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No Cost Ideas

The fundraiser ideas on this page require no initial financial investment. That means that either "orders" are taken before placing an order with a fundraising company, or the services or ideas are "free" to start, thus having close to a 100% profit.

Each idea lists several items:

  • Materials needed to do the fundraiser
  • The level of difficulty in running this fundraising event
  • Who the intended audience would primarily be (where most of the fundraised money would come from)
  • The approximate profit margin
  • Any likely "dangers" or "tips" to help assure you of success
  • Aluminum Can/Plastic Bottle Recycling

    In many states, such as Michigan & California, aluminum soda cans and 2-liter soda bottles can be redeemed for 5 or 10 cents each. Best of all, if your club can find willing people in the neighborhood to let you recycle their cans, you can easily make some serious cash with little difficulty.

    Materials Needed

    Large trashcans with a round "can hole" cut in the top. This trashcan should be clearly marked "Aluminum Cans Only." Place it in an inconspicuous place at your church or school, but one where parents, church members, and Pathfinders can easily place their cans. Use trash bags that fit the trash cans. This will make it easy to take them to the recycling center. Willing Pathfinders should each check the trash cans each week for a month (create a schedule), and recycle the cans as necessary. This may require a printed schedule that is placed in the Pathfinder newsletter or mailed to Pathfinder parents reminding the Pathfinders of their responsibility.

    Level of Difficulty

    Easy. The time it takes to recycle is the only time investment.

    Primary Audience

    Parents, Church Members, and Neighbors. This fundraiser doesn't require parents to "buy something" to help their kids go to Camporee (a big plus in many parents' book!). Themselves and friends are already buying the cans and bottles.

    Approximate Profit Margin

    98% - One club in Michigan raised over $1000 for the DTP Camporee!

    Dangers

    This fundraiser can be ongoing, but unless advertised to the church and Pathfinders, will have diminishing returns. Also, the Pathfinders may need reminders to follow through with their recycling responsibility! These Pathfinders are also responsible for giving the money earned from the recycle to the Club director. Help them remember!

    Delivery of Telephone Books

    Materials Needed

    1. As many kids and parents as you can find

    2. Loading dollies

    3. Larger vehicles like vans and station wagons for delivery

    4. Snacks for parents & kids

    5. Contractual Agreement with Telephone Book organization(ex. Pacific Bell or Sprint)

    Description

    After getting the routes from the Telephone Corporation, arrange kids and parents in teams and give them street maps with their specific routes highlighted, a list of addresses to deliver to and the number of books for each delivery-route. Provide a target time to meet back at the starting point. The kids will go with their driver and deliver the phone books to the addresses in their area.

    Level of Difficulty

    Easy-Medium. The leader will need to plan far enough ahead to contact the Phone Corporation. This fundraiser can only be done at the time of year when new books are being made available, often in the autumn. It is also necessary to contact drivers and collect snacks and drinks.

    Primary Audience

    The community. This fundraiser is great because it doesn't require financial investment from parents and church members, just some time invested on a weekend! Approximate Profit Margin: near 100% (only snacks and drinks cost significant money).

    Tips

    1. Be sure you are aware of how much money the phone company will pay for each phone book delivered!

    2. Pathfinders should never go into a home. They simply need to deposit the books in a safe place outside the residence.

    3. Beware of dogs!

    4. Water bottles and snacks will help Pathfinders and parents stay hydrated and healthy!

    5. Parents may need gas money. They may donate their gas, but DON'T presume!

    6. Celebrate at the end of the day with a party at the church/Pathfinder building

    Rent-a-Pathfinder

    Materials Needed

    None. All tools and materials are provided by the homeowner. Any size of Pathfinder club could do this one!

    Description

    People at the church sign up for activities that they would like a Pathfinder to do. For example: mowing, trimming, weeding, window washing, laundry, dish washing, house straightening, etc. The Pathfinder leader drops off two or more kids, WITH a supervising adult, at each "signed up for" project, then picks them up when the work is done or four hours later. Suggest donations of $10-$20 per hour, but allow each homeowner to donate whatever they wish!

    Level of Difficulty

    Medium. This is easy to set up. Just have sign up sheets at church, in the newsletter and in the bulletin. A map to each homeowners house is also a helpful element with this fundraiser! Also, be sure there are enough authorized adults and transportation for each project.

    Primary Audience

    Church members

    Approximate Profit Margin

    Near 100%

    Tips

    1.NEVER leave a Pathfinder at a home alone. Have two or more Pathfinders AND an authorized adult for each group of rented-kids. Safety first!

    2. Collect checks and cash when you pick up each group. Don't let homeowners "get it to you later." The best way to handle this is make all payment methods clear when they sign up initially.

    3. Instruct Pathfinders on courtesy, as well as the basics of the tasks they are going to be doing. Many Pathfinders may not know how to wash a window or weed!

    Little Caesar Pizza Kit Fundraiser

    Materials Needed

    1. Fundraiser Kit from Little Caesars' Pizza Kit

    1.888.452.5487

    www.pizzakit.com

    Description

    Sell yummy and practical Pizza Kits (frozen crust, with cheese and sauce in individual packets), with a profit margin on each kit. The prices are reasonable and orders are taken before ordering. Make sure you know if there is a minimum order number or not.

    Level of Difficulty

    Medium

    Primary Audience

    Parents and church members

    Approximate Profit Margin

    30%

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