Australian Fundraising Ideas Blog

Learn the secrets to holding a fun and profitable fundraiser from Mr Fundraising himself, Billy G - and others who have made fundraising work for their school or organisation!

Winner of our Family Holiday Fundraiser Promotion

Winners of our 2015 Family Holiday Promotion
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Each year we run a major family holiday promotion whereby families who support their organisation's fundraisers can go into a draw to win a family holiday at a much sought after destination and staying in high class accommodation. This promotion is offered with the goal of increasing participation from the families and supporters in the organisations that use our various fundraising programs.

We are very pleased to announce that this year's winner is the Hallet family from St Augustine's College (Kyabram). St. Augustine's College ran our always popular Gold Coast raffle fundraiser. Our sincere thank you go to the Hallets and other families that supported their organisation's fundraisers.

I hope there aren't too many fights within the family as they have the big decision of selecting from:
GOLD COAST - Staying at Sea World Resort & Water Park with entries to Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild Water Park. Also included is a $1,000 Virgin Australia voucher and $1,000 spending money.
HAMILTON ISLAND - Staying at the Reef Hotel, full breakfast daily, Kids Stay and Eat Free. Also included is a $1,500 Virgin Australia voucher and $1,000 spending money.
FIJI - Staying at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, full breakfast daily, Kids Play Free at the  Lai Lai Kids' Club, Kids Dining Discount meals. Also included is a $2,000 Virgin Australia voucher and $1,000 spending money.

Which holiday would you select?

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2015 Family Holiday Promotion - BALI
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Next year we will be offering the new Holiday Inn Bali Benoa Resort as the destination for the Family Holiday Promotion. Unlike other promotions, there are no black out periods, and the winners can use it over school holidays throughout the year. There is a $30 per night surcharge for the peak period of 25 December 2015 - 7 January 2016.

It is for seven (7) nights. Accommodation is in a Family Connecting Room consisting of two rooms: a King Room connecting with a Twin room for the children. The holiday is for two (2) adults and three (3) children.

Inclusions at the Resort include:
- full buffet breakfast for all
- free WiFi
- use of four (4) pools including a kid's pool
- Kids eat Free
- complimentary use of the Kid's Club

Also included is a $2,000 Virgin Australia voucher and $1,000 spending money.

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Australian Fundraising is a dedicated fundraising supply company. Our mission is to assist organisations run successful fundraisers when using our various fundraising programs and services.
Our fundraising programs include:
Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough
School Walk and Run for Fun
School Spell-a-thon
Five self-run Raffle Fundraisers
Crest Chocolates
Scratch & Support Fundraising Cards

Please don't hesitate to contact our office on 1300 133 022 if we can be of assistance or you can request a Fundraising Information Pack at our website.

 

Wishing you, your family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

Planning your fundraising ideas and running your fundraising plans!

Assistance with planning your fundraising ideas and running your fundraising plans!

Have you heard of the saying: You can have a million $ idea but unless you implement it successfully it is worthless.

Planning is essential for a successful fundraiser
If you're new to the role of fundraising coordinator, life will be much simpler when you adequately plan your fundraising events and programs through the various stages of setting them up, running and completing them. If you're an old hand at fundraising, I can assure you there's always something new you will find that will help you!

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What Australian Fundraising can do for you?
Australian Fundraising is a ONE STOP SHOP for fundraising coordinators. Over the last 15 years we have established our own collection of successful fundraising programs.

But just as importantly, we have developed and supply a range of knowledge, materials and services that substantially supports fundraising coordinators in their quest to run successful and profitable fundraisers in an easy and efficient manner. When you're successful, we're successful!

We can help you develop a strategy for various fundraising programs and events throughout the year or season. We take into account your budget, location, the size and type of your group and past successes and failures.

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Elements to Planning
You can easily download two free Fundraising Planning Guides at the Free Tools section on our website (see below). Without going into too much detail here, I set out some commentary on each of the planning elements. But there is nothing better than a bit of a chin wag with our team of friendly and helpful consultants. We're ready to talk to you on 1300 133 022.

