Fundraising events are great ways for covenant partners to not only raise funds for their projects, but to raise awareness in the community, connect with local leaders, introduce The Fuller Center to their target area, establish working relationships and recruit volunteers.
Typical fundraisers include a dinner, carnival, lecture, fun run, silent auction or sporting tournament. Recognize a target audience and ask what kind of event is appropriate for your service area. Form partnerships with local churches, schools and businesses, and think about fundraisers that will create positive feelings toward your covenant partner.
Individual supporters and faith partners can also make a difference, even with something as simple as a church bake sale or hosting a dinner party in honor of The Fuller Center and requesting donations from your guests.
Here are some examples of successful fundraising events that our covenant partners have organized. Check back frequently for updates and remember to be creative!
Parking cars for a festival
$4,100 Raised ($20,000 over three years)
Americus-Sumter FCH in Georgia
For three years in a row, the Southeast Electric Fliers Festival has held a five day event in Andersonville, Ga., for pilots and fans of electric airplanes. The event sponsors have adopted Americus-Sumter Fuller Center for Housing as their charity cause. Hobby stores demonstrating their planes are asked to raffle off prizes to raise money for FCH. On the weekend, many spectators come from a large area and a $3.00 per adult entrance fee is charged for parking. The Fuller Center staffs volunteers to collect the fees and direct parking. This year’s sponsored Fuller Center partner family helped park cars and earn sweat equity. Since the pilots have paid a registration fee and do not have to pay for parking, the sponsors walk a bucket around asking the for donations. Each year before the event, the sponsors ask for a family profile to help them tell the Fuller Center story. They publish information about their charitable cause in their trade magazine advertisements for the festival.
Fundraising reception held at annual staff meeting
Orlando, Fla., for Haiti recovery initiative
Florida’s largest teacher’s union, the Florida Education Association, raised nearly $10,000 for The Fuller Center’s Haiti initiative at an annual state staff meeting. FEA Chief of Staff, Alfreda Davis suggested a Haiti fundraising reception in an effort to organize the general desire felt among the staff to help with the crisis.
The rest was left up to Mary Thomas who took the idea and ran with it, doing whatever she could to maximize the fundraising potential for The Fuller Center. She thought people might be more willing to open their hearts and pocketbooks if they could see exactly how their money would help families in Haiti.
She set forth with plans to raise the funds to build a $3,000 Fuller Center Haiti House at the reception, partnering with others to design creative fundraising props and incentives. One was a poster with bricks drawn atop a photo of the Fuller Center Haiti house model. Another was a brick keychain given to each person who donated $10.
Walk for Walls
Macon, Ga., for El Salvador Fuller Center
Burgess Brown, a Central High School student in Macon, Ga. – who visited El Salvador on a Fuller Center Global Builders trip – used his Eagle Scout project to provide a new home for the families of Villa Fuller in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador. He led hundreds of high school students and families from the Macon community in the "Walk for Walls."
Brown spread the word about the Walk for Walls by meeting with the Key Club at his high school, speaking at the local Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club and working with his church youth group to get the word out at other area high schools.
The Walk for Walls was held on a 1.5 mile course at the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home in Macon. Participants were encouraged to solicit pledges for the number of miles or laps they planned to walk, or pay a $10 registration fee. All funds were donated to The Fuller Center and designated for a house in El Salvador.
See "Student’s ‘Walk for Walls’ raises funds for El Salvador" for more about the event.
Bartering for the use of a restaurant
Cusseta FCH in Georgia
Thanks to the bartering skills of Ruth Kuester, the owner of Jus Barbecue (Tim Jones), donated his restaurant to the Cusseta Fuller Center for Housing for one week so that the affiliate could earn money toward the construction of the first home in Cusseta. Meals served during the week of July 1-6 included Sunday dinner, breakfast Monday through Friday and an ice cream social Monday evening.