5 Green Fundraisers for Your School or Group
April 22nd is Earth Day this year, but the entire month is a great time to spread environmental awareness - especially when organizing large events. Eco-fy your group or school fundraisers with these 5 creative GREEN ideas!
- Organize-A-Thons! From walk-a-thons to jog-a-thons, bike-a-thons, and dance-a-thons, there are limitless ways to raise money while staying active! Perfect for family and group participation, ‘thons helps organizations raise money with registration fees and bring awareness to staying active and enjoying the outdoors. (Stay away from giving out plastic gizmos and throw-a-way prizes - instead offer fresh foods and potted plants to the winners)!
- Plant Sale! Already planning a school yard sale or auction this spring? Make beautiful flowering plants part of the fun – selling plants (ask for donated plants) is a huge way to make money and give your event a green edge.
- Green Products! Does your school have an annual product sale? Freshen things up by selling green products like reusable bags from Envirovogue or reusable lunch containers from KidsKonserve. Not only are you offering practical products people can use, but you create a strong statement for your school by being eco-minded.
- Fair Trade! Promote an informed and engaged fundraising community by selling items parents already love, but with a socially and eco-conscious mind. Fair trade products like coffees, teas, and chocolates are very fundraising-friendly and keep the whole event in a broader world view for both students and parents. Check out EqualExchange for targeted fair trade fundraising ideas!
- Festivals! Music and art festivals are a fantastic way for your school or group to show off your community’s talents and limit waste. Consider supplying reusable water bottles to acts and artists, have recycling bins in the event space, and encourage locals to walk or ride bikes if attending.
Bonus Tip: Reduce your paper use with free online sign up sheets! Forget clipboard sign ups and misplacing paper copies - organize your fundraiser online with VolunteerSpot! Simple scheduling and quick, easy sign ups for volunteers gives you the green edge and helps reduce waste!