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Setting goals for your budget
- What is your budget?
- What improvements do your group want to accomplish from the monies raised?
Selecting your fundraising products, services and events
- Do you have to pay up front?
- Do they take back unsold stock?
- What profit do you make? For instance, with Fun Run/Athon suppliers which company provides the highest % profit AND the most benefits? Do your research, don't take things on face value.
- Do they supply printed order forms?
- Do they provide incentive prizes?
- Do they supply an accounting, record keeping and order system?
- Do they supply promotional posters?
Planning the timing of your fundraising programs and events throughout the year
- Develop a calendar in conjunction with events at the school
- Some products work better in warmer months vs colder months
- Plan around your "staple" fundraisers such as Mother's and Father's Day stalls
- Don't run two fundraisers together and too close to each other
- Don't run too many fundraisers as your families will cease supporting you
- Don't run over the school holidays
Securing helpers to assist your fundraising co-ordinator
- Your coordinator can't do it all
- Secure helpers on the basis that they will assist for a particular fundraiser not all fundraisers unless they're prepared to do so
Setting up your fundraiser
- Work out your start date and where and when monies and orders are to be returned
- Don't give your parents too much time. They'll just sit on it!
- Plan quantities required based on your number of families
- Organise for the receipt of order/sponsorship brochures at least two weeks before you want to hand them out
- Print off your accompanying parent's letters two weeks hand out
Promoting the fundraiser to your families and supporters
- About a week before the start, send home a letter and enewsletter about the forthcoming fundraiser
- Attach an information letter with the order/sponsorship brochures advising the reason for the fundraiser, the products and program on offer, date and location of monies, prize incentive details
- Organise a kick-off session at a school parade
- Put up promotional posters throughout the school or club
- The information letters, enewsletters and parade must include a safety message
Maintaining excitement for the duration of the fundraiser
- Send home reminder letters and enewsletters during the fundraiser
- Remind students at subsequent parades
- Consider little prizes handed out on parade each week for various achievements
Implement sound accounting and money record keeping systems
- Have a second person assist in the collection of monies
- Ensure money is banked daily
- Use an easy to use tally program that records monies and orders received and which automatically produces your order for the supplier
- Because of privacy reasons, ensure the tally program you are provided with doesn't allow the retention of student's names by the supplier or third party. That's why at Australian Fundraising we don't put our Tally System up on our website for use by groups but instead provide groups with a System they place on their own computer
Thank your helpers and supporters
- Send home a letter and enewsletter thanking your families for supporting your fundraiser
- Shout your helpers to a luncheon as a thank you for their support and assistance. Or give them a bunch of flowers.

I trust the above is of some assistance. We are here to support you so please don't hesitate to contact us on 1300 133 022.

Download planning guides:
Fundraising Planning Guide. Click here
The Ultimate Australian Fundraising Planning Guide. Click here

You can view our products and services at our website. Click here
Our products include:
Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough. Click here
School Walk or Run For Fun Sponsorship Program. Click here
School Spell-a-thon Sponsorship Program. Click here
Six great raffles (Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Bali, Fiji, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, New Zealand). Click here
Crest Chocolates

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Choosing Fundraising Ideas, Fundraising Programs and Events

Looking for fundraising ideas and programs for your school, child care centre, sporting club and community group?

There are so many options such as a cookie dough drive, fun runs, walk-a-thons, spell-a-thons, kick-a-thons, fancy dress day, sausage sizzle, movie night, chocolate drive, car boot sale, raffles, fetes and fairs, cent auction, plates, discos, trivia night, Mother's Day/Father's Day stalls and much more.

And with so many co-ordinators working and being time poor, in so many cases you need to use the services of an outside fundraising company that supply products and services and can assist you in setting up your fundraisers.

Don't do too much!
Before we get into too much detail, a word of caution: don't run too many fundraisers as you will alienate your parents and supporters and they will cease supporting your fundraisers? And also your co-ordinator will get burnt out. It is best to run a major fundraiser per term than 5-6 smaller fundraisers.

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We've been around since 1999
We're plugging our own products and services but at Australian Fundraising we've been in fundraising since 1999, have developed a range of highly successful fundraising programs, supply all of the materials and services you require to run a successful campaign and we're dedicated to the success of your fundraisers. We're a proud family owned and run business, not a multinational. With the support of our friendly and knowledgeable staff, we all do our best and work hard for your families.
Please click here to view our website.

 

No Money Up Front
I'm sure it will be refreshing for you to know that your group doesn't need to pay any money up front to commence our fundraisers if your group is a school, registered sporting club, child care centre or other approved groups.

I'll talk about budgets, setting targets, calendars, promoting your fundraisers in a further article.

FUNDRAISING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Raffles - a major fundraiser for schools, sporting clubs and charity groups, and also ideal for school fetes 
Why not go back to basics and run a raffle? But not just any raffle, a major one with a much sought after holiday destination with the winners staying in top class accommodation! And where all of the personalised raffle tickets, holiday prize, promotional posters and ticket tally systems are provided!

