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How to help local charities to raise funds by hosting an event

Updated on July 29, 2015

Host a local fundraising event at a local shop in your area

There are so many good causes that need our help, and as small business owners we can only do so much so maybe next time, instead of asking your local small business for a donation, you can host an event through it.
Here's how an event can be used to raise money for a good cause:

Organize a Fundraising Event here at my gift shop (if you are in Northeast Ohio or Western Pennsylvania - if not, then somewhere near where you live) !

You and your helpers would be responsible for printing out flyers for your "Shopping at Diana's Gift Shop for ________ Fundraising Event " and then getting the word out to BRING IN A FLYER AND SHOP at my store.

10% of sales (before taxes) from each person who brings in an event flyer on that day will be donated to your charity or organization.

Fundraising events do not require a minimum number of partakers, but of course, the more folks that you send in who remember to bring in the flyer - the more that your cause can earn.

*You are welcome (and encouraged) to be here all during event day to welcome folks and thank them for supporting your cause.
During your event day, please take photos and post them to your facebook and twitter... to help encourage even more folks to come out in support. If you would also like to hold a donation can while hosting your event here, you may as there may be some folks who would rather just stop by and donate or shop and still donate more.

Turn a fun day of Treasure Hunting with friends into a money-maker for your fundraiser :)

*Lay-Aways and Lay-Away payments will not count toward the total as these purchases will not start and end on that single day.

Stop by to see me to make the arrangements for your fundraising event.

How this would work:

Here's the scoop about how this sort of thing works:

  • We will jointly pick a day (shopping hours will likely be between 9 and 2 if on a Wednesday through a Saturday or from noon to 5 if on a Sunday).
  • You will make flyers (including the information below about my gift shop so folks know what to expect and include instructions to bring it in so that 10% of the sales will go to your cause and what day...) and you and your helpers hand them out and spread the word on facebook and twitter and in your group and ask all members to help.
  • When folks come in to shop for the fundraising event and turn his/her flyer in at checkout, I will write down the sales total on the back of each one and keep track of them until the event is over.
  • I will then total them up and give you a call or send a message on facebook with the amount that was earned for your cause on your chosen day and 10% of all receipts during that time would be donated to your organization.

Information to add to the flyer so folks know what to expect when they get here:

Diana's Gift Shop = 6177 Youngstown-Hubbard Road, Hubbard Ohio

Stop by for your Treasure Hunt

1/3 handmade goods from crocheted baby items to winter hats and scarves for all ages to hand-sewn relaxation eye masks and neck pillows; 1/3 vintage & antiques from vintage jewelry and books to kitchen items and Home D├ęcor; and 1/3 new items from greeting cards to cookbooks... .

NO credit/debit card or check

Local business helping local charities and local people

For more information about my little Hubbard, Ohio Gift Shop, please see:
For more information about my little Hubbard, Ohio Gift Shop, please see: | Source

We are local and we support local too

My little gift shop was started 5 years ago (September 2009) by my Mom who was fighting breast cancer. (We lost Mom in March 2013)

Giving back to our local communities has always been important to us so we have always done what we could to help local folks and local charities by donating an item or a gift basket... to various local fundraisers.

Sadly, there are just too many out there who want/need a donation and we just cannot accommodate all of them. So, we have decided to allow folks to set a date to host a "Shop for ________ Fundraiser" where they could send folks in to shop and we would donate a percentage of the regular sales to his/her cause.

This way, we can help as many local charities as we can help and people who are facing medical bills or other troubles and who could sure use a little good news and all involved can have a fun day of shopping with friends as well.

Maybe your local area could do this too ?

Please feel free to share some of my ideas here on this page with the folks in your area to see if something like this could help in your own community to benefit your local charities and other groups (schools; clubs; troupes; and others...) who need to raise money, but please do not copy my hard work.

If you do something like this in your area, please let know how it goes.

If you have done these types of events before and can offer any tips for my readers, please put them in the comment section below.

Have you tried something like this in your area ?

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    • GiftsByDiana profile image

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Thank you !

      This is a wonderful way that a small business can help to support as many local charities and events as possible without going to the poorhouse themselves :)

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      Richa 2 years ago

      Great hub..very informative

    • GiftsByDiana profile image

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Thanks ! That's what I thought as well. This way, no one has to bear the entire burden of donating a big amount. I get SO many people who find my gift shop ONLY when they want a donation so this was a great solution for them. I love to help out, but I cannot give a gift basket to every cause for every event :)

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This seems like a great way to support a cause. I love shopping at resale shops.