Free Fundraising Idea Number Seven
The power of volunteers. And sugar. 😉
Mention school fundraising and the first idea that usually comes to mind is the bake sale. A bake sale fundraiser consists of 1 or more (hopefully many) supporters donating baked goods (like cakes, cookies, pies and other baked desserts) to be sold at a pre-determined location.
Rather than having donated goodies, you could purchase the items from a bakery or grocery store, but that takes the fun out of it. Potential customers like to see, buy and taste the wonderful creations of their peers.
Of course, not every idea on this free fundraisers list is new and exciting, but think about this: given that all the treats are donated, your return on investment is almost unlimited.
You don’t need much for a successful bake sale, but you will need plenty of volunteers with at least a little baking experience (and who are able to purchase the ingredients) and some covered tables large enough to present the delightful goodies.
Naturally, a high-traffic site that is shielded from the weather, such as a school entryway for instance, is a great place to hold your bake sale.
And of course, one of the most important ingredients to any successful fundraising event is promotion. Get the word out to draw in the crowds.
Bake sales aren’t only for schools however. Any non-profit organization of almost any size can hold a bake sale fundraiser and raise a lot of money.
You can find lots of delicious bake sale recipes here for your next fundraiser.
According to an informal survey on Shareranks.com, here’s a list of some of the most popular bake sale items:
- Chocolate Cake with Frosting
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cupcakes with Candy Toppings
- Red Velvet Cake
- Rice Krispy Treats
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Banana Bread
- Carrot Cake
- Marbled Pound Cake
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Strawberry Bread
- Caramel Cake
- Chocolate Brownies
- Coconut Cake
- Chocolate Pound Cake
- Butter Pound Cake
- Mini Pecan Pies
- Zucchini Bread
These treats might be the favorites for bakers, but not necessarily for your buyers. At least it gives you an idea of some of the more popular baked goods for your fundraiser, or possibly what not to make so as to avoid bringing the same dessert as someone else.