There are several raffle choices: Sea World Resort & Water Park on the Gold Coast including theme park entries, Reef Hotel on Hamilton Island, Sheraton Fiji, Holiday Inn Benoa in Bali, Rydges Hotels and Resorts in Australia and New Zealand. Inclusions can include free daily buffet breakfast and Kids Eat & Stay Free where applicable.

Work out your start and end dates, the date and location for your draw and we set it all up for you!

Click here to go to our raffle page and then to the raffle that you are interested in.


Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough
There are certain products that over the years have become well known fundraisers. Billy G's Cookie Dough is one of them.
Great for schools, child care centres, sporting clubs and community groups.
An AMBER PRODUCT.

Everybody loves Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough. That's my ugly face on the tub! It's our own recipe, made in Australia and I think it is the best tasting on the market, both here and in the USA. That's a pretty big call but it is a great tasting product.

There are 8 flavours including Choc Chunk, White Choc Macadamia, Gluten Free and the pooches of Australia are all in favour of our new Doggie Dough! You can store it in either your freezer or refrigerator and it can be refrozen.

It is an easy fundraiser being an order form drive and your families get their orders and payments up front from families and friends. We supply the order forms for your families and supporters, parent's letters promotional posters, prizes for your sellers and an easy to use order system that automatically produce your cookie dough order for us to supply to you.

Click here for the cookie dough page

Athons
These have been around for donkey years but funnily enough we come across so many schools that don't do them. Perhaps it's because they take so long to finalise when run as a cent/$ donation per lap or word and the kids have to go back to all of their sponsors after the event to collect their sponsorship $. And the co-ordinators have to source all of the incentive prizes.

We've made it a breeze to set-up and run an a-thon: our a-thon fundraising system includes the kids getting their sponsorship $ up front as a donation, we supply all of the sponsorship brochures and posters, an easy to use tally system and a very strong prize program with over 70 prizes on offer to the students.

You'll be so surprised how much money you will make as your profit can be as high as 70% with absolutely no other outlays for admin, prizes, brochures, freight. And when you also use online fundraising your profits will rise even further.


Fun Run/Walk-a-thon/Lap-a-thon

It is so easy to run our athon fundraiser as a school fun run when combined with your school's cross country. If this is not possible, schools and sporting clubs run a walk-a-thon/lap-a-thon around their oval and sporting clubs will also run a kick-a-thon or goal-a-thon.
Click here for the Fun Run page


Spell-a-thon

The Principal, teachers, parents and students will love this one. It is a fun fundraiser where the students will be motivated to learn their word lists, which in turn will help them with their reading.
Click here for the Spell-a-thon page

 

Support Materials

Because we've been around since 1999, we know what co-ordinators need to run a successful fundraiser with the least effort. As part of our commitment to an effortless fundraiser by your co-ordinator, we supply:
- tally systems
- promotional posters
- colour order forms and sponsorship brochures
- incentive prizes for your supporters
- parent's letters
- co-ordinator manuals

Please contact our office on 1300 133 022 for more information on how we can help you with your fundraising plans.

Cheers
Bill Gaydon

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2015 FUNDRAISING BONUSES FINISH SOON

Fundraising Ideas for 2015: Schools, childcare and kindy centres, sporting clubs and charity groups will receive special bonus prizes by registering their interest this year in running any one of our Australian Fundraising popular fundraising programs in 2015!

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Time is running out for your group to register this year, run any of our fundraising programs in 2015 and receive a series of strong bonus prizes for each of our fundraising programs. The cut off date is 19 December 2014.

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Early Registration Bonus Prizes
TERM 1 (for orders over 104 tubs)
- FREE FREIGHT for deliveries to most locations up to the value of $150
Commence your fundraiser by 27 March with delivery by 24 April for the free freight, or
- 800 Glow Sticks, valued at $160, or
- 300 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $150.

TERMS 2, 3 and 4
- 500 Glow Sticks, valued at $100, or
- 200 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $100.

Our new doggie dough is so popular!
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We can look you in the eye and say with all honesty that we provide schools with the most profitable school fun run/walk-a-thon/lap-a-thon fundraising program throughout Australia, together with the most benefits and inclusions. And now our early registration bonus prizes make our program even better for schools!

