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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 9:18 pm 
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In my experience, its essential to clump together fundraisers.

For example, a spaghetti dinner may break even or you might make a LITTLE BIT, depending on a variety of factors of course.

However, if you have a craft fair/auction, or a "sell a Pathfinder" fundraiser that takes place after the dinner, you can make a LOT more.

One year, our club did a Valentines Spaghetti dinner, then sold candles, lamps, etc. that we had made as part of our craft honors. Because we'd done those honors with quality and $$ sales in mind, the products were done well.

As sad as it sounds, kids with divorced parents make the most money for a club at auctions, since BOTH of their parents want to buy their crafts. . . . :P

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 2:36 pm 
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That has been at least 20% of the success of our car washes.

Rent or buy a Pathfinder programs are great too. I had not thought to mention it here yet but...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 2:58 pm 
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We do a Valentine's Banquet each year.
We make about as much from doing Valentine Pictures as we do from the meal.
We decorate a Valentine backdrop and take a formal type picture of the couples.
With a good digital cameras and a good printer the pictures are not expensive to produce.

The club this year wants to send the proceeds of the banquet to ADRA for Tsunami relief. I thought it was a great suggestion.

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 2:27 pm 
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We do a spaghetti dinner and auction annually but I have found that having a small understaffed club doesn't work well for the dinner part, or I haven't figured out the best way to do it. I was thinking to try lasagna this year instead. I have also found that baked goods sell better than a lot of other things at auctions.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:28 am 
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For a simple easy dinner, try a baked potatoe bar.
Most of the work is done up front with minimal "cooking" required.

We have done this for prayer meetings once per month.
This allowed several extra people to come to prayer meeting because supper was taken care of.
Prayer meeting attendance went up and the Pathfinders made a little money.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:41 am 
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I have found that with our small clubs in rural areas, that our best fundraisers are the ones that target non members. The members contribute when asked, but they are already supporting the club with local church budget offerings, and I have been invoved with Pathfinders and Home & School at the same time and it is easy for our church family to become tired of fundraisers. But we have had success with dessert auctions at church picnics.

I really like the idea of selling or auctioning the kids crafts from their honors, that would only take a little extra to put together.

But then again, I like to do fundraisers where the kids can raise about $100 per child in 4-6 total hours. Time and effort efficiency is important to this busy Leader.

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