Category: Fundraising/Budgets

Using eBay to Bring Fundraising into this Decade

| December 4, 2012 | 1 Comment
Using eBay to Bring Fundraising into this Decade

As an active parent in my daughter’s fall and winter programs, I wanted to think of a new way to raise money that taps some of the modern technology we have available at our fingertips.  With my youngest now in 11th grade, I have purchased my share of wrapping paper, fruit crates, and coupon books. […]

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Our Non-Competitive Winter Guard – Another Alternative

| November 29, 2012 | 6 Comments

With the strained economy, many schools, families, and yes, band programs, are tightening budgets.  Winter Guard is a popular activity in the larger schools in Ohio. However, the program I took over 6 years ago is part of a smaller school with a smaller budget and winter guard is an activity that is largely unknown […]

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It’s Zumba Time!

| November 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s Zumba® Time! Our squad held a Zumba® fundraiser last summer.  It was a lot of fun and very successful so I thought I would share the idea here on CGE.  There was very little cost up front and it was easy to organize. Here are my quick tips! Find a Licensed Instructor: We lucked […]

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Put Your Shirts to Work!

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Put Your Shirts to Work!

Does your guard get cute, new spirit shirts each season? Why not put the empty space on the back of the shirt to work for your program?   Several years ago, we began selling ad space on the back of our winter guard shirts.   Five years and over $15,000 raised later, it’s become the staple […]

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Fundraising: Rotating Change Jar

| September 25, 2012 | 1 Comment
Fundraising: Rotating Change Jar

I have made it a personal mission to never do a car wash to make money for my program. I have nothing against the idea of a car wash, and I know many groups that have successfully raised a lot of money from this type of fundraiser, but for me there are too many factors […]

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Button Fundraiser

| August 9, 2012 | 3 Comments
Button Fundraiser

Everyone needs more money in their budget.  Let’s face it, when times get tough Fine Arts get cut first, and color guard budgets tend to be at the top of the cutting list within Fine Arts programs.  Every organization in your school is looking for a low cost and creative way to raise funds.  While […]

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ON THE WEB: Band Saves Lives and Fundraises at the Same Time

| December 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

We thought this was an interesting/unique approach to both service and fundraising – check out this New Jersey marching band that saves lives while also earning some money for their program.  Win/Win!

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Budget-Conscious Costume Transformation

| November 30, 2011 | 6 Comments
Budget-Conscious Costume Transformation

Being involved in the color guard world, we all know what it is like to be on a budget. Some of you are probably thinking, “What budget? I wish I had money to budget!” This year I needed to allocate more money for flag fabric since we purchased 2 shaded-silk swing flags for each member […]

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When your band director says the “B” word… Budget

| November 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Few other words evoke such a visceral reaction. Sweaty palms, increased heart-rate, feelings of entrapment, loss of control, arguments with family members or partners into the wee-hours of the morning… and now your band director? Seriously!  You were hired to put on an epic production of guardliness not crunch numbers. Isn’t that what the sallow-skinned […]

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“Raking in the Dough!” (or… a leaf-raking fundraising idea)

| November 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

For the past 9 years my team has conducted a popular and successful fundraiser raking leaves for local homeowners in exchange for donations.  We’ve never earned less than $1,000.00 with just 2 days of work. Getting the Word Out The first year or so we advertised by stuffing a flyer in each teacher’s mailbox at […]

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