Tag: fundraising

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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“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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Money Saving Tips??

| October 24, 2011 | 8 Comments

Today will be a quick post (well… none of my posts end up quick… I think I’m incapable of “short and concise…) and a link to an interesting discussion. First, if you haven’t discovered the new “Marching Roundtable” podcast take a minute a click on over there … well… first finish reading this post and then […]

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Building a College Winterguard

| October 13, 2011 | 2 Comments
Building a College Winterguard

Many colleges are developing winterguard programs based out of the university.  If your college doesn’t currently have one, you might be just the person to make that happen.  It takes hard work, creative use of resources, and the desire to continue what you love.  Based on our experience building a competitive winterguard at James Madison […]

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