Hopefully, after Part 1 we have you thinking outside the box of selling candy and going door to door. Fundraising really can be fun! If you thought our first two ideas were good ones, you’re going to be doing flips over these next three!
Yes, we know, you’re a bunch of gymnasts, not dancers. But this idea still rocks! Think of a Walk-a-Thon type format, but instead of just walking, your gymnasts are dancing! Yep, we’re talking about a good, old-fashioned, Dance-a-Thon! Preparation will include distributing forms on which your gymnastics students can record sponsorships of between $5 and $20 per hour. You’ll also want to provide some refreshments and a funky play list for the event.
Assign someone the job of “timekeeper,” and someone else “record keeper,” and get ready to enjoy watching your students’ break out their best moves and compete for the dancer who stays out on the dance floor longest!
Spa Day for Moms
Gymnastics moms are amazing, aren’t they?! And they deserve to be pampered once in a while! You can run this kind of event in a variety of ways, and you can make it as simple and low-prep or as elaborate and professional as you desire. Plan to offer spa services, such as manicures and massages, as well as to serve moms some snacks and beverages. You can have gymnastics students provide certain services, but you can also request volunteers from your community.
Sometimes beauty school or massage therapy students will be more than happy to offer their services in exchange for the experience and free publicity. Local salons may be willing to donate gift certificates as door prizes too! Add to the multi-sensory experience by lighting candles or diffusing some essential oils and by playing some relaxing tunes. Depending on the kinds of services you’ll be offering, you can charge anywhere from $10 per half hour to $50 per hour. And make sure moms know that they can feel free to invite their friends!
Themed Silent Auction Theme
Sometimes referred to as Chinese Auctions, Silent Auctions offer a fundraising option that involves very little preparation and overhead expense. To start, choose a theme around which you want your event to be planned. Then think of local businesses that would have items to coordinate with your chosen theme, and ask them for donations. Maybe you’re hosting a “Spring into Summer” event, so you’ll include items like pool toys, ice cream shop gift certificates, and water park passes. Add in some refreshments and decorations that coordinate with your theme, and you’ll be ready for a great auction!
All you have to do the evening of the event is to set a container in front of each item, and have someone ready to sell tickets. When the event is ready to end, draw a winning ticket from each container, and give the winners their items!
A Silent Auction could also be combined with another fundraising event, such as the aforementioned Dance Party, Spa Day, Date Night, or Family Night Out.