Hey KC!!! I spoke about this last night in the meeting, but I want to put it all here with links and such!
I know we as individual Extra Lifers sometimes struggle with fundraising. Sometimes we feel like we've literally asked everyone we know and social media is only getting us so far. So, I compiled a list of possible fundraising events you could host to raise money for Extra Life! About 90% of the things on this list have never been tried (at least not by anyone in KC)...and it's about time that changed! Wouldn't it be cool if we had something every month?
Some of these places have online forms, which I have linked. Many of them are easy to book if you simply go in and chat to the owner or manager of the place! Never underestimate the effectiveness of going and talking to someone!
Buffalo Wild Wings: Not 100% sure on amounts, but I believe it is 10% of stuff purchased with charity ticket, not including alcohol. You need to go in and talk to the restaurant manager to book. Here is some info.
California Pizza Kitchen: 20% of sales from flyers. Fill out online form and they claim a manager will contact within 3 days!
Cici’s Pizza: says to contact local store owners for info!
Chili’s: 10% of sales with flyer. Tues or Wed night fundraisers. Give back 10% of sales with vouchers/flyers. Must reach $500 in sales for a donation or the donation will be made in food vouchers. Info.
Chipotle: a whopping 50% of sales from flyers. They do not specify hospitals on their list, but if you contact them or get in touch with a specific location they may do it anyway if they don’t have any other community events going on! Info.
Five Guys: must contact the store owner. I have written a letter to the owner of the Oak Park Mall location, per the managers instructions, but haven't heard anything back. It never hurts to keep trying.
Freddy’s: Online form.
Noodles and Co: 25% of sales. Not sure if flyers or not. They “prefer” you have 150 people in attendance. Online form.
Panda Express: 20% of sales from fliers. Online form.
Panera: 20% of sales from people who bring in a flyer for the event. Online form.
Raising Canes: 15% of sales with flyer. They also create a landing page for the event that you can share online. Online form.
Red Robin: 20% of sales from fliers. They provide a whole host of marketing items such as flyers, social media images, a website, etc. Online form.
In-Home/Online Direct Sales Parties
LuLaRoe (leggings/clothes): Depends on the consultant. My consultant does 10% of sales and LLR corp will donate as well depending on a certain amount. I'm actually having one on October 17th if anyone wants to come! I'll post it on FB. Pure Romance: I am a consultant. If someone wants to have a party, I'll donate 15% to Extra Life!
Scentsy (scents/warmers): I know they do them but don’t have specifics
ThirtyOne (bags): Anywhere from 5% to 24% of sales depending on the amount purchased. Lora knows a KC consultant if you don’t have one!
Younique (make-up): 20% of party sales go to the charity. Lora knows a KC consultant if you need one!
**With in home party companies it all depends on the consultant. Many consultants will do even more than the company suggests!**
Pinot’s Palette: “Paint it Forward” program with both public and private options at their locations. You have to email the manager of the store or go and visit them to set up. They have multiple locations
Paint Night: Multiple locations at bars, etc all over the area. They require you bring in 35 people. Choose your own location and painting. Online form.
Wine and Design: In Lee’s Summit. Has a “Paint it Forward” program. Min 10 people. No max people. Info.
Apple Pie Painting fundraiser: No location. They travel to wherever you want (church, house, etc). You must provide chairs & tables. 20 person min. $10 per painter goes to organization. Online form.
Geeks Who Drink: you can set up your own Geeks Who Drink Night. Finch can get you info on it! It takes place at a bar in KC and they provide the trivia...you just help promote it and get a portion of the trivia fees!
Game Stores: Talk to a game store in KC (Game Cafe, Geekery, Pawn and Pint, and SoPro have supported us heavily in the past) about having one of their tournaments for charity! Or, see about getting a donation jar in the store. Jessie or Katie can get you one! Or, when you go to your usual game night...start talking about Extra Life!
Trick or Treating for EL funds: go door to door asking for change for Extra Life. If you feel weird going as an adult, find someone with a kid and bring them with you! A few ELers in other cities have done this and it worked pretty well! I once collected food donations in high school door to door and it was a HUGE success! Maybe even dress up in a gaming costume! You can pass out flyers too!
-This is by no means a full list! Just an idea starter!
-Going and talking to managers is an easy way to get something done! Don’t just rely on online forms!
-Many of these require a W-9 with information. I have one from the EL Community as well as Katie can get you one!
-Many of these require 4 to 6 weeks notice...so start planning NOW!
-Most of these require flyers...which makes the process harder. Perhaps you team up with another Extra Lifer in a different friend group from you and you pass out the flyers more? Some suggest passing out 500, which I agree with. With a lot of events, you can only expect a small percentage to actually attend. So the more you invite...the more will come!
-Any event you book, make sure to let Jessie or Finch know so they can send it to Katie and Jill and they can promote online or even to their coworkers at the hospital!
*Please note these are NOT Guild events, but I know many Guild members would come out and support!*
Questions? Other ideas?