A creative and spooky way to fundraise
This fundraising idea is great on its own, or combined with other fundraisers like the benefit concert I wrote about last week.
A jack-o-lantern contest can be held a few different ways:
Panel of Judges: Collect a small fee for individuals to enter their pumpkin masterpiece into the contest and choose a panel of judges to select either one winner or the top three. The winners get bragging rights and maybe even some prizes!
$1 Votes: Skip the entrance fee and have everyone there judge the pumpkins by placing $1 in a jar next to their favorite.
Carve & Go: Give people the option to simply stop by your table, make a donation, carve a pumpkin, and take it home. They may not want to stick around for the contest, so giving them this option is a good idea since you'll still get a donation.
Scope it Out
First, you'll need a location. You'll want somewhere public with a lot of foot traffic so scope out places like malls, shopping centers, community parks, your church, or your school (remember to get permission to use the space - practice your sales skills!).
When it's set-up time, make sure you have at least two large tables you can use. One of the tables will be for carving, and the other will be the display table. Also be sure to have these supplies with you:
- Pumpkin carving tools
- Paper and tape for drawing a design and using it as a stencil
- Decorations to add to the pumpkins (like markers, pom-poms, glitter glue, ribbon, string, etc.)
- A few big spoons to scoop out the pumpkin pulp
- A trash can for the pulp
- Jars to collect donations
Make it Count
Print out copies of this sponsor flyer so you can pass it out to people who stop by. It's always a good idea to have something tangible for them to leave with. It will also act as a good reminder for them in case they want to donate more in the coming months!
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By Emily Hanson
Emily is the Program Coordinator at Ambassador Leaders. When you call or email us, you'll likely speak with Emily. She loves helping families find the perfect program for their student and hearing how confident and motivated they are when they return home.