicken breasts, cheese curds, onion rings, french fries.

    Then in the fall we have a truck/tractor pull.

    Last year we did a 4 wheeler raffle, everyone pi**ed and moaned about selling the tickets, but we made something like $3000 profit.

    A neighboring department does well with a $100 raffle each year. What they do is sell raffle tickets for $100 each, but they ONLY sell 100 of them. So of the $10,000 the department gets $5000 and they split the remainder up for cash prizes, something like 1st place $3000, 2nd place $1500, 3rd place $500. I guess it goes over very well, mostly the same people that buy every year, and they even have a waiting list for people that want to buy.

    It gets very hard in a small town (~900 people) to do too many fundraisers a year, people get tired very quickly when you are always asking them to donate.

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    Mailout to property owners.
    Harley Raffle (easy, good money)
    Fisherman flea market
    Hall Rentals
    Spaghetti dinner
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    Every department should try this program, it's been a huge success in our town in Lanesboro, MA. It's the "Cans For Life" program. We used to have citizens donate the cans at our local supermarket and we would pick them up and have to count and separate them. We now have it so citizens drop them off at the firehouse into a large rubbermaid shed. A redemption company picks them up once a month at our station, counts them and mails us a check. We get .05 and they get .02 per can. We've averaged about $300/month. Then we post pictures and stories of what we've done with it at the local market and on our website.

    And like most others, we do an annual fundraiser every year. Pay a company to do all the mailers and bring in a decent amount every year. Also do our pancake breakfasts, spaghetti suppers, car wash's, etc. Best of luck!!

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    My Dept Does The Following:
    - Bingo Every Monday Night
    - 10 To 12 Fish Fry's
    - 6 Chichen Bbq's
    - Bi-annual Turkey And Ham Dinners
    - Annual Festival Weekend
    - Gun Raffle
    - 220 Drawling (cash Party)
    - Annual Mailing
    - Sandwich Sales
    - Lotto Chance Tickets

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    We have these:

    Weekly bingo,
    Annual donation request via mail,
    Corned beef and cabbage dinner,
    Spaghetti dinner,
    T-shirt and hat sales,
    Lots of grant applications.

    Good Luck! Think I'll try the Harley raffle. Bones, how profitable is your's?
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    We call ours "taxes".
    "Nemo Plus Voluptatis Quam Nos Habant"

    The Code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.

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    Do a annual tenderloin dinner and them a organazation matches what funds we get from it it has done well the community looks forward to it and the store gives aus a big cut on the tenderloins

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    not much to do in winter

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    Good Luck! Think I'll try the Harley raffle. Bones, how profitable is your's?
    Upwards of $20k a year.

    The key is having a good place to sell tickets. We are lucky that we have a boardwalk that is pretty packed with people all summer. We bring the bike up there and sit and sell tickets. Easy work, nice "views", and meet lots of people.
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    I'm glad someone mentioned the Harley raffle, some of the ones around here pull in a big chunk of change for the departments. Get a dealership to sell the bike at cost, so you can pick up a Fat Boy or something for $15K. Sell 1000 tickets at $50 each or 500 at $100 each and you're in for $35K easy.

    Houston's IAFF does a truck raffle almost every year for the 100 Club (Fallen Police & Firefighters Fund) that does real well.

    I think the prostitution idea would make money, but to stay on the legal side of things I think buying and running a strip club would do just as well. And let me know who opens it, I get to be a bouncer.

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    We do the following:

    Mailing to all residents/business in the Township, unk amount $$ in
    12 Hoagie Sales, bring in aprrox $20K yearly from it
    Hall rentals, also about $20K yearly
    Craft fair, 2 a year, total of about $2000, with minimal work
    Booth at the Twp carnival selling food, about $5K

    For firehouse morale (playstation, tv, stereo, dvd's, etc..)
    around 6 carwash's bringing in about $2K

    Other stuff that I cant think of right now as well.

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    ...and

    Ham & Bean Suppers
    Christmas Fair
    50/50 Raffles
    Cow Plop
    Calender Raffle ($10 fee, daily prizes vary in amounts)
    Auctions
    Casino Nights

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    Demolition Derby!!!!!!!!!!!

    Once a year during Labor Day weekend. We bring in about $10,000 each year. It's alot of work but the majority of it is done in one day.

    Looking to maybe do a poker/dice run this year ending at the demo track where we'll have eats and music.

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    Instead of me trying to explain what we do I wil give you the website.

    www.lvfdspringfling.org

    If you have any questions about it you can email me and I can help in any way I can. The email address is on the site.

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    I have to ask....


    Cow Plop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lvfd404 View Post
    Instead of me trying to explain what we do I wil give you the website.

    www.lvfdspringfling.org

    If you have any questions about it you can email me and I can help in any way I can. The email address is on the site.

    WOW that's a RAFFLE.

    We've spent 6 months debating doing a pickup raffle and tonight finally decided to proceed with trying it. Plan is raffle 2yr old 1/2t crewcab pickup. Still debating to do 250x $100 tickets or 1000 $25 tickets (or somewhere in between).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    I have to ask....


    Cow Plop?
    Don't tell me you've never heard of Cow Chip Poker, Cow Chip Roulette? Buy a square, and if the cow drops the chips in your square you get a piece of the total cash pot. Kinda of like a 50-50 drawing tickets, only different....

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