 

Early Registration Bonus Prizes
1. No Admin Fee (we never have to be honest)
2. 70% CLEAR CASH PROFIT
3. The largest and best selection of student prizes
4. Refreshing Berri Quelch Frozen Juice Sticks for all of your students (we deliver to your school)
5. Your student prizes will be pre-packed into class groups
6. Your highest fundraiser will receive a special reward prize
7. Highest fundraising class prize
8. Free freight/courier costs
9. Online fundraising with Everyday Hero
10. Student sponsorship brochures
11. Student participation certificates
12. Parent letters
13. Promotional posters
PLUS SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES:
14. 200 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $100, or
500 Glow Sticks, valued at $100, or
Spartan Ball Park, valued at $100.
PLUS MAJOR DRAW PRIZES:
15. $5,000 Cash Draw for using online fundraising
16. $5,000 Cash Draw for participating schools
17. Bali Holiday Family Draw Prize

The profit is based on your school being able to claim back the GST.
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Early Registration Bonus Prizes
1. 500 Glow Sticks, valued at $100, or
2. 200 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $100, and
3. Free Highest Fundraiser Prize for Option 1, or
pay only 32.5% (+GST) for Option 1.
The profit is based on your school being able to claim back the GST.
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Early Registration Bonus Prizes
1. 20 Silicon Slap-on fashion watches, valued at $200, or
2. 800 Glow Sticks, valued at $100, or
3. 300 Motivational Wristbands, valued at $150.
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The most profitable chocolate fundraiser at $31.25 profit per carry pack
Early Registration Bonus Prizes include iPads, iPods, Coles Myer Gift Cards, Caltex Fuel Cards, free product and more.
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Please phone our office on 1300 133 022 if you have any questions, would like to pre-register or to order our free Fundraising Information Pack. You can also request the Information Pack at our website by clicking here:
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Details on our programs can be found at our main website.
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Fundraising Ideas for schools for 2015: Spell-a-thon

Fundraising ideas for schools in 2015: Our Spell-A-Thon is risk free and highly profitable, and a fun way for your students to be more proficient in spelling.

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Australian School and Club Fundraising Specialists offer our School Spell-A-Thon as an ideal vehicle for fundraising with an educational outcome. No money up front, risk free and a very high profit up to 70%*! This is a unique and creative fundraiser.

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Why a Spell-A-Thon? Go back to basics!
Spelling is an important part of the school syllabus as it aids in reading, writing amd communications, adding so much to one's life. The benefits of a Spell-A-Thon is many and include:
- to revisit the importance of spelling
- the challenge of words
- increase competence and comprehension of basic language elements
- increase vocabulary

Fun and Excitement! Increase participation with your Spell-A-Thon.
The more the excitement, the better the educational outcomes for your Spell-A-Thon and the greater the funds raised for your fundraiser.

Our School Spell-A-Thon is very prize orientated, designed to support increased participation in the sponsorships raised by the students. They just need to raise $10 to receive a prize of their choice from a large list of exciting prizes.

We also supply a large selection of student participation certificates which teachers can give to their students over the four (4) week period of the Spell-A-Thon.

Easy to Setup and Run
Co-ordinators are time poor and they love to use our Spell-A-Thon. It has been designed as really easy program to be setup and run by co-ordinators. We supply the sponsorship brochures, student prizes, parent's letters and much, much more to make it a breeze for your co-ordinator.

We also supply word lists for year levels which will assist teachers.

The hardest part will be counting the money which is a good problem!

A Highly Profitable Fundraiser - make up to 70%*
There are two options, with varying inclusions. Premium Option 1 has a profit of 70%* to schools, and Premium Option 2 has a profit of 65%*. Premium 2 has more inclusions. Click here to view the complete list of inclusions for each option at our website.

Listed below are some of the extensive list of benefits you will receive:
1. Eight (8) page sponsorship brochures for all students.
2. Incentive prizes for students.
3. Promotional posters.
4. Student participation certificates.
5. Parent's letters.
6. Easy to use money and prizes fro tally systems.
7. Word lists.
8. Highest fundraising class trophy.

To receive a Fundraising Information Pack, please phone our office on 1300 133 022 or click here to request a Pack online. Our web site is here.

Our other popular Fundraising Programs are:
Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough. Yummy! Amber product.
School Fun Run/Walk-A-Thon/Lap-A-Thon.
Self Run Raffles (Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Fiji, Bali, New Zealand.
Crest Chocolates.

 

New Spell-a-thon School Fundraiser

Our new spell-a-thon school fundraiser is now up and running. It offers a very high profit and all of the materials and support to make it a real success. You can view details here. Please do not hesitate to contact our office on 1300 133 022 and request a free spell-a-thon information pack here.